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11:55 PM ET, July 13, 2009

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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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Is Streaming Really Replacing Downloading?
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
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
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.
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.
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  —  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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and VentureBeat, Thanks:teensintech
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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
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
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 …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In the news cycle, memes spread more like a heartbeat than a virus  —  The New York Times reports today: “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 …
Thanks:atul
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study Measures the Chatter of the News Cycle
Discussion: Fast Company and The Blog Herald, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Yochay Kiriaty / The Windows Blog:
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Gordon Borrell / Borrell Associates:
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
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Marla Aaron / IAB:
IAB Demystifies Mobile Advertising, Launches First-Ever Mobile Buyer's Guide
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Dirty Little Secret: TomTom car adapter “should” work with iPod Touch as well
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Handwerk / National Geographic:
“Space Internet” to Link Worlds by 2011?
Discussion: Times of India
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
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Traffic (or Lack of) May Be a Reason for a Columnist's Dismissal
Discussion: MediaFlect
Robert X. Cringely / New York Times:
Chrome vs. Bing vs. You and Me
Discussion: Many Niches and techblog.dallasnews.com, Thanks:royans