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10:20 AM ET, July 7, 2009

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Own Estimates Show Declining Student Numbers; Now More Grandparents Than High School Users  —  How fickle are kids these days?  Just when all the grown ups started figuring out Facebook, college and high school users have declined in absolute number by 20% and 15% respectively …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony Vaio W netbook now official in US, coming August for $499  —  Not so much of a surprise now, but Sony's bringing its 10.1-inch Vaio W stateside as well, and yes, according to the Sony reps we talked to, this time they really do mean to call it a netbook, unlike its Vaio P brethren.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Where have all the white iPhones gone?  —  It's the reverse of Henry Ford's line about the Model T. Today you can buy any iPhone you want, as long as it's not white.  —  Apple (AAPL) has been having trouble keeping the entry-level white iPhone in stock since the new 3GS went on sale two and a half weeks ago.
Discussion: PC World, blogs.chron.com and MacNN
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hear That?  It's The Sound Of Your New Hearing Aid, The iPhone  —  Back in 2007, Amy Tenderich wrote about the need for Apple to share its renowned industrial design and user-friendliness with the medical device community.  Her plea wasn't necessarily for Apple to get involved in the field …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Push Gmail Comes To The iPhone — Through An App (If It's Accepted)  —  You'd think on a phone that can do as many cool things as the iPhone, push email through one of the world's most popular email services, Gmail, would be one of them.  But for some reason, Google and Apple haven't turned …
Discussion: Electricpig and GottaBeMobile.com
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New algorithm guesses SSNs using date and place of birth  —  Two researchers have found that a pair of antifraud methods intended to increase the chances of detecting bogus social security numbers has actually allowed the statistical reconstruction of the number using information that many people place on social networking sites.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What The Hell Happened To The Free Version Of Google Apps?  —  The free version of Google Apps is history.  The current sign up page makes no mention of the previously free Standard edition.  Instead, new users get a 14 day free trial, and then must pay $50 per user per year after that trial.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Telecoms Face Antitrust Threat  —  Wireless Market, Generic Drugs Reviewed as White House Steps Up Enforcement  —  The Department of Justice has begun looking into whether large U.S. telecommunications companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are abusing the market power …
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Palm, Inc.:
Palm Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Movistar  —  Print page E-mail page Download PDF  —  Palm webOS Phone to Arrive in UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on Local Telefónica Networks  —  Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that the Palm(R) Pre(TM) …
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Google Will Star in Emerging News Model  —  As usual, the media got the message wrong.  “The gloves are coming off!” screamed the headlines last week, after Les Hinton, the current CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, compared Google with a giant blood-sucking vampire.
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Kevin Kelleher / The Big Money:
The Return Of The Pay Wall
Discussion: Patricia Handschiegel
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Microsoft opens Hohm to energy monitoring  —  Microsoft opened up its Hohm Web application on Monday to U.S. users, a site that gives people a starting point for cutting home energy use.  —  The launch of Hohm, still in beta, was marred at least for some people, including me …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide Cuts Ad Staff, Shifts Focus  —  Max Levchin's Slide, a San Francisco-based startup that caught the Facebook application wave early, is making a strategic shift, refocusing its revenue efforts on higher-margin premium advertising that include brand sponsorships for many of its well-known applications such as Super Poke.
Discussion: paidContent and HipMojo.com
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Motorola Woos Android Developers  —  The cellphone maker is investing in developers months before its Android phones launch.  —  It's no secret that Motorola Co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha is betting on Google's Android mobile platform to bolster his company's faltering cellphone business.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo to Formally Launch New Research Tool  —  Search Pad, a search feature Yahoo has been developing to help users store and organize their search results, is set to be released to the public Tuesday, according to people familiar with the company's plans.  —  Yahoo has been testing the feature …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Maybe The Palm Pre Isn't Selling So Well, After All  —  My, how time flies in the tech world.  It was only one month ago today that the Palm Pre launched to the public, giving users their first chance to try out WebOS first hand.  Critical response to the device was generally positive …
Discussion: InformationWeek and mocoNews
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
$1.9m verdict is unconstitutional, Thomas-Rasset says  —  While an appeal is likely in the cards, the motion Jammie Thomas-Rasset's lawyers filed today was a request for new trial (PDF) or for the judge to alter the jury's “shocking” $1.9 million award.  —  Thomas-Rasset's lawyers argued that …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Where to watch the Jackson memorial online  —  If you weren't among the luck few who won tickets to attend Tuesday's memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and feel the need to bear witness to the spectacle, fear not—several Web sites plan to provide live streaming video of the event.
Discussion: Company Town, Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen's Burgeoning Blogging Empire: Invests In Talking Points Memo  —  More news about Marc Andreessen making venture investments this morning after the launch of his new $300 million fund, Andreessen Horowitz: he is leading a round of financing for TPM Media, better known as the TalkingPointsMemo blog.
Discussion: paidContent, 901am, HipMojo.com and Gawker
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Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Curious Case Of Marc Andreessen, Part 2
Darren Murph / Engadget:
LG teases next-generation Chocolate for August unveiling  —  To say that the Chocolate was a hit for LG would be similar to saying the PlayStation 2 went over well for Sony.  Indeed, the outfit's best selling handset ever (21 million units worldwide) holds a special place in the hearts …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Sprint Offers a Netbook for Under a Buck.  Will AT&T & Verizon follow?  —  If you thought a $99 netbook might spur demand, what do you think a 99-cent netbook will do?  We'll soon find out, because Sprint is subsidizing Compaq's 1040DX netbook.  Customers can get the offer in a local Best Buy …
VentureBeat:
Nokia and Symbian: Forget about Android, it's all about Cutey (Qt)  —  Nokia, the world's largest phone handset maker, is denying reports stemming from “industry insiders” that it is developing a smartphone that runs on Google's Android software.  Nokia said, “everyone knows that Symbian …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nokia N97 Review: Nokia Is Doomed  —  The N97 is Nokia's attempt to stand tall in an unfamiliar, hostile world populated by the iPhone, Pre and Android the only way it knows how: by throwing the kitchen sink at them.  If this is it, they're doomed.  —  Okay, maybe you don't think that's true …
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Viliv S7 convertible priced, poised for release  —  Boy, Viliv is certainly on a hot streak.  The X70 preorder event has barely cooled and already the company is promoting the highly anticipated Atom-based S7 convertible UMPC on its website.  Advertised as being capable of providing …
Mark Pfeifle / Christian Science Monitor:
A Nobel Peace Prize for Twitter?  —  The free social-messaging utility uniquely documented and personalized the story of hope, heroism, and horror in Iran.  —  WASHINGTON -  —  The video gave substance to what seemed so far away.  We saw the look in her eyes as they went lifeless.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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First Twitter, now Facebook: banned in China
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Will GGF Really Take Over The Pirate Bay? Could Be Doubtful
PC World:
AMD Slowly Evolves With Netbook Demand
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and TechSpot
TechFlash:
How the Seattle data center fire caught companies unprepared
Discussion: Xconomy and TechFlash, Thanks:jesserobbins
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The hazy future of Web typography
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Venture Capitalists Look for a Return to the A B C's
Vik / zooie's blog:
A Comparison of Open Source Search Engines
Discussion: Open Source and ReadWriteWeb
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (972890)