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6:10 AM ET, July 30, 2009

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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.
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TMZ.com:
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AT&T: Don't Blame Us For The iPhone's Google Voice Ban  —  The outcry over the Google Voice ban on the App Store is still going strong, with hundreds of news stories, developer posts, and complaints putting the story in and out of Twitter's top trends for nearly three days running.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Roger McNamee: Judgment Day  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” Elevation Partners (which owns a huge portion of Palm) co-founder Roger McNamee told Bloomberg in March.  “Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.”
Discussion: WebOS Arena and all things Pre
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yahoo committed seppuku today.  —  The once proud warrior of the internet space laid down its sword, knelt at the feet of Microsoft and gutted itself today.  There was no honor in this death, it was one brought by the shame of losing to Google and a lack of faith in one's ability to compete in the space they created.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Search Eulogy For Yahoo  —  And then there were two.  —  Make no mistake, Yahoo's out of the search game.  I know the spin.  Better user interface, new ways to innovate, a winning play.  Let's not kid ourselves.  They're done.  Not today, not necessarily in a year but down the line at some point.
MacNN:
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Audio: Ballmer and Bartz discuss partnership, Google, and f-bombs  —  TechFlash today interviewed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz about a wide range of topics related to their newly announced partnership — including competition from Google, future acquisitions …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer's email on Yahoo assures Microsoft workers about jobs
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Mint.com data: Economy may be bouncing back  —  Economic forecasts?  National numbers on consumer spending?  Who needs them when we've got user data from personal finance site Mint.com?  —  Okay, so we're not talking about data that represents the US public as a whole …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Newsroom Now Has (Wow) 1,500 Writers  —  In June we wrote about AOL's evolving “Toyota” strategy to evolve into an online media powerhouse just as the print media world is falling apart.  New CEO Tim Armstrong hasn't been pinned down on how hard he's betting on this strategy in recent public appearances.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P  —  Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks  —  Computerworld - Details about a U.S. Secret Service safe house for the First Family — to be used in a national emergency …
Timothy / Slashdot:
Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — “I've Had Enough”  —  The Slashdolt writes “After a stern criticism from Linus, the long-time kernel hacker Alan Cox has decided to walk away as the maintainer of the TTY subsystem of the Linux Kernel, stating '...I've had enough.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: Times of London and BBC
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Google Dumps Another Half-Million Free Titles In Sony's eBook Store  —  Sure, their authors are all dead, and they're already technically free anyway, but another 500,000 properly formatted, lovingly .EPUBed public domain titles have arrived in Sony's ebook store, courtesy of Google …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big Content: ludicrous to expect DRMed music to work forever  —  When Wal-Mart announced in 2008 that it was pulling down the DRM servers behind its (nearly unused) online music store, the Internet suffered a collective aneurysm of outrage, eventually forcing the retail giant to run the servers for another year.
Discussion: TeleRead and Boing Boing
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Clampi Trojan stealing online bank data from consumers and businesses  —  LAS VEGAS—Hundreds of thousands of Windows computers are believed to be infected with a Trojan called “Clampi” that has been stealing banking and other log-in credentials from compromised PCs since 2007 …
Discussion: darkREADING and IDG News Service
Reuters:
Foxconn suicide turns spotlight on counterfeiting  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - One week after the apparent suicide of a Chinese factory worker accused of stealing a carefully guarded Apple iPhone prototype, one question remains unanswered: what happened to the missing phone?
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Use Mobile Devices Hands-Free Anywhere With Gorillamobile  —  Sometimes the best accessories are the simplest.  Mobile tech sees us (rightly) obsessing about batteries, radios and the like, but often the lowest-tech things can offer the greatest benefits.  Take the Gorillamobile, for instance.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Real Black Hats Hack Security Experts on Eve of Conference  —  LAS VEGAS — Two noted security professionals were targeted this week by hackers who broke into their web pages, stole personal data and posted it online on the eve of the Black Hat security conference.
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
WizeHive: Collaboration tool for busy people  —  Because I work almost exclusively in remote-based teams, I'm always looking for new tools and services that can help me manage my daily tasks and effectively collaborate with my team members.  One of the biggest problems I have with some collaboration systems …
Discussion: Zoho Blogs and CNET News
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Company Receives Patent for Podcasting  —  VoloMedia, a podcast analytics, advertising, and distribution company, just received a patent for “providing episodic media,” including podcasts.  According to the company, which filed for the patent in November 2003, U.S. Patent 7,568,213 covers …
Eurogamer:
360 Twitter/Facebook “before Xmas”  —  Microsoft has said that the Twitter and Facebook applications planned for Xbox 360 will be separate applications rather than part of another broad dashboard update.  —  Microsoft marketing type James Halton, speaking at an event earlier today …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Humans central in Spinvox patents  —  The voicemail-to-text service Spinvox has applied for two patents which describe the service as being operated by humans, the BBC has learned.  —  Spinvox has previously claimed that state-of-the-art speech recognition technology is the basis of its service.
Discussion: dot.life and smstextnews.com
 
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