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1:20 AM ET, July 7, 2009

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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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Justice Department May Bust Up AT&T's Exclusive Deal With Apple's iPhone  —  Obama's anti-trust cop Christine Varney is dusting off the Sherman Act and reviewing wireless companies' exclusive handset deals—most notably AT&T's monopoly control over Apple's iPhone.  —  One suspects that Google lobbyists are somehow involved.
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 …
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.
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Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Curious Case Of Marc Andreessen, Part 2
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide Cuts Ad-Staff, Shifts Focus  —  Max Levchin's Slide, a San Francisco-based start-up that caught the Facebook application wave early made a strategic shift, refocusing its revenue efforts on higher-margin premium advertising that included brand sponsorships for many of its well known applications such as Super Poke.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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 …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Yahoo to release Search Pad for your web notes
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.
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: iStrategyLabs, Thanks:atul
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 …
Kevin Kelleher / The Big Money:
The Return Of The Pay Wall  —  Newspapers have declared free content the enemy.  But who are the allies?  —  Journalism Online's model resembles the pay-wall structure in place at some Dow Jones publications.  And that's where its vulnerabilities lie.  The Journal and Barron's are must-reads …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Taking flight: why the iPhone still beats Pre for air travel  —  If you're one of the handful of people who follows me on Twitter, you know that I (plus wife and eight-month-old baby) was stuck in New York's JFK airport for two days with no luggage, no laptop power cord, and a Palm Pre.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (972890)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is investigating a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control.  An attacker who successfully exploited …
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Facebook revenue to be “billions” in 5 years: board member  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook will likely be posting billions of dollars in revenue in five years, up from about $500 million this year, according to Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mark Andreessen who sits on Facebook's board.
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: mocoNews
David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds  —  Social Security numbers, commonly used by criminals in identity theft, can be guessed using information found on Internet social networks such as Facebook and MySpace and other public sources, a study found.
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
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Craigslist, eBay fighting Michael Jackson scalpers  —  Humanity knows no depths.  —  On Monday, Craigslist and other sites were adorned with many of those lucky to have won tickets to Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial service celebrating their good fortune—by trying to sell the free tickets.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft promises no patent prosecution of open-source .NET  —  Ubuntu joins Debian Mono denials  —  Understand how application security is evolving  —  Microsoft is promising not to pursue patent claims against Linux and open-source software using the open-source implementation of .NET, Project Mono.
Discussion: Port 25 and All about Microsoft
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Venture Capitalists Look for a Return to the A B C's  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For a group accustomed to looking outward for the next big thing, Silicon Valley's venture capitalists are getting very introspective these days.  —  Much of the soul searching along Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
The hazy future of Web typography  —  Current technology can break Web type free from the Georgia/Verdana prison, but getting all the stakeholders—Web designers, type designers, font vendors, and browser vendors—to agree on a standard may be a bigger challenge than the technology.
Discussion: digg.com
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
TomTom for iPhone en route  —  Among the third-party products demonstrated during June's WWDC keynote, the one that may have generated the most anticipation was TomTom's TomTom for iPhone.  This combination of an iPhone app providing turn-by-turn driving directions and a hardware accessory …
Discussion: Edible Apple and digg.com
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 …
Discussion: Gear Live and FierceWireless
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
BackType Releases Tweetcount to Challenge Tweetmeme for Retweets  —  Retweets have quickly become the best way to share great links on Twitter.  And as we explained in our guide to retweeting, there are many ways to retweet and to track retweets.  The most recognized brand in this area though is Tweetmeme …
Discussion: BackType, Thanks:jhstrauss
Bloomberg:
Porn Downloads Strain Japan's Mobile Phone Network, Prompting DoCoMo Curbs  —  Takeshi says he pays 6,300 yen ($66) a month to NTT DoCoMo Inc. for unlimited Internet access, allowing him to download adult movies on his mobile phone.  —  “A mobile is far handier than a computer for Internet access …
Discussion: The Register and PC World
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: WMPoweruser.com and AOL Beta Central, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
iPods With Video Cameras?  Sure. iPods With Projectors?  I'm Skeptical.  —  Judging the accuracy of Apple rumors may not be a cakewalk, but one technique is surprisingly effective and obvious: Ask yourself if past Apple history suggests that a rumor sounds like something the company would do.
Discussion: AdAge, ithinkdifferent and AppleInsider
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
IE market share plummeting! (Or is it?)
Discussion: Technologizer
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: China Mobile still an iPhone contender
Discussion: Macsimum News
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Steve Jurvetson: Only investing in the unknown
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Vik / zooie's blog:
A Comparison of Open Source Search Engines
Discussion: Open Source, ReadWriteWeb and Slashdot
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Facebook Poaches From Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Paypal Looks to Crush Amazon's Fledgling Payment Service With A New, Secret API
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
iPhone apps: For fun and profit?
David Carr / New York Times:
Unhealthy Fixation on Jobs's Illness
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and digg.com
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Media players plot survival in Sun Valley