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4:15 PM ET, July 10, 2009

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Jason / Appmodo:
Apple iPhone MMS Delayed, Coming Sept, Tethering $55 Extra  —  EXCLUSIVE: We originally brought you the story last month stating MMS and tethering would be coming in July.  AT&T responded directly to our story and stated it would be delayed.  Well those stories are true as MMS and tethering are now coming in September.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
AT&T iPhone MMS delayed until September? …
Discussion: Techgeist
Lingyun Liu / The Official Google Blog:
Seeing the world with improved Google Search results  —  As an avid traveler, I know how helpful it can be to see a map when searching for a location on Google.  Using our Universal Search technology, we have provided maps in our search results for more than two years.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Adds More Images to Local Search Results
Discussion: Channel 10 and eWeek
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Schmidt Didn't Want to Build Chrome Initially, He Says  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Thursday evening that, for six years, he resisted the idea of building what became the Chrome browser and (soon) operating system, before succumbing to the enthusiasm of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Putting What Little We Actually Know About Chrome OS Into Context  —  It has seemed obvious for some time that Google would someday release a PC OS.  I became convinced after they released Android: if they're creating and giving away a free OS for phones, why not PCs, too?
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X Snow Leopard 10A402 Brings Visual Tweaks and Other Enhancements  —  With the release of the OS X Snow Leopard 10A402 beta yesterday, users have been poring over the new version looking for changes.  Among the most obvious changes have been a few visual tweaks, although several other enhancements have also been discovered.
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Sony to release Vaio P ‘mark 2’ in October  —  Sony's latest ultra-portable finds its niche  —  While Sony's Vaio P series - the sexy ultra-portable ‘notbook’ that launched earlier this year - came under fire from critics for its painfully-slow boot-up and its frighteningly ‘premium’ price-tag …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft VP says Google's playing defense with Chrome OS  —  Microsoft founder Bill Gates may not want to comment on Chrome OS, the just-announced operating system from Google.  But Walid Abu-Hadba, the software giant's Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook?  Up 10%.  Twitter?  Up 16%.  FriendFeed?  Flat  —  I'm largely seen as FriendFeed's #1 cheerleader and customer #1.  —  But it isn't catching on.  —  Rackspace's President, Lew Moorman, and I have been having an interesting debate.  He even wrote up his thesis …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Follow-Up Project Has A Name, Tiny Speck.  And They're Hiring.  —  Back in June of last year, Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake, the husband/wife team that started Flickr, left Yahoo to pursue other interests.  We already know what Fake's new project is, the just-launched Hunch.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Power.com Countersues Facebook Over Data Portability  —  The Data Portability wars just got a little more interesting.  Power.com, the service that lets users aggregate their social networks into a single hub, is countersuing Facebook for restricting users' ability to export and move their own data.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redfin Turns Profitable, Real Estate Industry Shudders  —  An interesting tidbit from today's Naked Truth event in Seattle: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said his company just turned profitable.  Since I was sitting next to him on the panel, I asked him off microphone what revenues were.
David Martin / CNET News:
Apple says cases cause iPhone 3GS discoloration  —  Summer in Texas this year is hot, but not as hot as the debate over the iPhone 3GS overheating, an issue circulating the Internet for several weeks now.  The debate finally came to a head when some users blamed white iPhone 3GS discoloration …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Hacked to Run on Verizon  —  Cleanser in our Pre forums has successfully hacked a Pre to operate on Verizon's network.  Voice and text are a go, but data isn't up and working yet: … Apparently the difficult part is getting Verizon to take the MEID of the device (its unique identifier) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brizzly: A Twitter Reader From The People Who Brought You Google Reader  —  Twitter's front-end look and feel on the web has been slowly improving over the past several months.  But it's still far from ideal, missing quite a few key elements that users turn to other apps for.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
EBay's Traffic Drops Amid Identity Crisis  —  It has been a year and a half since Meg Whitman said she would hand the chief executive's office at eBay to John Donahoe, and at least by some measures, the company continues to lose traction with both buyers and sellers.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
AmazonWireless: shopping the phone instead of the plan  —  I've said it time and time again.  When it comes to buying a wireless phone, my best advice is to shop the service, not the device.  It's common sense.  The device can be the best in the world but if the service is unreliable …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Seesmic's Browser Client Is Like Gmail For Twitter  —  Seesmic, the Twitter and Facebook desktop client developed by Loic Le Meur, is launching its much talked about browser-based Twitter client today at TechCrunch's Real-Time Stream CrunchUp.  We first heard about the plans for the browser client …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CenterNetworks
Trent_reznor / forum.nin.com:
my thoughts on what to do as a new / unknown artist  —  This was written on a bumpy Euro-bus ride across the wilderness - may ramble a bit but I think the point gets across.  —  TR  —  UPDATE 2:  —  Here's a message from Ian Rogers of TopSpin  —  UPDATE 1:
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bing To Google: Try Updating Your Index Once In A While  —  Last Friday, a fire at Fisher Plaza in Seattle knocked out a number of popular websites, including Microsoft Bing's recently launched Travel portal.  The site was back up by Saturday afternoon, but not before Google caught the site's placeholder …
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
Sprint's BlackBerry Tour to sprout WiFi next year  —  Sprint Nextel said it will release an updated version of the BlackBerry Tour next year that will include WiFi, a move that reflects the carrier's recent decision to require its smartphone suppliers to add WiFi into their devices for the carrier.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
CrunchUp Live: The Real-Time Opportunity  —  Today at our Real-Time Stream CrunchUp event in Redwood City, CA, Michael Arrington and Steve Gillmor are kicking off the show by talking with angel investors Ron Conway and John Borthwick about the opportunity for investment in real time.
Discussion: VentureBeat
The Huffington Post:
Read the Never-Before-Published Letter From LSD-Inventor Albert Hofmann to Apple CEO Steve Jobs  —  The following post is adapted from the new book “This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”  The letter is published with the permission of the estate of LSD-inventor Albert Hofmann.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Online Backups Could Use Google's Expertise  —  It's all well and good that Google has promised a speedy, secure operating system designed for a Webby world.  But why can't the company — which buys so many darned hard drives — tackle a smaller project first and give consumers something …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Business licensees to get final Windows 7 release in July
Beet.TV:
Amazing but True: Most Online Videos Found Via Blogs, Industry Report
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Hitwise Intelligence
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Client Tweetdeck Raises Around $2 Million In Funding
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Users upset after CA anti-virus detects Windows system file as virus
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Caitlin McDevitt / The Big Money:
A Day In The Life Of A Twintern  —  Meet the recent college grad who tweets for Pizza Hut.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Orange launches DRM-free music downloads