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1:55 PM ET, July 17, 2009

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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: eWeek, Tech Trader Daily and AppScout
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.
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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 …
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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon's Handset Concessions Target AT&T, iPhone  —  Updated: Verizon said today it will offer smaller carriers access to any cell phone model it uses — even those exclusive to Verizon.  Carriers who have fewer than 500,000 subscribers will have access to phones after only six months …
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Limit Exclusive Handset Deals  —  Verizon Wireless said it will allow small wireless carriers to use the popular cellphone models Verizon offers exclusively more quickly.  —  The wireless phone giant announced the change in a letter to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have been pressuring …
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.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel CEO keen on ‘ultra-thins’ as alternative to Netbooks
Discussion: bit-tech.net and SlashGear
Sleonard / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA - Includes enhancements for Windows 7-based computers  —  We are pleased to announce the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta which improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing the following new features …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Cuban Beats the SEC: Judge Tosses Insider-Trading Case  —  A federal judge has dismissed the Securities and Exchange Commission's insider-trading case against Mark Cuban, the AP reports.  Astonishingly, Cuban has yet to say anything about this on his blog or his Twitter account.
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Schuyler Dixon / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses SEC complaint against Cuban
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
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.
Orlando Sentinel:
Your tweets could earn you money  —  An Orlando company's plans could change the face of Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging service that millions of people rely on for unbiased tips about movies, restaurants, gadgets and services.  —  Later this month, a marketing firm called IZEA will launch …
Discussion: Etan on Tech
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 and AppScout
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 and iLounge
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 …
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
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks?  —  Download Google Chrome 3.0.193.1 for Windows from Fileforum now.  —  Over the last few weeks, Google has been releasing development builds of its Chrome 3 Web browser in a fast and furious pace.  And with each release …
IEBlog:
Changes to IE8's First Run  —  This blog post details a change we're making to IE8's first run experience, previously described in other posts here and here.  The goal of the IE setup experience is to put IE users in control of their settings and respect existing defaults.
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Hollywood Blogger Feared by Executives  —  Right now, there's a good chance a Hollywood executive is leaning into a colleague's office and quietly asking, “Did you see what Nikki just wrote?”  —  That would be Nikki Finke, a well-traveled newspaper reporter who has found her moment as a digital-age Walter Winchell.
Discussion: Company Town, The Awl and Gawker
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Your Mom Tell You Not To Talk To Strangers?  Don't Show Her FlyChat.  —  I sat down thinking I was going to write about how FlyChat, a new iPhone app, is kind of creepy.  Then I realized it's actually a lot like Twitter in some regards.  And that's not to say that Twitter isn't creepy in some ways.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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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 …
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.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Accenture To Buy Symbian Services Unit From Nokia
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Scales Storage Offerings with Ibrix Acquisition
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Dell investors question executive compensation
China Journal:
China's Internet Population Hits 338 Million
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Jakarta Bombings and Twitter: Timeline and Thoughts
Discussion: Mashable! and Global Voices Online
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla quashes first critical bug in Firefox 3.5, beats Microsoft to patch punch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Shows The Business Potential Of Location-Based Services
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Who Does Twitter Love? Breaking Down The Twitter Suggested Users List
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Mary Kay Sues Yahoo For Inserting Ad Links In Emails
John Markoff / New York Times:
Internet's Anonymity Makes Cyberattack Hard to Trace
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Live Update: Full Game Downloads, Expanded Netflix Features and More
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analysts pull Mac sales numbers out of a hat
Discussion: AppleInsider
 

 
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