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6:45 PM ET, July 9, 2009

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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?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location Now Built-In To Google Maps — In Chrome And Firefox
Discussion: Gizmodo and Kelsey Group Blogs
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.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Find Creative Commons images with Image Search  —  Let's say you're a blogger.  You've just returned from a trip to New York City, and you're writing a post on New York landmarks.  You want to illustrate your travel guide with an image — as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Bing Both Grows & Drops In June; Google Still Tops  —  Just in from Hitwise, the first month-to-month figures since the launch of Bing.  And the figures show Bing has both gained and dropped in the same month.  Confusing?  Yes it is!  —  Here are the month-to-month figures:
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Amazon.com:
Introducing AmazonWireless - A New Amazon Web Site Offering Cell Phones and Service Plans  —  Easy-to-Use Web Site Guides Customers Through the Purchase Process; Rebate-Free Shopping and FREE Two-Day Shipping on All Phones  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the beta launch of AmazonWireless …
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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 …
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
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers $5 Monthly Web-Access Fee  —  New York Times Co. said in a survey of print subscribers that it's considering a $5 monthly fee for access to its namesake newspaper's Web site.  —  In the survey, Times Co. also asked whether subscribers would be willing to pay a discounted fee of $2.50 a month for Web access.
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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
New York Attorney General Sues Tagged.com  —  Turns out our recent story on the spammy social network Tagged.com had a fan — Andrew Cuomo, New York's attorney general.  —  Mr. Cuomo has announced he intends to sue the company “for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy …
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.
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 …
eMarketer:
Is Social Network Advertising Ready for Primetime?  —  Mapping the social graph.  —  Let's get the bad news out of the way.  —  As a result of the poor economy and various difficulties at MySpace, paid advertising on online social networks in the US is expected to fall 3% in 2009.
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Emily Steel / Total Telecom:
Spending on social networks to shrink, eMarketer says
Discussion: GigaOM and Wall Street Journal
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.
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.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Sued For Click Fraud  —  Sports site RootZoo has sued Facebook for click fraud, alleging that the social networking site charged for more clicks than actually occurred.  The lawsuit comes several weeks after Facebook users began flooding message boards with complaints about overcharging.
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 …
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 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Hoberman and Birch launch PRO Founders Capital  —  Well it appeared to be signed and sealed when news leaked back in April that two icons of the UK's tech startup world were joining forces to create a new fund to address the so-called ‘equity gap’ in Europe.
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
Scott Gulbransen / The Quicken Blog:
Quicken for Mac Coming in February 2010  —  Recent media and blogger coverage has led to some speculation that Quicken may not release a new Quicken desktop product for the Mac.  —  We'd like to clear the air: Intuit will release a new version of Quicken for the Mac platform in February 2010.
Discussion: Macworld, Ars Technica and AppleInsider
Electronista:
Pre owners complain of lack of onscreen keys  —  Palm Pre owners are ironically complaining that their smartphones don't have onscreen keyboards, a study by Strategy Analytics found today.  Despite Palm having added the QWERTY keyboard in response to gripes about touch-only devices like the iPhone …
Discussion: Macworld and Edible Apple
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Longest Tweet In History  —  The short tale of a Forbesian technological breakthrough.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound.  On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a four-minute mile.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Adds Bing Features to Hotmail  —  Microsoft has integrated Bing into Hotmail, with a Quick Add feature that uses Bing search to pull video, maps, images and other content into users' e-mails.  Since its June 3 release, Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Bing through a number …
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch Says News Corp. Kindle-Like Device 'Isn't Likely' …
Discussion: Digits
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
Luxe sample sales move online
CircleID:
Comcast Unleashes Trial DNS Redirection in Select States
Discussion: Comcast Voices and DSLreports
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft's New CRM Accelerators Embrace Social Networking, Web Portals
Discussion: PC World and The Microsoft Blog
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Silverlight 3 goes live on Microsoft's servers
Discussion: Ars Technica and Download Squad
Craig / Fighting the Next Good Fight:
What? Volunteers to Approve $4.7 Billion in Broadband Grants?
Discussion: PC World, GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Reuters:
AOL reviewing assets, but will likely keep Bebo
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
NetApp May Be Acquisition Target After Losing Data Domain, Analysts Say
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wal-Mart Embraces Twitter, but Not Brevity
Discussion: Boing Boing