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1:55 AM ET, July 14, 2009

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Bloomberg:
Netflix Advances on Speculation of Buyout Offer From Amazon.com  —  Netflix Inc. shares gained and bullish options trading jumped to the highest in 11 weeks on speculation that Amazon.com Inc. may acquire the largest U.S. mail-order movie service, according to WhatsTrading.com.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Amazon-Netflix? Let's Make It Happen, Please.
Discussion: tinyComb
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 RTM  —  I'd like to offer up a little insight into the “Release to Manufacturing” (RTM) for Windows 7.  —  Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM.  —  We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7.  When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft is launching a music streaming service this month  —  Microsoft is gearing up to launch a music streaming service similar to Spotify by the end of this month.  —  The service, which Microsoft aims to have ready by the end of July, will offer users the chance to stream music for free and also download to own.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon to Mobile Developers: Can You Hear Me Now?  —  Verizon wants to build its own app store, and is planning a July 28 event to entice developers to its platform.  Like everyone else wooing programmers, the company hopes to get the equivalent of the in-crowd building the hottest apps …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:   Verizon to its smartphones: thou shalt have no other app store before mine
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Employees and Investors Can Finally Unload Stock  —  10:28 a.m. Clarifying that company executives do not qualify for the stock purchase program.  —  Facebook investors are finally getting a chance to sell some of their stock.  —  Digital Sky Technologies, the Russian investment firm …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Should Facebook employees sell stock to DST now? (Probably not)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Look for PA Semi's chip designs in upcoming Apple tablet  —  Reports surfaced today that Apple will launch an $800 tablet computer in October.  But we've dug out something interesting ourselves: the processor chip for the tablet is being designed by Apple's own internal chip team.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Re-Rumor: Apple Tablet Coming in October, Priced at $800
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Why Teens Aren't Using Twitter: It Doesn't Feel Safe  —  Twitter seems to be the hottest thing in tech recently — if you look at TechCrunch, it averages at least 3 posts a week about Twitter.  But the bigger question is, who is really using Twitter?  Many of you might think that …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:teensintech
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
RIM Launching A BlackBerry Social Network For Venting Tomorrow  —  Perhaps you've noticed that apps aren't exactly flying off the virtual shelves in BlackBerry's App World store, like they are in Apple's App Store.  The store is hard to navigate and there's confusion about several of the apps …
Bing:
bing at month one  —  After just over one month in market, we wanted to take the opportunity to THANK YOU for all your feedback and support of Bing and provide an update on our early results.  We've been really pleased to hear so much positive feedback, and we appreciate all you who've taken …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Office 2010 Web Apps to be Free; Testing Starts Today  —  After Microsoft's initial announcement, the forthcoming Google-docs-like Office web apps—"Office Web"—kinda fell off the radar.  Today, we get confirmation that the online suite will be free, and that Office 2010 will start semi-private testing today.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Complete Guide To Microsoft's Office 2010
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Huddles with Patent Vampire  —  Mark Zuckerberg was photographed in intimate conversation with Microsoft's former CTO in Sun Valley last week.  The Facebook founder might simply have been quizzing Nathan Myhrvold about Zuckerberg doppelgänger Bill Gates.  But there's a more interesting possibility.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Bing Delivers Credibility to Microsoft  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In late May, Microsoft unveiled Bing, its new Internet search engine, in front of an audience of skeptics: technology executives and other digerati who had gathered near San Diego for an industry conference.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Blockbuster to stream video rentals on Samsung TVs  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  Having been a step behind in the race to pipe entertainment from the Internet to television screens, struggling video rental-chain Blockbuster Inc. is counting on a new partnership with Samsung Electronics America Inc. to regain ground on rival Netflix Inc.
Discussion: Crave and Los Angeles Times
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Will Hunt Down isoHunt Founder for Life  —  Where the RIAA is mostly interested in pursuing individual file-sharers in court, the MPAA has taken on several of the largest torrent sites on the Internet.  After being awarded $110 million in their case against TorrentSpy last year, they are now focusing on the next target - isoHunt.
Discussion: Financial Post
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
HBO and Cinemax Going Online With Comcast  —  HBO and Cinemax will join Comcast's OnDemand Online trial this summer, giving the cable company's authentication scheme a high-profile partner.  As part of the agreement, 750 hours of content from the two networks will be made available through Comcast.net and Fancast.com.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Facebook Stickier Than Google, eBay  —  The average Internet user in the U.S. spent more than 4.5 hours on Facebook in June, more time than he whiled away on Google, eBay, Yahoo and other online hubs, according to new data from Nielsen.  —  Getty Images  —  Google's family of Web sites retained …
Discussion: paidContent
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: Forget the Feds, Apple is ‘doing just fine at wrecking the wireless business’  —  The Feds have been examining exclusive wireless carrier deals with handset makers—think AT&T and Apple—but the effort is a bit of a farce.  Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett says it's laughable …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TwitVid launches on the iPhone, cracks open world of video tweeting  —  TwitVid launched a mobile app today for quick video tweets and uploads, capitalizing on iPhone 3GS' new video capabilities.  —  The TwitVid app lets you record a video, write a tweet and then post it to your Twitter account.
Richard Corliss / Time:
‘Bruno’: Did Twitter Reviews Hurt Movie at Box Office?  —  In the old days — like, until yesterday — movie studios judged the success of their big pictures by how much they grossed on the opening weekend.  But in the age of Twitter, electronic word-of-mouth is immediate …
Cade Metz / The Register:
US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox  —  No IE if you buy less peanut butter  —  Tune into our application security webcast, click here  —  US State Department workers have begged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to let them use Firefox.  —  “Can you please let the staff use …
Gordon Borrell / Borrell Associates:
Local Ads Moving to Social Networks  —  We just did an assessment of advertising placed on social networking sites and were surprised to find that nearly 20% of all ad spending is by local businesses.  Our assumption going into this research was that commercials on social networks were almost purely national.
Discussion: paidContent
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Gap Grows Wider: MySpace Eats Facebook's Dust In The U.S.  —  The gap between Facebook and MySpace is growing wider in the U.S. In May, Facebook finally caught up to MySpace in unique U.S. visitors and surpassed its rival social network by a smidgeon.  Last month, Facebook left MySpace in the dust …
TechCrunch:
The Time Has Come To Regulate Search Engine Marketing And SEO  —  The following post was written by a well known executive at one of the largest sites on the Internet.  The author has requested to remain anonymous - not for dramatic effect, but because of the backlash he would receive from the SEO industry and possibly Google itself.
 
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
How The AP Fails To Get Search & SEO (Again)
Marla Aaron / IAB:
IAB Demystifies Mobile Advertising, Launches First-Ever Mobile Buyer's Guide
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Dirty Little Secret: TomTom car adapter “should” work with iPod Touch as well
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brian Handwerk / National Geographic:
“Space Internet” to Link Worlds by 2011?
Discussion: Times of India
Martha Irvine / Associated Press:
Young workers push employers for wider Web access
Discussion: Techdirt
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
As Technology Needs Grow, One Sector Has No Shortage of Jobs
 

 
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