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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo to Acquire Xoopit for About $20 Million  —  Yahoo plans on announcing Thursday that it has bought Xoopit for a price in the $20 million range, according to several sources, one of its first acquisitions in a long while.  —  Reached late this afternoon by BoomTown, a Yahoo (YHOO) …
Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  Best Non-Holiday Quarter Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 third quarter ended June 27, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $8.34 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per diluted share.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Sold Twice As Many iPhones As Macs Last Quarter. …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Artists Find Backers as Labels Wane  —  There was a time when most aspiring musicians had the same dream: to sign a deal with a major record label.  —  Now, with the structure of the music business shifting radically, some industry iconoclasts are sidestepping the music giants and inventing …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
When will you get Windows 7 RTM?  —  When will I get Windows 7 RTM?  —  I recognize this is an important question to have answered.  Many of you have said you want to know exactly when you will be able to get your hands on RTM.  Last Monday, I gave an update on RTM to close out some myths.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Video First Look: BlackBerry Storm 9550 in Action!  —  ** Video Removed as per the Request of the Hockey Lovers in Waterloo.  Give Jim a Team Already and Make it Seven!  —  * update: wow, apologies in the video for flipping around the device so much in my hands.  must have had too much green tea this afternoon.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning Raises $15 Million More at a-Yes, Really-$750 Million Valuation  —  In a quiet fund-raising effort, Ning has raised $15 million more, a round that is valuing the social networking start-up at an eye-popping $750 million valuation.  —  In its last fundraising $60 million round a little …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Probably Not The Palm Pre Chart Roger McNamee Wants To See  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” Elevation Partners (which owns a huge portion of Palm) co-founder Roger McNamee told Bloomberg in March.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Edible Apple
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to Power Upcoming E-Reader  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it will provide the 3G data connectivity for Plastic Logic's e-reader when the device becomes available next year.  —  All Things D  —  Plastic Logic CEO Richard Archuleta shows off the company's e-reader at the D conference in May.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Exclusive: MySpace Mail Slated To Launch This Week  —  This Thursday, MySpace plans to roll out its own webmail, paidContent has learned from sources familiar with the plans.  The News Corp (NYSE: NWS). social network, like competitor Facebook, allows messaging—a much-used service …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Is That Apple Tablet Going To Cost?  Not $399 Or $499.  —  There are always good bits of data you can pry from Apple's cold fingers during the Q&A sessions of its quarterly earnings conference calls.  Today was no different.  —  As usual, a question came up about Apple entering the …
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to offer Qualcomm BMP-based handsets, hike adoption of Android  —  Taiwan-based High Computer Tech (HTC) will launch a high-profile 3G handset based on Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform (BMP) in September or October targeting the consumer segment, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Synaptics moves to cell phones with 10-finger touch screens  —  The Apple iPhone popularized the multitouch screens that you can swipe with your hands, but the underlying technology came from Synaptics, which supplied the touch-based components that made it possible to control a phone's features …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Adknowledge buys Super Rewards, expands to virtual goods advertising  —  Offer-based advertising company Super Rewards has been bought by advertising conglomerate Adknowledge in one of the largest acquisitions to date among companies that build services on social networking platforms.
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Sam Raimi plays ‘Warcraft’  —  Director signs on for live-action adaptation of vidgame  —  Sam Raimi has signed on to direct “Warcraft,” the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise “World of Warcraft.”  —  Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Navigon launches MobileNavigator for iPhone, for North America  —  Navigon AG on Wednesday announced the launch of its MobileNavigator software for North America, for the iPhone.  It costs $70 until August 15, when the price rises to $100.  —  MobileNavigator doesn't require …
Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
Aptina to be sloe supplier of 1.3-megapixel CIS for new Xbox 360, say sources  —  Aptina has won exclusive rights to supply 1.3-megapixel CMOS image sensors (CIS) for a new version of the Xbox 360 console under Microsoft's Project Natal technology, and shipments of the new Xbox 360 are slated …
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News, CrunchGear and SlashGear
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC Hero review  —  There's no underestimating the appeal of the HTC Hero; since we shot our unboxing video and preliminary hands-on at the end of last week it's been watched more than 300,000 times.  The third Android device to reach the market, the Hero promises not only an updated camera and design …
Discussion: iMAndroid
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
The tipping point: iPhone users turn against AT&T  —  The iPhone crowd has turned into an anti-AT&T mob.  Spend 30 seconds on Twitter or perform even the most basic search for iPhone and AT&T information and you're sure to run into some serious rancor from disgusted iPhone users across the country.
Chinmei Sung / Bloomberg:
Hon Hai Suspends Security Official Following Suicide of IPhone Employee  —  Hon Hai Group, the world's largest contract-manufacturer of electronics, suspended a security official at one of its subsidiaries after the death of an employee who lost a prototype of an Apple Inc. iPhone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gearlog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Dell Drops Adamo Price to Compete with MacBook Air  —  Dell has dropped the prices of their Adamo ultraportables, matching the low-end MacBook Air.  The higher-end Adamo, however, is still more expensive than Apple's top of the line model.  Apocalypse is, no doubt, very near.
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Samsung one ups LG, announces the world's thinnest watchphone, S9110  —  As much as Samsung loves to claim a “world's first” every single day of the week, I know they love to beat LG more than anything.  Today is no different, folks.  Samsung has unveiled an 11.98mm watchphone by the name of S9110.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Digg: New URL-shortening system is here to stay  —  After two days of silence, Digg has gone on the record to officially acknowledge the change in how its shortened links are redirected, as well as clear up how links will be handled in the future.  —  The change, which took place on Sunday …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Changes Permanent - No Longer A Short URL Service
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
DYNO Introduces LabelWriter Family of Printers  —  DYNO expands its line of label printers with three models available immediately—and gets a PR boost from the winner of Donald Trump's “Apprentice” TV show, Kendra Todd.  Don't label her, it's only business.
Discussion: PC World
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Video: Now Serving 1 Billion Views A Month, Including This Amazing Zuck Impression  —  For the last few months Facebook has been regularly posting promotional videos to its Career site, introducing prospective applicants to all the neat things that go on behind the scenes.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Yahoo Trying to Sell HotJobs, Yahoo Small Business  —  Since taking the helm of Yahoo in January, CEO Carol Bartz has been consolidating management of the company's sundry product groups, shaving excess costs (including laying off 700 more employees in the second quarter) …
 
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