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5:45 AM ET, July 14, 2009

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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.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Amazon-Netflix? Let's Make It Happen, Please.
Discussion: tinyComb
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 RTM  —  I'd like to offer up a little insight into the “Release to Manufacturing” (RTM) for Windows 7.  —  Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM.  —  We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7.  When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here.
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Softpedia News:
Windows 7 RTM Is No Go - 7600 Not the Gold Build
Discussion: CodenameWindows
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon to Mobile Developers: Can You Hear Me Now?  —  Verizon wants to build its own app store, and is planning a July 28 event to entice developers to its platform.  Like everyone else wooing programmers, the company hopes to get the equivalent of the in-crowd building the hottest apps …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Verizon to its smartphones: thou shalt have no other app store before mine
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Look for PA Semi's chip designs in upcoming Apple tablet  —  Reports surfaced today that Apple will launch an $800 tablet computer in October.  But we've dug out something interesting ourselves: the processor chip for the tablet is being designed by Apple's own internal chip team.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Re-Rumor: Apple Tablet Coming in October, Priced at $800
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
RIM Launching A BlackBerry Social Network For Venting Tomorrow  —  Perhaps you've noticed that apps aren't exactly flying off the virtual shelves in BlackBerry's App World store, like they are in Apple's App Store.  The store is hard to navigate and there's confusion about several of the apps …
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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Richard Corliss / Time:
‘Bruno’: Did Twitter Reviews Hurt Movie at Box Office?  —  In the old days — like, until yesterday — movie studios judged the success of their big pictures by how much they grossed on the opening weekend.  But in the age of Twitter, electronic word-of-mouth is immediate …
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 …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Why Teens Aren't Using Twitter: It Doesn't Feel Safe  —  Twitter seems to be the hottest thing in tech recently — if you look at TechCrunch, it averages at least 3 posts a week about Twitter.  But the bigger question is, who is really using Twitter?  Many of you might think that …
Bing / Search Blog:
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Huddles with Patent Vampire  —  Mark Zuckerberg was photographed in intimate conversation with Microsoft's former CTO in Sun Valley last week.  The Facebook founder might simply have been quizzing Nathan Myhrvold about Zuckerberg doppelgänger Bill Gates.  But there's a more interesting possibility.
GooDiPhone:
Windows 95 on iPhone 3G (video)  —  Developers of iSoft team ran windows 95 on iPhone, its done with help of Bochs emulator and original win 95 image.  —  Main trouble is a perfomance of the iPhone and, mainly, of emulator... only windows was booting for 5-10 minutes.  And you can see perfomance at work.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Bing Delivers Credibility to Microsoft  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In late May, Microsoft unveiled Bing, its new Internet search engine, in front of an audience of skeptics: technology executives and other digerati who had gathered near San Diego for an industry conference.
Discussion: Bloomberg
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Loses Engineering Director Who Once Caused Steve Ballmer To Melt Down  —  After nearly 5 years with the company, Engineering Director Mark Lucovsky is leaving Google for a role with VMware, we've learned.  Lucovsky has been an integral part of Google's APIs, including the all-important Search APIs.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, Thanks:atul
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
HBO and Cinemax Going Online With Comcast  —  HBO and Cinemax will join Comcast's OnDemand Online trial this summer, giving the cable company's authentication scheme a high-profile partner.  As part of the agreement, 750 hours of content from the two networks will be made available through Comcast.net and Fancast.com.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Facebook Stickier Than Google, eBay  —  The average Internet user in the U.S. spent more than 4.5 hours on Facebook in June, more time than he whiled away on Google, eBay, Yahoo and other online hubs, according to new data from Nielsen.  —  Getty Images  —  Google's family of Web sites retained …
Discussion: paidContent
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Dirty Little Secret: TomTom car adapter “should” work with iPod Touch as well  —  Macworld last week got a few secrets out of Tom Murray, Vice President of Market Development for TomTom.  The meat of it was that the TomTom's Car kit wasn't just going to just be a dumb plastic car mount for the iPhone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Gap Grows Wider: MySpace Eats Facebook's Dust In The U.S.  —  The gap between Facebook and MySpace is growing wider in the U.S. In May, Facebook finally caught up to MySpace in unique U.S. visitors and surpassed its rival social network by a smidgeon.  Last month, Facebook left MySpace in the dust …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
LexisNexis Warns of Breach After Alleged Mafia Bust  —  Information broker LexisNexis has warned more than 13,000 consumers, saying that a Florida man who is facing charges in an alleged mafia racketeering conspiracy may have accessed some of the same sensitive consumer databases that were once used to track terrorists.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pandora now pushing radio to pay for music, too  —  The campaign to get radio stations to pay up for the music they play marches on.  With revenues from recorded music sales declining, rightsholders have turned their eyes in recent years to commercial US radio, which currently pays songwriters …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Will Hunt Down isoHunt Founder for Life  —  Where the RIAA is mostly interested in pursuing individual file-sharers in court, the MPAA has taken on several of the largest torrent sites on the Internet.  After being awarded $110 million in their case against TorrentSpy last year, they are now focusing on the next target - isoHunt.
Discussion: Financial Post
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft admits new ActiveX zero-day bug  —  As patch day looms, company says critical flaw affects Office users running IE  —  Computerworld - For the second time in a week, Microsoft is warning users that hackers are exploiting an unpatched, critical bug in a company-made ActiveX control …
Gordon Borrell / Borrell Associates:
Local Ads Moving to Social Networks  —  We just did an assessment of advertising placed on social networking sites and were surprised to find that nearly 20% of all ad spending is by local businesses.  Our assumption going into this research was that commercials on social networks were almost purely national.
Discussion: paidContent
Brian Handwerk / National Geographic:
“Space Internet” to Link Worlds by 2011?  —  For all its might, the World Wide Web is still limited to, well, our world.  —  But that's quickly changing with the advent of an “interplanetary internet” that planners say will revolutionize space communication.
Discussion: Times of India
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TwitVid launches on the iPhone, cracks open world of video tweeting  —  TwitVid launched a mobile app today for quick video tweets and uploads, capitalizing on iPhone 3GS' new video capabilities.  —  The TwitVid app lets you record a video, write a tweet and then post it to your Twitter account.
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
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Marla Aaron / IAB:
IAB Demystifies Mobile Advertising, Launches First-Ever Mobile Buyer's Guide
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Summer Time, and Wireless Fear Mongering Is in the Air
Discussion: Switched
Cade Metz / The Register:
US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox
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Martha Irvine / Associated Press:
Young workers push employers for wider Web access
Discussion: Techdirt
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
As Technology Needs Grow, One Sector Has No Shortage of Jobs