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3:30 AM ET, July 25, 2009


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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's much-anticipated tablet device coming early next year  —  Exclusive: After four years of meticulous developmental riddled with setbacks, Apple is now racing toward an early 2010 launch of a device that may see the electronics maker redefine the portable computing market for the second time in twice as many years.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Source: Verizon Hurrying To Launch LTE By Early 2010, Perhaps For Apple  —  So, it's looking more and more likely that a large form iPod touch, which we first reported on last December, is coming sometime in the next 6 months.  But there are still a lot of unknown variables and question marks.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tablet Could Hurt iPhone Developers  —  The company may roll out a tablet computer.  This could have a downside for app developers.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — Talk to iPhone application developers and they'll quickly sing Apple's praises.  Apple's development tools are first-rate.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Thoughts to ponder as Apple Tablet rumors spread
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Leak: Inside the Microsoft Store With Wall-Sized Screens and the Answers Bar  —  We've been wondering what the Microsoft's retail shops are going to be like.  Well, according to a Powerpoint presentation leaked to us, it's going to make the Apple Store look downright boring.  UPDATE: Microsoft comments.
Dieter Bohn /
How Palm Re-Enabled iTunes Sync (The Plot Thickens)  —  So the big question: How did Palm re-enable iTunes sync?  The answer, so far as we an tell, is to go even deeper in their efforts to make the Pre look like an iPod.  I just plugged my 1.1 Pre into my Mac in Media Sync mode and sure enough …
Dieter Bohn /
webOS 1.1: Tons of Undocumented Features
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple won't let you use cool augmented reality iPhone apps — yet  —  A concept video for an identification app, called Augmented ID, that uses facial recognition.  —  IPhone owners are excited to get their hands on the augmented reality applications that we wrote about last week …
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission welcomes new Microsoft proposals on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Interoperability … The European Commission can confirm that Microsoft has proposed a consumer ballot screen as a solution to the pending antitrust case about the tying of Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser with Windows.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Relax, Bloggers.  The AP Isn't Out to Get You  —  I started a post this morning about the issue causing much, um, consternation amongst the media blogs today: The Associated Press initiative to fight copyright infringement of its content.  —  I was all ready to write something like everybody else …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The New York Times Describes Online ‘Membership’ Plans  —  The New York Times has talked about charging again for some of its website; its CEO recently alluded to a “membership model with special offerings.”  What does that mean?  Meet NYT Gold and NYT Silver.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Arrington on Twittergate: “I wouldn't do things any differently”  —  As a reporter who blogs — and who has been competing against Michael Arrington for the past couple of years — I've been helplessly fascinated by the Twittergate debate of the last couple of weeks.
Discussion: Charlie Rose and TechCrunch
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House loves BlackBerry but bars Twitter  —  Barack Obama's White House, home of the famously BlackBerrying president and first lady, has blocked online access to Twitter.  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the admission today (see C-SPAN video below) …
Barry Schnitt / Facebook Blog:
Debunking Rumors about Advertising and Photos  —  In the past couple of days, a rumor has begun spreading that claims we have changed our policies for third-party advertisers and the use of your photos.  These rumors are false, and we have made no such change in our advertising policies.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Posts Update About Advertising Policy (Updated)
Discussion: Gadgetwise, and GigaOM
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Microsoft Changes ‘Laptop Hunters’ Ad After Apple Complains  —  New Version Reflects Lowered Price on Mac Notebook  —  NEW YORK ( — 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.
Anil Dash:
The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real  —  Pushbutton is a name for what I believe will be an upgrade for the web, where any site or application can deliver realtime messages to a web-scale audience, using free and open technologies at low cost and without relying on any single company like Twitter or Facebook.
Discussion:, Thanks:atul
Steve Ragan / The Tech Herald:
Network Solutions: 573,928 possibly compromised in attack  —  Network Solutions issued a Data Security Alert (DSA) on Friday, which reported the discovery of malicious code planted on servers supporting their E-Commerce merchants' websites.  The code, discovered on 4,343 Network Solutions customer sites …
Discussion: Security Fix
Scott Moritz /
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm's Pre Hasn't Flopped  —  S , PALM , RIMM , VZ , GOOG , NOK , MOT , AAPL  —  Sprint (S Quote) has sold a healthy 350,000 Palm (PALM Quote) Pre phones in the seven weeks since its debut.  —  The update comes from RBC analyst Mike Abramsky whose research team …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
CollegeHumor's New Production Spinoff: Notional; Van Veen's Heading It  —  Earlier today we reported on a new spinoff multimedia production company out of IAC-owned CollegeHumor.  Now we have more details on it: the new company is called Notional, and is headed by Ricky Van Veen …
Discussion:, Brainstorm Tech and Gawker
Network World:
Microsoft to push out critcal patch on Tuesday for IE, Windows  —  Out—of-band patches fix critical hole in Windows and IE and moderate hole in Visual Studio  —  Late Friday, Microsoft notified users that on Tuesday, July 28, it would be pushing out a critical patch for Windows and IE, and a moderate patch for Visual Studio.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost: Trademark Appeal Sent Packing  —  A federal appeals court has ruled that the term “” can't be trademarked because “hotels” is too generic.  —  The hotel information and booking site had argued that even if the word “hotels” is generic, adding a dot-com …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Is the party over for Microsoft?  —  Everyone knew the day would come …
Kirk Ladendorf / Austin American-Statesman:
Dell settles Austin discrimination case for $9.1 million
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Skype singled out as threat to Russia's security
Discussion: TMCnet and New York Times
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Feds Seek Input On Web Site Cookie Policy
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Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Ex-Facebookers could lose out on stock sale
Discussion: VentureBeat
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Benchmark Is Optimistic About IPOs
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and VentureBeat
Tweeting all the way to the bank
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ashton Kutcher: Twitter will change media
Discussion: and mocoNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SearchMe May Go Offline Tomorrow (Updated: Offline Now)
Discussion: paidContent and AltSearchEngines
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Gates Faults U.S. on Data Privacy and Immigration