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11:55 AM ET, July 2, 2009

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft to offer Family Pack for Windows 7 Home Premium  —  In two recent posts (Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard: How much do upgrades really cost? and Do you need more than Windows 7 Home Premium?), I took a closer look at the differences between Windows 7 editions and their counterparts from Apple.
Bing:
bringing a bit of twitter to bing  —  There has been much discussion of real-time search and the premium on immediacy of data that has been created primarily by Twitter.  We've been watching this phenomenon with great interest, and listening carefully to what consumers really want in this space.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification, and RFID Tag Readers in Future iPhones?  —  Apple has let loose a number of revealing new patent applications that cover some interesting technologies that could be used in future iPhones.  —  Haptic Tactile Feedback
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
No to SQL?  Anti-database movement gains steam  —  But can enterprises take open-source alternatives Hadoop, Voldemort seriously?  —  Computerworld - The meet-up in San Francisco last month had a whiff of revolution about it, like a latter-day techie version of the American Patriots planning the Boston Tea Party.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Connect Is A Huge Success — By The Numbers  —  As much as Beacon was Facebook's low point, that service's replacement, Facebook Connect, is vaulting the company to new heights six months after its November 2008 launch.  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg occasionally hints …
Discussion: 901am, Thanks:atul
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese ‘to go ahead with net filter’  —  Government claims technology will curb access to pornography, but internet users say it blocks politically sensitive content and monitors behaviour  —  China's controversial plan to install Green Dam internet filtering software on all computers …
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
PC makers voluntarily supply Web filter in China
Discussion: p2pnet and Mashable!
CHINAdaily:
Plug not pulled on Green Dam
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Apple Issues Heat Advisory for iPhone 3G, 3GS  —  Whether anecdotal reports of iPhones overheating are true or not, Apple has taken them seriously enough to reveal the presence of a temperature warning screen for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.  —  Here's the deal: an unknown but probably very small number …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft's FAT patents  —  Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of filesystem patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT filesystem.
Plamere / Music Machinery:
The Coolness Index  —  Some artists just are not cool - your mom likes ABBA, so there's no way you are going to listen to them, even if you think Mamma Mia is rather catchy.  Likewise you may think High School Musical's ‘Bop to the top’ is mucho gusto, but you don't want anyone to know it.
Discussion: Music Ally
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Child Porn Is Apple's Latest iPhone Headache (Updated)  —  (Updates with Apple pulling the application Thursday)  —  A photo ostensibly showing a 15-year-old nude girl has turned up in an iPhone app, highlighting Apple's inability to safeguard its application store from prohibited content.
Tom Cook / Facebook:
Hammering Usernames  —  Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Facebook is always under pressure to keep the site and all the moving pieces behind the scenes running while still delivering an excellent user experience.  The recent launch of usernames to our 200 million active users on a single night …
Electronista:
Apple already dropping NVIDIA chips?  —  Apple and NVIDIA may be engaged in a fierce dispute that could exclude NVIDIA graphics chips from future Macs, according to sources reportedly aware of the talks.  They claim to SemiAccurate that Apple views NVIDIA's proposals for renewed deals as …
Joe Hewitt / Facebook:
Facebook for iPhone 3.0  —  Facebook for iPhone 3.0 is coming very soon.  I can't predict an exact date when I will submit to Apple, but I can say that I am about 98% done.  So what's new in this update?  —  1. The “new” News Feed  —  2. Like  —  3. Events (including the ability to RSVP)
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ASCAP Makes Outlandish Copyright Claims on Cell Phone Ringtones  —  New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court Wednesday to reject bogus copyright claims in a ringtone royalty battle that could raise costs for consumers, jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation.
Discussion: PC World and p2pnet
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Microsoft chucks vomit ad  —  Earlier this week, we were all rather intrigued by the appearance of a Microsoft ad, in which a wife borrows her husband's laptop and suffers a technicolor nightmare when she espies a site that he has been, um, enjoying.  —  By Wednesday night, however …
Discussion: PC World and Mashable!
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Companies pledge more openness about Web tracking  —  Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed.  —  It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Unlocking the unlocked cell phone market  —  Nokia and Sony Ericsson are targeting the U.S. with a new set of unlocked phones, but without hefty carrier subsidies will they ever be able to crack the U.S. market?  —  There is no question that when it comes to features, Nokia and Sony Ericsson's …
Discussion: DSLreports
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Craigslist Sued For Trademark Based On Listing  —  In what appears to be a first, listings site Craigslist has been sued for trademark infringement based on ads posted by users.  —  The lawsuit was brought by Texas real estate company First Call Properties, which alleges that it began advertising …
Discussion: Techdirt
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How wide is the world's digital divide, anyway?  —  New broadband penetration data shows that the majority of the world has almost no home access to high-speed Internet access; in Africa, for instance, only 2% of homes have broadband.  Ars takes a look at the worldwide digital divide.
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
A Day With 400 Tweets Starts With Simplicity  —  Bonnie Smalley has Internet bragging rights: She has been blocked by Twitter for hand-typing too many tweets in an hour.  They thought she was a computer program made to spew spam.  —  Ms. Smalley, it turns out, is a 100 percent human customer service representative for Comcast.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Gmail Blog:
Labels: drag and drop, hiding, and more  —  A few months ago Gmail got some new buttons and keyboard shortcuts to make labeling easier, especially for those of you accustomed to that familiar folder feel.  Now we're making some more changes to Gmail's labeling toolkit.  —  1) New location for labels
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
AMD preps RS880 integrated graphics  —  WITH THE ADVENT of Windows 7 and just before delivering its first DX11 GPU to the world, AMD is also preparing to squeeze out a brand new integrated package, according to certain mainboard partner roadmaps.  —  Designated the RS880 …
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Ubergizmo
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
The library that never closes  —  The Open Library hopes to unite the net and the printed word by creating a web page for every book.  Bobbie Johnson talks to the audacious project's leader  —  The internet's relationship with books, it is fair to say, has been a tumultuous one.
Discussion: Telegraph and TeleRead
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Jammie Thomas will appeal, lawyer says  —  It's official: Jammie Thomas-Rasset intends to appeal her case, one of her lawyers told CNET News on Wednesday.  —  “She's not interested in settling,” attorney Joe Sibley said in a brief phone interview.  “She wants to take the issue up on appeal on the constitutionality of the damages.
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Google Drops News Comment Feature  —  Google has eliminated an experimental feature that allowed people quoted in articles in Google News to post comments on those articles.  —  People in media were intrigued by the idea of giving article subjects the unique power to comment, and the idea drew considerable news coverage.
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Mozilla slates first Firefox 3.5 patch  —  Plans to patch bugs this month that went unfixed in final version  —  Mozilla will patch the just-released Firefox 3.5 in the next few weeks to stamp out several bugs that went unfixed in the final version of the browser, the company said Tuesday.
BBC:
Twitter followers ‘can be bought’  —  Twitter users who lack an audience for their messages can now buy followers.  —  Australian social media marketing company uSocial is offering a paid service that finds followers for users of the micro-blogging service.
Discussion: NEWS.com.au, broadstuff, TG Daily and GigaOM
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Could Sling Cofounder Blake Krikorian Be Heading To DirecTV?  —  DirecTV has reached out to Blake Krikorian as a possible successor to Chase Carey as CEO, paidContent has learned.  If that doesn't work out, another option could be joining the DirecTV (NYSE: DTV) board.
Discussion: MediaFile
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Silverlight ads on Xbox 360  —  I've seen quite a bit of discussion today about how we're bringing Silverlight ads to LIVE in the future.  —  I need to let you know that you don't need to worry about a huge influx of ads across the dashboard.  One of our core principles is to enhance …
BBC:
Innocents accused of net piracy  —  Some 20 net users have come forward claiming they have been wrongly accused of illegally sharing video games.  —  It follows an investigation by Which?  Computing magazine into a couple who were accused of playing a game they claim they had never heard of.
Discussion: Techgeist
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo's Delicious proves Chrome extensions real
Discussion: Techgeist and The Open Road
Sumner Lemon / ITworld.com:
Apple patching serious SMS vulnerability on iPhone
Discussion: MacNN
Tech-On! : tech news:
Bridgestone Makes Full-scale Entry Into E-paper Business
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Cade Metz / The Register:
Bing finds meaning in Powerset
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Upgrading the Computer History Museum
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Facebook Activism: Lots of Clicks, but Little Sticks
 Earlier Items: 
Google Enterprise Blog:
Improvements to Google Apps contacts
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Coke, Pepsi Make Nice on Twitter
Discussion: Amnesia Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Popular Facebook App Has Been Broken Or Exploited For Days.
Brad Ideas:
Design for a universal plug
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Starts Officially Tweeting
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Accidental Billionaires’ is deliberately careful