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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, iStrategyLabs, Softpedia News, Mashable!, Pocket-lint.com, TECH.BLORGE.com, Gadgetell, Guardian and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines: Facebook no longer smells like teen spirit; students down 20%, 55+ up 514%
Peter Corbett / iStrategyLabs: 2009 Facebook Demographics and Statistics Report …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Facebook Users Are Getting Older. Much Older.
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Students deserting Facebook, statistics suggest
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Older users becoming dominant on Facebook
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: The Young Bail on Facebook, but Over 55s Soar 500% and Bring Their Checkbooks!
The Official Google Blog:
Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really) — We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of …
Discussion: Download Squad, Google Enterprise Blog, InformationWeek, TheNextWeb.com, Network World, Pocket-lint.com and Obsessable
Paul McNamara / Network World: Google takes training wheels off Gmail, other apps
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Google Apps finally exit beta
Barb Dybwad / Obsessable: Gmail, Google Apps finally come out of beta
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Gmail and Other Google Apps Finally Shed ‘Beta’ Label — What took Google so long? — Like many software products, Google's Gmail service was first released with a “beta” label on it. In the software industry, a product that is in beta is still in its testing phase.
Discussion: Gmail Blog, GigaOM, CNET News, TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM: Google Apps Leaves the Beta Label Behind
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Google Apps shed beta label
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Google Finally Peels The Beta Label Off Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and GTalk
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Computerworld, internetnews.com, eWeek, Google Operating System, blog maverick, Engadget, Techgeist, Regular Geek, Seeking Alpha and AppScout
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Google scrubs Apps clean of beta labels
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google Apps Exits Beta, Poaches Fairchild Semiconductor from IBM
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Google Apps Premier Demo Accounts
Markcuban / blog maverick: Google is Learning the Reality of Free ?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget: Google brings Gmail, Docs, Calendar, and Talk out of beta
Alex Wilhelm / Techgeist: Google Apps Still Free - Hidden To Confuse
Rob Diana / Regular Geek: Irony Is Still Free
Michael Arrington / Seeking Alpha: Is the Free Version of Google Apps History?
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google Apps Still Free, Just Harder to Find
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.
Discussion: PC World, Digits, eWeek, Fast Company, The Toybox, DailyTech, Switched, The Mobile Gadgeteer, Obsessable, Electricpig, jkOnTheRun, Electronista, GottaBeMobile.com, TechSpot and Gizmodo
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Digits: Sony Makes a Late Start Into Netbooks
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: Sony Enters Netbook Market with Vaio W-Series
Kit Eaton / Fast Company: Sony Reverses Course, Releases Vaio Netbook
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Sony to release 10.1" Vaio W netbook in August; $499
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: Sony Unveils VAIO W Netbook
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer: Sony announces $499 Vaio W netbook
Barb Dybwad / Obsessable: Sony Vaio W — The Sony Vaio W is Sony's first entry …
Joe Minihane / Electricpig: Sony Vaio W netbook unveiled
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: Netbooks Finally Exist: Sony VAIO W to Hit for $499
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Sony Joins The Netbook Ranks
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Sony unveils Vaio W netbook
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Sony Vaio W: It's a Very Pretty $500 Netbook, Of Course
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: Download Squad, 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, Electricpig, GottaBeMobile.com and AppScout
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Qik coming to iPhone..maybe for reals this time
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Push Gmail for the iPhone, Finally (It's Not What You Think)
Joe Minihane / Electricpig: GPush bringing push Gmail to iPhone
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Is Push for You? — If your phone rings do you always jump to answer it?
Brian Heater / AppScout: GPush Looks to Bring Gmail Push to iPhone
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: iLounge, PC World, Boing Boing, blogs.chron.com and MacNN
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Mix: White 3GS shortage, patent lawsuit, iPod mini mod, 3GS music video
Nick Spence / PC World: Apple iPhone 3GS Prototype Lands on EBay
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Graham Cluley's blog, Science Fair and digg.com
Michael Argast / Graham Cluley's blog: Guest blog: Algorithm guesses social security numbers
David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds
Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds
Discussion: New York Times, Maximum PC all, GMSV, Network World and The Register
John Murrell / GMSV: Uh-oh — this carnival has a “Guess Your Weight and SSN” booth
Alpha Doggs / Network World: Social Security Numbers are predictable, Carnegie Mellon researchers find
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
IAC's Match Agrees To Buy People Media For $80 Million — Broad-based online dating site Match.com is buying into the targeted subscription dating business with the acquisition of People Media from private equity firm American Capital Ltd. and various investors for $80 million in cash.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Silicon Alley Insider, Tech Trader Daily, Online Dating Insider and VatorNews
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Match.com Acquires People Media For $80M In Cash
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: IAC Buys More Dating Sites For $80 Million
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: IAC buys People Media for $80 mln
Matt Asay / CNET News:
VideoLAN releases VLC 1.0.0: Your media will never be the same — On April 3, arguably the world's best media player, VideoLAN's VLC media player (VLC), hit version 0.9.9. A few months and over 78 million downloads later, VideoLAN has announced VLC 1.0.0 ("Goldeneye"). — Your media will never be the same.
Discussion: Macworld, Download Squad, h-online.com and Softpedia News
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 …
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Turn Your iPhone Into a Hearing Aid
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
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Slide: $500M I Think Not — Slide raised $58M and today lays off …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Slide Is Now A $500 Million Sponsored-App Maker
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.
ScuttleMonkey / Slashdot: Google Will Star In New Dow Jones News Model
Kevin Kelleher / The Big Money:
The Return Of The Pay Wall
The Return Of The Pay Wall
Discussion: Patricia Handschiegel
Miguel de Icaza:
From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise — First the big news: Microsoft will be applying the Community Promise patent licensing to both C# and the CLI. — The announcement was done by Peter Galli at Microsoft over at Port25 and it states (emphasis is mine):
Discussion: Sean Michael Kerner, LinuxWorld.com, OSNews, eWeek, linuxfoundation.org and Simon Willison's Weblog
Paul Krill / LinuxWorld.com: Microsoft extends access to C#, CLI
Thom Holwerda / OSNews: C#, CLI Under Community Promise, Mono Split in Half
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Microsoft Opens Up C# and CLI Specs
Fossbazaar / linuxfoundation.org: Microsoft applies Community Promise to the ECMA 334 and ECMA 335 specs (C#, CLI)
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft promises no patent prosecution of open-source .NET
Microsoft promises no patent prosecution of open-source .NET
Discussion: CNET News, Open Source, Port 25 and All about Microsoft
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source: Will Microsoft promise split the open source movement
Peter Galli / Port 25: The ECMA C# and CLI Standards
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft removes a hurdle for Mono
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) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Digital Daily, CrunchGear, Between the Lines, jkOnTheRun, Reuters, SlashGear, Reuters, PalmAddicts, TechCrunch Europe and Engadget Mobile
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Palm lines up the European launch of the Pre
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Palm Pre in Europe by Christmas
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Palm Pre Hitting EU Nations by Year-End — Should Nokia Be Worried?
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters: Telefonica wins exclusive European Palm Pre deals
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Palm Pre hitting UK, Ireland, Germany & Spain by Christmas
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts: Palm Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Movistar …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe: Palm Pre launches with Telefónica/O2 in Europe
Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile: GSM Palm Pre makes exclusive first appearance on Movistar
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Online Display Ads Don't Suck After All! — Since the dawn of time, advertisers have been worried about the efficacy of online display ads. This is in part because, in the mid-1990s, they were taught that online display ads had one purpose in life, which was to get people to click on them.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Why Display and Rich Media Will Dwarf Search Ads, One Day
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, PC World, Mashable!, the Econsultancy blog, VentureBeat, NewTeeVee and Switched
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog: Michael Jackson's memorial service will test the limits of online video
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Michael Jackson's memorial turning into a big Internet event
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Where to Watch the Michael Jackson Memorial Service
Warren Riddle / Switched: Jackson's Memorial Service to Be Streamed Across the Web
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Demand for Apple's 13" MacBook Pro may be outpacing supply — Apple's newly-coined 13-inch MacBook Pros appear to be off to a hot start, with the company reportedly having difficulty keeping some of the new models in stock as it enters the heart of the back-to-school buying season.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Digital Daily, I4U News and Edible Apple
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: Demand for new MacBooks outstrips supplies
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Microsoft “Laptop Hunters” …
Robert Evans / I4U News: 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro Selling Out?
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Lifehacker, Michaeljon Miller, The Microsoft Blog and Energy Circle
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Hohm goes live
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Celebrates First Anniversary of App Store — Apple has started celebrating the first anniversary of the App Store with a special section on iTunes [link] highlighting their favorite applications and games. While the App Store officially launched on July 11th 2008 …
Discussion: Smartphones and Cell Phones, I4U News, AppScout, Neowin.net and The iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones: Apple celebrates App Store birthday on 11 July, 56,000+ apps in 1 year
Robert Evans / I4U News: Apple App Store: 1st Anniversary.
Brian Heater / AppScout: Apple iPhone App Store Turns One this Week
Brad Sams / Neowin.net: Apple's AppStore turns 1 year old today
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iPhone App Store Gets Ready to Celebrate 1st Birthday
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt, Ars Technica, DSLreports, Threat Level, CNET News, p2pnet, GMSV and Associated Press
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: As Jammie Thomas Seeks New Trial, RIAA Claims (Incorrectly) …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: Jammie Thomas challenges “monstrous” $1.92M P2P verdict
Karl Bode / DSLreports: Jammie Thomas Requests New Trial …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Jammie Thomas asks for new trial
John Murrell / GMSV: Just make her do some anti-piracy PSAs and call it square
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 …
Discussion: The Toybox, Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report, Boing Boing Gadgets and Electronista
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Is this the next LG Chocolate? (Yes.)
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo: New LG Chocolate Looks Good Enough to Lick, Bite
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report: LG slowly unveils the next generation Chocolate
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: LG Announces Leaning Monolith of Chocolate
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines, mocoNews, Engadget Mobile, FierceDeveloper, Seeking Alpha and Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Motorola's dev programs reveal some Android table scraps
Jason Ankeny / FierceDeveloper: Motorola courting Android developers
Larry Dignan / Seeking Alpha: Can Android Save Motorola?
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Motorola Talking Up Android to Developers
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AIM Embraces The Lifestream — AOL took another step towards fully embracing the lifestream today with the release of a slew of new AIM clients in beta and a new AIM Lifestream site, which brings together status updates from your AIM buddies with your activity streams from Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, WMPoweruser.com, Softpedia News, AOL Beta Central and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: AOL Instant Messenger Begins Life As A Twitter, Facebook App
WMPoweruser.com: AIM 2.0 beta for Windows Mobile released - features Facebook and Twitter integration
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: AOL's AIM adds lifestream
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Amazon Patents Detail Kindle Advertising Model — Would you buy a Kindle ebook reader from Amazon if you received a free, ad-supported version of a book for each physical copy purchased? The U.S. Patent Office has published several Amazon patents in the past 30 days that could lead the online bookseller in that direction.
Discussion: CNET News, DailyFinance, MarketingVOX and The Register
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News: Kindle patents lay out plan for ads
Tom Barlow / DailyFinance: Amazon prepping for paid ads on Kindle?
Austin Modine / The Register: Amazon may plug in-book advertising into Kindle