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4:20 PM ET, July 16, 2009

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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 …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Apple demanded Microsoft to stop its Laptop Hunters ads  —  According to a Microsoft executive, Apple legal isn't too happy with Microsoft's Laptop Hunters ads.  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, told partners during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is There Really a Recovery in the Works?  Time to Check With Google.  —  Is the ad market really starting to rebound?  Or is the (muted, cautious) happy talk we we're hearing this spring just happy talk?  Time to take a peek at Google's quarterly earnings this afternoon, which might give us some insight.
Discussion: Forbes, Reuters and Dealscape
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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 …
Wayne Rosso / THE MUSiC VOiD:
Exclusive: The Pirate Bay 2.0  —  Dateline London: On June 30, news broke that The Pirate Bay had been purchased by a little known publicly traded company named Global Gaming Factory X based in Stockholm.  Having been through the p2p wars in my own rite, the only thing I could think was …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Music industry wants cut of Pirate Bay sale
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay exec no longer compares RIAA to Stalin
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Joshua Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Search with My Location for iPhone 3.0.  And All that Jazz  —  I recently visited NYC where I met up with my friend Joanne, a jazz singer with a wonderful 1920's throwback style.  I wanted to find a jazz club close to my hotel on the west side for us to meet.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0 to have tabbed browsing  —  You know us; we have nothing for love for RIM but it seems that its case of ADD is a lot worse than previously thought.  For the better part of a week we've been playing around with a new beta build of OS 5. and noticed that it has a new feature …
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 …
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 …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
‘Almost all’ news sites will charge within a year, predicts FT editor  —  Building payment platforms is one of key challenges facing news organisations, says Financial Times editor Lionel Barber  —  The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has predicted that “almost all” …
Electronista:
Apple drops to 5th in US computer sales  —  Apple has sunk a full position in the US computer market during the spring, according to early estimates by IDC.  The Mac producer is expected to have dropped from fourth place in the winter to fifth in the spring as it should have shipped 12.4 …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors Page 2:
Steve Jobs Makes Appearance at Coldplay Concert  —  One of Coldplay's roadies reports that Steve Jobs attended the band's concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on Monday night and made a backstage visit to chat with some of the band members and other VIPs.
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Will Legalizing Marijuana Win This, Too?  —  Have an idea for how the federal government could make sure all Americans have access to affordable broadband service?  —  Google  —  Google and the Google-funded New America Foundation are launching an effort this morning to help Americans vote …
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Submit your ideas to change the face of broadband
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Starting To Look Polished  —  No, it's not ready yet.  But it does at least look like the Mac release of Chrome is getting ready for prime time.  —  Now, let me be clear: I am not testing out that rather bogus “Developer Release” of Chrome that Google announced to placate users last month …
Discussion: Technologizer and blogs.chron.com
The Official Google Blog:
Plan ahead: Document and share your health wishes with Google Health  —  Do you have medical records gathering dust in a pile somewhere?  As a doctor and nurse on the Google Health team, we've both had a lot of experience working directly in the healthcare system, with all the bills …
PC World:
Can Bill Gates Control the Weather?  —  Brennon Slattery  —  Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is a man with a permanent light bulb over his head.  His latest idea?  Controlling the weather.  Sounds insane, but in a patent application recently released to the public …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and eWeek
PC World:
Dell Aims to Put All-in-one PC on Business Desks  —  With the aim to reclaim desk space, Dell on Thursday announced its first all-in-one PC for small-and-medium businesses.  —  The Vostro All-In-One is targeted at SMBs who want a cleaner and productive workspace, said Kirk Schell, director of the Vostro product group at Dell.
Discussion: Engadget, eWeek, Obsessable and Electronista
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader's Social Evolution  —  For more than a year, Google Reader has been struggling to add social features and almost all the new features were contrived, difficult to use and only cluttered the interface.  —  Originally, Google Reader's only social feature was sharing items in a public page.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace CEO: “Our users don't know if we're a social portal, a music site, or an entertainment hub”  —  One thing that's great about MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta - his emails to employees always have at least one good sound bite.  In June the zinger was his reference to laid off employees as “bloat.”
Discussion: paidContent
Business Wire:
IBM Reports 2009 Second-Quarter Results  —  IBM (NYSE: IBM - News) today announced second-quarter 2009 diluted earnings of $2.32 per share compared with diluted earnings of $1.97 per share in the second quarter of 2008, an increase of 18 percent.
Anne-Marie Hayden / priv.gc.ca:
Facebook needs to improve privacy practices, investigation finds  —  Privacy Commissioner recommends steps to ensure social networking site better protects the privacy of users and meets the requirements of Canadian privacy legislation  —  In order to comply with Canadian privacy law …
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Palm shares sink after Apple closes iTunes sync  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Palm Inc fell more than 3 percent on Thursday after Apple Inc closed a loophole in iTunes that had allowed the music management software to be synchronized with Palm's Pre phone.
Discussion: Palm WebOS and Local Mobile Search
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
12% of e-mail users have actually tried to buy stuff from spam  —  Be honest: have you ever responded to a spam e-mail?  Do you know anyone who has?  If you're like most of us at Ars, you can't fathom why anyone would respond to most of the messages we get, but a new study released …
Bill Grueskin / paidContent:
Yes, News Sites Are Facing A Crisis, But Aggregators Aren't The Problem  —  Bill Grueskin is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University Journalism School.  Prior to that, he was deputy managing editor/news for the Wall Street Journal, and before that managing editor of WSJ.com.
James Niccolai / PC World:
Sun Shareholders Approve Oracle Merger  —  Sun Microsystems' shareholders voted on Thursday to approve the company's acquisition by Oracle, but not by a wide margin.  —  Shareholders holding about 62 percent of Sun's stock voted in favor of the deal at a special meeting at Sun's offices in Santa Clara …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Ten Years Later, Blockbuster Still Lacks A Digital Media Strategy  —  Almost ten years ago to the day, on August 24th, 1999, I sat down for dinner at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle with senior executives from Blockbuster about a new video on demand movie service that they claimed, “would forever change the movie industry”.
Discussion: last100
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google's Chiller-less Data Center  —  The equipment yard at the Google data center in Belgium features no chillers.  (Photo from Google)  —  Google (GOOG) has begun operating a data center in Belgium that has no chillers to support its cooling systems, a strategy that will improve …
Discussion: GigaOM and Between the Lines
 
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Google's Eyeing Cellphones For Chrome OS
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Hulu Speaks On PS3 Blocking: Blame the Content Providers
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