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11:50 AM ET, July 14, 2009

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Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 1.5 Billion in First Year  —  More Than 65,000 Apps; Over 100,000 Developers  —  Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in just one year from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.
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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Ian Paul / PC World:
Verizon's App Store Plans Likely to Irk Phone Makers
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Verizon to its smartphones: thou shalt have no other app store before mine
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Survey Confirms: Bing Will Bomb  —  Analysts are positively gushing about Microsoft's Bing.  Initial Comscore numbers showed a pop in Bing traffic!  Some observers (the New York Times, for example) have gone so far as to suggest that Bing will usher in a whole new era in the search war between Google and Microsoft.
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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: eWeek and 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.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
U.K., not North Korea, source of DDOS attacks, researcher says  —  Security analysts had been skeptical of the claims about North Korea  —  IDG News Service - The U.K. was the likely source of a series of attacks last week that took down popular Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechVi
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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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Amazon Buys Netflix?  Microsoft Is a Much Better Guess as a Potential Acquirer.  —  Yesterday, shares of Netflix got their semi-regular rocket boost-with its stock up more than five percent to close at just over $42-from rumors that Amazon was interested in buying Netflix.
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Bloomberg:
Netflix Advances on Speculation of Buyout Offer From Amazon.com
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Get Ready; Windows Marketplace for Mobile Offers Millions of Potential New Customers  —  My name is Todd Brix and I am the Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management at Microsoft.  I am on site at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans to talk …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung HMX-U10 Full HD camcorder with 1-button YouTube uploads out-Ultras the Flip  —  Step aside Flip, Samsung's aiming its massive consumer-electronics guns directly at your point-shoot-n-upload to YouTube base.  Samsung's new HMX-U10 fixed-focus, ultra-compact camcorder takes 10 megapixel stills …
Discussion: Gearlog, infoSync World, Gizmodo and TechVi
The Official Posterous Posterous:
Posterous works awesome with Google Maps  —  Embedding a Google Map in one of your posts could not be simpler.  Just grab the map link from Google Maps and drop it on its own line into your email or our web based post editor.  We'll expand it into an interactive map for you.
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Microsoft vomit ad more than half of campaign's views  —  Vomit throws up viral views.  —  At least that is the conclusion of the strangely anal examiners of viral video at Visible Measures.  —  Perhaps some of you may have avoided the splashback from the Internet Explorer 8 vomit ad …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft announces Azure pricing, details  —  Microsoft's Bob Muglia announces Microsoft's Windows Azure plans at last year's professional developer conference.  On Tuesday, Microsoft announced how it will charge for the service and what level of guarantees it will provide.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Financial Times Tweets That It Now Has An iPhone App.  Yup, It's Pink.  —  International business newspaper and website Financial Times, founded in 1888, is now part of the iPhone app club with the release of a free application on the iTunes App Store (iTunes link).
Discussion: mocoNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Crank That Soulja Boy Remix On The iPhone  —  A few artists have released iPhone apps now that give fans access to their music.  Some of the more advanced ones even allow you to edit tracks.  But now Universal Music Group (specifically, Interscope Geffen A&M) is apparently going to start launching …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Epicenter
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sun Microsystems: Ye Gads, That Was An Ugly Quarter  —  Hey, Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison!  Are you totally sure you want to buy Sun Microsystems (JAVA)?  —  Sun today pre-announced extremely ugly results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30.  The company said revenue for the quarter …
John Cook / TechFlash:
WhitePages unveils $2.5 million Web site redesign  —  “It's been a hell of a lot of work,” says John Lusk.  But the vice president of marketing at WhitePages is hoping that the $2.5 million overhaul of the company's Web site — the first major redesign in more than a decade …
Discussion: paidContent and The Seattle Times
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
TMZ Brings Ad Sales In-House With Telepictures; Future After AOL Spinoff Under Spotlight  —  TMZ, the in-news online celeb site that is part owned by Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) siblings AOL and Telepictures, brought its ad sales in house this month, paidContent has learned and confirmed from the companies.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Brokering Peace Between Brand Owners and Domainers  —  As a technology writer, I don't tend to run into the Treaty of Versailles in my work.  —  But the agreement that ended World War I was among the myriad topics raised at a meeting held by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Look for PA Semi's chip designs in upcoming Apple tablet