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5:00 AM ET, July 15, 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, Bits and Gizmodo
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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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's @Ev Confirms Hacker Targeted Personal Accounts; Attack Was “Highly Distressing.”  —  Back in May, Twitter was hacked by someone who got into the accounts of several Twitter employees and then gained access to high-profile accounts such as those of Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In Our Inbox: Hundreds Of Confidential Twitter Documents
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog, Thanks:atul
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 lets developers work over WiFi  —  Apple released an update to the iPhone OS 3.1 beta tonight, making the new version of the software available to registered developers.  According to several developers speaking to Ars, beta 2 enables them to connect to their devices wirelessly instead …
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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.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Steve Ballmer Shouts, ‘Microsoft Will Keep On Coming’  —  Steve Ballmer's extra-large mocha, triple-shot frap must have kicked in at just the right time.  Microsoft's chief executive put on one of his classic, chest-thumping performances on Tuesday for attendees gathered at the company's partner conference in New Orleans.
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel's Results Give Hope to Industry  —  The darkest time in the personal computer industry's history may have ended.  —  Over the past few months, hardware makers like Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Dell have suffered as one-fifth to one-quarter of their computer sales vanished.
Discussion: BetaNews
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Matt Brezina / Xobni Blog:
Announcing Xobni Plus - Xobni's most powerful Outlook search tool ever  —  When we ask Xobni users why they love Xobni they say a lot of really nice things, but a universal truth is that our users love Xobni search.  Here's just a sample of the comments we see on Twitter:
Discussion: TechCrunch, eWeek, Bits, CNET News and Mashable!
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Sex Positive Socializing Online Arrives  —  If you're ‘textually active’ online looking for relationships on social networking and dating sites, finally you have a new option.  Despite all the hoopla around the brave new world of Facebook, match.com et al, it's actually the same old industrial scale meat market for most people.
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
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did it Get so Popular?  Apple's App Store Hits 1.5 Billion Downloads and 65,000 Apps  —  Earlier today, Apple announced that iPhone and iPod touch users have now downloaded over 1.5 billion applications.  According to Apple, there are now also over 100,000 developers in the iPhone Developer Program …
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Apple's App Store Downloads Top 1.5 Billion in First Year
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Profitable (!) chat service Paltalk buys back shares from investor  —  You usually don't think of profit when you think of instant messaging services, but Paltalk has been making money for years through its subscription service — and the company has just bought back shares …
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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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches 3 Powerful New Targeting Features for Facebook Ads  —  The recent spate of enhancements to Facebook Ads is continuing today with several new ways to target Facebook ad campaigns.  Last week, Facebook turned on time scheduling, and this weekend, ad editing.
Discussion: Facebook and All Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Story Of The Government Having Twitter Data Access Is “Bulls**t,” Says Co-Founder  —  Earlier today, Valleywag ran a story about the U.S. government having access to Twitter's “firehose” of data.  The news apparently came from a source who presumably overheard a Twitter employee talking about it at lunch.
Discussion: Gawker
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Do mommy bloggers need to grow up?  —  How acceptable is it for independent bloggers to accept free products and other giveaways?  It's been a heated discussion of late.  —  Now MomDot, a community site for the ever-expanding corps of “mommy bloggers,” has decided to encourage its followers …
Times of India:
Swine flu scare shuts Google office in Hyderabad  —  HYDERABAD: Google India has had to shut down one of its offices in Hyderabad after one of the employees was confirmed to be suffering from the H1N1 flu virus.  ( Watch )  —  Of the 250 employees in this particular office of Google …
Thanks:thej
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian consumers boycott Nokia  —  The mobile phone company Nokia is being hit by a growing economic boycott in Iran as consumers sympathetic to the post-election protest movement begin targeting a string of companies deemed to be collaborating with the regime.
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.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Research In Motion  —  It looks like Verizon (VZ Quote) has a rip-snorting success on its hands with the debut of its BlackBerry Tour from Research In Motion (RIMM Quote).  —  In the first 24 hours, Verizon and retail outlets sold between 275,000 and 300,000 Tours, according to analysts.
Digits:
Does Size Matter When Measuring Online Audience?  —  From Numbers Guy Carl Bialik:  —  Nielsen said Monday that it is changing the way it estimates Internet traffic numbers.  That announcement promptly embroiled the media-measurement company in a numbers dispute with its chief rival for Web-traffic counts.
Discussion: Market Wire and AdExchanger.com
 
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Jennifer Peltz / Associated Press:
NY AG: Facelift firm placed bogus online reviews
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Discussion: Felix Salmon and paidContent
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon adds Facebook and Twitter to Fios TV
Discussion: Bloomberg and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv Redesigns To Make Broadcasting Easier And Chat More Obvious
Discussion: Mashable! and Webbyist
Peter Osnos / CJR:
What's a Fair Share In the Age of Google?
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EBay Live Is Going, Going, Gone
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft “OneApp”, possible app store for Zune HD?
Discussion: WMExperts and WMPoweruser.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Back on Track In June With 20 Million U.S. Visitors
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's valuation: The cheat sheet
Discussion: Business Week and internetnews.com
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Get Ready; Windows Marketplace for Mobile Offers Millions of Potential New Customers
 

 
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