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1:05 PM ET, July 30, 2009


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Ryan Block / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple going to CES 2010.  Reality: Nope.  —  This week Gary Shapiro, chief exec of of the CEA (the trade group which puts on CES, and, full disclosure, for which I sometimes consult) held a private dinner with journalists in San Francisco.  According to Dow Jones / WSJ reporter Ben Charny …
Ben Charny / Digits:
Will Apple CEO Headline CES '10?  —  Those snubbed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs take heart.  He won't return calls from Gary Shapiro, who heads the world's largest consumer electronics industry trade group.  —  Bloomberg News  —  Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, at an October 2008 press conference.
Steve Jobs — Big Man on Campus ... Again  —  Steve Jobs is back to an Apple a day — and we've got the proof.  —  TMZ obtained this photo of the Apple co-founder leaving company headquarters in Cupertino, California around 3:00 PM today.  —  It's the first time we've seen Jobs …
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Today's News and Yahoo!'s Developer Program  —  Given the Yahoo! Microsoft news today, many of you are wondering what will happen to Yahoo!'s search offerings for developers.  In particular, we've received a number of questions about our two most popular search services: SearchMonkey …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yahoo committed seppuku today.
Stunning Nano-Phone Surfaces in Patent  —  A belated US Patent via an Australian filing mysteriously surfaced this month revealing a stunning nano-phone concept in development at Apple.  The design involves a very sophisticated yet complicated dual-surface user interface.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What If: The New New York Times  —  Like everyone else I've watched the print media world fall apart over the last few years.  The poster child for that industry is the New York Times, of course, and their many missteps in recent memory have been well chronicled.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, VentureBeat and Publishing 2.0, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo's sales and profits plummet in June quarter  —  Nintendo has defied gravity during the recession, seeing strong sales and profit growth that have been the envy of the industry.  But in its first fiscal quarter that ended June 30, the company saw a sales drop 40 percent and profits fall 60.6 percent.
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Windows Mobile becomes Windows Phone  —  What's in a name after all?  —  AT AN EVENT to show off upcoming Christmas goodies, Microsoft let slip to the INQ that Windows Mobile 6.5 is to be re-christened Windows Phone.  —  This, says Vole, is an effort to unboggle the minds of the consumer with all the …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia N97 ‘Mini’ gets pictured in the wild?  —  We've already heard talk of a Nokia N97 Mini (or Mini N97, if you will) from folks who should know what the situation is, and it looks like things have now gotten more interesting still, with some seemingly legitimate pictures of the rumored device finding …
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
Virtual worlds are getting a second life  —  We haven't heard much recently about so-called virtual worlds such as Second Life, in which you move around with your own avatar.  Critics must be hoping they have disappeared up their own ether.  Actually, they are booming.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple boosts Time Capsule capacity to 2TB  —  Apple has quietly upgraded its Time Capsule product, introducing a new higher capacity model, but kept prices unchanged.  —  The new Time Capsule is available with a 2TB capacity - more than enough to support wireless back-up for multiple Macs.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
12% of Americans Bought Virtual Goods in Past 12 Months: Survey  —  Roughly 12 percent of Americans, or more than one in 10, have bought a virtual item at some point in the last 12 months, according to a new study by analyst firm Frank N. Magid Associates and commissioned by virtual currency provider PlaySpan.
Neil McAllister / Neil McAllister's blog:
How Wolfram Alpha could change software  —  The upstart “computational knowledge engine” claims its results are original works, raising important questions about software and intellectual property  —  Don't call Wolfram Alpha a search engine.  Billed by its creators at Wolfram Research as a …
Discussion: Wolfram and WebProNews
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Single misplaced ‘&’ caused latest IE exploit  —  A security hole in Internet Explorer that opened the browser to hackers since early July was caused by a single typo in Microsoft's code.  —  An errant ampersand ("&") took the blame for the exploit, admitted Microsoft in a blog published Tuesday …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft spends $925 million to acquire nine companies in '09  —  As expected, Microsoft significantly slowed its pace of acquisitions in its recently completed fiscal year, according to new data released by the company this morning as part of its annual Form 10-K fiing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
My6Sense puts smart RSS reading in your pocket  —  My6Sense, a company that previewed its RSS recommendation technology at the Under the Radar Mobility conference back in late November, is finally ready to get its tools into the hands of users.  Later this week the company plans to release …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VC Cafe
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers exploit flaws in SSL, domain authentication system  —  LAS VEGAS—Two researchers have separately uncovered flaws in the way domain names are verified on the Internet that could allow attackers to impersonate a site and steal information from unsuspecting Web surfers.
Discussion: Macworld and Internetnews Blog
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Plans Mobile WiMax Launch - While second quarter earnings see continued healthy revenues...  Time Warner Cable issued their second quarter earnings, posting a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit.  The carrier saw revenue increase 4 percent to $4.47 billion …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Microsoft launches UK online TV player  —  Broadband users in UK will be able to watch shows including Peep Show, Shameless and The Young Ones on MSN Video Player  —  Microsoft has moved swiftly to launch an online TV player for UK broadband users offering shows including Peep Show …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Sony Posts $390.5 Million Loss  —  TOKYO — Sony suffered a net loss of $390.5 million (¥37.1 billion) in the first quarter, the electronics and entertainment giant said Thursday, maintaining its forecast for a second straight year of red ink as the global economic slump continued to weigh on its bottom line.
Discussion: Eurogamer, Digital Daily and Crave
Exclusive: World Of Warcraft's U.S. Retail Sales Total 8.6 Million  —  stumble it!  —  Blizzard's World Of Warcraft has sold a spectacular 8.6 million copies to date, according to NPD data provided to Gamasutra.  —  Following the revelation that The Sims 3 sold more than 800,000 copies …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russian Mobile Market Players in Troubles over Unsold iPhones  —  I am sometimes asked by my friends about how the situation with the famous Apple iPhone is in Russia - how popular it is, how many phones have been sold, etc.  Unfortunately I have never had any really good things to share …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Brainstorm Tech
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Jack Schofield / Guardian:
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
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Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Asus cancels its first USB 3.0 motherboard
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Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:
Telcos protest Internet data requests
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Newsroom Now Has (Wow) 1,500 Writers
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Roger McNamee: Judgment Day
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