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6:00 AM ET, July 28, 2009

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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”.
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Andrew Baron:
The Apple TV  —  There is an interesting story here that almost EVERYONE may be sleeping through.  Note the headline, for instance, “Rumored Apple Tablet is a Train Wreck” direct from PC World which states, as a matter of fact, that the “Apple Tablet” is a train wreck.
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: ChannelWeb and Brave New World
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
The New AOL LLC Details: Search Bidding War by Next Year; $90M Restructuring Charges  —  Some more details gleaned from AOL (NYSE: TWX) Inc's first new filing with SEC. We reported on the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Patch transaction earlier today.  —For one, AOL's finally HQed in NYC, as it should have done a long time ago.
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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.
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.
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.
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Jon / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Prize Competition Closes - But No Winner Announced Yet
Discussion: NewTeeVee, WebProNews and AppScout
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Verizon Wireless seeks U.S. court judgment on ads  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone Group PLC, asked a U.S. court for a judgment that its advertising claims to be “America's Most Reliable 3G Network” were truthful, which rival AT&T called “misleading” on Monday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com
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.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Toshiba is making a whole lot of flash memory chips this month: New iPods?  Tablet-related?  Puppies?  —  New iPods usually come out in September, right?  There or thereabouts, at any rate.  Well then maybe we should look into this report that says Toshiba will “ramp up” production of flash memory chips during the month of Auguest.
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Google's Marissa Mayer Is On Twitter (GOOG)  —  Google exec Marissa Mayer — whom internal Twitter documents described as a “huge distraction” — has finally signed up for the service under her own name.  — She's located @MarissaMayer.
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.
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge rejects fair use defense as Tenenbaum P2P trial begins  —  There will be no fair use defense for Joel Tenenbaum at trial this week.  —  Everything about the Tenenbaum case has been highly unusual, and Judge Nancy Gernter's final pretrial order was no exception.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
What Everyone Made from the Zappos Sale  —  If Zappos was a forced sale, would someone please come force me a raise?  —  Zappos just filed its S4 with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which details the history of the merger talks with Amazon.  There's a lot of boring boilerplate here …
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 …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Tests Planned for Seattle, Boston  —  Executives praise iPhone, but no plans for the smartphone on Verizon  —  Verizon Wireless executives on Monday declined to comment directly about whether it will soon offer the iPhone, but the company will kick off tests of its LTE network in Seattle and Boston later this year.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Battleground for Chip Rivals: Film Effects  —  Nvidia, AMD Push GPU Technology as Filmmakers Seek More Sophisticated Techniques; Intel Tries Different Approach  —  In the film “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” the wizard Dumbledore conjures up a tornado of fire that marks a new feat in animation …
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
‘Smart Grid’ Raises Security Concerns  —  Electric utilities vying for $3.9 billion in new federal “smart grid” grants will need to prove that they are taking steps to prevent cyberattacks as they move to link nearly all elements of the U.S. power grid to the public Internet.
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.
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).
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Friendster Shopping Itself Around In Asia  —  Friendster, one of the oldest social networks, is actively looking for a buyer and has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to find a party interested in acquiring the company or at least some of its assets.
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.
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 …
 
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