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2:15 PM ET, July 10, 2009

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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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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 …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Google CEO says will discuss Apple board role  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said he will discuss with Apple Inc how his role on its board might change after Google's move to launch a new operating system.  —  Because Google's new Chrome OS …
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: BuzzMachine, Xconomy and TechFlash
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
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PCs Used in Korean DDoS Attacks May Self Destruct  —  There are signs that the concerted cyber attacks targeting U.S. and Korean government and commercial Web sites this past week are beginning to wane.  Yet, even if the assaults were to be completely blocked tomorrow, the attackers could still …
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 …
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:
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.
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) …
N'Gai Croal / Fast Company:
Nintendo's Innovation Console: A Q&A With Reggie Fils-Aime  —  For the past several years, Nintendo executives have been touting such books as “The Innovator's Dilemma” and “Blue Ocean Strategy” as a way to explain why they've been zigging while everyone else zagged.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Orange launches DRM-free music downloads  —  Orange UK has announced that from today it will be selling DRM-free music downloads from its online and mobile music stores.  As part of that change, it's also introduced variable pricing - the same concession Apple made on its iTunes Store when that went DRM-free.
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Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Orange Drops DRM From Its Music Store
Discussion: Softpedia News and IntoMobile
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digital Musical Chairs at MySpace and FIM Still Going-Exec Departures and More...  As BoomTown previously reported, there have been a lot of exec moves at Fox Interactive Media and its MySpace unit, which seem to be continuing.  —  Especially departures, it seems, as the massive restructuring …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac and Crave
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.
DealBook:
A Sun Valley Romance, Three Years Later  —  In recent years, the high-powered guests at Allen & Company's conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, have taken to fawning over young Web entrepreneurs with big ideas but no business model.  —  In 2006, the focus was on Chad Hurley of YouTube …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Mulls Director Choices for New Board of Spinoff
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Credit Suisse Ups Estimates on iPhone, Mac
Discussion: FierceWireless and iPodNN
Asma Alsharif / Reuters:
Bloggers test boundaries in Saudi Arabia
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Users upset after CA anti-virus detects Windows system file as virus
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Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
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