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11:30 AM ET, July 15, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Apps For Android And Blackberry Are Here  —  Google Voice, previously called Grand Central, is rolling out the first mobile apps for the service this evening.  The main function of the apps is to make it easier to use your Google Voice phone number by automatically routing …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet Google, Your Phone Company  —  Can Google be your phone company?  The answer is yes.  I came to that conclusion after I met with Vincent Paquet, co-founder of GrandCentral (a company acquired by Google) and now a member of the Google Voice team.  Earlier today he stopped by our office …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Voice Goes Mobile  —  Google Voice, the universal voice mailbox and call-routing service that Google rolled out in March, has always been accessible from mobile phones.  Users dialed their Google Voice number and could access their voice mail or hit a button and be prompted to make a call.
Discussion: DailyTech, Phone Arena and Phone Scoop
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In Our Inbox: Hundreds Of Confidential Twitter Documents  —  Here's a dilemma: The guy ("Hacker Croll") who claims to have accessed hundreds of confidential corporate and personal documents of Twitter and Twitter employees, is releasing those documents publicly and sent them to us earlier today.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The Twitter hack and the cloud  —  A leading technology blog Techcrunch said last night that it had been forwarded hundreds of confidential corporate and personal documents belonging to Twitter and its employees.  —  The information, obtained by a hacker calling himself Hacker Croll, was first mentioned on this French blog.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Reaction To Your Reactions To the Twitter Confidential Documents Post  —  Wow, that's quite a reaction to our post earlier this evening saying that we will publish some of the confidential Twitter documents we've been forwarded.  Nearly 200 comments in a little over an hour, mostly saying we shouldn't publish.
Discussion: Guardian
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates on Google's Chrome OS  —  To Bill Gates, Google's Chrome OS looks a lot like a familiar foe: Linux.  —  “There's many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there and packaged in different ways and booted in different ways,” Gates said in an interview with CNET News this week.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Natal to bring gesture recognition to Windows too  —  Microsoft doesn't just want to bring gesture recognition to the Xbox with Project Natal.  It also wants the technology in Windows, according to a very good source—Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.  —  In an interview with CNET News this week …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson  —  It's been a year since Bill Gates left full-time work at Microsoft, but he's found plenty to keep him busy.  —  In between trying to eradicate polio, tame malaria, and fix the broken U.S. education system, Gates has managed to fulfill a dream …
Discussion: The Register, TechFlash, ITworld.com, open and TG Daily, Thanks:atul
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Brandon Sterne / Mozilla Security Blog:
Critical JavaScript vulnerability in Firefox 3.5  —  Issue  —  A bug discovered last week in Firefox 3.5's Just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler was disclosed publicly yesterday.  It is a critical vulnerability that can be used to execute malicious code.  —  Impact
Clay Shirky / Cato Unbound:
Not an Upgrade — an Upheaval  —  In his lead essay, Clay Shirky argues that the old models of journalism are broken primarily because in today's online environment, self-created publics can parse the news however they like.  The biggest failure of journalism in the online age is the failure …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Would You Pay for Advanced Email Search?  Xobni Thinks You Will  —  Xobni, the makers of an Outlook add-in for a “smarter inbox,” have just released a slew of new premium features in a package called “Xobni Plus.”  For the most part, these new features aim to bring more advanced search tools to your inbox …
Discussion: AppScout
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Matt Brezina / Xobni Blog:
Announcing Xobni Plus - Xobni's most powerful Outlook search tool ever
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits, eWeek, Mashable! and CNET News
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Amazon sued for cracking Kindles, $5-plus million sought in class action  —  You've heard about cracking open a book, but how about cracking open a Kindle?  —  Apparently this is happening to some owners of Amazon.com's electronic book who also bought the optional, $30 protective cover …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Is Your Kindle Cracking Up? Amazon Sued in $5 Million Class Action
Discussion: Gearlog
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iTunes goes retro with digital 45s  —  As a throwback to the old days of the two-song 45 rpm vinyl record, the iTunes Store launched a new “D45” section Tuesday, featuring discounted prices on packs of two digital song downloads.  —  Just like old 45s, the iTunes D45 selection includes a popular single accompanied by a B-side song.
Bing / Search Blog:
BingTweets Debuts  —  As part of our ongoing efforts to explore options in real-time search, we've partnered with Federated Media and Twitter to create BingTweets which fuses Bing search results and real time content from Twitter in an interesting new interface.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
YouTube pulls audio from greatest music video ever  —  This is really quite sad.  —  Citing copyright concerns, YouTube has deleted the audio from a hosted video that depicts the Internet meme “Keyboard Cat” showing up in a vintage TV after-school special and then embedded in the foreground …
Discussion: Epicenter and p2pnet
BBC:
Windows 7 flies off virtual shelf  —  The latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, Windows 7, is available for pre-order in the UK.  —  Amazon said that sales of Windows 7 in the first eight hours it was available outstripped those of Windows Vista's entire 17 week pre-order period.
Discussion: Mashable!
David Martin / CNET News:
Apple cops to OS 3.0 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth problems  —  A rash of Wi-Fi connectivity and signal strength complaints have cropped up after Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 software update.  Some users complain that their iPhones and iPod Touches drop from Wi-Fi unexpectedly; others that they can't connect to the Internet at all.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Staska / Unwired View:
German O2's Toshiba TG01 ships with virus preinstalled  —  This one should probably be filed under the “weird news” category, but it's pretty interesting nonetheless.  —  According to German publication Inside-Handy.de, the new Windows Mobile communicator Toshiba TG01 …
IHS:
PayPal shuts us down  —  I had a subscription system running under WP-MEMBER for about a year before that software flaked out on me.  Multiple domains caused problems that were irreconcilable.  I had donations for our work in Africa coming in (not through wp-member) and a few hundred subscribers to Informer through wp-member.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Behind the scenes at Twitter  —  Twitter is the hottest internet startup on the planet.  Over the last few months, the messaging service it provides has morphed from a social networking tool into an instrument of revolution.  So what's life like for the 52 employees at its San Francisco headquarters?
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
The Register:
Chrome OS: Windows killer?  —  Or will it just leave smudgy fingermarks?  —  Google's announcement last week concerning its plans to bring out a fully fledged operating system was inevitably going to put the cat amongst the twitterati.  “Let's see,” asked the pundits, “who else makes operating systems?”
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Hands-on: Samsung Highlight for T-Mobile  —  Perhaps it's the die-hard QWERTY keyboard purist in me, but I don't see how these tiny touchscreen phones are viable options these days.  Look at the size of the screen on the Samsung Highlight compared to that of the iPhone and G1.
Laura June / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC T91 review  —  We've had our eye on ASUS' first full touchscreen tablet netbook, the Eee PC T91, since way back in January, when the hardware was on display while the software had yet to appear.  Since then, we've seen quite a lot of the T91, and now it's finally making its way onto the US retail market.
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship  —  from the guy-drawing-the-dirty-pictures dept.
 
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sony Ericsson announces entry level W205 and W205a Walkman phones
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
EBay Live! now dead
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Tanji / Danger Room:
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Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Online gambling for the Facebook generation
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Not That It Matters... But Appeals Court Rejects Webcasters' Challenge …
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Stop worrying, Hollywood - nobody is stealing your films with mobiles
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