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1:35 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.
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.
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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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
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
EU drops controversial phone tax plan  —  * Large majority votes for duty-free treatment of handsets  —  * EU Commission planned new duties on phones  —  The European Union decided on Wednesday to halt a controversial plan to introduce new taxes on cellphones, Sweden said.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Unlocking the unlocked cell phone market
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
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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 …
MacDailyNews:
Leaked AT&T memo: Apple iPhone 3GS generated ‘best ever sales day’  —  Multiple sources have provided MacDailyNews with an internal AT&T memo that highlights the company's recent milestones and successes: … [Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers who shall remain nameless for the heads up.]
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.
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 …
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: Silicon Alley Insider and Techdirt
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
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
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: Macworld and p2pnet
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, TG Daily and broadstuff
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.
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
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.
Dan Freed / TheStreet.com:
Murdoch Talks Media  —  NWSA , GE , NYT , GOOG , YHOO , TWX  —  Rupert Murdoch has not allowed the crisis in his most-loved medium — the newspaper — stop the growth of his global empire.  —  Murdoch, the 78-year-old News Corp. (NWSA Quote) chairman and CEO who moved television news considerably …
Discussion: DailyFinance
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
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
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Dabble (Still) Down  —  After reading an informative post about the history of real-time search by guest author Mary Hodder on TechCrunch today, I was reminded to check on her social video search startup, Dabble.  Founded in 2005, Dabble had undertaken the challenge of organizing the universe …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Gina Keating / Reuters:
MySpace, Web servers not liable for assaults: court
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Ben Gilbert / Joystiq:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo's Delicious proves Chrome extensions real
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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BBC:
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Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
AMD preps RS880 integrated graphics
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Bing finds meaning in Powerset
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
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