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1:45 PM 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”.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Voice iPhone app rejected, current GV apps lose connection with iTunes
Discussion: iPhone Buzz, Techdirt and DVICE
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Rejects Official Google Voice iPhone App
Discussion: DailyTech and News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Monster Merger: IBM Buys SPSS For Approx. $1.2 Billion In Cash Deal  —  IBM is buying analytics software and solutions provider SPSS in an all cash transaction at a price of $50/share - a 42 percent premium to Monday's closing price of $35.09 on Nasdaq - resulting in a total cash consideration …
Lisa Donovan / Chicago Sun Times:
Tweet about apartment mold draws lawsuit  —  It was a not-so-sweet Tweet about a Chicago apartment.  —  So Horizon Group Management LLC filed a libel lawsuit Monday against former tenant Amanda Bonnen, claiming one of her alleged Twitter posts “maliciously and wrongfully” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Lands A Big Distribution Deal With YouTube And Others; Redesigns Dashboard  —  Mike Hudack, the founder of, just landed a major set of deals to expand the distribution of his Web video network.  The biggest deal is with YouTube, which for the first time will allow …
Mikehudack / the blog: the next generation  —  This morning we unveiled what we've been working on for the better part of a year.  If you attended our breakfast event or watched it via LiveStream you've already seen the demos.  If not you should shortly be getting access to the new stuff.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Softpedia News and Beet.TV
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Report: Hon Hai to build Apple tablets as soon as September  —  A Chinese newspaper has reported that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. will assemble tablet computers for Apple that may appear for sale as early as September.  —  The report, published by the Taipei, Taiwan Apple Daily paper …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Apple Tablet: Some Possibly Answered Questions
Discussion: GigaOM, NPR Blogs and Brainstorm Tech
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Barnes & Noble makes Wi-Fi free via AT&T  —  Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide offer Wi-Fi access, and the majority of them are already hotspots through AT&T. Those stores now offer free access via Wi-Fi, with a focus on expanding customer awareness of the Barnes & Noble's burgeoning e-book library.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Thanks for giving my pixels back, browser makers  —  I'd personally like to offer browser makers my gratitude for realizing that my screen isn't big enough.  —  I'm one of those people who wants every bit of display real estate I can get.  The more I can see of the document I'm writing …
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.
Will Knight / Technology Review:
Microsoft Game Helps Make Search Better  —  A new game asks users to help refine search results.  —  Researchers at Microsoft's labs in Redmond, WA, have released an online game to help fine-tune search results.  —  Called Page Hunt, the game presents players with web pages and asks …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Hopes To Improve Bing With Page Hunt Game
Discussion: Softpedia News
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
No new netbooks from Asustek, Acer in 2H09; Acer pushes back Android netbook  —  Asustek Computer and Acer will not offer any new netbooks in the second half of 2009, as Intel plans to push the launch of its entry-level products including the Pine Trail-M platform to the first quarter of 2010, according to industry sources.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
China's iPhone deal: New details emerge  —  The headlines out of China overnight Tuesday were headsnappers.  —  First Shanghai Security News reported that Apple (AAPL) had reached a three-year deal with China Unicom to market the iPhone in the world's largest cellphone market (600 million-plus subscribers).
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.
Sprint to buy out Virgin Mobile USA  —  Sprint this morning said it would buy out Virgin Mobile's US division for an equity value of $483 million.  The deal cancels out Virgin's $248 million in outstanding debts and is intended to bolster Sprint's efforts in the arena of prepaid phones.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Design ideas show Firefox 4.0 with a Chrome look  —  Mozilla has released mockups that show how Firefox 4.0 conceivably might look, and two words spring to my mind: Google Chrome.  —  Last week, Mozilla showed some mockups for the nearer-term Firefox 3.7 that eliminated the browser's title bar …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Is the Economy Really THIS Bad?  —  This was a strange earnings season.  —  But it has been a remarkably strange economy.  —  But when you look at the big names in tech, including Intel, IBM, Apple, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, and the big names on Wall Street, there was a bizarre disconnect …
Peter Enav / Associated Press:
Taiwan's Foxconn agrees on suicide compensation  —  The Taiwanese employer of a young Chinese man who killed himself after being interrogated over a missing iPhone prototype has agreed to pay compensation to his family, a company official said Tuesday.  —  Sun Danyong, 25 …
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
US Movie Companies Go After The Pirate Bay - Again  —  Despite losing in court against the music and movie industries, The Pirate Bay continues to operate, a clearly unacceptable situation for the plaintiffs in the case.  The verdict is subject to appeal and that could make the whole thing drag on for years yet.
Discussion: p2pnet
Jamie Lendino / PC Magazine:
SiRF Unveils Next Generation GPS  —  SiRF, the San Jose-based embedded GPS company, has unveiled SiRFstar IV, a vast upgrade to the GPS architecture used in many portable and in-car GPS systems released over the past five years.  —  The new architecture aims to reduce battery drain, and it allows for much smaller receiver components.
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Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China bans online games which glamorize gangs
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What is Twitter? Most people still don't know, study finds
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iTunes will sell four billion tracks this year
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Oracle sues Qtrax, claims P2P site owes $1.8 million
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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HP Looks For Security Blanket
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The New AOL LLC Details: Search Bidding War By Next Year …
Discussion: The Register
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
The Race to Market  —  Today represents another significant milestone …