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12:40 PM ET, July 21, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Finally Rolls Out New Homepage to the Masses-and, Drum Roll, It's Good (Plus Screenshots)  —  Although it's not news that Yahoo has been readying a new version of its homepage and has spent a lot of time doing so-in fact, it's gone all Handy Manny with a whole lot of test renovations …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's New Homepage Gets Personal, Tests Search Filters  —  When I heard about the call with Yahoo yesterday, which was to feature “a significant announcement,” I thought: “Bing, here it is.”  When it turned out the call was about a formal announcement of the new Yahoo homepage I was disappointed; it seemed anti-climactic.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Up Next For Yahoo? …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Is Yahoo Home Page Refresh Timed to Temper Tepid Earnings?
Discussion: PC World and digg.com
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Yahoo's front page makeover
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Apple Preparing iPod Touch With Camera, Microphone: Source  —  Rumors have swirled about Apple readying a new version of the iPod Touch with a camera and microphone, which, combined with a Skype account, would pretty much obviate the need for a home phone line once and for all.
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PC World:
iPod Cameras: Coming Soon?  —  Brennon Slattery  —  Rumors have swirled that Apple plans to add a camera to the iPod Touch.  And, once the iPhone appeared with a camera capable of taking decent pictures and recording video, it became more than likely that the newest version of the iPod Touch would receive similar treatment.
Discussion: Technologizer and CNET News
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
iPhone prototype goes missing; Chinese worker investigated, commits suicide  —  Last Thursday, 25 year-old Sun Danyong committed suicide after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing.  It's a story, from what tech-industry friends in China tell me …
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 6760 Slide unveiled  —  GLOBAL - Finger tappers everywhere will soon have new buttons to press as the Nokia 6760 slide messaging device is coming to Europe.  The Nokia 6760 slide shares many (but not all) traits with its US sibling, the Nokia Surge, announced in the US last week.
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NokiaPressServices / Nokia Press Bulletin Board:
Don't miss a tweet, email or online update with the Nokia 6760 slide
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
Why Is Obama's Top Antitrust Cop Gunning for Google?  —  “I think you are going to see a repeat of Microsoft.”  —  Christine Varney's blunt assessment sent a buzz through the audience at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Varney, a partner at Hogan & Hartson and one of the country's …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
More pics of Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 surface; announcement imminent?  —  Historically speaking, an increased frequency in live shots generally indicates that an official announcement isn't far off.  Sony Ericsson fans can only hope that's the case as a new round of pics bubble up to show off …
Ben Thompson / BBC:
UAE Blackberry update was spyware  —  Middle East business reporter, BBC News, Dubai  —  An update for Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates could allow unauthorised access to private information and e-mails.  —  The update was prompted by a text from UAE telecoms firm Etisalat, suggesting it would improve performance.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Barnes & Noble to Amazon: Mine Is Bigger Than Yours  —  Six years after shuttering its first e-book effort, Barnes & Noble has embarked on a new one.  Monday afternoon, the bookseller announced what it describes as “the world's largest eBookstore,” an online storefront that boasts 700,000 titles.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Barnes & Noble partners with Plastic Logic; Opens up; Targets Kindle
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe Unveils New Open Source Initiatives Targeted Towards Media Companies  —  Adobe has rolled out two new open source initiatives aimed specifically towards developers for media companies and publishers.  Adobe's Open Source Media Framework lets developers build more robust …
Msav / ai.rs blog:
HTC Leo specs  —  ai.rs blog Exclusive  —  We are pleased to announce exclusive specifications of the upcoming HTC Leo.  It is expected that this name will change since it is temporary.  We are not certain about a release date yet, but we suppose HTC won't miss the chance to have it before the holidays - so we tip Q4/2009.
Douglas Quenqua / Wired News:
Hotseat: The Creator of Facebook's Most Annoying App Explains Himself  —  By now, you probably know your Facebook friends' five favorite albums, TV stars, and sodas.  Blame Tim O'Shaughnessy, creator of LivingSocial, the site's most-used and most-annoying application ever.  We asked him to explain himself.
Discussion: PC World and digg.com
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Khosla Bucks VC Fundraising Drought  —  He's set to close $1 billion in new funds—though some new deals may pass through a “conflicts committee.”  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — It's a tough time to raise a venture-capital fund.  But not if you're superstar investor Vinod Khosla …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Conde Nast Says Goodbye to Men.Style.com, Hello to GQ.com, Details.com  —  Publisher Decides Magazine Brand Is Better Web Brand, Too  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Conde Nast will shut down one of its web-only brands, Men.Style.com, when it gives two of its titles, GQ and Details, their own websites in October.
Ben Rometsch / Solid State Group:
Google Wave - First Impressions  —  First Thoughts on Google Wave  —  Yesterday I was given my Developer Preview account by the Google Wave team.  To say I have been eager to try Wave out since watching the original video is something of an understatement!
Discussion: Fast Company and Blog Oh Blog
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Zoho Takes Aim at Google, Salesforce.com with Mail-CRM Integration  —  Zoho married its Zoho Mail application and Zoho CRM business application, an effort to improve messaging and collaboration for users of the SAAS (software as a service) provider's collaboration and enterprise applications.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Zoho Blogs
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's HTC XV6975 turns out to be the Whitestone: 5 megapixels, no keyboard  —  Remember way back in March when HTC's 2009 lineup first started to come apart at the seams?  You might recall that there was a “Whitestone” in there, rumored to be packing a wide VGA display, 5 megapixel camera …
Gugulakhe Lourie / Reuters:
Mideast, Africa mobile broadband to explode: report  —  JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Mobile broadband in the Middle East and Africa will expand to $6 billion in the next two years from the current $1 billion, spurred by an expanding network and falling prices, a telecoms advisory firm has said.
John Markoff / New York Times:
New Technology to Make Digital Data Self-Destruct  —  A group of computer scientists at the University of Washington has developed a way to make electronic messages “self destruct” after a certain period of time, like messages in sand lost to the surf.  The researchers said they think the new software …
Discussion: AppScout and Elias Bizannes
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
A Race to Provide Wi-Fi (but Not the Voice Part)  —  THOUGH it is not yet clear how extensive the market is for in-flight Wi-Fi service, the competition to provide it is heating up.  Row44, a California company whose in-flight Wi-Fi technology uses satellite connections …
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Social design explosion: Polls, quizzes, reviews, forums, chat, blogs, videos, comments, oh my!  —  Why do social products tends towards clutter?  —  One of the toughest design problems for people working on social products is the inevitable path towards cluttered interfaces and diluted brands …
ABCNEWS:
Looking to Score Legal Marijuana?  Check Your iPhone  —  New iPhone App Pinpoints Providers in States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana  —  Smoking marijuana is known to have an adverse effect on memory and concentration, but now, thanks to a new iPhone application …
Discussion: AppScout
Milo Yiannopoulos / TechCrunch Europe:
Spotify strikes deal with IODA, adds 2 million more tracks  —  Ooh, Spotify, you get more handsome every time we see you.  It wasn't enough to announce plans to launch in the US, or the upcoming Android and iPhone apps, was it?  Now you've gone and filled in a ton of gaps in your catalogue with a brand-new distribution deal.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Gadgetwise
Globe and Mail:
Gordon Pitts  —  In a stunning display of industrial brinkmanship, Research In Motion Ltd. RIM-T is alleging that Nortel Networks Corp. shut it out of the bidding for the distressed telecom giant's nationally sensitive wireless assets.  —  It has thrown down a gauntlet to the federal government …
Vogue:
Machine Dreams  —  Before I meet Marissa Mayer, the 34-year-old megamillionaire, Oscar de la Renta-obsessed, computer-programming Google executive who lives in a penthouse atop the Four Seasons, San Francisco, I of course Google her.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
The Gap Widens in Online Population  —  Asia's share of the world's online population will swell to 43% in four years, while North America will represent just 13% of Internet users, according to a new report by Forrester Research.  —  Associated Press  —  2.17 billion by 2013
 
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