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6:40 PM ET, July 20, 2009

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Contributes Linux Drivers to Linux Community  —  Roundtable Q&A: Sam Ramji, senior director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft, and Tom Hanrahan, director of Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center, discuss the company's release of Linux device driver code under General Public License v2.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Pigs do fly: Microsoft unleashes 20,000 lines of Linux code  —  Microsoft is releasing three Microsoft-developed Linux drivers to the Linux community for possible inclusion in the Linux source tree.  —  This is the first time Microsoft has made Microsoft-developed code available directly to the Linux community.
Andrey / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry Desktop Software: Coming Soon to a Mac Near You!  —  Many of you commented on my “Updating Your BlackBerry Device Software” post back in April saying “...this is great!  But what about Mac?”  I could not respond to those comments at the time, but I'm happy to say there's some exciting news we can share with you.
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 35% of the cellphone industry's total operating profit …
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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.
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?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
YouTube Testing 3D Videos (YT3D)  —  It appears that some time over the weekend, YouTube began experimenting with 3D videos.  I spotted a thread at the YouTube Help forum about this, where Googler Pete said he developed this in his 20% time.  —  He said he is the “developer working on the stereoscopic player as a 20% project.”
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
YouTube myth busting  —  One of our favorite shows at YouTube is MythBusters, the Discovery Channel's popular science program in which hosts Jamie and Adam bravely attempt to debunk urban legends.  For those of us who thought you could jump start a car with a defibrillator, we consider this show a public service.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Does Some More (Modest) Boasting: “Growth Is Definitely …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DRM is ****, RIAA Says  —  The digital music landscape is evolving continuously.  Just two years ago RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol defended the use of DRM on digital music because customers would benefit from it.  —  “DRM serves all sorts of pro-consumer purposes,” he said at the time …
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
All eyes on Apple's earnings
Discussion: Digital Daily, MacNN and Edible Apple
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Charging for Access to News Sites  —  John Plunkett, reporting for the Guardian last week, in a story titled “Financial Times Editor Says Most News Websites Will Charge Within a Year”: … I wish them good luck with this, and I mean that sincerely, but I believe this is a fundamentally flawed strategy.
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David Simon / CJR:   Build the Wall  —  Most readers won't pay for news …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Barnes & Noble partners with Plastic Logic; Opens up; Targets Kindle  —  Updated: Barnes & Noble has outlined its answer for Amazon's Kindle: A partnership with Plastic Logic, which will launch an eReader in early 2010, and plans to open its e-book sales to multiple platforms.
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Most Engaged Brands On The Web  —  What big brands do the best job with social media?  A new study by analyst Charlene Li of the Altimeter Group and Wetpaint ranks the top 100 brands by social media engagement.  You can find the report embedded below or on ENGAGEMENTdb …
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 …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google not liable for defamation in search results, rules court  —  Internet giant Google wins landmark high court libel ruling over forum comment displayed in search results  —  Google is not liable for defamatory comments that appear in news articles, blogs and forums displayed in its search results …
Discussion: CNET News and Telegraph
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New York Public Library opens elegant room for Wi-Fi users  —  Edna Barnes Salomon Room, pre Wi-Fi furnishings.  Credit: David Sundberg/ESTO  —  When in New York, visit what is probably the grandest Wi-Fi hotspot in the country.  —  The New York Public Library today opens …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Benjamin / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed API v2: Real-time, OAuth, file attachments, and more  —  Today we are launching version 2 of the FriendFeed API for beta testing.  We focused on making the API simpler to use, and we added number of compelling new features:  — Real-time APIs - utilize long polling to get feeds in real-time, including search!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook co-founder's Asana raises funding — from Facebook angels?  —  We're hearing that the business collaboration company co-founded by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein (both formerly of Facebook) has raised funding from the same investors who backed the popular social networking site.
DSLreports:
Qwest Unveils 40Mbps/20Mbps Service - Rumored VDSL2 expansion finally lands...  Back in June we were the very first to report that Qwest was getting close to launching new VDSL2 service in select markets that would allow Qwest to offer faster broadband speeds, something that was important …
Austin American-Statesman:
Now a ‘Valley guy,’ ex-Austinite still putting money into local ventures  —  When Austin software veteran Mike Maples Jr. moved to Silicon Valley four years ago to break into venture capital investing, he emphasized that he planned to stay connected to Austin startups.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
EMC Wastes No Time Taking Over Data Domain  —  It's nice to have a lot of cash in the bank.  EMC said July 20 that said it has already acquired about 82 percent of Data Domain's common stock at $33.50 per share since July 8, when competitor NetApp decided to drop out of the bidding for the deduplication storage maker.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
AT&T Rolls Out Barely-Subsidized Acer, Dell, Lenovo Netbooks Across the Country  —  AT&T is going large with their netbook plans, offering the Dell Mini 10, Acer Aspire One and Lenovo S10 at brick/mortar stores and online.  But at a slightly subsidized $200 apiece on a two-year, minimum $40/mo contract, they're comically expensive.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Launch Wars: Twitcam Beats CamTweet To Live Video Tweets  —  Ten days ago at our Real Time Stream CrunchUp, Justin.tv demonstrated a new beta product they are working on called CamTweet.  It lets you launch a live video broadcast using your computer Webcam, Tweet it out to your followers …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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