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4:40 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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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.
Discussion: PC World
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
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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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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.
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Jon / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Prize Competition Closes - But No Winner Announced Yet
Discussion: NewTeeVee, WebProNews and AppScout
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.
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 …
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Phone Scoop
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.
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.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Zynga a Target for State Attorneys General?  —  A few weeks ago a good source gave me a legal document written by a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official.  It was arguing that social gaming company Zynga could be breaking multiple state and federal anti-gambling laws via its popular Texas HoldEm game.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
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