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11:25 PM ET, July 23, 2009

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Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Latitude.  Now for iPhone.  —  I'm a big fan of the iPhone.  I'm also a big fan of the web.  So, naturally, I'm excited that today we're finally releasing Google Latitude for iPhone and iPod touch as a web application running in Safari.  —  Our Latitude web app provides …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why Is Google Latitude A Web App And Not A Native App?  Because Apple Said So.  —  We briefly pointed this out in our longer post on Google Latitude launching on the iPhone, but it's worth pointing this out separately.  In its post today, Google made an unusual admission about its service …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and IntoMobile
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches “Twitter 101″, Step One Of The Business Plan  —  The first step of Twitter's business plan is something called “Twitter 101,” which the company plans to launch either tonight or tomorrow, co-founder Biz Stone revealed at the Fortune Brainstorm Conference in Pasadena this evening.
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Enhancing Value for Customers and Businesses  —  Many are seeing a wide variety of businesses using Twitter in interesting ways to create value for customers and consumers.  As a result, we're often invited by businesses and organizations to talk about Twitter and how it can be used to better engage with customers.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Exclusive: Twitter to Debut a New Main Home Page Next Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Talks Twitter At Fortune Brainstorm
Discussion: BoomTown and Beyond Binary
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Twitter 101: Does CoTweet point the way to Twitter's business model?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Fourth-Quarter Results  —  The company delivered operational efficiency and innovation in a difficult environment.  —  Income Statements  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income (Loss)  —  Financial Highlights  —  View the PowerPoint  —  Listen to the Webcast Earnings Release
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's client revenue skids; Blame netbooks, Windows 7 deferrals  —  Microsoft's fourth quarter earnings were better than expectations excluding items, but the software giant's client (Windows) revenue skidded 29 percent compared to a year ago.  For the three months ended June 30 …
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:   Flip philosophical as iPod touch primes to eat the casual video market
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Bezos Apologizes For The “Stupid” And “Thoughtless” Kindle Incident  —  Last week, Amazon sent a shiver down the spine of the Internet when it remotely deleted copies of the books “1984″ and “Animal Farm” from users' Kindles.  As just about everyone was quick to point out …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple has 91% of market for $1,000+ PCs, says NPD  —  Move over Microsoft.  Apple can claim big, big market share numbers, too.  According to NPD, in June, nine out of 10 dollars spent on computers costing $1,000 or more went to Apple.  Mac revenue market share in the “premium” price segment was 91 percent, up from 88 percent in May.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Palm fires back at Apple, fixes Pre sync with iTunes  —  Just a week after Apple killed the Pre's ability to sync with desktop music management client iTunes, Palm has responded with webOS 1.1 — a software update that again enables Palm's phone to access media from the current version of iTunes.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Online Payment Wars Continue: PayPal Officially Announces Flexible API  —  While Ebay's Q2 earnings yesterday showed that its marketplace business was slow, the company's revenue was boosted by continued growth in its online payments business, including PayPal and BillMeLater.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
PayPal will be bigger than eBay.com, CEO says
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
AT&T chief: iPhone won't be exclusive forever  —  PASADENA, Calif.—It's not realistic to believe AT&T will have an exclusive on the iPhone forever, CEO Randall Stephenson said Thursday.  —  “There will be a day when you are not exclusive with the iPhone,” Stephenson said, speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm: Tech conference here.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Board to Meet on Microsoft Search Deal  —  Yahoo Inc. directors plan to meet Thursday for an update about a potential search partnership with Microsoft Corp., according to people briefed about the meeting.  —  The meeting follows several Yahoo board calls in recent days …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Yahoo-Microsoft deal unlikely this week, source says
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
ap.org:
Associated Press to build news registry to protect content  —  Registry will provide tools to monitor use of AP and member content online while also enabling new business opportunities  —  NEW YORK - The Associated Press Board of Directors today directed The Associated Press to create …
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Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:   A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web
Dan Clancy / Google Public Policy Blog:
The Google Books settlement and privacy  —  Last year, we signed a settlement agreement with authors and publishers that, if approved by the court, will unlock access to millions of books for anyone in the US.  We reached another important milestone a few weeks ago, as University of Texas …
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Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Why You Should Thank AT&T (Yes, It's True)  —  People love to trash AT&T (NYSE: T).  Talk to any iPhone user and they'll complain of dropped calls, voicemails gone missing, and other problems that seem inexcusable in a time when many people don't have a home phone.
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:geekychic
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Relents, Lets You Change Your Username  —  Last month, Facebook finally announced that they would allow users to pick out custom usernames for use in vanity URLs that read www.facebook.com/username.  At the time, users were advised to “choose wisely” because the username they selected would be stuck with them for life.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android To Invade Homes  —  Manufacturers are putting the Web giant's Android software in home management devices and remote controls.  —  In a sign that Google's Android mobile platform has a future far beyond cellphones, San Francisco-based start-up Touch Revolution says a string …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses  —  Apple claims that hundreds of thousands of iPhones are being used by corporations and government agencies.  What it won't tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Delvy / SpinVox Blog:
SpinVox's response  —  Statement … An article entitled ‘Voice technology firm under fire’ was published by the BBC this morning written by Rory Cellan-Jones.  It is the latest in a series of previously fair and accurate articles the BBC has written about SpinVox, but on this occasion …
Discussion: BBC and broadstuff, Thanks:mgcreed
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Financial Results; Free Cash Flow Exceeds $1.5 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2009.  —  Operating cash flow was $1.88 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Ronny Conway Joins Andreessen Horowitz  —  Ronny Conway, an Associate at Google Ventures, has resigned from Google and joined the newly formed Andreessen Horowitz, we've confirmed.  Conway, the son of prominent angel investor Ron Conway, has worked at Google for the last six years …
Discussion: CNET News
Dan Macsai / Fast Company:
Meet the 27-Year-Old Who's Hijacking Twitter, One Quiz-Crazy Tween at a Time  —  In just over a month, Dave Zohrob's Twitter app, LOLquiz, has amassed more than 300,000 users and spawned at least 20 trending topics.  WTF?  —  If I were a Jonas Brothers song, I would be “Burnin' Up;” …
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Oracle Strikes Again, Buys GoldenGate Software  —  The Oracle acquisition machine struck again Thursday, as the software giant snapped up GoldenGate Software, a closely held company whose products help business tie together data stored in different systems.  —  Bloomberg News
 
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Friendster founder on the rise and fall of America's first big social network
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
How Scribd made pages pay
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Artist Finds His Own Music Video Removed From YouTube, Lashes Out On Twitter
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Apple Investigated Foxconn Complaints Before iPhone Suicide Case
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
EtherPad Gets A Makeover And Becomes Even More Of A Threat To Google Docs (Invites)
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
BBC Dumps Plan for Internet-TV
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Digital music suffering from entrepreneur drain
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Hits Profitability In A Crowded Market, Looking For A New CEO
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and Contentinople
David Pogue / New York Times:
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