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1:05 AM ET, July 18, 2009

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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others  —  This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers.  These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Amazon Says It Will Stop Deleting Kindle Books  —  By deleting two unauthorized Orwell books from the Kindle devices of readers who had purchased them, Amazon highlighted how poorly real world expectations apply to the digital world.  —  Amazon on Thursday began e-mailing a few hundred owners …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Amazon Remotely Deletes Legitimately Purchased Books From Thousands of Kindles  —  Amazon basically guaranteed that I'll never buy a Kindle last night by bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely.
Discussion: Engadget and The iPhone Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Why Don't You Come In Our Houses And Burn Our Books Too?  —  So plenty has already been said about this, but we're going to weigh in too because it's just so ridiculous.  Amazon began remotely deleting books from Kindles this morning.  Illegal books?  Nope.
Discussion: Guardian, Digits and CNET News, Thanks:gsharma
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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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Slouching Toward a Coddled and Toothless Blogosphere  —  Remember when blogs were going to be fiercely independent firebrands who, purified of old media insidery stench, would pull no punches against traditional power structures?  So much for that.  Today's laptop media is shaping up to be nothing but lapdogs.
Zee / TheNextWeb.com:
The EV-Files: Your chance to stop Arrington from publishing more documents!  —  The Ev-Files is a lighter take on the Twitter/TechCrunch saga.  An amusing online game from Entrepreneur/Developer Alex Tew, founder of viral hits MillionDollarHomePage, Sock and Awe and most recently PopJam.
Staska / Unwired View:
Google to monetize Voice via ringback advertising auctions?  —  The newly announced Google Voice looks like a great service that should ease your communication problems on multiple devices significantly.  —  And Google is already thinking of the ways of monetizing Voice.  In a way it knows best - through advertising.
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Fearless Feedback!  Tech Workers Dish Dirt on Their Employers  —  Thinking about making a move to another company?  Sure, the economy is in tatters and layoff announcement have become commonplace, but it's always nice to know whether or not people at other companies are as miserable enjoying their jobs as much as you.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Hacking NetFlix
Alexia Tsotsis / Style Council:
Is All of Hollywood the Bitch in Twitter “Sex Tape,” or Just P. Diddy?  —  Regardless of what you think of Techcrunch founder Michael Arrington's ethics, what has been revealed via the Techcrunch #twittergate is some of the most fascinating information to have hit the mediasphere in a long time.
Chris Taylor / Fortune Small Business:
Getting Things Done guru goes digital  —  David Allen's time-management system helped his disciples get things done, but it required reams of paper.  Now, at last, software comes to the rescue.  —  (Fortune Small Business) — I am obsessed with personal-management systems.
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 …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Blockbuster selling Archos 10 netbooks at retail stores, we're not sure why either  —  Looking for a place to buy a netbook?  Have you tried any of the thousands of online shops that offer them?  Oh, they don't look quite desperate enough for you?  Perhaps you'd rather go somewhere that really needs your money: Blockbuster.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Ex-Microsoft manager's Web startup, Sampa, shutting down  —  A year after receiving $1 million from angel investors, Redmond Web startup Sampa is shutting itself down.  —  Sampa was a social networking/photo and web hosting site aimed at extended families.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Patch Media CEO Brod Now Heading AOL's Venture Unit  —  In yet another appointment of an exec close to AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong, Patch Media CEO Jon Brod (pictured here) has taken over the new venture arm of the Time Warner (TWX) online unit.  —  AOL confirmed the appointment to BoomTown.
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Financial Times:
Microsoft-Yahoo talks intensify  —  Negotiations between Microsoft and Yahoo over an alliance that could reshape the internet search business have intensified in recent days.  —  However, it is not yet clear if the latest talks will get any closer to a deal than discussions that failed earlier this year …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Earnings Quagmire
Discussion: Guardian, Dealscape and eWeek
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Wikipedia's controversial video player coming soon  —  Wikipedia users will be getting new tools for uploading, editing, and viewing video very soon.  According to a Beet.TV interview with Erik Moller, who is the deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation, we'll see all of these things shortly.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Juniper Backer NEA Makes 26-Fold Return on Data Domain After EMC Purchase  —  New Enterprise Associates, the venture capital firm that backed Juniper Networks Inc., made a 26-fold return on its stake in Data Domain Inc., the biggest payout for a venture firm this year, partner Scott Sandell said.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Concerns raised as LA looks to Google Web services  —  LOS ANGELES — Security and privacy concerns have been raised over a multimillion-dollar proposal by Los Angeles to tap Google Inc.'s Internet-based services for government e-mail, police records and other confidential data.
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Experts: Oracle Database Option Price Hikes No Accident  —  Oracle's decision to hike the price of some add-ons for its flagship database by about 40 percent was far from a random act, since the modules are crucial to getting the database to perform at the highest level, a pair of experts said Friday.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
What Would a Facebook Collaboration With Apple Look Like?  It Almost Happened...  How would Facebook be different today if its social operating system was built into Apple's OS X?  The two companies spent a lot of time collaborating early on.  But, as Facebook's senior platform manager …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Here's how you make money out of Twitter - charge £495 for a search interface  —  UK entreprenuer Colin Gilchrist has developed Tweetabits, effectively a Tweet-deck style interface layered over Twitter search.  —  Developed for a franchise with 56 offices across the UK (which he won't name) …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple's former real estate chief now working on Microsoft stores  —  Looks like Microsoft will have some very well-informed assistance as it tries to replicate the success of Apple's retail stores.  Former Apple real estate chief George Blankenship, who helped lead the early rollout …
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Kotaku
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple strips devs of promo codes for apps rated 17+  —  In a controversial move, Apple has taken away the ability for developers to give promotional codes to reviewers if their App Store offerings have a rating of 17+.  This has caused quite a stir in the development world since the news broke yesterday …
Discussion: CNET News
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple/Microsoft sued over iPod/Zune controls  —  Apple, Microsoft and some 20 other companies are being sued for patent infringement by a Texas firm which claims to have invented the touchpad.  —  Tsera LLC filed the suit earlier this week at the US District Court, Eastern Texas Division.
Discussion: The Register
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
A Harvard homecoming for Facebook tell-all  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Ben Mezrich's new book “The Accidental Billionaires,” a dramatic and contested account of the early days of social network Facebook, is on the fast track to Hollywood.  —  But Thursday night's inaugural public event for the book …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Wikipedia painting row escalates  —  The battle over Wikipedia's use of images from a British art gallery's website has intensified.  —  The online encyclopaedia has accused the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) of betraying its public service mission.  —  But the gallery has said it needs …
Discussion: Wikimedia blog
 
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: GMSV and Between the Lines
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
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Discussion: PR Newswire and NewTeeVee
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
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Discussion: TechFlash
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