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6:40 PM ET, July 11, 2009


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Anthony / Machine Shop:
The Interactive Twitter Music Chart  —  We've been frustrated by a few things about music charts recently.  One is the issue of chart integrity, the lines between manipulation & engagement and how to keep such a system honest while rewarding the right people.
Discussion: A VC, Mashable!, tinyComb and BackType
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Hype Machine's New Twitter Music Chart Is Too Easy To RickRoll  —  The folks at the Hype Machine, the popular music tracking site, think that all of the Twitter music charts out there are “lame,” so they decided to make their own Twitter Music Chart.  It encourages people to Tweet out links …
Dwight /
A major Windows 7 upgrade question gets an answer  —  On Monday, Microsoft is expected to announce that it's done with Windows 7, and the code will be dispatched to manufacturers of PCs and the factories that will burn it onto retail DVDs.  —  On Oct. 22, you'll be able to buy the fruits of Microsoft's more than three years of labor.
Michael J. Miller / Forward Thinking:
Google's Chrome OS: Maybe Not a “PC” OS After All  —  Everyone is talking about Google's announcement yesterday that it plans to create its own PC operating system, aimed initially at the netbook market.  The new OS will be called Chrome, just like Google's browser, and sounds like it will primarily …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Mark Trammell / Digg the Blog:
Much Ado About IE6  —  Here at Digg, like most sites, the designers, developers, and QA engineers spend a lot of time making sure the site works in IE6, an eight-year-old browser superseded by two full releases.  It consumes time that could be spent building the future of Digg.
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Chris Nuttall /
Unlike Android, the iPhone can't scale, says Google  —  All the talk this week has been about Google's forthcoming Chrome PC operating system, but that doesn't mean its other operating system, Android, is going away, according to its chief engineer.  —  Andy Rubin, Google's vice president …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Click by Click, Reviewers Gain Clout  —  If you value your spare time, don't start posting comments and reviews on Amazon, Mark Espinosa suggests.  It can be a hard habit to break.  —  Given his rank as the online retailer's No. 1 reviewer, he would certainly know.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why The New Webcasting Rates Are A Death Sentence For Webcasters  —  When the announcement came out this week that webcasters had somehow “come to an agreement” with SoundExchange over webcasts, what was unbelievable was that many presented this as a “victory” for webcasters.
Anil Dash:
Google's Microsoft Moment  —  I'm not sure Google's new Chrome OS announcement is that big a deal, or that the eventual product that gets released will actually have that much impact, but it's a useful milestone in marking Google's evolution towards becoming an older company with a distinctly different culture than they used to have.
Steven Kotler / Fox News:
Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers  —  The newest trend in Internet fraud is “vacation hacking,” a sinister sort of tourist trap.  —  Cybercriminals are targeting travelers by creating phony Wi-Fi hot spots in airports, in hotels, and even aboard airliners.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can Michael Arrington Raise Enough Money To Make The CrunchPad?  —  It looks like TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington really is going to give the gadget business a shot with CrunchPad, his tablet PC startup.  —  And he's getting help.  —  We've heard — but haven't been able to confirm …
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:
Followup on the State of iPhone Gaming: The $0.99 Economy  —  A couple of months ago, I wrote about how the state of iPhone gaming was changing with an influx in bigger studios with smaller and smaller pricing margins.  —  Things have gotten even more competitive since with Gameloft …
Discussion: Touch Arcade and VG247
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Brad / Liliputing:
Google Chrome netbook announcements could come later this year
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
AP proposes new article formatting for the Web
Discussion: Techdirt
The News Chronicle:
ImageShack hacked by Anti-sec movement
Discussion: Mashable!, SoftSailor and ThreatBlog
Rory Cellan-Jones /
The Web at 20  —  At the BBC this afternoon, we've had an event …
Discussion: BBC Internet Blog and BBC
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Google Is Stealing Apple's Ideas
Discussion: TechCrunch and Financial Times