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4:00 PM ET, July 9, 2009

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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft is planning an Office party on Monday  —  Microsoft is planning to announce Office Web Applications and the Office 2010 beta at the company's annual Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans next Monday.  —  Neowin hinted at the announcements yesterday but insider sources …
Discussion: TechSpot and ithinkdifferent, Thanks:volvoshine
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Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Gates and Schmidt Do Lunch But Don't Comment on Google OS  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Google CEO Eric Schmidt had an awkward encounter this morning at the Sun Valley mogulfest this morning — and after Google detailed plans Tuesday to create software it hopes …
Staska / Unwired View:
Next in your iPhone OS: live object identification, face recognition, text filtering, smarter messaging, voice alteration  —  Apple guys do keep themselves busy thinking up new ways how to improve their iPhone OS software.  And Apple's patent applications give us a glimpse of how they may go about it.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Bing Now Bigger Than Digg, Twitter and CNN  —  With the headlines that Microsoft's new search engine Bing has been grabbing, it's easy to forget that it only went live about a month ago.  Since its launch at the beginning of June, it has given Google pause and even had its own web infomercial.
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Adds Bing Features to Hotmail
Discussion: CNET News and All about Microsoft
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Long Live 3.5mm: HTC Makes The Switch  —  Dongles.  In-line adapters.  Proprietary headset ports.  If it's an audio port on a mobile handset and it's not 3.5mm, it's junk.  As we declared back in May, we're done with all of it.  Now HTC, sire of the T-Mobile G1, myTouch …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Best Buy and TiVo Are Forming an Alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that popularized the digital video recorder, and Best Buy, the national electronics chain, are forging a broad partnership.  —  On Thursday, the companies plan to announce that Best Buy …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple filings detail ID app, other potential iPhone enhancements  —  A half dozen new patent filings published this week from Apple detail various advancements that could find their way into future iPhones, such as a new “ID App” for identifying objects in a user's surroundings …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Real-Time Startup CoTweet Raises Real Money  —  It's the latest sign of Silicon Valley's zeal for startups that exploit Twitter: CoTweet, a company that offers software to help business send and receive messages from multiple Twitter accounts, is announcing a $1.1 million round of financing Thursday and opening to the public.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Speeding Up RSS  —  I'm sorry, but RSS feeds are way too slow.  I know this first-hand.  As part of my job here at TechCrunch, I monitor a lot of RSS feeds for breaking news.  We also produce our own feed and I can see how quickly it propagates to various feed readers and feed-powered news aggregation services.
Discussion: CloudAve
Bloomberg:
Amazon.com $9.99 Kindle Books Have Publishers Nervous About Price Squeeze  —  Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle, which accelerated the adoption of electronic books, may shrink publishers' profit margins if the online retailer gets tougher about prices it pays for digital titles.
Emily Steel / Total Telecom:
Spending on social networks to shrink, eMarketer says  —  Research firm predicts U.S. ad spending on social networks will drop 3% to $1.1 billion this year.  —  Advertising on social networks is expected to drop in 2009 after a period of hot growth, amid spending cuts by marketers and problems at MySpace …
Discussion: GigaOM and Wall Street Journal
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Ian Fette / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Chrome OS - FAQ  —  We've been getting a number of questions in reference to our ‘Introducing the Google Chrome OS’ blog post, and so here are a number of your most frequently asked Qs - along with our As.  We'll be sure to add more to this list as popular questions come in.
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Oodle + Twitter = Another Jab At Craigslist  —  Oodle continues to chip away at Craigslist's domination of the online classifieds market by partnering with much larger sites like AOL and powering their listings—but with a new Twitter integration, the startup is making the battle about more than just scale …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Clippy stars in new Office 2010 promo video  —  I'm not sure “spell check this” has the same ring as “I'll be back,” but I have enjoyed the series of promo videos for Office 2010 that try to cast the software as the plot of an action movie.  —  The latest installment shows the grave of Clippy …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.1 Coming Soon?  Exchange Improvements on Tap for Palm Pre  —  webOS 1.1 for the Palm Pre may be released within a month, including improved Exchange Active Sync policies and Security.  An anonymous tipster has sent in some details on what we can expect with webOS 1.1.
Discussion: Palm WebOS and WebOS Arena
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sprint Outsources Daily Operations Of Its Network To Ericsson In A Deal Worth $5 Billion  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel confirmed today that it will indeed outsource the daily operations of its two wireless networks—both CDMA and iDEN—to Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC), in a deal worth $4.5 to $5 billion …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Starz Entertainment Joins Comcast On Demand Online Trial  —  The 5,000 Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) subscribers taking part in the company's planned online VOD trial this summer will have access to 300 movies and some original programming from Starz Entertainment—if they already subscribe to the premium network.
Discussion: AppScout
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets In Your Face About Upgrading to Firefox 3.5  —  Woah, this is weird.  Twitter has apparently starting promoting Firefox 3.5, which was released last week, to some of its users.  Judging by Twitter Search, the banner began popping up around eight hours ago …
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3GS limited to 384 Kbps upstream  —  When the iPhone 3GS arrived last month, I explained the ins and outs of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), the rubric that covers AT&T's two highest-speed cellular data standards: HSDPA for downstream and HSUPA for upstream.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia 3720 Classic: 125 EUR, coming out this summer, nearly impossible to break  —  Less than 6 hours ago, I predicted the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) 3720 Classic would be announced within 2 months.  Well it happened.  —  For 125 Euros (110 British Pounds or 180 American Dollars) …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Diller and Malone Pessimistic on Twitter  —  Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley, Idaho, media fest got off to a gloomy start Wednesday, with downbeat panel discussions on the economy (getting worse) and the digital future (looking murky).  —  Bloomberg News
Steve Block / Google LatLong:
The blue circle comes to your desktop  —  If you've used Google Maps for mobile, you'll be familiar with My Location.  With single click of a button, your approximate location is shown on the map with a blue circle.  Wouldn't it be great if that same feature was available in Google Maps on your desktop or laptop computer?
Paul Meller / PC World:
EC's Reding Calls for Shake-up of Online Copyright Laws  —  European laws governing the digitization of content such as books, movies and music need a major re-working in order to keep Europe relevant in the digital age, said the European Commissioner for the information society and telecoms Viviane Reding on Thursday.
Discussion: BetaNews
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wal-Mart Embraces Twitter, but Not Brevity  —  Figuring out Twitter's business model may be complicated, but using the service isn't: It's fast, short and to the point.  Unless you're the world's biggest retailer.  —  If you want a nice snapshot of the way corporate culture and legalese …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
NetApp May Be Acquisition Target After Losing Data Domain, Analysts Say  —  NetApp Inc., the maker of storage computers for companies such as Oracle Corp., may attract its own suitors after losing a bidding war for Data Domain Inc., analysts said.  —  Data Domain agreed to a $2.1 billion acquisition offer …
 
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