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3:25 PM ET, July 23, 2009

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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.
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Amazon Buys Zappos; The Price is $920m., not $847m.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Getting the Goods: The New Amazon/Zappos Supply Chain Story
Discussion: Todd Watson, Thanks:phclouin
Deal Journal:
Inside the Amazon-Zappos Deal
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Seeking Alpha
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Where in the world are those 18.6 million iPod touches?  —  Apple (AAPL), for reasons known only to itself, does not report the number of iPod touches it has sold.  —  But it lets you do the math, and on Tuesday COO Tim Cook casually mentioned, in response to a question about the App Store …
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
iPhone Fever Spreads Across The Globe
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Voice technology firm under fire  —  A UK firm that turns mobile messages into text faces questions over its privacy standards, technology and finances following a BBC investigation.  —  Spinvox's service aims to convert voice messages into text messages using advanced speech recognition software.
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Delvy / SpinVox Blog:
SpinVox's response  —  Statement … An article entitled …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The spinning of Spinvox  —  It's a great British technology …
Discussion: T3.com News and The Register
AT&T:
Strong Wireless Growth, Continued Cost Discipline, Solid Free Cash Flow Highlight AT&T's Second-Quarter Results  —  * $.54 diluted EPS compared with $.63 for the year-earlier second quarter and $.53 in the first quarter of 2009; incremental noncash pension/retiree benefit costs reduced second-quarter 2009 EPS …
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Google Mobile Blog:
Layers of fun in Google Maps for mobile 3.2  —  Just as the world itself can be viewed through many lenses, the latest version of Google Maps for mobile allows you to view many layers of information on your map at the same time.  Layers make it easier and more useful to find and interact …
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple releases new Final Cut Studio  —  Apple introduced on Thursday a new version of Final Cut Studio, the company's high-end video production suite.  —  The suite comes with six applications in all, including Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4.
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Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple revamps Logic Studio audio suite  —  Apple released on Thursday the next major version of Logic Studio, the company's suite of professional audio applications.  —  I was given early access to the new version and have been using it for some time now.  I can say the new features …
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.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 Second-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today second-quarter 2009 operating profit of $23.3 million compared with $40.3 million in the second quarter of 2008.  Excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and a pension charge as noted below …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL May Spin Bebo Off Into Independent Company  —  Interesting off hand comment by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Fortune event this morning.  Bebo, the social network AOL paid $850 million for in 2008, wasn't mentioned on the list of AOL's core product goals going forward.
Discussion: CNET News, PE Hub Blog and paidContent
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Daring to Dream of a Resurgent AOL
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechCrunch and Company Town
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
How-to video site 5min scores $7.5M for wider syndication  —  5min, a site that syndicates instructional videos to a host of other web sites reaching 200 million viewers a month, has raised $7.5 million in a second round of funding.  —  The 5min site itself has built a library of more than 100,000 short …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: New Features of iPod Touch, Nano Revealed in Dozens of Cases … What's the worst kept secret in China?  —  The features and dimensions of Apple's new iPod Touch and iPod Nano, which are hush-hush here in the U.S. ahead of their expected September unveiling, but are well-known in China.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Video game publishers Microsoft, Ubisoft invading Hollywood's turf  —  For decades, Hollywood's relationship with video games has come down to one word: licensing.  Game publishers have been licensing and adapting movies all the way back to 1984's “E.T.”, and studios started doing the opposite with 1993's “Super Mario Bros.”
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
More statistics coming to a video near you  —  When you discover videos on YouTube, we try to provide you with useful information about what it is you're watching — like total views, the number of ratings, and other metrics that make the site more transparent and the videos themselves more interesting.
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 …
Reuters:
South Korea fines Qualcomm $208 million in anti-trust case  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's anti-trust agency on Thursday imposed a $208 million fine on Qualcomm Inc and ordered the U.S. wireless chip and technology company to stop discriminating against companies using competitor's products.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Instant search comes to Splashtop  —  Computers loaded with Splashtop will soon be able to do very quick searches as soon as the pre-boot phase of the machine starts.  —  Starting in September, notebooks and Netbooks with Splashtop will have instant access to a search bar on the instant-on desktop …
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and PC World
Ginny Mies / PC World:
Hands-On With the Samsung Mondi  —  Samsung's mobile Internet device has much to like, but it has flaws, too—both in performance and design.  —  Recommends  —  When I first got my hands on the WiMax-enabled Samsung Mondi back in April at CTIA, I was impressed by its slick design …
Bryan Lamkin / Yodel Anecdotal:
Xoopit + Yahoo! Mail = Moving beyond that massive digital shoebox  —  If your email inbox is anything like mine, it's turned into a “digital shoebox” over the years.  It's full of hundreds or maybe thousands of special photos that have been shared by close friends and family members, but they're not organized in any particular way.
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Irksome Cellphone Industry  —  Never let it be said that Congress never did anything for you.  —  In recent weeks, the Senate Commerce Committee has been holding hearings about handset exclusivity.  That's when a phone maker (like Apple) offers a particular model (like the iPhone) …
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Sony Promises Touchscreen VAIOs for Fall, PlayStation Network Support Coming  —  I was only half joking during a call yesterday with Sony's Mike Abary when I said that we should expect a touchscreen VAIO by the holidays, complete with Sony's Xross Media Bar interface and one-touch access …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
US Airways launching Gogo in-flight internet next year, to show …
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Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Mobile gadgets threaten in-flight entertainment
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