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9:50 PM ET, July 16, 2009

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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?
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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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Google's Q2 earnings beat expectations by a nose
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Has “Stabilized,” Reports $5.5 Billion In Q2 Revenues
Discussion: eWeek and paidContent
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  —  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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Analysis: Palm Pre sync flap, hardware issues, hurt Palm  —  Pre fans point to the Palm's WebOS, saying it matters most  —  Computerworld - Since the Palm Pre launched on June 6, it has been hailed with exaggerated exuberance as an iPhone killer and reviled for pesky hardware problems.
Discussion: DailyFinance, Bits and PC World
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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
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 and Archives
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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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Sun shareholders approve Oracle merger
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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: blogs.chron.com and Technologizer
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.
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 …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Good Enough for Nikki Finke, Good Enough for Celebrity Editrix …
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Belkin kills the FlyWire — does wireless HD / HDMI even have a chance?
Discussion: News at About Projectors and gdgt
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Advertisers Are Watching Your Every Tweet
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Hulett is out as CEO of Mpire
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Should YouTube Charge a Fee to Upload Video?
Discussion: Fast Company and NewTeeVee
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Pizza Hut Comes to the iPhone: Will Other Restaurants Follow?
Discussion: AdAge, VentureBeat, mocoNews and iLounge
Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Cisco cutting up to 700 employees at headquarters
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst says iPhone is lifeblood of AT&T success
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Treasury Dept. pitches bill to tighten grip on PE and VC activity
Discussion: Associated Press
Bill Grueskin / paidContent:
Yes, News Sites Are Facing A Crisis, But Aggregators Aren't The Problem
 

 
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