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10:30 AM ET, July 24, 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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter to Debut a New Main Homepage Next Week  —  Twitter will unveil a new main homepage next week at Twitter.com, said co-founder Biz Stone, in order “to better show who we are.”  —  In an interview with BoomTown this afternoon, Stone said the current page is essentially confusing …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Talks Twitter At Fortune Brainstorm
Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web  —  Taking a new hard line that news articles should not turn up on search engines and Web sites without permission, The Associated Press said Thursday that it would add software to each article that shows what limits apply to the rights to use it …
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   The AP Puts A Gun To Its Head. And A Grenade. And A Rocket Launcher.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HTC Hero review  —  The HTC Hero has been an object of lust for some time now for gadget enthusiasts.  Even from the earliest days of leaked hardware shots and blurry demo videos of its UI, smartphone fans seemed to agree that the company had finally achieved what has been missing in the world of Android.
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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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.
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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Bill Gates / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates: My 1979 Memories  —  Our Gizmodo '79 celebration may have ended last week, but there's room for a final post, written by famed retiree and mosquito wrangler Bill Gates.  It's no joke: Gates read the series then sent this in:  —  I read those 1979 stories all last week …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Technologizer, Thanks:mgcreed
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds  —  It is the hot new thing on Wall Street, a way for a handful of traders to master the stock market, peek at investors' orders and, critics say, even subtly manipulate share prices.  —  It is called high-frequency trading …
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Linus: “Microsoft Hatred Is a Disease”  —  So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL.  Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a “cancer”.  Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Never Lets Me Down, Even When They Let Me Down.  They Raise $4 Million More  —  Human powered search startup ChaCha has been good for so many chuckles over the last few years.  One of their investors called them as disruptive as Google, for example.
Discussion: paidContent
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Microsoft Changes ‘Laptop Hunters’ Ad After Apple Complains  —  New Version Reflects Lowered Price on Mac Notebook  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Following a complaint from Apple, Microsoft has quietly tweaked at least one of the ads in its “Laptop Hunters” campaign to reflect its rival's lower pricing on its Mac notebooks.
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.
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 …
eMarketer:
New Technology Increases Productivity  —  Working all the time a good thing?  —  Workplace technology may be a boon for work and family life.  —  According to staffing firm Kelly Services' “Global Workforce Index,” 78% of workers in the US and Canada believed that gadgets such as laptop computers …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tim Johns / BBC:
Plug pulled on suspected pirates  —  Breakfast producer, BBC Radio Humberside  —  Web users suspected of file-sharing are being cut off without warning by internet service provider (ISP) Karoo, based in Hull.  —  Karoo, the only ISP in the area, makes customers sign a document promising …
Discussion: Music Ally
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.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
EFF's new lawsuit, and how the NSA is into social networking  —  A new lawsuit from the EFF seeks to shed light on the mysterious “Other Intelligence Activities” that the NSA was engaged in after 9/11, and that the DoJ eventually found to be illegal.  Based Ars' reporting …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Vodafone signals interest in supplying Apple's iPhone for UK  —  • Operator hints it could challenge O2's exclusive deal with Apple  —  • Growth in emerging markets offsets slide in European revenues  —  Vodafone has added to speculation that O2's exclusive deal to supply …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Thanks to the iPhone, ‘app fever’ is spreading  —  Apple's iPhone, an app trendsetter.  Credit: Associated Press  —  A sickness that first infected the elitist tech sector is exploding into the mainstream.  Cellphones have certainly contributed largely to disseminating the illness …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:electricwaffles
Eric Ditzian / MTV:
Kevin Spacey Says Facebook Movie Might Shoot This Year  —  Actor is producing ‘The Social Network,’ but doubts he'll appear onscreen.  —  Last year, Kevin Spacey produced and starred in a film about making big bets and winning piles of cash: “21,” based on a book by Ben Mezrich …
 
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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
News Corp sees MySpace as place for videogames
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Service Offers to Retrieve Stolen Data, For a Fee
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can the U.S. Government Help Cloud Computing Reach a Tipping Point?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google, Microsoft E-mail Synchronizer Cemaphore Acquired
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YP.com Begins Self Reinvention
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Earnings: Netflix Grows Subscribers, Revenues; Invests In Streaming
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Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Ronny Conway Joins Andreessen Horowitz
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