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4:05 PM ET, July 13, 2009

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Complete Guide To Microsoft's Office 2010  —  The web has been abuzz the past few weeks with chatter about Microsoft's announcement today at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans about the new version of Microsoft Office 2010.  There's even a mini-movie about its debut.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Office 2010 Web Apps to be Free; Testing Starts Today  —  After Microsoft's initial announcement, the forthcoming Google-docs-like Office web apps—"Office Web"—kinda fell off the radar.  Today, we get confirmation that the online suite will be free, and that Office 2010 will start semi-private testing today.
Discussion: I4U News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Here comes Office 2010 — still waiting on that web version ...
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and Computerworld
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Re-Rumor: Apple Tablet Coming in October, Priced at $800  —  The China Times is now reporting that the endlessly-rumored Apple tablet isn't just coming someday—a fair bet—it's coming soon.  It'll land in October, to be exact, when we should expect to pay around $800 for it.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Look for PA Semi's chip designs in upcoming Apple tablet
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Touchscreen Netbook to Launch in October at $800?
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Employees and Investors Can Finally Unload Stock  —  10:28 a.m. Clarifying that company executives do not qualify for the stock purchase program.  —  Facebook investors are finally getting a chance to sell some of their stock.  —  Digital Sky Technologies, the Russian investment firm …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   DST To Buy Up To $100 Million In Facebook Employee Stock
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Should Facebook employees sell stock to DST now? (Probably not)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Collapse in illegal sharing of music  —  • Teenagers switching to streaming sites - survey  —  • Spotify and YouTube lead the way as habits change  —  They are the record companies' bogeyman: the 15-year-old in their bedroom ripping off a star's latest album and sharing …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft is launching a music streaming service this month  —  Microsoft is gearing up to launch a music streaming service similar to Spotify by the end of this month.  —  The service, which Microsoft aims to have ready by the end of July, will offer users the chance to stream music for free and also download to own.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft to Challenge Pandora, Last.fm Later This Month
Discussion: Obsessable
Bloomberg:
Netflix Advances on Speculation of Buyout Offer From Amazon.com  —  Netflix Inc. shares gained and bullish options trading jumped to the highest in 11 weeks on speculation that Amazon.com Inc. may acquire the largest U.S. mail-order movie service, according to WhatsTrading.com.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
LG's next-gen Chocolate BL40 teased on video, looks good enough to eat  —  We can't verify the authenticity of the video, but it seems a little far-fetched to believe that even LG diehards out there would've been able to toil away making a very legit-looking promo piece for the company's recently-teased …
Simon Thiel / Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley Intern Says Teens Don't Twitter, Prefer Movies and Concerts  —  Teenagers spend money on game consoles, cinemas and music concerts while ignoring newspapers, a Morgan Stanley report said, citing Matthew Robson.  Robson should know: He is a 15-year-old intern at the securities firm.
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Six in 10 companies plan to skip Windows 7: survey  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Six in 10 companies in a survey plan to skip the purchase of Microsoft Corp's Windows 7 computer operating system, many of them to pinch pennies and others over concern about compatibility with their existing applications.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why Googlers should read Anil Dash's post  —  Anil Dash wrote a great piece about Google recently, and I think all Googlers should read it.  Anil makes several good points, including this one: … This absolutely rings true in my opinion.  One of Google's core values is “Don't be evil.”
Discussion: Techdirt and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analyst: Forget the Feds, Apple is ‘doing just fine at wrecking the wireless business’  —  The Feds have been examining exclusive wireless carrier deals with handset makers—think AT&T and Apple—but the effort is a bit of a farce.  Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett says it's laughable …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple unleashes new Leopard, Snow Leopard betas  —  Apple this weekend followed the release of its latest Snow Leopard beta with new pre-releases of both Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server.  —  Mac OS X 10.5.8 build 9L25  —  Since opening the Mac OS X 10.5.8 beta test …
TechCrunch:
The Time Has Come To Regulate Search Engine Marketing And SEO  —  The following post was written by a well known executive at one of the largest sites on the Internet.  The author has requested to remain anonymous - not for dramatic effect, but because of the backlash he would receive from the SEO industry and possibly Google itself.
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: The super-trustworthy, anti-phishing key  —  We're always looking for new ways to protect Gmail inboxes from spam and phishing.  Last year, we started taking extra steps to protect you from fake eBay and PayPal emails, requiring that any email claiming to come from one of eBay's …
Bloomberg:
McGraw-Hill Said to Hire Evercore Partners to Sell BusinessWeek Magazine  —  McGraw-Hill Cos. hired Evercore Partners Inc., the boutique investment bank founded by Roger Altman, to sell BusinessWeek magazine, a person close to the situation said.  —  The person declined to be identified because the information isn't public.
Bing:
bing at month one  —  After just over one month in market, we wanted to take the opportunity to THANK YOU for all your feedback and support of Bing and provide an update on our early results.  We've been really pleased to hear so much positive feedback, and we appreciate all you who've taken …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study Measures the Chatter of the News Cycle  —  For the most part, the traditional news outlets lead and the blogs follow, typically by 2.5 hours, according to a new computer analysis of news articles and commentary on the Web during the last three months of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Robert X. Cringely / New York Times:
Chrome vs. Bing vs. You and Me  —  THE battle between Microsoft and Google entered a new phase last week with the announcement of Google's Chrome Operating System — a direct attack on Microsoft Windows.  —  This isn't the first salvo in a war that has already seen Google lob its Chrome Web browser …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: CNET News and AndroidGuys
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Andrew S. Grove / Wall Street Journal:
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Thanks:atul
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