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12:15 AM ET, July 28, 2009

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Michael Scalisi / PC World:
Rumored Apple Tablet is a Train Wreck  —  Given the rumor mill chatter, it sounds like the mythical Apple tablet is all but a done deal.  People seem to be talking with certainty about how, either later this year or early next year, Apple will unveil a multitouch tablet with a 10-inch screen …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Tablet Is The Kindle In Technicolor (With Laser Beams)  —  While there's a lot of talk about Apple's rumored tablet device as it relates to new initiatives from the music industry, the device is undoubtedly a lot larger in scope.  The music-angle talk is mostly thanks to the Financial Times …
Discussion: Brave New World and ChannelWeb
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
The Race to Market  —  Today represents another significant milestone for Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and more importantly, the first big opportunity for developers.  We are now accepting application submissions from all 29 supported countries and have launched a Race to Market Challenge to kick things off.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store  —  Earlier today we learned that Apple had begun to pull all Google Voice-enabled applications from the App Store, citing the fact that they “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”.
Discussion: Sean Kovacs and Newsome.Org
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Yanks The Cord On GV Mobile. …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Time Warner preps for AOL spin-off; Google's 5% stake worth $283 million  —  Time Warner on Monday said that it bought back Google's 5 percent stake in AOL for $283 million.  The deal, disclosed in regulatory filings, was part of a series of disclosures to set in motion Time Warner's spin-off of AOL as an independent company.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin  —  The first study of drivers texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk sharply exceeds previous estimates based on laboratory research — and far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Learning the Power of Teamwork in a Netflix Race for $1 Million  —  A contest set up by Netflix, which offered a $1 million prize to anyone who could significantly improve its movie recommendation system, ended on Sunday with two teams in a virtual dead heat, and no winner to be declared until September.
Discussion: PC World, Bits and Pocket-lint.com
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Reuters:
Apple, Unicom ink deal on iPhone China sales -paper  —  China Unicom (0762.HK), one of China's top three mobile carriers, has reached a deal with Apple (AAPL.O) for the exclusive sale of its iPhones in China for three years, the official Shanghai Securities News reported on Tuesday.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
S**tstorm Averted?  AT&T Restores Access To 4chan (Which Is Now Under DDoS Attack)  —  AT&T has made even more people than usual angry when it started blocking/filtering parts of 4chan late last night.  The popular message board, famous for being able to brew online (and offline) …
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Alex Barnett / Intuit Partner Platform team blog:
Announcing code.intuit.com - IPP Open Source Community  —  This morning we are announcing a new open source community for developers interested in creating connected online applications for small businesses.  The community, at code.intuit.com, lets developers work with Intuit and each …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Suddenly, Verizon Loves Wi-Fi — What's That Apple Tablet Got To Do With It?  —  Verizon said today that it's inked a partnership with Wi-Fi hotspot service provider Boingo Wireless that will allow its broadband customers to use Boingo hotspots across the country, an agreement that was first reported …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Layoffs, Palm Pre Coming to Verizon  —  This recession is a long way from over if Verizon's latest earnings are anything to judge by.  Reporting second-quarter earnings that were a penny better than the 62 cents per share Wall Street had been expecting, the company said it suffered …
Ian Bell / Techdirt:
Examining Fact And (Gov't Crafted) Fiction On The Number Of Chinese Web Surfers  —  Statistics lauding the growth of the Internet in China have become so commonplace as to inspire yawns, despite breathless press reports of hundreds of millions of Chinese going online and signing up for the 'net.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah's iPhone app lets you record and share life's achievements  —  Booyah is launching a free iPhone app today that lets you create an “achievement system for your life.”  Built by former game developers, the app lets you categorize and share your achievements in life with you friends.
Alan Travis / Guardian:
The government's guide to using Twitter  —  Guidelines suggest tweets should be frequent, timely and credible  —  Even its author admits that a 20-page strategy paper for government departments on how to use Twitter might be regarded as “a bit of over the top” for a microblogging tool with a limit of 140 characters a message.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
“YouTube Can Be Very Profitable In The Near Future”  —  A few weeks ago, everyone agreed that YouTube was going to be a perpetual money pit.  —  Then, a week ago, Google said YouTube is coming along nicely and will soon be profitable.  —  Now everyone agrees that YouTube will soon be raking in money hand over fist.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last week, Jeffrey P. Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, offered an apparently heartfelt and anguished mea culpa to customers whose digital editions of George Orwell's “1984” were remotely deleted from their Kindle reading devices.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Search Engine Blekko Raises $11.5 Million  —  One search engine dies, another takes a step forward.  —  This is a hard space to find a niche in, but the money at stake if you succeed is staggering.  —  Blekko, the stealth search engine we've been covering since early 2008 …
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Twitter Not Blocked In White House, As It Turns Out  —  Yesterday we wondered about Robert Gibbs' statement that Twitter was blocked on White House computers: If it was, then how did the White House Twitter feed get updated?  We did some web-sleuthing and discovered that not only were Tweets off …
Nicholson Baker / New Yorker:
A NEW PAGE  —  Can the Kindle really improve on the book?  —  Amazon is very good at selling things, but, to date, it hasn't been as good at making things.  Photographs by Gus Powell.  —  KEYWORDS … I ordered a Kindle 2 from Amazon.  How could I not?  There were banner ads for it all over the Web.
Jeremy Wright / Ensight:
Handing Over the Reins at b5media (Or: A Year of Transition)  —  At the beginning of this year (literally, the 4th of January), I took nearly 2 weeks off work from b5media, the company I've been lucky enough to serve as CEO for the last 3 ish years (the original year or so was as a group of founders).
Aral Balkan:
My Sys-Con Nightmare  —  A tale of intellectual property, identity, libel, and online bullying.  —  A little history  —  Beyond simply using my content without permission, they had misappropriated my identity by stating that I was one of their authors.  And I wasn't the only one.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seeds iPhone 3.1 Beta 3 to developers  —  Apple provided iPhone developers Monday afternoon with a third beta of iPhone 3.1, the first planned update to its third-generation mobile operating system.  —  Beta 3 is only accessible to those with an existing developer account.
Laura June / Engadget:
Philips' first Android endeavor, the V808, caught on camera?  —  Not a ton of details to be found here, but the first shots of what certainly appears to be Philips' first Android handset have emerged from China.  The V808, as it's called, certainly looks Androidy enough, with a 3.2-inch …
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Windows XP to Windows 7: It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride  —  The company's decision not to support upgrades from Windows XP is a rare misstep in the Windows 7 delivery process.  —  Post a  —  Microsoft's decision to leave Windows XP users behind, with no easy upgrade path to Windows 7, is …
Discussion: TechSpot, TechVi and digg.com
Nick Denton:
Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half  —  Last autumn I said media companies — including ours — should be preparing for a decline of up to 40% in advertising revenues over the economic cycle.  —  The plunge has already been pretty terrifying for a range of companies from Yahoo and IAC to the newspapers.
Discussion: Mediaite, the Econsultancy blog and The Awl, Thanks:atul
 
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Verizon LTE Tests Planned for Seattle, Boston
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AVG antivirus update attacks Apple's iTunes
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Use Your iPhone to Track Your Happiness
Discussion: I4U News and textually.org
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Start-Up Plans to Make Journalism Pirates Pay Up
Wall Street Journal:
What's Chinese for .limitedgovernment?
Discussion: CircleID and Domain Name Wire
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Could this be the end of electric power cords?
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and CrunchGear
David Barboza / New York Times:
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