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3:10 PM ET, July 18, 2009

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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 …
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Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Orwell in 2009: Dystopian Rights Management  —  In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the protagonist Winston Smith labors in obscurity to make information appear and disappear at the whims of the Ministry of Truth: … The Ministry of Truth would have truly appreciated DRM and tethered devices.
Tolles / blog.topix.com:
News Flash: The Bad Guys Win  —  Sigh.  —  I guess its time for another crop of news products from journalists.  Why is it that when these guys all go onto the field of battle “once more into the breach” style, they don't understand which side of the Agincourt analogy they are on.
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
With No Notice, Twitter Adds More Limits - Password Trouble Ensues  —  Twitter is up to their old antics of adding limits again, changing the API, and not telling developers as they do so.  This morning Twitter released into production new limits around their verify_credentials() …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
The NSA wiretapping story nobody wanted  —  Whistleblower Mark Klein tells in his new book of how he was ignored.  He spoke with IDG News. … Following is an edited transcript of the interview.  —  IDG News Service: By some estimates there are 15 to 20 of these secret wiretapping rooms across the country.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu's Content Owners Are Missing A Major Opportunity This Summer  —  It's no secret that summer is the season of terrible television, when networks flock to broadcast cheap reality TV and game shows that actually will turn your brain into a slippery pile of goo.
Discussion: bijan sabet and A VC
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: What Phones Do People Dump For iPhone?  —  What phones are Apple's iPhone buyers throwing away?  A lot of Motorola RAZRs.  —  Some 29.4% of iPhone 3G buyers were upgrading from Motorola devices, according to Nielsen's Q2 2009 Mobile Insights Survey.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia planning a new line of handsets dubbed Cseries  —  Interesting, very interesting.  We are all familiar with the branding nightmare that is Nokia's higher-end line of phones.  Eseries for business, Nseries for fun — but even fanboy blogs seem to have a tough time remembering how to spell the brands.
Discussion: CellPassion
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MSN Preps for Major Renovation, Focusing on Five Verticals, as It “Does Less Better”  —  The edging-ever-closer-to-consummation deal talks with Yahoo about an online advertising and search partnership and the aggressive marketing of its new Bing search service aren't the only things …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Viewers Forget About Michael Jackson  —  Remember when Michael Jackson was one of the biggest things on the Web?  So 10 days ago.  —  So says video views tracker TubeMogul, which illustrates its argument via a nifty interactive chart at the bottom of this post.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Q2 venture investing looks like it's 2005 (and that's a good thing)  —  Hey, that wasn't so bad.  Dow Jones VentureSource has released its data on venture capital investments during the second quarter of 2009, and while the numbers might look bleak in most years, given the broader context, they look ... okay.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and TechFlash
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sorry Google, 'There's A URL For That' Doesn't Have The Same Ring  —  At yesterday's MobileBeat conference in San Francisco, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Engineering VP Vic Gundotra said the app store trend is just a fad and at some point powerful browsers will take over as the main mechanism for delivering services to the phone, reports FT.com.
Discussion: Local Mobile Search and Gadget Lab
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
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.
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.
Scalable web architectures:
Is Yahoo launching a cloud storage solution : MObStor  —  While rest of the world is busy with Microsoft and Google, Yahoo might be preparing to launch MObStor which they tout as the “Unstructured Storage for the Internet”.  —  While comparing MObStor to the various Cloud computing storage …
Discussion: Yahoo! Developer Network Blog, Thanks:royans
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.
 
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Financial Times:
Microsoft-Yahoo talks intensify
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Concerns raised as LA looks to Google Web services
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple's former real estate chief now working on Microsoft stores
Kimberly Chou / Dow Jones Newswires:
Peek takes on gadget market
Discussion: Electronista
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Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Experts: Oracle Database Option Price Hikes No Accident
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Wikipedia painting row escalates
Discussion: Wikimedia blog
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Fearless Feedback! Tech Workers Dish Dirt on Their Employers
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Hacking NetFlix
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
A Harvard homecoming for Facebook tell-all
Discussion: Screenwerk
Staska / Unwired View:
Google to monetize Voice via ringback advertising auctions?
 

 
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