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12:05 PM ET, July 22, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple hints at lower prices as iPod, notebook refresh on tap  —  Amid all the chatter about Apple's fiscal third quarter results, which were strong, most concerns about the future revolve around two words: Gross margins.  The big takeaway for technology buyers: Those lower margins hint …
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
What Is Apple's Mystery Product?  —  I contacted several analysts, looking for sound or even silly speculation about the product.  Nobody wants to guess wrong about Apple, so what I got was more sheepish speculation.  —  Quick recap: During Apple's fiscal third-quarter conference call this afternoon …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
First hints of Microsoft's “fight back” ads appear  —  I just noticed this teaser on Microsoft's home page:  —  If this is going to be the overall message of Microsoft's much-vaunted new $300 million ad campaign, it might be money well spent.  According to the folks at LiveSide …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Vista Mea-Sorta-Culpa  —  Over at ZDNet, Ed Bott has posted an intriguing item on Microsoft's attempt to reintroduce Windows Vista to a world that seems to have its fair share of Vista skeptics.  Ed noticed the image at left, comparing Vista doubters to flat-earth believers, on the Microsoft.com home page.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
TiVo and Amazon Team Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that introduced millions to the joy of skipping television commercials, is trying to crack a decades-old media dream.  It wants to turn the television remote control into a tool for buying the products being advertised …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   TiVo Teams With Amazon On ‘Watch It, Buy It Now’ Option
Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
The Death of Google's Patents  —  By John F. Duffy* [PDF Version (42 KB)]  —  The Patent and Trademark Office has now made clear that its newly developed position on patentable subject matter will invalidate many and perhaps most software patents, including pioneering patent claims to such innovators as Google, Inc.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony Pushes Out Three New Walkmen Phones, the W302, W902 and W595  —  It's the third birthday of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phone label, and to celebrate it's launching three new music-based cellphones.  The W302 and W902 (left, center in the image) are both candybar cells, with the 302 having an FM radio …
Discussion: Electronista and IntoMobile
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Sony Ericsson:
Music is reborn as Sony Ericsson announces three new Walkman&trade …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Walking Directions Now Live  —  Earlier this month, I reported that Google Maps was testing walking directions on a small subset of users.  This morning, I noticed that Google Maps now is offering walking directions for all Google Maps users.  —  For example, conduct a search …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Sandisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid state drives  —  SanDisk said Monday that Windows Vista is not optimized for solid state drives, delaying the delivery of optimized drives until next year.  —  Solid state drives (SSDs) are used instead of hard disk drives in select high-end notebook PCs today …
confused of calcutta:
You're a blog  —  Gapingvoid tweeted this earlier this morning.  —  Coming from Hugh, that's saying something.  Even if he has “retired” to Alpine.  —  So I went and took a look at the story: The Techcrunch Web Tablet project.  Which seems to look like this:
Discussion: broadstuff
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200. Help Us Build It.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Has/How/Why tech blogging has failed you  —  Oh, what a hoot.  I've been taking a break from blogging just to relax and invest my time in other places.  Like FriendFeed.  Or downloading iPhone apps.  —  Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about Tech blogging and my role in it.  I've increasingly become saddened.
CBC News:
Cellphone market poised for shakeup as spectrum auction ends  —  The government is $4.2 billion richer with the conclusion of the cellphone spectrum auction on Monday, while customers stand to win as five new companies are now well positioned to launch services over the next few years.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
BSkyB, Universal Form JV To Launch Subscription Music Service  —  Pretty soon, everybody will be offering a subscription music service.  Latest is UK satcaster and ISP BSkyB (NYSE: BSY), 39 percent owned by News Corp (NYSE: NWS). it's secured Universal's Total Music repertoire …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New York Times, LinkedIn Enter Content Partnership  —  In a brilliant move that's sure to make both newspapers and social networks around the web jealous, the New York Times and LinkedIn, the leading US social network for professionals, are announcing a content partnership tonight …
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008  —  14.3 TB of new imagery for Microsoft Virtual Earth.  Save money on gas....use Live Search Maps powered by Virtual Earth.  —  Ortho  —  United States (UltraCam, Microsoft Proprietary)  — Elizabeth, NJ  — West Allis, WI  — Paterson, NJ
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple extends MobileMe trial following UK billing glitch  —  So far, Apple's rollout of the new MobileMe hasn't been going particularly smoothly.  As a result of outages, slow “push” functionality, and lots of glitches, Apple gave everyone an extra month of MobileMe service.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Propeller 2.0 Launches: Ditching The Vote Count, Adding A Mascot  —  Propeller, AOL's Digg-like news site, launches version 2.0 later this morning.  The site sports a new design and logo and now has a mascot - described as “part professor, part citizen journalist” (see image below).
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
Thomas Ptacek / Matasano Chargen:
Regarding The Post On Chargen Earlier Today  —  Earlier today, a security researcher posted their hypothesis regarding Dan Kaminsky's DNS finding.  Shortly afterwards, when the story began getting traction, a post appeared on our blog about that hypothesis.  It was posted in error.  We regret that it ran.
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Kelly K. Spors / Wall Street Journal:
Networking Together  —  Firms Join Forces On Social Networks To Raise Profiles
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming …
Discussion: CNN
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Andrew Cuomo Threatens To Sue Comcast If It Doesn't Sign Up For …
David Jolly / New York Times:
Vodafone Cuts Revenue Forecast
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable, Verizon to Duel
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Movie industry eyeing 3D movies for the home theater
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Unit Cuts Web Deals
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Sybase brings Lotus Notes to iPhone 3G
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for June 2008
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, We Have Our First DNA-Based Dating Service: GenePartner
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Glue and Comments  —  Since last summer I've been talking …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Adobe revs media player, signs up Sony