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9:20 AM ET, July 4, 2009

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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Apple, Acer and...Arrington?  —  Michael Arrington, founder of the influential tech blog TechCrunch, has been talking for a year about building a touch-screen tablet for Web surfing.  Now, it appears that the CrunchPad is about to become a reality.  —  The San Francisco Business Times reported Friday …
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Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Firefox 3.5 and the potential of Web typography  —  In addition to new features such as support for HTML 5, geo-location, and a noticeably faster engine, Firefox 3.5 added a new CSS rule that makes Web typography much more attractive.  —  @font-face is a CSS rule that allows Web designers …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads  —  Pesky monkey still creating (some) havoc  —  Join our expert panel in discussing application security  —  Mozilla Foundation notched up five million downloads in the first 24 hours after it released Firefox 3.5 earlier this week.
Discussion: GeekSmack and Pocket-lint.com
Andrew Thomas / TG Daily:   Firefox, IE. Tech journalists are a disgrace
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Why is #moonfruit trending on Twitter?  It's the rebirth of a startup  —  It's not often that Internet companies last 10 years, but Moonfruit in the UK has proved pretty resilient.  It survived the dotcom boom the first time round, launching with VC-backing, growing to 65 staff and cutting …
Discussion: Stop Twitter Spam
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Needs a Spam Filter? No, We Need a Marketer Filter
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
MJ OD  —  When Michael Jackson died, I wondered how quickly the conversation about him would fade online and how long it would persist on TV “news.”  Well, it didn't take long to see the divergence: TV thinks we're still buzzing about MJ.  But online, we're not.  —  Here's Blogpulse on mentions of Michael Jackson:
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PC Invader Costs Ky. County $415,000  —  Cyber criminals based in Ukraine stole $415,000 from the coffers of Bullitt County, Kentucky this week.  The crooks were aided by more than two dozen co-conspirators in the United States, as well as assistance from a family of malicious software capable …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
The Wallet:
You've Got Blackmail: The AOL Account That Wouldn't Die  —  Jason Zweig writes the Intelligent Investor column that runs in Saturday's Journal.  Today, he takes on customer service.  —  Back in 2000, I worked at a magazine published by Time Inc., a division of Time Warner.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
EyeWonder malware incident affects popular web sites  —  During the last couple of hours, visitors of popular and high trafficked web sites such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, Gamespot, WorldOfWarcraft, Mashable, Chow.com, ITpro.co.uk, AndroidCommunity; Engadget and Chip.de …
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Open Source and the Cloud: Where's the LAMP?  —  “My challenge to everyone competing with Amazon, Google and Microsoft is to remember that you're competing with Amazon, Google and Microsoft.  These are strong technology companies, and if you're going to compete with them, open source is the only way to do that.
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
Derek Kravitz / Washington Post:
Woman Shot in Apple Store at Clarendon's Market Common  —  An employee of an Apple store in Arlington was shot and wounded this morning during an attempted armed robbery in a back storeroom as more than three-dozen shoppers and other employees milled about the showroom.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ads Spotted on Twitter.com - Did You Notice?  —  Three months ago we reported that Ads Had Come to Twitter and it was a pretty big deal - until Twitter promptly said the word “sponsored” was only appearing on the site in error.  Now the “sponsored definitions” of certain Twitter “concepts” …
Discussion: Chris Abraham
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Are “deleted” photos really gone from Facebook?  Not always  —  In an age where your boss, coworkers, parents, and even (*gasp*) grandparents are finally joining social networks, we are all more aware than ever that we had better keep things relatively clean.
 
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Discussion: Google Watch and VentureBeat
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
The ISG Top 25 Facebook Games for July 2009
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‘Asteroids’ lands at Universal
Discussion: The Register, TechCrunch and CrunchGear
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Paul Carr / Guardian:
Did Techcrunch really kill Blognation?  Time - and the courts - will tell
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Interview: Pirate Bay Bidders Hope To Make $40 Million A Month From Ads
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

 
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