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12:10 PM ET, July 20, 2009

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Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Apple, RIM Outsmart Phone Market  —  No wonder they are called smart phones.  Not only can these fancy phones send email, get directions and play music, they can generate huge profits for their makers.  —  At least for iPhone's manufacturer Apple and BlackBerry's Research In Motion.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Estimated to Account for 20% of Cellphone Industry Profit  —  The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) on research from Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff showing that Apple and Research in Motion together accounted for approximately 38% of the cellphone industry's total operating profit …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Apps ‘to be as big as internet’  —  The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become “as big as the internet”, peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.  —  However, GetJar say, the developer community will decline drastically as each developer makes less money.
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Peter Wayner / Computerworld:
iPhone App Store roulette: A tale of rejection  —  InfoWorld - Think back to May 26, 1995.  Steve Jobs was wandering in the desert, fiddling with some company called Pixar that made animated movies of dancing desk lamps, and planning his next step for NeXT.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: AOL's Armstrong First 100 Days: ‘People Are Missing The Real AOL Story’  —  Sixteen cities in 10 countries, from Baltimore to Bangalore, Denver to Dublin.  Twenty-six Town Hall and All Hands meetings.  Seventy-one product reviews.  Fifty-one partner/customer meetings.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Armstrong: Think of AOL Like Disney, a Company ‘That Delights You’  —  Former Google Exec Just Spent 100 Days on Reorg Plan, Now the Challenge Is Executing It  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's been 100 days since Tim Armstrong, 38, leapt from Google to become CEO of AOL …
Discussion: paidContent and AdExchanger.com
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
AOL sets sights on content-led domination
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Why Japan's Cellphones Haven't Gone Global  —  TOKYO — At first glance, Japanese cellphones are a gadget lover's dream: ready for Internet and e-mail, they double as credit cards, boarding passes and even body-fat calculators.  —  But it is hard to find anyone in Chicago or London using …
Discussion: NPR Blogs, Gadgetell and deal architect
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Twitter Generates $48 Million of Media Coverage in a Month  —  But Can It Maintain Its Sizzle?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter's been the toast of TV news programs, daytime talk shows, magazine editors and newspaper reporters.  But what's all that chatter worth?
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mac Office gets service pack update  —  Microsoft is releasing the second service pack update to Office 2008 for Mac, the company said Monday.  —  The free update, which is expected to be available later on Monday from Microsoft's Web site, is designed to improve speed and stability …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google Voice: Trouble Calling for Skype?  —  An entry into Web calling by search giant Google is likely to boost competition for eBay's Internet-calling unit and other VoIP service providers  —  Google's push into the Web phone-calling market is likely to cut into sales by Internet phone companies …
The Official Google Blog:
Explore the moon in Google Earth  —  Posted by Anousheh Ansari, Trustee, X PRIZE Foundation, and first female private space explorer … Ever since I was a young girl, it has been a dream of mine to travel into space.  In September of 2006, I was fortunate enough to make that dream a reality …
The Technium:
Was Moore's Law Inevitable?  —  In the early 1950s the same thought occurred to many people at once: things are improving so fast and so regularly, there might be a pattern to the improvements.  Maybe we could plot technological progress to date, then extrapolate the curves and see what the future holds.
Discussion: broadstuff
Sydney Morning Herald:
Kazaa to rise from the dead  —  The notorious Kazaa peer-to-peer file sharing service is back from the dead three years after it was shut down by the music industry in a $150 million lawsuit.  —  But the software looks entirely different this time around, with users forced to pay for their music instead of trading tracks illegally.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
What to expect from Apple's quarterly progress report  —  It's been an eventful quarter for Apple, but can it keep up its momentum?  We'll find out Tuesday when Apple releases its fiscal third-quarter earnings.  —  Recent company news has been mixed, but certainly more positive than negative.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg's Kevin Rose Not Pleased With DiggBar Change  —  Earlier today we reported on a change in how Digg handles URL redirects from its URL shortening service called DiggBar.  Users of the service are not happy - links are now sometimes going to Digg's summary of the story instead of the story itself.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
App Watch: Mirror, Mirror on the iPhone, for Free  —  Inner Four Inc., a Tampa, Fla., company that has 150 programs in Apple's App Store, usually devotes a couple of months to create a major app.  But its biggest success so far has been one that one engineer spent just one hour on.  —  Inner Four
Discussion: Pulse2
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hey Newspaper Guys: Google's Not Making Money From News  —  It's become popular for old school newspaper folks to hate on Google and other aggregators for somehow “profiting” off of their content.  This is wrong on many, many levels.  First, the aggregators send traffic to newspaper sites.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek touchscreen-based Eee PC T101 pushed back to September at the earliest  —  Asustek Computer is expected to launch its 10-inch touchscreen-based Eee PC T101 in September 2009 at the earliest, more than two months later than the company's original schedule of June, according to industry sources.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack  —  The Twitter document leak fiasco started with a simple story that personal accounts of Twitter employees were hacked.  Twitter CEO Evan Williams commented on that story, saying that Twitter itself was mostly unaffected.
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Transparency is the new objectivity  —  A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity.”  First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y.”  Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling …
Discussion: Almighty Link and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Crucial ships, prices M225 SSDs  —  Crucial this morning acted on its promise and shipped its M225 solid-state drives.  They make up only the second line of SSDs at the memory producer and target the high-end notebook or server space with maximum read and write speeds of 250MB and 200MB per second.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Engadget
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Secret Weapon: Your Mom  —  Sales of cars and homes are foundering but Apple has found steady customers.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — Walk into the local Apple store at 10:35 on a Friday morning and you'll notice something different: normal people.  —  These are not the mutants you'l …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Public Radio Dangerously Close To Making Public Radio Obsolete
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David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New York Public Library opens elegant room for Wi-Fi users
internetnews.com:
Cloud Providers Preach Open Standards
Discussion: Linux.com
Lucy Hornby / Reuters:
Falun Gong seeks U.S. support in Internet censor fight
Discussion: The Register
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Intel to deliver Postville in August
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
World of Warcraft Awaits China's Approval to Relaunch
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John Letzing / Dow Jones Newswires:
Microsoft seen posting sharp Q4 profit decline
Discussion: GMSV and PC World
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Across U.S., ESPN Aims to Be the Home Team
Discussion: Webbyist
ProgrammableWeb:
What's in Data.gov?  —  Editor's note: This guest post comes …
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
Pay-as-you-drive insurance, privacy, and government mandates
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Report: ‘Crippled’ iPhone coming to China in September
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Is Twitter Sending You 500% To 1600% More Traffic Than You Might Think?
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Webmetricsguru, Thanks:atul
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Clever attack exploits fully-patched Linux kernel
Discussion: digg.com
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Software Engineering: Dead?
Discussion: broadstuff and ClipperHouse
 

 
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