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Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top Two Billion  —  More Than 85,000 Apps Now Available for iPhone & iPod touch  —  Apple® today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple's Apps Flying Off the Virtual Shelves: 6.6 Million Downloads Per Day  —  Another milestone Apple is happy to brag about: The company says it has served up two billion apps for the iPhone and iPod touch from its iTunes store.  —  How do we put that in context?  A couple different ways.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Apple Rehires a Developer of Its Newton Tablet  —  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ eschipul/ |  Michael Tchao  —  If you were gearing up to launch a tablet computer — and these days, who isn't — who would you hire to market it?  One obvious candidate would be Michael Tchao …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
The Official Google Blog:
Back to school with Google Docs  —  As interns on the Google Docs team this past summer, we were excited to be able to work on making Google Docs that much more useful for students like us.  We've now added a bunch of back to school features which should help our fellow students make the transition …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Take That, Twitter: Google Hot Trends Integrated Into Google Search  —  Twitter and real time search continues to attract buzz, and Google's reacting by positioning its “Hot Trends” information in a place where more people will see it, within Google's regular search results.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Lenovo vows ‘unbelievably’ fast Windows 7 boots  —  Business PCs will boot up to 56% faster  —  Computerworld - Lenovo Group Ltd. is staking an early claim to potentially key turf in the Windows 7 gold-rush: the PC vendor boasting the fastest boot-up and shutdown times.
Discussion: eWeek, geeksmack.net and VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ignoring RIAA lawsuits cheaper than going to trial  —  Jammie Thomas-Rasset and Joel Tenenbaum captured the nation's attention when they were defendants in the RIAA's first two trials against accused online infringers.  But here's the mind-warping reality: both defendants …
Discussion: Techdirt, Techgeist, p2pnet and digg.com
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Secret Service Investigating Facebook Poll Asking Whether Obama Should Be Killed  —  The Secret Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding an eye-opening Facebook poll that asked whether Obama should be assassinated, a Secret Service spokesman confirms to us.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Online electronics store NewEgg files for $175M IPO  —  NewEgg, a consumer-facing online retailer that sells computer components and other electronics, including software, digital cameras, cell phones and laptops, has filed to go public, expecting to raise $175 million, reports PE Hub.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Faces Tougher Test in Rollout to 100K Users  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google's Wave collaboration platform will soon face its first true test when the company rolls it out to 100,000 consumer and business users.  Perhaps the biggest mystery is what companies will do to build on top of the Wave platform.
Discussion: DailyTech, Maximum PC and FierceVoIP
David Charter / Times of London:
iPods may have to carry health warnings  —  Portable music players may have to carry health warnings under proposals from the European Commission.  —  Apple, which makes the iPod, and other manufacturers will be asked either to display labels advising users of the damaging long-term effects …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Preview: Tweetie 2 Takes The Best iPhone Twitter App And Ups The Sex Appeal  —  There is absolutely no shortage of Twitter apps available for the iPhone.  But in my mind (and the minds of many others) one stands above all the rest: Tweetie.  And while the app has undergone several small tweaks since …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, atebits and Daring Fireball, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Apps Outage Caused by High Load to Google Contacts  —  The downtime for Gmail and Google Contacts last week was caused by high load to Google Contacts.  Google Apps users could not access or experienced disruptions in their Gmail accounts from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Discussion: Maximum PC and CloudAve
Hyung Lee / The Daily Princetonian:
Kindles yet to woo University users  —  When the University announced its Kindle e-reader pilot program last May, administrators seemed cautiously optimistic that the e-readers would both be sustainable and serve as a valuable academic tool.  But less than two weeks after 50 students received …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's $100 Million TV Ad  —  Don't say they didn't warn you: Last week, Yahoo formally rolled out its new $100 million-plus marketing campaign.  Today, the TV ads begin.  Here's what you'll be getting if you watch AMC, ESPN, USA, Comedy Central, Bravo or any of the broadcast networks in the U.S. (Live in the U.K. or India?
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Recovery.gov relaunch puts stimulus spending on the map  — IT TOPICS:Analytics & Data Mining, Business Intelligence, Emerging Technology, Government & Regulation, Internet  —  Want to know where federal stimulus dollars are being spent in your state, your county, your town or on your street?
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Weisel Raises Apple Target to $210; Sees $800 Macbook  —  Thomas Weisel analyst Doug Reid this morning raised his estimates for sales and profit for Apple (AAPL) for this fiscal year and next, writing that “store checks” indicate demand remains healthy, IT spending is set to tick upward …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacNN
Chris / cdixon.org:
The new economy  —  According to the Business Insider, Facebook is “'Beating The S— Out Of Its Numbers' Thanks To Zynga's Virtual Goods.”  I wanted to try to understand this new, emerging economy.  —  It all starts when a user sees an ad on Facebook:  —  After clicking and installing the app …
Mallary Jean Tenore / poynter.org:
AP Stylebook iPhone App Launches Today, a Hybrid of Print & Online Versions  —  In recent months, the AP Stylebook has made headlines for adding Twitter and other techy terms to its list of entries, increasing its print sales and redesigning its Web site.  Now, in an attempt to reach …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Continues Talent Scoop, Takes Digg's UX Guy  —  Fresh off their new $100 million funding round, Twitter continues to scoop up talent from around the web to expand operations.  The latest catch is Mark Trammell, who had spent the last two years working on user experience for Digg.
Discussion: marktrammell.com and digg.com
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey invested in Foursquare  —  Twitter just closed a massive funding round that reportedly has given it a billion-dollar valuation.  Meanwhile, co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey is making investments of his own: he's one of the undisclosed angel investors …
Washington Post:
The FCC's Heavy Hand  —  IN A SPEECH at the Brookings Institution last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski promised that his agency's plan for regulating Internet service providers (ISPs) will be “fair, transparent, fact-based and data-driven.”  —  That's nice.
The Official Google Blog:
More insight into claimed content on YouTube  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  We announced last week that we now have over 1,000 partners using our content identification and management tools to control how and where their videos are distributed on YouTube.
Phone Arena:
The Motorola Sholes A855 passes the FCC, next stop Verizon as the Tao?  —  Published on: Yesterday by PhoneArena Team  —  According to the FCC site, the Motorola Sholes A855 has passed testing.  When going through the available files, we see that the Sholes A855 will not only support EVDO Rev A …
Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
St. Cloud shutting down the nation's first citywide free Wi-Fi network  —  In 2006, St. Cloud started offering free wireless Internet service to its residents, declaring itself the first in the nation to do so.  But faced with a $1.3 million budget shortfall, city leaders have decided to shut down the network.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Andrew Heining / Christian Science Monitor:
Zipcar parks its iPhone app - finally  —  From the “iPhone MMS?  Meh.” department.  —  Does it seem like iPhone users have been saying “finally” a lot lately?  —  Apple on Monday approved an iPhone application from car-sharing company Zipcar that allows users to find nearby cars …
comScore, Inc.:
Google Sites Surpasses 10 Billion Video Views in August  —  Average Video Viewer Watched Nearly 10 Hours of Online Video During the Month  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released August 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Can Twitter Rake in the Ads to Justify $1 Billion Valuation?  —  With the Money Comes Expectation of Revenue; Microblogging Service Seems in No Rush Turn on Spigot  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The question about Twitter used to be, “Is it a business?”  Now, the question becomes “How big can it be?”
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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