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9:35 AM ET, July 19, 2009


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T Is A Big, Steaming Heap Of Failure  —  When Om Malik of GigaOM said he was breaking up with his iPhone 5 months ago because of the failures of AT&T, I must admit, I thought he was overreacting.  I was wrong.  —  Since I switched to AT&T from Verizon just over 2 years ago to get the iPhone …
James Altucher / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet Is Dead (As An Investment)  —  I can live all day inside the Internet.  I can talk to my friends, listen to music, watch TV, trade stocks, play games, do work - all on the Internet.  From 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day I can spend on the Internet and it would be a day well spent.
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Crowd Is Wise (When It's Focused)  —  FEW concepts in business have been as popular and appealing in recent years as the emerging discipline of “open innovation.”  It is variously described as crowdsourcing, the wisdom of crowds, collective intelligence and peer production — and these terms apply to a range of practices.
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.
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Invisible flash takes photos without the glare  —  A camera that takes photos with an invisible flash of infrared and ultraviolet light points to a smarter way to take photos in the dark.  —  Dilip Krishnan and Rob Fergus at New York University created the camera in an attempt to do away with intrusive regular flashes.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Music Industry Lures ‘Casual’ Pirates to Legal Sites  —  PARIS — Record company executives say there are three kinds of music fans.  There are those who buy music, and those who get a kick out of never paying for it.  And then there are those whom Rob Wells at Universal Music Group calls …
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Toshiba Will Sell Blu-ray Player This Year  —  Exactly a year and five months after Toshiba brought an end to the high-definition disc format war, the Japanese consumer electronics company confirmed its plans to produce its own Blu-ray Disc player.  Previously, rumors trickled …
Discussion: Pulse2, CrunchGear and News
Yahoo board member Icahn wants Microsoft deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn spoke out in favor of a search deal between Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp, as talks between the two companies appeared to regain momentum.  —  Icahn declined to comment on the state …
Discussion: CNET News and TechSpot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel's 34nm-based 320GB solid state drive creeps closer to reality  —  Hankering for an SSD that's as big as your traditional HDD?  So is Intel, or so we hear.  In fact, we've been hearing whispers that a capacious 320GB solid state drive was in the works since January …
Evelyn Lee / INHABITAT:
OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights  —  Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently announced a breakthrough in OLED technology that shatters all prior efficiency standards, reducing the ultra-thin lights' energy consumption by 75%!
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Slashdot
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 …
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: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Tolles /
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.
Discussion: Etaoin Shrdlu and BuzzMachine
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Q2 venture investing looks like it's 2005 (and that's a good thing)
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and TechFlash
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple strips devs of promo codes for apps rated 17+
Discussion: CNET News