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3:05 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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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 …
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 …
Emily Steel / Digits:
Twittering in the Dark: Lance Armstrong, Andy Dick, Perez Hilton Weigh In
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 …
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
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Revisionist History: Bartz Claims Yahoo Was Never A Search Engine
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:
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.
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 the VC Industry  —  Here's more proof that Silicon Valley's financing ecosystem is under assault: the value of the startups they are investing in just keep dropping.  —  In a quarterly study of venture financings published Friday, Fenwick & West …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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David Pogue / New York Times:
New Entry in E-Books Is a Paper Tiger  —  Suppose there are two rival companies — let's call them A and B. Each wants to dominate the blossoming world of electronic books.  —  Company A (that's A as in “Amazon") began life selling physical books online.  Its reading gadget, the Kindle …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:   Consumers Not Convinced They Need E-Reader
James Robinson / Guardian:
Sunday Times site to be paid-for testbed  —  • Pay-to-view website to launch in November  —  • Move follows plunging profits at News Corp titles  —  Rupert Murdoch will use the Sunday Times as a testbed for a radical new strategy designed to transform the finances …
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Patrick Smith / paidContent:   FT.com Considering iTunes-Style Micro-Payments Model
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
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
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.
Discussion: MacRumors and Electronista
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
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft blunders with a confusing Windows 7 upgrade chart  —  Someone at Microsoft is secretly working for Apple.  —  That's the only possible explanation I can come up with for why they sent this “Official Windows 7 Upgrade chart” to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal …
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).
Thanks:mgcreed
Google LatLong:
New data in Google Earth show wider swath of destruction in Darfur  —  On the side of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum west wall is a quote etched into the rock from General Dwight D Eisenhower, who witnessed firsthand the conditions in the concentration camps in 1945, after they were liberated:
Discussion: Softpedia News, TechCrunch and AppScout
 
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Target Parts Ways With Amazon.com
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
How Many Ads Will Net Viewers Watch?
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia N86 NAM Shipping in USA Aug 22nd For $499
Discussion: IntoMobile and SlashGear
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Facebook Generation Carries Social Software in the Enterprise
Chris Saad / Got Kit?:
JS-Kit Echo - Now Public Beta
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Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Betting on the Real-Time Web
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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
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Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Chinese Microsoft Office rival launching on Web soon
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Urbanspoon looks to take a bite out of OpenTable's reservations
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Does Google Want On2 for a Gaming Console?
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