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4:25 PM ET, August 7, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's $1.2 billion tablet computer  —  Apple's next gadget?  Image: Piper Jaffray  —  Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster took another crack at the Apple (AAPL) tablet computer he's been writing about for months, issuing a report to clients Friday that included …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's tablet will be more than a niche product - report  —  A new financial analysis predicts that Apple's yet-to-be-announced tablet will launch in early 2010 and sell about 2 million units in its first year — and at an estimated $600 each, that would be an additional $1.2 billion in revenue.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user  —  A Russian activist blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google's Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.
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Tom Parfitt / Guardian:
Georgian blogger Cyxymu blames Russia for cyber attack  —  Blogger claims attack on Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal was part of plot to silence his criticism of the Kremlin  —  The Georgian blogger known as Cyxymu, who was yesterday the victim of a cyber assault that affected hundreds …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
How Google Was Impacted By The Twitter-Facebook Denial of Service Attacks  —  A small group of users of Google's Blogger blogging service and Google Sites wiki experienced an hour-long outage.  However, Google's core Web services, including its search engine, Gmail and Docs …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iMacs rumored with compelling new features  —  A couple of new features rumored to be in the cards for Apple's forthcoming iMac refresh will up the value proposition for prospective buyers in the market for an all-in-one desktop system, AppleInsider has been told.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Yahoo Chief: ‘We Have Never Been a Search Company’  —  The dust has settled - for the moment - on the Microsoft and Yahoo search and advertising deal.  So, perhaps there's room for a bit of reflection.  —  Last week, Brad Stone and I interviewed Carol Bartz, Yahoo's chief executive …
Discussion: Between the Lines and 901am
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Revisionist History: Bartz Claims Yahoo Was Never A Search Engine
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Apple Starts Talking About App Rejections, Another Popular One Is Pulled  —  The timing, really couldn't be more perfect.  Just as no less than Apple VP Phil Schiller has started making comments on the record about App Store rejections, Apple yanks another very popular one from its store.
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Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
Apple removes one sex offender search iPhone app, but a similar …
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Motorola bringing a “webOS” to Android?  Called Blur?  —  Where would we be without our trusty Motorola ninjas?  We've just got the drop on some exciting information about Motorola's Android plans and how they hope plan to make a splash.  Here's what we've been told:
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Schmidt's Apple Gig: He Worked for Free  —  Former Apple director Eric Schmidt took no salary or stock for his board service.  What did the Google chief accept?  Lots of Apple gear  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt served on Apple's board essentially without pay …
Maria Bartiromo / Business Week:
Eric Schmidt on Where Google Is Headed  —  Maria Bartiromo talks to the Google CEO about where the opportunities are in the future  —  The news on Aug. 3 that Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt was resigning from the board of Apple (AAPL) took many by surprise.
Discussion: GigaOM and 9 to 5 Mac
Brad Stone / Bits:
Falling Valuations: Poison for Venture Capital  —  Here's more proof that Silicon Valley's financing ecosystem is under assault: the value of the startups they are investing in just keeps dropping.  —  In a quarterly study of venture financings published Friday, Fenwick & West …
Reuters:
Target Parts Ways With Amazon.com  —  The move will see the No. 2 U.S. discount retailer striking out on its own for its online platform.  —  Target (NYSE: TGT) will build and manage its own online platform for Target.com and aims to launch the new Web site in advance of the 2011 holiday season, the company said on Friday.
Brian Hamacher / NBC Miami:
Man: Naughty Kitty Downloaded Kiddie Porn  —  Florida man arrested, says cat downloaded thousands of images.  —  TWITTER  —  You've heard the one about the dog eating the homework, now hear about the cat who downloaded the kiddie porn.  —  Keyboard Cat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When Amazon Bought Zappos, Clothes.com Also Came In The Box  —  When Amazon paid $928 million for Zappos in July, it got a little something extra in the box: the Clothes.com domain.  It turns out that Zappos bought the domain last year from Idealab for $4.9 million (Bill Gross strikes again).
Discussion: Domain Name Wire, Thanks:mgcreed
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Betting on the Real-Time Web  —  No one knows how the microblogging site and similar online social networks will make money, but investors see a new Web revolution  —  John Borthwick speaks softly, but he can't hide his excitement.  Co-founder and chief executive of the New York Internet …
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Where ‘Ramen Profitable’ Startups Host  —  Where do budget-conscious startups host their sites?  The Y Combinator venture incubator, renowned for its “ramen profitable” approach to bootstrapping new enterprises, provides an interesting case study.  Rackspace, SoftLayer and Amazon …
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Is Adobe the next (pre-2002) Microsoft?  —  If you are a criminal and you want to break into a network a common attack method is to exploit a hole in software that exists on most computers, has its fair share of holes and isn't automatically updated.  —  In 2002, that would have been Windows.
Discussion: Computerworld and AppScout
Malatesta / WMExperts:
Verizon Diamond 2, HTC Mega and more Tachi  —  Well look what dropped in our mailbox.  Some images and deets on the upcoming Verizon Diamond 2 (aka ‘Whitestone’ aka XV6975), the HTC Mega and a bit of an update to the Tachi image.  —  First up is the Verizon Diamond 2/Whitestone device, picture above.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Microsoft Could Announce Razorfish Sale By September; Publicis, WPP Play Hard To Get  —  It's been a few weeks since Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) execs met with representatives from various ad agencies to feel out interest in who would want to buy its interactive agency, Razorfish and still no obvious deal …
Royce Cheah / Reuters:
Malaysia denies Internet filter will curb dissent  —  KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia denied on Friday that a proposed Internet filter would be used to police blogs and websites, saying it would be used only to block pornography.  —  The denial comes after news that the Southeast Asian country …
Discussion: The Register
Robert Gavin / Boston Globe:
NY Times Co. says it is in no hurry to sell Globe  —  Paper's finances called improved  —  The New York Times Co.'s chief executive, Janet Robinson, and chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. said deep concessions by The Boston Globe's unions and other measures have helped put the newspaper on the path to long-term survival.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Eee PCs rumored to ship with Moblin in October, Chrome OS on the horizon  —  How about a minor spy story to kick-start your weekend?  According to our man Sascha at netbooknews.de, a “safe source” who shall remain nameless but who most certainly has ties to Stasi (or, at the very least …
Discussion: TechSpot and I4U News
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Wave dev preview hands-on and impressions  —  After an impressive debut at Google I/O, the company's newest experiment and collaborative chat client has been making its way into the hands of developers in the lead-up to a torrent of new testers on September 30th.
Discussion: eWeek and TheNextWeb.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
This Is Quite Possibly The Spotify Cap Table  —  Hot European music startup Spotify is back in the news today.  On August 4 we broke the news that the big music labels have secretly been shareholders in the company since 2008, and that they paid roughly the same price for their preferred stock …
 
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Hashing Things Out  —  You never know what story will draw you in.
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
How Many Ads Will Net Viewers Watch?
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel, AMD Watch x86 Chip Shipments Jump 10% in Q2
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Facebook Generation Carries Social Software in the Enterprise
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's curious PR problem
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Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Kindle Lawsuit: Protecting Readers From Future Abuses
Discussion: Podcasting News
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Entry in E-Books Is a Paper Tiger
Discussion: TeleRead
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Chinese Microsoft Office rival launching on Web soon
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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In five years all browsers will block internet advertisements by default.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft blunders with a confusing Windows 7 upgrade chart
 

 
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