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4:41 AM ET, July 13, 2009

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Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft Has Turned The Corner  —  I've got to say: in my opinion, Microsoft has turned The Corner.  —  You know The Corner.  —  The one that gets us off of pothole ridden Vista Avenue (one street over from Lincoln in Blue Velvet).  The Corner that requires Microsoft to shed some of the fat …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Bob Caswell, Thanks:parislemon
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Rosetta Stone Suing Google Over Advertisers' Trademark Use  —  Rosetta Stone, the Arlington language-learning software firm, said yesterday it has filed a lawsuit against Google for trademark infringement, alleging the Internet search giant allowed other companies to use Rosetta Stone's trademark brand …
Virginia Postrel / New York Times:
What You Pay For  —  Fifteen years ago — before Google or Wikipedia or blogging or Craigs­list or podcasts or YouTube — the technology investor and pundit Esther Dyson wrote an article analyzing the business of “creative content” in a future where the Internet made distribution essentially free.
Discussion: ParisLemon, CinemaTech and TeleRead
Chas / ChasNote:
More Bad News for Ad Agencies: Meet Howcast  —  From today's NY Times profile of Howcast, a site that's producing a deep library of how-to videos.  In addition to ad-supported videos on generic topics (how to recognize and avoid poison ivy, or how to how to look hot when you get out of the ocean …
Discussion: New York Times and Beet.TV
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
LG launches app store, initial focus on Asia  —  LG Electronics Inc, the world's No. 3 handset maker, is launching an online store for mobile phone applications Tuesday with an initial focus on Asia and aspirations for a more global reach by year-end.  —  Phone makers and mobile firms worldwide …
Discussion: mocoNews and Phone Scoop
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
How the Media Wrestle With the Web  —  LIKE a research scientist who gets a chance to play with a chemistry set, Sreenath Sreenivasan, a new-media professor at the Columbia Journalism School, returned to the roots of his chosen field last month riding home on the No. 1 train.
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
When a Blogger Voices Approval, a Sponsor May Be Lurking  —  Colleen Padilla, a 33-year-old mother of two who lives in suburban Philadelphia, has reviewed nearly 1,500 products, including baby clothes, microwave dinners and the Nintendo Wii, on her popular Web site Classymommy.com.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD keeps pressure on Intel with more six-headed server chips  —  Advanced Micro Devices is launching two new versions of its chips with six brains today.  The AMD Opteron HE and SE server microprocessors have six cores, or processors, on a single chip.  The introduction is the latest volley …
Discussion: Between the Lines
geeksmack.net:
Windows 7 RTM on Track, Compiled  —  We previously reported that the RTM build was delayed due to show-stopper bugs, however, WZor reports that they have managed to meet the compile target date of July 10th, and have compiled the RTM build, which, unlike what we previously suspected, is build 7600.16384.090710-1945, and not 7300.
Discussion: Tech Invaders and TechSpot, Thanks:paulz0r
comScore, Inc.:
Online Gaming Continues Strong Growth in U.S. as Consumers Increasingly Opt for Free Entertainment Alternatives  —  Distributed Gaming Content Publishers Compare Favorably Against Gaming Destination Sites  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Cynthia Wong / PolicyBeta:
Yahoo! protects user privacy — and gets fined?  —  In March of this year, a Belgian court entered judgment in a criminal case against Yahoo! and fined the company for refusing to hand over user data to Belgian law enforcement authorities under Belgian law.  —  The catch?
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Six in 10 companies plan to skip Windows 7: survey  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Six in 10 companies in a survey plan to skip the purchase of Microsoft Corp's Windows 7 computer operating system, many of them to pinch pennies and others over concern about compatibility with their existing applications.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Favstar.fm Makes The Twitter “Favorite” Less Of An Unwanted Step-Child
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
French “3 strikes” law returns, now with judicial oversight!
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Specs Re-Imply Blackberry Storm 2 Will Probably Forgo Clicky Touchscreen
Bloomberg:
Ericsson to Spend $1.5 Billion on Wireless Research in Korea
Todd Lewan / Associated Press:
Electronic identification sparks privacy debate
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
New Chief Defends U.S. Base for Agency That Manages Web
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Mullins / New Scientist:
Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence
Discussion: Slashdot
Soulskill / Slashdot:
UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User
Discussion: Londonist
Ian Paul / PC World:
Does Google Know Too Much About You?
Discussion: eWeek, I4U News and digg.com