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11:30 AM ET, July 17, 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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter Widens Blog War
Discussion: Gawker and WebProNews
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Possible Twitter lawsuit would dive into murky blog waters
Discussion: Boing Boing, AttentionMax and digg.com
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Twitter's Delicate Dance With Google, Microsoft, & Others
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
App stores are not the future, says Google  —  Apple customers may have downloaded 1.5bn applications from its AppStore in the past year for their iPhones and iPod touches, but the service does not represent the future for the mobile industry, according to Google.
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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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Be Close to Web-Search Advertising Agreement With Yahoo  —  Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. are close to signing a partnership to collaborate on Internet-search technology and advertising, a bid to challenge Google Inc., two people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: AppScout and internetnews.com
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.
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Video game sales revenue plummets 31 percent
Ben Charny / Dow Jones Newswires:
U.S. Videogame Sales Fall For Fourth Month In Row
Discussion: DailyTech and AppScout
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Opera: Microsoft's ‘minor tweak’ of Windows 7 not enough  —  Microsoft may have felt forced to leave parts of IE within Windows, since some of the OS's functionality, particularly Windows Update, likely depends on those components.  —  A month ago, Microsoft acknowledged that its unilateral move might …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Web Browsers
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Opera slams Microsoft's Windows 7 E move - again
Discussion: IEBlog
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Slowing down the Netbook train  —  Cheaper or faster?  —  That's going to be the burning question for computer shoppers perusing the aisles of electronics retail stores this fall.  That's when the new line of notebooks powered by consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) chips will start appearing in force.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO keen on ‘ultra-thins’ as alternative to Netbooks
Discussion: bit-tech.net and SlashGear
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Don't Tell Eric Schmidt Google Won't Make Money from Chrome OS  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt doesn't rule out ad-supported and subscription services for applications built on Chrome OS, the search engine giant's forthcoming operating system.  The CEO handled several questions about Chrome OS …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Softpedia News:
Firefox 3.5.1 Patches a Critical Security Bug  —  The first update to 3.5 has launched ahead of schedule  —  A critical security vulnerability in the latest Firefox 3.5 was disclosed a few days ago affecting the Just-in-Time (JIT) JavaScript compiler.  The bug could be used by an attacker …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla quashes first critical bug in Firefox 3.5, beats Microsoft to patch punch
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Earnings Quagmire  —  The company reports July 21, and results likely won't be good.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Brace yourself for no surprise: When Yahoo! announces second-quarter results July 21, earnings are going to be bad.  With house prices down, travel down and recession-battered consumers …
Discussion: Guardian
Google Blogoscoped:
The Great Google Doodle Triforce Conspiracy  —  In many well-known programs there are hidden features or messages called easter eggs, being put there by the developers for you to find.  Like in some applications from Google: Docs (Cliply), Picasa (bears) and Reader (ninja and the end of internet).
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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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Averatec debuts 22-inch D1005 all-in-one PC for $799  —  Averatec's 25.5-inch D1200 a bit too large for your tastes (or your bantam desk)?  Fret not, as the very same company is today issuing a 22-inch version with similar specs.  Speaking of which, the admittedly stylish all-in-one machine packs …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Nokia N86 Priced at $558  —  The Nokia (NYSE: NOK) N86 had already been announced for the U.S., but an update on their bulletin board has dropped the pricetag: $558.00, unlocked from their flagship store.  For those who didn't catch the MWC launch, the N86 rocks the same two-way slide of its N85 predecessor …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
As Twitter and Facebook grow, Google Reader copies features, adding clutter  —  Google Reader's increasingly cluttered interface (larger version).  —  Google Reader is one of the best RSS aggregators out there.  But with more blogs and newspapers broadcasting their content on Twitter and Facebook …
Michael Osinski / New York Times:
Steal This Code  —  GOLDMAN SACHS'S announcement this week of record quarterly profits has thankfully overshadowed another news event there earlier this month.  Sergey Aleynikov, a former programmer for Goldman, was arrested and accused of stealing computer programs that make rapid …
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
How much did shutting down McColo help?  —  On 11 November 2008 McColo, a Californian server hosting company, was disconnected from the Internet.  This took the controllers for 6 major botnets offline.  It has been widely reported that email spam volumes were markedly reduced for some time thereafter.
Michael Jones / TUAW:
App Store Lessons: No promo codes for apps rated 17+  —  Developers whose apps meet the criteria for a 17+ rating in the App Store are now running into yet another roadblock, but this time it's not about getting their apps approved, it's about distributing them.  Or, more specifically, distributing promo codes for them.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Offbeat: Paranoid lawsuit attempts to link Apple to Italian mafia  —  A new lawsuit from a Beverly Hills, Calif., man alleges that Apple conspired with the Italian mafia to secretly track him, transmit threatening messages to his iPod, and insert the word “herpes” into the song “Still Tippin'” by Mike Jones.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Who Does Twitter Love?  Breaking Down The Twitter Suggested Users List  —  In some ways, it's the Who's Who of Twitter — the Twitter Suggested Users list.  These are the 241 people Twitter currently suggests that new people should follow.  Below, a look at who makes it by categories, such as media or sports.
 
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David Carnoy / CNET News:
Amazon will now replace Kindles damaged by cover
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Jakarta Bombings and Twitter: Timeline and Thoughts
Discussion: Mashable! and Global Voices Online
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Shows The Business Potential Of Location-Based Services
Discussion: foursquare
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
FCC Considers Propping Up Old School Journalism, As Copps Blames …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Big, Awkward Problem of YouTube Fees
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Bits
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Mary Kay Sues Yahoo For Inserting Ad Links In Emails
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Companies Don't Get Killed by Competition, They Commit Suicide
Discussion: Internetnews Blog
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Web's Anonymity Makes Cyberattack Hard to Trace
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Live Update: Full Game Downloads, Expanded Netflix Features and More
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analysts pull Mac sales numbers out of a hat
Discussion: AppleInsider and Brainstorm Tech
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Starts Warning About Malicious Links
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On
Discussion: digg.com
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2009 RESULTS
 

 
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