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1:30 PM ET, July 26, 2009


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Mozilla and Google, Group Hugs Get Tricky  —  BOXES lined the cubicles and hallways in the offices of Mozilla on a recent afternoon, and its chief executive, John Lilly, seemed a bit disoriented as he looked for a place to sit.  Mozilla, which makes the Firefox Web browser …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man  —  A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself.  Computer viruses that no one can stop.  Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android Donut Out: Full Multitouch, Universal Search, Automated Backups AND Better Performance  —  Google's dropped new code for Android Donut and it sounds too good to be true.  People at XDA Developers are reporting it has system-wide multitouch, universal search, text-to-speech …
Seeking Alpha:
Why Apple's iTouch Tablet Will Become Its Flagship Product  —  Digital content has been available for years but the right vehicle to consume the content has been lacking.  We still cut down trees and hand deliver newspapers to people's homes.  That worked in 1900 but 2009?  Are you kidding me?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
By A Nose: Netflix Prize Leaders One-Upped With One Day Remaining  —  Last month news broke that a team of computer scientists had finally managed to improve Netflix's recommendation algorithm by 10%, making them eligible to win the $1 million Netflix Prize, a competition that began back in 2006.
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity, Thanks:dwr
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Shareflow: It's Google Wave, But Available Now  —  It was inevitable really.  Ever since Google Wave burst on to the scene as the next hot thing, someone, somewhere was going to beat Google to the punch and release something comparable.  That something is Shareflow, a new SaaS play by New York City-based startup Zenbe.
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 …
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Mail Volume Expected to Continue Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapting Services  —  Mail Volume Expected to Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapts by Pulling Collection Boxes  —  Dorothy and Andrew Yankanich moved into their $18,000 brick rambler in Wheaton in 1966 and soon began what would become …
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone's Latest Hit App: A Sex Offender Locator  —  Looking over the top 10 paid iPhone apps list today, the list appeared pretty typical: A bunch of games, a camera app, etc.  Then I noticed one called Offender Locator [iTunes link], mostly because it has a creepy icon.
Barry Diller Calls Free Web Content a ‘Myth,’ Joining Effort for User Fees  —  Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp, said Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, joining the refrain of media moguls who say an era of free Internet content is ending.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Music Streams That Soothe an Industry  —  LIKE many teenagers, Josh Wilson, the 13-year-old son of the New York venture capitalist Fred Wilson, has on occasion visited the Internet's peer-to-peer file-sharing services to download music and television shows.
Discussion: ZDNet Government, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Know If You'd Mind Sharing All Of Your Information  —  Facebook wants really wants to make as much information as possible on Facebook public.  It recently changed the privacy controls on the site to make it easier to share with everyone.  It wants to know how much users …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:melodylida69
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Christine Gallen / ABI Research:
Mobile Handset Inventories Bulk Up, Operators and Distributors …
Discussion: mocoNews and GigaOM
Ina Fried / CNET News:
HP plans electronic whiteboarding tool
Richard Stallman / The GNU Operating System:
How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software
Discussion: Slashdot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
FreeYourID Gives Up On Trying To Monetize OpenID
Michael Stroud / NewTeeVee:
DreamWorks' Katzenberg: 3D Changes Everything
Fred / A VC:
Monetize The Audience, Not The Content
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog, Mark Evans and Gawker, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
PC World:
Free Windows 7 Upgrade May Not Reach $298 Laptop Buyers
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Discussion: Technologizer
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple Tablet Could Hurt iPhone Developers