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1:20 PM ET, July 2, 2009

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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
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing “active packaging” for iPods and iPhones  —  Known for thinking outside the box, electronics maker Apple Inc. is now apparently working on an in-the-box concept that could provide power to iPods, iPhones and other electronics devices still inside their retail packaging …
Discussion: Phone Arena, I4U News and TreeHugger
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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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.
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 …
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
IAB:
Key Trade Groups Release Comprehensive Privacy Principles for Use and Collection of Behavioral Data in Online Advertising  —  Top Trade Associations Embrace First-Ever Broad Industry Self Regulation  —  New York, NY (JULY 2, 2009) —A group of the nation's largest media …
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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 …
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 …
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:   PC makers voluntarily supply Web filter in China
KRAPPS:
Update - Apple Pulls BeautyMeter App With Nude 15-Year-Old  —  Yesterday's BeautyMeter article resulted in quite the firestorm.  Media outlets such as Fox News, Wired, Gizmodo, DownloadSqaud and others, carried the “Nude 15-Year-Old Pictures” story ... as well as social media activity from Digg, Twitter and more.
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
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 …
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.
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Prices Fluctuate As Developers Adjust To OS 3.0; Nav Apps Gain Pricing Power  —  Ever since OS.  3., the latest operating system for the iPhone, launched on June 17, prices among the top 100 apps in the iTunes App Store have been fluctuating wildly as developers push …
Discussion: eWeek and Distimo Report
Michael Hickins / BNET Technology:
iPhone Overtaking Nokia Worldwide  —  Nokia has lost its overall market share leadership in the worldwide smartphone segment to Apple, based on browser calls for mobile ads.  —  Why is mobile ad share important?  Because in the smartphone segment, the tail wags the dog …
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.
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, GigaOM, broadstuff and TG Daily
Google Enterprise Blog:
Improvements to Google Apps contacts  —  Today, we're happy to announce updates to contacts in Google Apps: new features that many of our enterprise customers have been asking for.  —  For starters, we've launched a new API that, when combined with the existing shared contacts API …
Discussion: InformationWeek and ReadWriteWeb
Ben Gilbert / Joystiq:
Midway studios not acquired by WB to shut down within 60 days  —  It appears as though recent reports were incorrect, as Midway confirmed to Joystiq this morning that the studios not picked up by Warner Bros. in the acquisition bid have 60 days until they're out of work.
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.
Sumner Lemon / ITworld.com:
Apple patching serious SMS vulnerability on iPhone  —  I like it!  —  Apple is working to fix an iPhone vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone.  —  The attack in question exploits a weakness …
Discussion: MacNN
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
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon: Cut Your Landline To Save Money - Wait.  Who are you and what have you done with Verizon?  —  For years the baby bells have been trying to slow (or ignore) the death of the landline by forcing DSL customers to bundle one, whether they wanted it or not.
Discussion: Telecompetitor
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 …
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Dabble (Still) Down  —  After reading an informative post …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo's Delicious proves Chrome extensions real
Discussion: Techgeist and The Open Road
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Could Sling Cofounder Blake Krikorian Be Heading To DirecTV?
Discussion: NewTeeVee and MediaFile
BBC:
Innocents accused of net piracy
Discussion: Techgeist
Tech-On! : tech news:
Bridgestone Makes Full-scale Entry Into E-paper Business
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
AMD preps RS880 integrated graphics
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Ubergizmo
Cade Metz / The Register:
Bing finds meaning in Powerset
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
The library that never closes
Discussion: Telegraph and TeleRead
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Paul Boutin / New York Times:
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Facebook Activism: Lots of Clicks, but Little Sticks
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Coke, Pepsi Make Nice on Twitter
Discussion: Amnesia Blog
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Google Drops News Comment Feature