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9:45 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.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Amazon-Netflix? Let's Make It Happen, Please.
Discussion: tinyComb
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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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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Is Streaming Really Replacing Downloading?
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Should Facebook employees sell stock to DST now? (Probably not)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DST To Buy Up To $100 Million In Facebook Employee Stock
Discussion: Gawker
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  —  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.
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  —  Verizon's getting very keen on entering the app store industry, but not without some rough decrees to its smartphone partners.  According to GigaOm, VP Partner Management Ryan Hughes said in an interview Friday …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Windows 7 Center
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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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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Why Teens Aren't Using Twitter: It Doesn't Feel Safe
Discussion: Guardian and VentureBeat, Thanks:teensintech
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.
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In the news cycle, memes spread more like a heartbeat than a virus
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 …
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.
Discussion: Contentinople and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
Cade Metz / The Register:
US State Dept. workers beg Clinton for Firefox  —  No IE if you buy less peanut butter  —  Tune into our application security webcast, click here  —  US State Department workers have begged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to let them use Firefox.  —  “Can you please let the staff use …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
LexisNexis warns of breach after alleged mafia bust  —  IDG News Service - 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: CNET News, NewTeeVee and Fast Company
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.
 
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Gordon Borrell / Borrell Associates:
Local Ads Moving to Social Networks
Discussion: paidContent
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
How The AP Fails To Get Search & SEO (Again)
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
QuickPlay Media:
QuickPlay Media Inc. Closes $12 Million Funding Round
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brian Handwerk / National Geographic:
“Space Internet” to Link Worlds by 2011?
Discussion: Times of India
 Earlier Items: 
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
Robert X. Cringely / New York Times:
Chrome vs. Bing vs. You and Me
Discussion: Many Niches, Thanks:royans
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
7 Reasons Nokia Phones Get No Love in U.S.
Discussion: Signal to Noise