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7:05 PM ET, July 19, 2010

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Fred Vogelstein / Wired:
Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown  —  For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true.  A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009.  The audience loved it.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 in-depth preview  —  It's been a long road, hasn't it?  Well, in some respects, it hasn't — in fact, it's only been about two years since development of Windows Phone 7 as we know it today kicked off — but when you consider that this product will be replacing Windows Mobile 6.5, that put things in proper perspective.
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Amazon.com:
Kindle Device Unit Sales Accelerate Each Month in Second Quarter; New $189 Price Results in Tipping Point for Growth  —  Amazon.com Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Hardcover Books  —  (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Millions of people are already reading on Kindles and Kindle is the #1 bestselling item on Amazon.com for two years running.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales  —  The heft and musty smell of a hardcover book are one step closer to becoming relics in a museum.  —  Amazon.com, one of the nation's largest bookstores, said Monday that for the last three months, sales of electronic books for the Kindle …
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Redbox Plots Web Strategy in Challenge to Netflix  —  Redbox, which became the fastest- growing U.S. video retailer with DVD kiosks and a $1-a-day rental price stores couldn't match, is developing an online strategy to stay competitive with larger rival Netflix Inc.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Foursquare ‘in talks with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!’ about search partnerships  —  Exclusive: Foursquare is in talks with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! about a search partnership which could let people look up the most popular bar or restaurant in their area in real-time.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple's Magic Trackpad gets FCC approval?  —  We're admittedly using our Jump To Conclusions Mat a little bit here, but we're pretty sure Apple's Magic Trackpad (or whatever they'll end up calling it) just got FCC approval — and considering how tightly Apple usually manages its FCC dealings …
Andy M. Zaky / Fortune:
Apple closes in on Microsoft in revenue race  —  After living in the shadows of Microsoft for 30 years, Apple is just a hair behind Microsoft in sales.  Will this quarter be the one?  —  by Andy M. Zaky, contributor  —  Whether it deserves it or not, Apple has held onto its lead …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon leaks another Droid 2, getting BlackBerry Storm 3, Curve 3, 10.1-inch tablet later this year?  —  Now that the Droid 2 has officially reached “leaking like a sieve” status, we thought we'd toss you another couple shots of the Droid X's QWERTY-equipped cousin, which we're being told is locked for an August release on Verizon.
Apple:
iPad Available in Nine More Countries This Friday  —  Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore this Friday, July 23. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Bomb-making tips, hit list behind Blogetery closure  —  More details are surfacing about why Blogetery.com, a blogging platform that claimed to service more than 70,000 blogs, was mysteriously booted from the Internet by its Web-hosting company.  —  The site was shut down after FBI agents …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo, Others Eyeing Bit.ly  —  Yahoo and some of the other web giants have been kicking the tires on New York-based URL shortening service Bit.ly, according to a few people in the know.  The interest in the company has increased over the past 60 days or so.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Maximum PC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Review: The Blekko Search Engine Prepares To Launch  —  It takes a crazier than average entrepreneur to go after the search market.  There's an entrenched player, Google, with 65% market share.  Google is so powerful the second player, Yahoo, just bailed out of the market.
Discussion: Skrentablog and Marksonland
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Is On Fire.  Now Over 6 Million Users, 1.5 Billion Pageviews A Month  —  One year ago, in July 2009, Tumblr was going strong.  They had 255 million pageviews that month.  By November of last year, that was up to 420 million pageviews.  But some new stats which Tumblr is releasing today show an explosion in growth since then.
ABC News' Press Room:
Diane Sawyer to Interview Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg in an Exclusive Television Interview  —  ABC News' Diane Sawyer goes inside Facebook headquarters with the man behind it all, co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  Facebook has redefined the way a generation organizes and communicates.
Discussion: The Next Web
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Policing the Web's Lurid Precincts  —  Ricky Bess spends eight hours a day in front of a computer near Orlando, Fla., viewing some of the worst depravities harbored on the Internet.  He has seen photographs of graphic gang killings, animal abuse and twisted forms of pornography.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
White iPhone 4 delay: the challenges faced by Apple's glass supplier  —  This almost goes without saying, but it's truly been a wild ride for the iPhone 4 over the last three weeks.  While most of us will just happily open our hands to Stevie J's freebies, there's one question that's still bugging us …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
RIM finally catches up to the competition with non-GPS-based BlackBerry ‘Locate Service’  —  It's hardly the first company to implement the technology in a smartphone, but it looks like RIM finally has an answer for folks not satisfied with the GPS capabilities of their BlackBerry.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Sharp Unveils 100GB Blu-ray Disc  —  Sharp recently announced that it will be the first Blu-ray disc maker to launch a recordable triple layer Blu-ray format with 100GB of storage capacity—twice the capacity of current Blu-ray discs.  —  The new write-once disc can store up to 12 hours …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iBooks gets a major update  —  iBooks just received an update that adds dictionary look-up of words as well as quick, closer views of in-line images, and updated PDF controls for quicker browsing.  Generally, it adds a number of features missing both from iBooks and the iPad Kindle app.
 
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM delivers solid second quarter, but strong U.S. dollar dings sales
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David Lieberman / USA Today:
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple responds to lawmakers' questions about location data collection
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