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2:00 PM ET, July 30, 2010


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Facebook Said to Put Off IPO Until 2012 to Buy Time for Growth  —  Facebook Inc. will probably put off its initial public offering until 2012, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg more time to gain users and boost sales, three people familiar with the matter said.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Ballmer on the iPad: The transcript  —  “We'll talk about about slates and tablets and blah, blah, blah, blah.”  Ballmer at the financial analysts meeting.  No, those aren't the notes of a reporter who couldn't keep up.  That “blah, blah, blah, blah” — taken from the official transcript …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer says Microsoft at work to rival iPad
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
An Open iPhone App Market That Doesn't Require Jailbreaking... And Which Apple Can't Stop  —  In all of the fuss, hype and obsession over the iPhone/iPad app store, people seem to forget that when the iPhone first launched, it had no app store and no ability for third party developers to create native apps.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Flipboard Won't Help Publishing's Smoldering Model  —  Sure, Smart Publishers Want to Be on Flipboard, But Let's Stop Pretending Why  —  Good news!  Flipboard is ready to log me in via Twitter and Facebook.  It took a while because demand for the new iPad app — a visual …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Inside Story: Flipboard's Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media
Kevin / The Official Lookout Blog:
Update and Clarification of Analysis of Mobile Applications at Blackhat 2010  —  This week at Blackhat, we released the first findings from the App Genome Project.  Our goal with this research is to help make people aware of the capabilities of mobile apps so that they can be vigilant while downloading.
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple starts patenting mobile app ideas  —  By now most of must us have heard about the problems U.S. patent system is facing.  With software and business model patents, patent trolls and lawsuits, and patented things like one-click buying online.  —  Well, if Apple has it's way, things are about to get much worse.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and ReadWriteWeb
New York Subway Stations Will Go Wireless, Catching Up With Tokyo, Berlin  —  After an almost three-year delay, work is set to begin on a $200 million plan to bring mobile- phone and Wi-Fi service to New York's subway stations.  The project was rejuvenated after the group that won …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Will Take Steps To Block The Google-Yahoo Japan Partnership  —  Microsoft is going to try and block the Yahoo Japan - Google partnership, a company rep told us late last night.  —  “We plan to present evidence to the Japanese FTC explaining why we believe that this deal is substantially …
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Sources: Spotify Reboots U.S. Label Negotiations  —  Spotify's licensing negotiations with the major music labels have reverted back to square one, has learned from multiple sources.  —  Having failed to persuade the major record labels to go along with its vision for a U.S. version …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:   Spotify Denies Reported Setback to U.S. Launch
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Plan Tablet for November to Take on IPad  —  Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
360 Panorama does instant, awesome panoramas  —  Shooting panoramic photos with a mobile phone can be difficult.  Often times it requires doing all the work in a software app when you get back from wherever you are, as well as trying to make sure that the phone's camera does not change its white balance or exposure between shots.
Fred / A VC:
Lead Investors, Dips**t Companies, and Funding Every Entrepreneur  —  Sounds like a great conversation yesterday at Y Combinator's AngelConf in Silicon Valley.  Anthony Ha of Venturebeat had a couple posts on it that I just read, one on Paul Graham's comments, and another on Ron Conway and Mike Arrington's comments.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Redeye VC, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator's Paul Graham: Say goodbye to traditional venture rounds
Discussion: TechCrunch, and GigaOM
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
EVO 4G's Android 2.2 update starts trickling out tomorrow, loads of new features and fixes in store? (update: official for August 3rd!)  —  We're not certain that this date is going to hold — things like this have an uncanny tendency to slip at the last possible moment …
Quarup Barreirinhas / Google LatLong:
Rain or Snow, Now You Can See Weather in Google Earth  —  It's the middle of summer, but for those of us who long for the return of cold winter weather and warm cups of cocoa, throw on your favorite poncho and check out the weather in Google Earth 5.2.  The latest version projects images …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble Planning Big Push to Increase Nook Sales  —  BARNES & NOBLE customers are about to see a lot more of the Nook.  —  In September, the chain will begin an aggressive promotion of its Nook e-readers by building 1,000-square-foot boutiques in all of its stores, with sample Nooks …
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.  —  My apologies... this is a long piece (~2500 words).  Not for the faint of heart.  If you want the short story, read the abstract below & 3 core assumptions, then cut to the conclusions at the bottom.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
The Real Cost of Netflix Streaming is the Movie, Not the Bandwidth  —  Everyone knows that Netflix's future is in streaming, and as a result, the company is investing heavily in titles for its Watch Instantly service.  But a closer look at Netflix's financials underscore how the Internet …
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Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Who Cares About Facebook Privacy? Students Do
Discussion: UIC and ReadWriteWeb
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dave McClure Files For $30 Million Venture Fund: 500 Startups
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Facebook: No Plans To Give Search Engines Access To Facebook Questions
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Software Firms Overwhelmingly Against Patents
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's As If The iPhone 4 Was Created For DailyBooth; Their App Will Prove It
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Playdom Signs Five-Year Contract With Facebook, Will Exclusively Use Credits
 Earlier Items: 
John Cook / TechFlash:
The art of startup names
Discussion: The Name Inspector and Seattle 2.0
Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times:
YouTube Banned by a Far East Court
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How to hide yourself from Google and cell phone carriers
Discussion: eWeek
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Google: The search party is over

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Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

Joe Mullin / Ars Technica UK:
US district judge sides with Rightscorp, says DMCA doesn't protect ISP Cox Communications in order ahead of December trial

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