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10:55 AM ET, July 25, 2009

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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
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.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Thoughts to ponder as Apple Tablet rumors spread
Discussion: Softpedia News
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.
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 …
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Is the party over for Microsoft?  —  Everyone knew the day would come when the fortunes of Microsoft Corp. would reverse.  The company might now be in actual decline.  If it's true, it brought it on itself by ignoring its core competencies, because it exhibits signs of what can only be described …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Frank McGurty / Reuters:
Ericsson wins auction for Nortel's wireless assets  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - Sweden's Ericsson has won an auction for the wireless assets of bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp in a deal valued at $1.13 billion, Nortel said on Saturday.  —  The proposed sale, announced by Nortel in a news release …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Ericsson:
ERICSSON TO ACQUIRE MAJORITY OF NORTEL'S NORTH AMERICAN WIRELESS BUSINESS  —  Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the parts of the Carrier Networks division of Nortel relating to CDMA and LTE technology in North America.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
A.P. goes nuclear on fair use  —  “A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web.”  That's the headline on a New York Times article right now.  But if you read the article, you see that the Associated Press's new campaign isn't only about “unpaid use of articles,” it's about any use of headlines as links.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
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 …
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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.
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Paul Meller / Macworld:
Microsoft's EU offer gets cautious welcome from rivals
Discussion: eWeek and WebProNews
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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Posts Update About Advertising Policy (Updated)
Discussion: Gadgetwise, internetnews.com and GigaOM
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: TechCrunch and Charlie Rose
PC World:
Free Windows 7 Upgrade May Not Reach $298 Laptop Buyers  —  Wal-Mart will start selling a fully loaded laptop from Hewlett-Packard for a breakthrough price of US$298 on July 26, but it may have a caveat: The Windows Vista OS included with the machine may not qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 7.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Buy.com, Orbitz linked to controversial marketers  —  Thousands of Web shoppers have complained that “mystery charges” are showing up on their credit card statements and have accused those who operate so-called Web loyalty programs of duping them into signing up.
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.
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) …
 
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Dell settles Austin discrimination case for $9.1 million
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CollegeHumor's New Production Spinoff: Notional; Van Veen's Heading It
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Steve Ragan / The Tech Herald:
Network Solutions: 573,928 possibly compromised in attack
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Reuters:
Skype singled out as threat to Russia's security
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm's Pre Hasn't Flopped
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Ex-Facebookers could lose out on stock sale
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Economist:
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ashton Kutcher: Twitter will change media
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SearchMe May Go Offline Tomorrow (Updated: Offline Now)
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