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6:15 PM ET, July 14, 2009

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David Marmaros / The Google Apps Blog:
Introducing Google Calendar Labs  —  It's hard to believe it's been more than three years since we introduced Google Calendar to the world.  (It's true, I just checked my calendar.)  In that time we've received countless ideas and suggestions, including many from my fellow Googlers …
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Gmail Blog:
Tasks graduates from Gmail Labs  —  Our little baby's all grown up.  —  We launched Gmail Labs as a forum for delivering useful (and maybe not so useful) features that might not be quite ready for prime time.  The idea was always that the most popular and viable Labs features would graduate …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Lifehacker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Eases The Switch From Lotus Notes To Google Apps
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
YouTube Will Be Next To Kiss IE6 Support Goodbye  —  Judging by this screenshot taken by an IE6 user who was watching some videos on YouTube, it appears the Google company will be phasing out support for the browser shortly.  I don't have Internet Explorer 6 installed on my computer …
Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 1.5 Billion in First Year  —  More Than 65,000 Apps; Over 100,000 Developers  —  Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in just one year from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did it Get so Popular? …
Discussion: eWeek, AppleInsider and CNET News
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Survey Confirms: Bing Will Bomb  —  Analysts are positively gushing about Microsoft's Bing.  Initial Comscore numbers showed a pop in Bing traffic!  Some observers (the New York Times, for example) have gone so far as to suggest that Bing will usher in a whole new era in the search war between Google and Microsoft.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft announces Azure pricing, details  —  Microsoft's Bob Muglia announces Microsoft's Windows Azure plans at last year's professional developer conference.  On Tuesday, Microsoft announced how it will charge for the service and what level of guarantees it will provide.  —  (Credit: Robert Vamosi/CNET News)
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking News Online: How One 19-Year Old Is Shaking Up Online Media  —  Michael van Poppel used to be like a lot of young people, trawling the internet for interesting news about the world.  Just like many others have considered doing, he created a place where he could post the most interesting news he finds, as fast as he can.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Get Ready; Windows Marketplace for Mobile Offers Millions of Potential New Customers  —  My name is Todd Brix and I am the Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management at Microsoft.  I am on site at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans to talk …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Loses Engineering Director Who Once Caused Steve Ballmer To Melt Down  —  After nearly 5 years with the company, Engineering Director Mark Lucovsky is leaving Google for a role with VMware, we've learned.  Lucovsky has been an integral part of Google's APIs, including the all-important Search APIs.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Ballmer On Google Chrome OS: ‘Who Knows What This Thing Is?’  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) would not comment last week in the aftermath of Google's announcement that it would launch a PC operating system by mid-2010—but CEO Steve Ballmer was more than happy to talk …
Discussion: Bits, TechCrunch, Pulse2, NPR Blogs and eWeek
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Now Things Get Interesting: CBS Joins Comcast's Web TV Trial  —  Yet another addition to the growing list of programmers signing on to Comcast's “On Demand Online”: CBS will join the cable provider's trial program, which will allow subscribers to get Web access to shows they get on TV.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pandora now pushing radio to pay for music, too  —  The campaign to get radio stations to pay up for the music they play marches on.  With revenues from recorded music sales declining, rightsholders have turned their eyes in recent years to commercial US radio, which currently pays songwriters …
internetnews.com:
Intel Blows Past Wall Street Forecasts  —  Intel gives the tech sector its first hint of recovery.  —  Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) late Tuesday posted second-quarter results that were well above Wall Street estimates, providing the first solid hint of economic recovery for the tech sector.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung HMX-U10 Full HD camcorder with 1-button YouTube uploads out-Ultras the Flip  —  Step aside Flip, Samsung's aiming its massive consumer-electronics guns directly at your point-shoot-n-upload to YouTube base.  Samsung's new HMX-U10 fixed-focus, ultra-compact camcorder takes 10 megapixel stills …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Best Internet Addresses Will Cost a Cool .Million  —  One of the characteristics of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been its commitment to create a level playing field between big companies and individuals who use the Internet.  Its cumbersome decision-making process is open to input from all sides.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Amazon Buys Netflix?  Microsoft Is a Much Better Guess as a Potential Acquirer.  —  Yesterday, shares of Netflix got their semiregular rocket boost-with its stock up more than five percent to close at just over $42-from rumors that Amazon was interested in buying Netflix.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's valuation: The cheat sheet  —  Seriously, how much is Facebook worth?  It's been an enigma in tech gossip for years now, as the social-networking company grows bigger and bigger and yet remains privately held.  And some of Facebook's most rapid growth has taken place in the midst …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sun Microsystems: Ye Gads, That Was An Ugly Quarter  —  Hey, Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison!  Are you totally sure you want to buy Sun Microsystems (JAVA)?  —  Sun today pre-announced extremely ugly results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30.  The company said revenue for the quarter …
GooDiPhone:
Windows 95 on iPhone 3G (video)  —  Developers of iSoft team ran windows 95 on iPhone, its done with help of Bochs emulator and original win 95 image.  —  Main trouble is a perfomance of the iPhone and, mainly, of emulator... only windows was booting for 5-10 minutes.  And you can see perfomance at work.
Bloomberg:
China Risks Apple's Reputation by Letting Factories Ignore Worker Pay Law  —  Jiang Bo says he drove a cement truck for China's Shenzhen Antuoshan Investment & Development Co. 12 hours every day for seven years without overtime pay.  —  A national labor contract law implemented Jan. 1 …
Ross Mayfield / Socialtext blog:
Microblogging Appliance Delivers a Twitter for your Intranet  —  Today we announced the availability of the Socialtext Microblogging Appliance for rapid secure intranet deployment of microblogging and social networking at a low cost.  As the popularity of microblogging has increased, IT managers have struggled with its risks.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Appiphilia: Augmented reality iPhone apps for finding subways and Twitter neighbors  —  When Apple announced the addition of a compass to the iPhone 3GS, shortsighted onlookers responded with a yawn.  Yay, we can find magnetic north.  —  But iPhone app developers quickly saw an opportunity …
John Cook / TechFlash:
WhitePages unveils $2.5 million Web site redesign  —  “It's been a hell of a lot of work,” says John Lusk.  But the vice president of marketing at WhitePages is hoping that the $2.5 million overhaul of the company's Web site — the first major redesign in more than a decade …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Gets Out of the Radio Business, Collects $45 Million  —  The New York Times (NYT) is getting out of the radio business.  Did you know the New York Times was in the radio business?  Exactly.  —  Anyway, now it's not.  The cash-strapped publisher has sold WQXR-FM for $45 million …
Discussion: paidContent and Tech Trader Daily
Electronista:
PC sales to see largest drop since 2001  —  Sales of computers are poised to drop for the first time since the original technology crash of 2001, iSuppli said in a study today.  The research team had originally thought shipments would grow a very slight .7 percent in spite of the economic crash …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and CNET News
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
Linux achieves 1 second boot  —  From the ‘how much faster can it go’ files:The race for the fastest Linux boot has been going on for about a year at this point and now we've got a new winner.  Embedded Linux vendor MontaVista today is...  Though I know that desktop and server Linux vendors …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Is Reviewing Alternative Capital Sources For Finance Unit, CFO Says  —  Dell Inc., after cutting spending, raising money in the debt market and temporarily suspending its share-buyback program, says it is reviewing alternative sources of capital as customers continue to curb technology purchases.
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft patches 9 bugs, leaves one open for hackers
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft “OneApp”, possible app store for Zune HD?
Discussion: WMExperts and WMPoweruser.com
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