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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It Was AT&T  —  I just posted the following correction to today's earlier piece on the Google Voice/App Store thing:
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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”.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Struck, Will Be Announced Within Next 24 Hours  —  Multiple sources close to the situation said that the online search and advertising deal between Microsoft and Yahoo has been struck and will be announced within the next 24 hours.  —  While it is not clear if the actual papers …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, Yahoo Still Negotiating; Deal Could Be Announced Any Time  —  The much anticipated Microsoft/Yahoo search alliance is in the “final stages of negotiation” says a source close to Yahoo, and may be signed at any time.  The two companies have been negotiating the terms of the transaction for weeks …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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” …
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Sean Percival / lalawag:   Sued for $50,000 Over Moldy Tweet
Casey Ho / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: Links Got Shorter and Smarter  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop …
Discussion: Techgeist, TechCrunch and jkOnTheRun
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 …
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple iTablet component suppliers named
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.
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.
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Lands A Big Distribution Deal With YouTube And Others; Redesigns Dashboard  —  Mike Hudack, the founder of Blip.tv, 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 Blip.tv …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X 10.5.8 Development Wrapping Up?  —  MacRumors has received word that Apple seeded OS X Leopard 10.5.8 Build 9L30 to developers last night, including only a single documented change related to an issue with external monitors and waking from sleep mode.  There are reportedly no listed outstanding issues in the latest build.
Discussion: TUAW, Softpedia News and I4U News
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Yahoo Mobile site gets iPhone overhaul, syncing  —  Yahoo has been busy.  Last week, it announced a new customizable homepage you can personalize by adding favorite Yahoo services and social networking modules.  On Tuesday, Yahoo unveiled a new iPhone-optimized design for the iPhone's Safari browser …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
AP: “We're Done” Answering Questions About Fair Use & Our Rights System  —  Still confused about the Associated Press's announcement last week about a new content tagging system that's supposed to provide rights information?  I am — but the AP's apparently not talking to anyone further about it.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft will open stores in Arizona, California  —  Microsoft plans to open two of its first retail locations in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mission Viejo, Calif., CNET News has learned.  —  The software maker confirmed on Tuesday that it has signed leases in both spots as part of an effort to launch its first retail outlets this fall.
Discussion: OSNews and Engadget
Marc Graser / Variety:
Twitter fizzles at Comic-Con  —  Number of tweets falls short of expectations  —  The tweets weren't as loud as expected.  —  Marketing mavens had thought fans would whip out their cell phones and use Twitter to spread the word instantly on what they thought about the movies Hollywood took to Comic-Con last week.
Discussion: Fast Company
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: Ars Technica
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to launch the Samsung Solstice A887 on August 2nd, $99.99  —  Surprise, AT&T-rocking budget touchscreen fans.  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us with some Sammy juice and it looks like the affordable A887, formerly known as the Infinity, will be hitting stores nationwide this coming Sunday, August 2nd.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Web Is Flat: Why Time Spent Online Is Leveling Off  —  Forrester Survey Says Use of Internet Media Stayed Steady at 12 Hours a Week  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Time spent with the internet, as it turns out, doesn't balloon indefinitely.  —  That might sound obvious …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and ChasNote, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How To Hijack ‘Every iPhone In The World’  —  On Thursday, two researchers plan to reveal an unpatched iPhone bug that could virally infect phones via SMS.  —  If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Verizon Wireless Details App Store Plans; Partners With BlackBerry  —  At Verizon's developer conference today, the largest U.S. carrier unveiled details of its new application store that will launch in the fourth quarter and potentially disrupt what has been a $1 billion business for the carrier.
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Former Grokster exec pulls out of Pirate Bay acquisition  —  Wayne Rosso, the former president of Grokster, has walked away from Global Gaming Factory because of “strong doubts” the Swedish company has enough funds to acquire The Pirate Bay.  —  Global Gaming, a Swedish software company …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Threat Level
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pigs Fly As Facebook And Google Work Together On An Android App  —  Well, we never thought it would happen because of its intense rivalry with Google, but Facebook is almost ready to launch an official app for Android phones.  Hints are already popping up here and there, but I've been able to confirm it.
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
WARNING: TwitViewer May Be a Phishing Scam  —  Want to know who visits your Twitter profile?  Sounds potentially interesting, and it's the premise of TwitViewer.net, a site that is being shared by thousands of Twitter users this afternoon with the message “Want to know whos stalking you on Twitter?”
Spiegel Online:
‘Maybe Media Will Be a Hobby Rather than a Job’  —  In a SPIEGEL interview, Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of US technology and culture magazine Wired discusses the Internet's challenge to the traditional press, new business models on the Web and why he would rather read Twitter than a daily newspaper.
Discussion: Snarkmarket
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Second Advertiser Alleges Facebook Click Fraud
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Future of Cyber Security: Hackers Have Grown Up
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Greenpeace wars with HP
Discussion: eWeek, Gizmodo and Electronista
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft in partner talks with local newspapers
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China bans online games which glamorize gangs
Garrick Schmitt / AdAge:
Can a ‘URL Killer’ Save Our Text-Weary Thumbs?
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Data centers go underground
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Design ideas show Firefox 4.0 with a Chrome look
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
What Everyone Made from the Zappos Sale
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