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David Marmaros / The Google Apps Blog:
Introducing Google Calendar Labs  —  It's hard to believe it's been more than three years since we introduced Google Calendar to the world.  (It's true, I just checked my calendar.)  In that time we've received countless ideas and suggestions, including many from my fellow Googlers …
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Gmail Blog:
Tasks graduates from Gmail Labs  —  Our little baby's all grown up.  —  We launched Gmail Labs as a forum for delivering useful (and maybe not so useful) features that might not be quite ready for prime time.  The idea was always that the most popular and viable Labs features would graduate …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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.  —  (Credit: Robert Vamosi/CNET News)
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Steve Ballmer Shouts, ‘Microsoft Will Keep On Coming’
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM, Pulse2 and Gizmodo
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Ballmer On Google Chrome OS: ‘Who Knows What This Thing Is?’
Discussion: TechCrunch, NPR Blogs and eWeek
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking News Online: How One 19-Year Old Is Shaking Up Online Media  —  Michael van Poppel used to be like a lot of young people, trawling the internet for interesting news about the world.  Just like many others have considered doing, he created a place where he could post the most interesting news he finds, as fast as he can.
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's @Ev Confirms Hacker Targeted Personal Accounts; Attack Was “Highly Distressing.”  —  Back in May, Twitter was hacked by someone who got into the accounts of several Twitter employees and then gained access to high-profile accounts such as those of Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Do mommy bloggers need to grow up?  —  How acceptable is it for independent bloggers to accept free products and other giveaways?  It's been a heated discussion of late.  —  Now MomDot, a community site for the ever-expanding corps of “mommy bloggers,” has decided to encourage its followers …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 Released to Developers  —  Apple has seeded registered iPhone developers with a second beta of the 3.1 firmware.  The first 3.1 firmware beta added a number of new features to the iPhone's operating system including non-destructive video edits, Voice Control over Bluetooth and a number of other minor improvements.
Peter Osnos / CJR:
What's a Fair Share In the Age of Google?  —  How to think about news in the link economy  —  The buzz inside Google is overwhelmingly positive about what the company does and how we will all benefit from the results—including the embattled denizens of newspapers and magazines who increasingly …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Best Internet Addresses Will Cost a Cool .Million  —  One of the characteristics of 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.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
internetnews.com:
Intel Blows Past Wall Street Forecasts  —  Intel gives the tech sector its first hint of recovery.  —  Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) late Tuesday posted second-quarter results that were well above Wall Street estimates, providing the first solid hint of economic recovery for the tech sector.
George Bevir / ITP:
Etisalat's BlackBerry patch designed for surveillance  —  Etisalat told its 100,000 BlackBerry subscribers that the  —  The battery-sapping “performance patch” that Etisalat sent to its BlackBerry subscribers over the last few days was designed to give the UAE operator the ability to read …
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.
Digits:
Does Size Matter When Measuring Online Audience?  —  From Numbers Guy Carl Bialik:  —  Nielsen said Monday that it is changing the way it estimates Internet traffic numbers.  That announcement promptly embroiled the media-measurement company in a numbers dispute with its chief rival for Web-traffic counts.
Discussion: Market Wire and AdExchanger.com
Bloomberg:
China Risks Apple's Reputation by Letting Factories Ignore Worker Pay Law  —  Jiang Bo says he drove a cement truck for China's Shenzhen Antuoshan Investment & Development Co. 12 hours every day for seven years without overtime pay.  —  A national labor contract law implemented Jan. 1 …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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 …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
EBay Live Is Going, Going, Gone  —  EBay Live, the annual conference of sellers and executives from the world's largest e-commerce marketplace, will be replaced in the future by a series of smaller gatherings dubbed “eBay: On Location,” eBay said on Monday.  The company had held Live every …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv Redesigns To Make Broadcasting Easier And Chat More Obvious  —  There's a lot of live video streaming competition out there right now, but Justin.tv remains the biggest (though Ustream says that's up for debate).  And it's looking to hold that lead with a redesign launching today, along with some new features.
Discussion: Mashable! and Webbyist
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon adds Facebook and Twitter to Fios TV  —  NEW YORK - As Verizon Communications looks for ways to differentiate itself from its cable and satellite TV competitors, the phone company is adding new social networking widgets as part of a broader plan to create a Widget Bazaar for its Fios TV service.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Palm Pre Developers Unite  —  Software developers interested in the new smart phone are organizing meetings across the country.  Apps will follow.  —  Palm's new smart phone, the Pre, frequently gets knocked for its lack of native applications.  Palm's App Catalog stocks just a few dozen applications …
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 …
 
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Research In Motion
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DealBook:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft patches 9 bugs, leaves one open for hackers
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Is Reviewing Alternative Capital Sources For Finance Unit, CFO Says
Discussion: PC World, Seeking Alpha and Reuters
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft “OneApp”, possible app store for Zune HD?
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and WMExperts
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times Gets Out of the Radio Business, Collects $45 Million
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo wants $1 BILLION out of DISH/EchoStar
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
Linux achieves 1 second boot
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