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9:30 AM ET, July 15, 2009


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Apps For Android And Blackberry Are Here  —  Google Voice, previously called Grand Central, is rolling out the first mobile apps for the service this evening.  The main function of the apps is to make it easier to use your Google Voice phone number by automatically routing …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet Google, Your Phone Company  —  Can Google be your phone company?  The answer is yes.  I came to that conclusion after I met with Vincent Paquet, co-founder of GrandCentral (a company acquired by Google) and now a member of the Google Voice team.  Earlier today he stopped by our office …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Voice Goes Mobile
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Phone Arena
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
In Our Inbox: Hundreds Of Confidential Twitter Documents  —  Here's a dilemma: The guy ("Hacker Croll") who claims to have accessed hundreds of confidential corporate and personal documents of Twitter and Twitter employees, is releasing those documents publicly and sent them to us earlier today.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Reaction To Your Reactions To the Twitter Confidential Documents Post  —  Wow, that's quite a reaction to our post earlier this evening saying that we will publish some of the confidential Twitter documents we've been forwarded.  Nearly 200 comments in a little over an hour, mostly saying we shouldn't publish.
Discussion: Guardian
Rory Cellan-Jones /   The Twitter hack and the cloud
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates on Google's Chrome OS  —  To Bill Gates, Google's Chrome OS looks a lot like a familiar foe: Linux.  —  “There's many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there and packaged in different ways and booted in different ways,” Gates said in an interview with CNET News this week.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Bill Gates offers the world a physics lesson  —  It's been a year since Bill Gates left full-time work at Microsoft, but he's found plenty to keep him busy.  —  In between trying to eradicate polio, tame malaria, and fix the broken U.S. education system, Gates has managed to fulfill a dream …
Discussion:, Technology News, open and TG Daily, Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Natal to bring gesture recognition to Windows too  —  Microsoft doesn't just want to bring gesture recognition to the Xbox with Project Natal.  It also wants the technology in Windows, according to a very good source—Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.  —  In an interview with CNET News this week …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 lets developers work over WiFi  —  Apple released an update to the iPhone OS 3.1 beta tonight, making the new version of the software available to registered developers.  According to several developers speaking to Ars, beta 2 enables them to connect to their devices wirelessly instead …
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 …
Clay Shirky / Cato Unbound:
NOT AN UPGRADE — AN UPHEAVAL  —  The hard truth about the future of journalism is that nobody knows for sure what will happen; the current system is so brittle, and the alternatives are so speculative, that there's no hope for a simple and orderly transition from State A to State B. Chaos is our lot …
Brandon Sterne / Mozilla Security Blog:
Critical JavaScript vulnerability in Firefox 3.5  —  Issue  —  A bug discovered last week in Firefox 3.5's Just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler was disclosed publicly yesterday.  It is a critical vulnerability that can be used to execute malicious code.  —  Impact
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.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Steve Ballmer Shouts, ‘Microsoft Will Keep On Coming’  —  Steve Ballmer's extra-large mocha, triple-shot frap must have kicked in at just the right time.  Microsoft's chief executive put on one of his classic, chest-thumping performances on Tuesday for attendees gathered at the company's partner conference in New Orleans.
Canadian Press:
Most Canadians support reasonable Internet traffic management, poll suggests  —  OTTAWA — Most Canadians support the idea of Internet traffic management as long as all users are treated fairly, a new poll suggests.  —  The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll found only about one in five …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Behind the scenes at Twitter  —  Twitter is the hottest internet startup on the planet.  Over the last few months, the messaging service it provides has morphed from a social networking tool into an instrument of revolution.  So what's life like for the 52 employees at its San Francisco headquarters?
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Hands-on: Samsung Highlight for T-Mobile  —  Perhaps it's the die-hard QWERTY keyboard purist in me, but I don't see how these tiny touchscreen phones are viable options these days.  Look at the size of the screen on the Samsung Highlight compared to that of the iPhone and G1.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Amazon sued for cracking Kindles, $5-plus million sought in class action  —  You've heard about cracking open a book, but how about cracking open a Kindle?  —  Apparently this is happening to some owners of's electronic book who also bought the optional, $30 protective cover …
Discussion: Fast Company
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Not That It Matters... But Appeals Court Rejects Webcasters' Challenge Over Copyright Royalties  —  Last week, we noted that the DC Appeals court had rejected a challenge to the Copyright Royalty Board's rates set for satellite radio.  Michael Scott notes that the same court has also rejected the challenge to webcasting rates.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Stop worrying, Hollywood - nobody is stealing your films with mobiles  —  Why are movie studios so concerned at reviewers pirating movies when the data on the mobiles they are asked to hand over is much more sensitive - and poorly protected?  —  Let's talk about hypothetical risks.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
Windows 7 flies off virtual shelf  —  The latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, Windows 7, is available for pre-order in the UK.  —  Amazon said that sales of Windows 7 in the first eight hours it was available outstripped those of Windows Vista's entire 17 week pre-order period.
Matt Brezina / Xobni Blog:
Announcing Xobni Plus - Xobni's most powerful Outlook search tool ever  —  When we ask Xobni users why they love Xobni they say a lot of really nice things, but a universal truth is that our users love Xobni search.  Here's just a sample of the comments we see on Twitter:
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits, eWeek, Mashable! and CNET News
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
YouTube pulls audio from greatest music video ever  —  This is really quite sad.  —  Citing copyright concerns, YouTube has deleted the audio from a hosted video that depicts the Internet meme “Keyboard Cat” showing up in a vintage TV after-school special and then embedded in the foreground …
Discussion: p2pnet
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iTunes goes retro with digital 45s  —  As a throwback to the old days of the two-song 45 rpm vinyl record, the iTunes Store launched a new “D45” section Tuesday, featuring discounted prices on packs of two digital song downloads.  —  Just like old 45s, the iTunes D45 selection includes a popular single accompanied by a B-side song.
Discussion: iLounge, I4U News, MacRumors and Macworld
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Sex Positive Socializing Online Arrives  —  If you're ‘textually active’ online looking for relationships on social networking and dating sites, finally you have a new option.  Despite all the hoopla around the brave new world of Facebook, et al, it's actually the same old industrial scale meat market for most people.
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Online gambling for the Facebook generation  —  U.K.-based Betfair is betting that the U.S. market will be legalized sooner rather than later.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — If your favorite book happens to be Seabiscuit, you already know the answer to the following question …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Acer to launch four smartphones in 2H09, say sources  —  Acer plans to launch four smartphones, the A1, C1/E1, F1 and L1, at the end of September and in the fourth quarter of this year, outsourcing the production to Taiwan-based Compal Communications and Inventec Appliances, according to sources at Taiwan handset component suppliers.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Kindle For Every Schoolkid Proposed, We Strongly Recommend At Least 1 Calculator  —  The “New” Democratic Leadership Council in Washington has proposed that the government buy a Kindle or other “eTextbook” for each of the 56 million K-12 schoolchildren in America.  It's a nice sentiment, but as a plan, it's holey.
Discussion: TeleRead, Bits and TechFlash
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New York Times:
A New World: Scheduling E-Books
Ben Grubb /
Conroy vows to tackle illegal file sharing
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet and Techdirt
Nat Worden / Dow Jones Newswires:
TV networks join Comcast Web test
Times of India:
Swine flu scare shuts Google office in Hyderabad
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Profitable (!) chat service Paltalk buys back shares from investor
Discussion: MediaMemo, NewTeeVee and paidContent
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Story Of The Government Having Twitter Data Access Is “Bulls**t,” Says Co-Founder
Discussion: Gawker
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian consumers boycott Nokia
Discussion: Fast Company and
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches 3 Powerful New Targeting Features for Facebook Ads
Discussion: Facebook and All Facebook
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Palm Pre Developers Unite
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Do mommy bloggers need to grow up?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Best Internet Addresses Will Cost a Cool .Million
Discussion: MarketingVOX and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai