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4:55 AM ET, July 20, 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.
Joann S. Lublin / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Conducting Search for New CEO  —  Mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. has launched a search for a new chief executive, people familiar with the situation said Monday.  —  The move comes as the current chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, struggles to find traction for the company …
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:   Lack Of iPhone Competitor May Lead To Nokia CEO's Demise
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 …
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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.
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.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Redbox's Digital Strategy Won't Challenge Netflix's Streaming Service, Here's Why
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:danrayburn
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With DECE's UltraViolet, We're About To See Just How Powerful Apple Really Is  —  When I hear the name UltraViolet as it pertains to Hollywood, good things don't come to mind.  Namely, I think about the 2006 Kurt Wimmer film of the same name that was awful.
Discussion: Guardian, NPR, NewTeeVee and Engadget
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Ryan Nakashima / The Huffington Post:
Digital movie locker ‘UltraViolet’ nears launch
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 …
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: Marksonland and Skrentablog
Andrew Keen / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca: “The Obama Administration Didn't Fully Embrace the People Who Got it Elected” [Video]  —  The best investors are learners rather than teachers.  Micro venture capitalist Chris Sacca is one of Silicon Valley's most thoughtful learners - a former lawyer and failed entrepreneur …
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 …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC DROID Incredible to be updated to Froyo end of July, early August  —  We just received a juicy tip about the HTC DROID Incredible software update schedule that we'd like to share.  One of our strategically placed Ninjas was kind enough to pass along an email from HTC that read as follows:
Scott Adams / Dilbert.com Blog:
High Ground Maneuver  —  I'm sure you're all following the iPhone 4 story.  If you hold the phone a certain way, it drops calls.  —  In a press conference on the subject, Steve Jobs said, “We're not perfect.  Phones are not perfect.  We all know that.  But we want to make our users happy.”
Discussion: Fortune, ZDNet, Bits, TiPb, Daring Fireball and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Intel deal with FTC comes with little pain  —  (Reuters) - The preliminary deal between Intel Corp, which just reported stellar quarterly earnings, and federal antitrust enforcers gives the world's top chip maker less marketing leeway, but does not cost it any money.
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.
Agence France Presse:
China says Google renewal due to legal compliance  —  BEIJING — China renewed Google's licence to operate in the country after the company agreed to respect Chinese censorship laws, an official said Tuesday in the government's first public comment on the issue.
Discussion: Reuters and Engadget
Tarik / Winamp Blog:
Winamp: Official Supporter of WebM  —  The latest version of our media player, Winamp 5.58 now officially supports WebM video.  What is WebM video you ask?  WebM is an open, royalty-free, media file format designed for the web.  —  WebM video files play directly in your media player …
Discussion: CNET News, Download Squad and Ubergizmo
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Dell to acquire Ocarina Networks to boost data management offerings  —  Dell today announced that it was acquiring Ocarina Networks, a storage optimization technology company, as part of its greater competitive push into the data management game.  Terms of the deal were not released.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple responds to lawmakers' questions about location data collection  —  Apple Inc. answered congressional questions about the ways it collects users' precise location information from its mobile devices and computers, highlighting users' ability to opt out of data collection …
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
New Market Research: Social Media Sites as Annoying to U.S. Customers as Cable Providers, Airlines  —  A new study by ForeSee Results and the American Customer Satisfaction Index finds that U.S. consumers regard social media sites Facebook and Myspace as lowly as they regard cable providers, airlines and the I.R.S.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawsuit Saying Scribd's Copyright-Protection Filters Infringe On Copyrights Has Been Dumped  —  Last year, we wrote about the somewhat bizarre class action lawsuit filed against Scribd for copyright infringement.  It was bizarre on multiple levels.  First, the lawyers filing the lawsuit …
Discussion: Threat Level and Against Monopoly
 
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iBooks gets a major update
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM delivers solid second quarter, but strong U.S. dollar dings sales
Stuart J. Johnston / Datamation:
Former DARPA Researcher to Lead Top MSFT Lab
Discussion: internetnews.com
ABC News' Press Room:
Diane Sawyer to Interview Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg …
Discussion: The Next Web
David Lieberman / USA Today:
Forecast: Ad sales looking good, especially for mobile and social media
 Earlier Items: 
Minikj / MyHPMini.com:
HP Files for ‘PalmPad’ Trademark: the WebOS Slate?
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Few neutrals in debate over “third way” net neutrality plan
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Ellen Messmer / Computerworld:
Dell offers free Web browser security tool
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon leaks another Droid 2, getting BlackBerry Storm 3 …
Apple:
iPad Available in Nine More Countries This Friday