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4:10 PM 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.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did it Get so Popular?  Apple's App Store Hits 1.5 Billion Downloads and 65,000 Apps  —  Earlier today, Apple announced that iPhone and iPod touch users have now downloaded over 1.5 billion applications.  According to Apple, there are now also over 100,000 developers in the iPhone Developer Program …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
YouTube Will Be Next To Kiss IE6 Support Goodbye  —  Judging by this screenshot taken by an IE6 user who was watching some videos on YouTube, it appears the Google company will be phasing out support for the browser shortly.  I don't have Internet Explorer 6 installed on my computer …
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.
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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.
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.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Eases The Switch From Lotus Notes To Google Apps  —  A few weeks ago, Google announced a new plug-in that will sync Google Apps—the enterprise versions of Gmail, contacts, and calendar—with Microsoft's Outlook, letting customers use Outlook on their desktops if that is what they are comfortable with …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Ballmer On Google Chrome OS: ‘Who Knows What This Thing Is?’  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) would not comment last week in the aftermath of Google's announcement that it would launch a PC operating system by mid-2010—but CEO Steve Ballmer was more than happy to talk …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's Ballmer calls Google dual OS strategy perplexing
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits and Digital Daily
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Now Things Get Interesting: CBS Joins Comcast's Web TV Trial  —  Yet another addition to the growing list of programmers signing on to Comcast's “On Demand Online”: CBS will join the cable provider's trial program, which will allow subscribers to get Web access to shows they get on TV.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Amazon Buys Netflix?  Microsoft Is a Much Better Guess as a Potential Acquirer.  —  Yesterday, shares of Netflix got their semiregular 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Best Internet Addresses Will Cost a Cool .Million  —  One of the characteristics the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been its commitment to create a level playing field between big companies and individuals who use the Internet.  Its cumbersome decision making process is open to input from all sides.
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Appiphilia: Augmented reality iPhone apps for finding subways and Twitter neighbors  —  When Apple announced the addition of a compass to the iPhone 3GS, shortsighted onlookers responded with a yawn.  Yay, we can find magnetic north.  —  But iPhone app developers quickly saw an opportunity …
Electronista:
PC sales to see largest drop since 2001  —  Sales of computers are poised to drop for the first time since the original technology crash of 2001, iSuppli said in a study today.  The research team had originally thought shipments would grow a very slight .7 percent in spite of the economic crash …
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Trader Daily
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's valuation: The cheat sheet  —  Seriously, how much is Facebook worth?  It's been an enigma in tech gossip for years now, as the social-networking company grows bigger and bigger and yet remains privately held.  And some of Facebook's most rapid growth has taken place in the midst …
Ross Mayfield / Socialtext blog:
Microblogging Appliance Delivers a Twitter for your Intranet  —  Today we announced the availability of the Socialtext Microblogging Appliance for rapid secure intranet deployment of microblogging and social networking at a low cost.  As the popularity of microblogging has increased, IT managers have struggled with its risks.
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
Linux achieves 1 second boot  —  From the ‘how much faster can it go’ files:The race for the fastest Linux boot has been going on for about a year at this point and now we've got a new winner.  Embedded Linux vendor MontaVista today is...  Though I know that desktop and server Linux vendors …
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 …
it.usaspending.gov:
Welcome to IT Dashboard - The Blog!  —  It has been an exciting time since we launched the IT Dashboard.  There have been more than 20 million hits so far, and we've received an encouraging response from members of Congress and the public in support of our efforts to increase transparency.
 
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Richard Corliss / Time:
‘Bruno’: Did Twitter Reviews Hurt Movie at Box Office?
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