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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: eWeek, Tech Trader Daily and AppScout
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
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 …
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla quashes first critical bug in Firefox 3.5, beats Microsoft to patch punch  —  Microsoft's IE ActiveX vulnerability, disclosed same day as Firefox's bug, not yet fixed  —  Computerworld - Mozilla late yesterday issued the first patch for Firefox 3.5, fixing a flaw that went public Monday.
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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
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Scales Storage Offerings with Ibrix Acquisition  —  HP is bolstering its StorageWorks offerings through the purchase of storage software maker Ibrix.  Ibrix's Fusion software is aimed at computing environments with massive storage demands, including high-performance computing and cloud computing.
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Live Update: Full Game Downloads, Expanded Netflix Features and More  —  The newest Xbox live update is in the process of filtering out to the masses, and it brings with it some pretty sweet features.  It'll offer downloadable Games on Demand (full games!), new Netflix options and a bunch more.
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.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Dell investors question executive compensation  —  If Dell's stock has gone down, why does it look like the overall compensation of the company's executive team gone up this year?  —  That was the most contentious question raised at Dell's annual shareholder meeting, held Friday morning at the Austin Convention Center.
Schuyler Dixon / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses SEC complaint against Cuban  —  DALLAS — A federal judge has dismissed a civil insider trading lawsuit against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  —  U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater granted Cuban's motion Friday.  Fitzwater gave the Securities and Exchange Commission 30 days to file an amended complaint.
 
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IEBlog:
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Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
China Journal:
China's Internet Population Hits 338 Million
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Steve Dowling / Apple:
FY 09 Third Quarter Results Conference Call
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Shows The Business Potential Of Location-Based Services
Michael Osinski / New York Times:
Steal This Code  —  GOLDMAN SACHS'S announcement this week …
Discussion: Snarkmarket
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Big, Awkward Problem of YouTube Fees
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
John Markoff / New York Times:
Web's Anonymity Makes Cyberattack Hard to Trace
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analysts pull Mac sales numbers out of a hat
Discussion: AppleInsider
 

 
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