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9:40 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: IntoMobile
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 …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:   Whoa! Microsoft Q4 Sales Miss by $1B; Stock Down 8%
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.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:   Flip philosophical as iPod touch primes to eat the casual video market
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Is the AP Adding DRM to the News? Not Yet.
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.
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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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: broadstuff, Thanks:mgcreed
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Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Don't Let Google Close the Book on Reader Privacy!  —  If you suspect you may have a serious disease, you can go into a bookstore and browse for books about your illness, find one that's useful, and buy it with cash.  And you can rest assured that your insurance premiums won't increase as a result …
Discussion: MediaPost, PC World and Network World
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Dan Clancy / Google Public Policy Blog:
The Google Books settlement and privacy
Discussion: Bits and CNET News
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;” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Talks Twitter At Fortune Brainstorm  —  Twitter's Biz Stone takes the stage at Fortune Brainstorm in Pasadena to talk with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky.  The session, called “Changing The World In 140 Characters Or Less” begins shortly, I'll be live blogging it.  —  My real time notes follow.
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Friendster founder on the rise and fall of America's first big social network  —  Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams at the Tech Policy Summit in San Jose in 2007.  Courtesy of Abrams  —  Facebook, with more than 250 million active users, and Twitter, the fastest-growing social network, might be all the rage right now.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
How Scribd made pages pay  —  From sheet music to bestselling novels, Scribd.com is much more than just a ‘YouTube for documents’  —  Shortly after its 2006 launch, Scribd.com stumbled across an easy way to explain what it did: it called itself “YouTube for documents”.
 
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Hits Profitability In A Crowded Market, Looking For A New CEO
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and Contentinople
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