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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Internal Strategy Laid Bare: To Be “The Pulse Of The Planet”  —  On Tuesday evening more than 300 confidential Twitter documents and screenshots landed in our inbox.  We said we were going to post a handful of them only, and we've spent much of the last 36 hours talking directly …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Someone Call Security  —  Early yesterday, we were contacted by two blog journalists who had just been offered internal business documents stolen from Twitter by a hacker.  —  First, it's important to note how these documents were stolen.  In this case, a Twitter employee used the same non-unique password on multiple services.
Sam Bayard / citmedialaw.org:
First Amendment Protects TechCrunch's Publication of (Some) Hacked Twitter Documents  —  in - Criminal - Journalism - Publication of Private Facts - Twitter  —  There's an interesting debate afoot about TechCrunch's decision to publish selected documents it received from someone who hacked …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
TechCrunch Supresses Its Best Scoops at Twitter's Request  —  TechCrunch has been taking heavy flack for publishing purloined Twitter documents, but the tech/business blog has a message for the haters: Don't worry, we're sitting on the most newsworthy documents.  Um, what?
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Twitter's Delicate Dance With Google, Microsoft, & Others
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.  —  “Google had a very good quarter, especially given the continued macro-economic downturn.  While most of the world's largest economies shrank …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Has “Stabilized,” Reports $5.5 Billion In Q2 Revenues  —  Google just reported second quarter earnings of $5.52 billion, representing “an increase of 3% compared to the second quarter of 2008.”  The first quarter of 2009 was $5.51 billion, by comparison.  So growth was flat quarter over quarter.
Discussion: BetaNews, paidContent and eWeek
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Google's Q2 earnings beat expectations by a nose
Discussion: Reuters and The Register
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Search Ad Deal With Microsoft “Down to the Short Strokes"-But Caution Also Advised  —  Unless there is some major glitch, there might finally be a search and online advertising deal struck between Yahoo and Microsoft at long last.  —  Top executives at Microsoft-including SVP …
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24/7 Wall Street:
Yahoo! (YHOO) Deal With Microsoft (MSFT) “Imminent”  —  Sources at a major client of investment house ThinkEquity say that the firm considers a Microsoft (MSFT) link-up with Yahoo! (YHOO) in the search business to be “imminent”.  The comments were made by analyst William Morrison.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music industry wants cut of Pirate Bay sale  —  The music industry will attempt to seize money paid to acquire the Pirate Bay, according to a high-level music industry source and a spokesman for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the trade group representing the music industry worldwide.
Discussion: paidContent
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The Official Palm Blog:
Mojo SDK available to all  —  After a successful early access program, Palm's Mojo Software Development Kit is available to all interested app developers.  The SDK can be downloaded from a new developer portal — Palm webOSdev — at developer.palm.com.  Any interested developer …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Games Industry Suffers From Recession, Finally  —  After a few months of lagging sales, market researcher NPD Group is finally saying the recession caught up with the video games industry.  All it took was for gaming to suffer its biggest year-over-year sales drop in 9 years.
Sam Niccolls / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
TechCrunch Upskirt: Why Michael Arrington Blogs about Porn  —  In 1970 porn was a 10 million dollar industry.  Today, the porn industry pulls in close to a billion dollars.  According to Alexa, four of the hundred most trafficked sites on the web are porn sites.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wants You To Know A Google Docs Redesign Is Coming (I Wonder Why)  —  On the Google Docs blog today, the company took the time to make a non-announcement.  Basically, there's a bunch of words that bury the real story: That Google Docs will soon be launching a “brand new shiny interface.”
Discussion: Docs Blog
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On  —  Just six years ago, the web was dominated by one browser: Internet Explorer, specifically Internet Explorer 6.  Without Netscape to compete against it and the ability to bundle its browser with Windows XP, Microsoft experienced superior market share - up to 95% at the peak.
Discussion: digg.com
Nick Nguyen / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Firefox Add-ons Contributions Pilot  —  The Firefox Add-ons community is an amazing source of creativity and innovation for Firefox users all over the world.  Thousands of developers create add-ons that foreshadow the future of Web browsers, and until today, developers who wanted some sort …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates: What does ‘browser’ mean these days, anyway?  —  In an interview with CNET News, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates responded to Google's announcement that it is developing Chrome OS, an operating system entirely integrated with a Web browser.  —  He noted that the term “browser,” these days, is fairly loose.
Discussion: TechFlash, Softpedia News, Archives and gdgt
Jack Margo / eWeek:
Twitter Leak Illustrates Google Chrome OS Security Hazards  —  Recently leaked Twitter documents that were stored on Google Apps highlight a deeper issue - namely, when everything you do is stored online, how will you protect your personal data?  As Google revs up its new Chrome OS, phishing and hacker attempts will be exacerbated.
Discussion: GigaOM
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Citing Worries On Windows, Argus Says “Sell”  —  According to Thomson/First Call, there are 33 sell-side analysts with ratings on Microsoft (MSFT).  They count 13 Strong Buys, 10 Buys, 10 Holds and zero Sells or Strong Sells.  But that information is a bit out of date: this morning …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Starts Warning About Malicious Links  —  Since it became the default URL shortener for Twitter, Bit.ly has been growing like crazy.  And as we learned from Spider-Man, with great power, comes great responsibility.  —  Bit.ly has started warning users of potentially malicious sites …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Google's Eyeing Cellphones For Chrome OS  —  At today's Mobilebeat 2009 Conference, Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra spoke about mobile platforms and what enables success.  Interestingly enough, Gundotra quickly mentioned web app development as the future of successful mobile platforms.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former AOLer Jim Bankoff Scores $7 Million for Sports News and Community Start-Up  —  Jim Bankoff-the well-regarded former AOL exec who runs an online sports news network called SB Nation-has nabbed $7 million in funding from investors to grow the company, including Comcast Interactive Capital, said sources.
Discussion: paidContent
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Belkin kills the FlyWire — does wireless HD / HDMI even have a chance?  —  We sort of saw the writing on the wall, but now Belkin has went and made it official: the FlyWire is dead.  Originally showcased at CES 2008 and at practically every AV-related trade show since …
Discussion: News at About Projectors and gdgt
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Revving Up Digg  —  What Digg is doing outside the media spotlight to gain traction and keep momentum.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Jay Adelson, chief executive of Digg, is not easily flustered when cool technology hits the skids.  Barreling south through San Francisco recently to reach an appointment …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
No, @Oprah doesn't really want you to watch that pirated copy of Harry Potter  —  If you're following celebrities like Oprah, Michael Arrington, and Justin Timberlake you might find that folks are retweeting some odd stuff purportedly originally posted by the aforementioned celebrities.
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Amazon makes good on cracked Kindles  —  Excerpts from the blog After countless calls and e-mails, Amazon.com finally responded to the story we broke Tuesday about a Seattle customer...  Excerpts from the blog  —  After countless calls and e-mails, Amazon.com finally responded to the story …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analysts pull Mac sales numbers out of a hat  —  IDC, Gartner can't agree on whether U.S. sales are up or down at Apple  —  Computerworld - Apple's Mac sales are up.  Unless they're down, say analysts.  —  Second-quarter estimates of Mac sales by Gartner Inc. and IDC split yesterday …
Roman Loyola / Macworld:
First look: Comcast Mobile App for iPhone  —  Comcast is one of the largest cable TV and Internet service providers in the United States, and the company on Thursday released the Comcast Mobile App for iPhone (iTunes Store link), which allows you to access some of Comcast's services from your iPhone or iPod touch over Wi-Fi.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Pizza Hut Comes to the iPhone: Will Other Restaurants Follow?  —  A couple of months ago, Papa John's marketing manager Jim McDonnell was quoted as saying that their “iPhone application” simply wasn't delivering as well as their mobile display advertising was.
Don Clark / Digits:
Sun Is Setting While Top Execs Remain Mum  —  Shareholders of Sun Microsystems, as expected, on Thurday approved its proposed purchase by Oracle.  What might seem surprising is the fact that neither CEO Jonathan Schwartz nor Chairman Scott McNealy-at times, two of the most outspoken …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Good Enough for Nikki Finke, Good Enough for Celebrity Editrix …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Advertisers Are Watching Your Every Tweet
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Analysis: Palm Pre sync flap, hardware issues, hurt Palm
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Hulett is out as CEO of Mpire
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Should YouTube Charge a Fee to Upload Video?
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Cisco cutting up to 700 employees at headquarters
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Yes, News Sites Are Facing A Crisis, But Aggregators Aren't The Problem
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Chrome For Mac Starting To Look Polished
 

 
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