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8:05 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 …
Discussion: USA Today, VentureBeat and jkOnTheRun
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.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Sean Percival's Blog, Thanks:atul
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's @Ev Confirms Hacker Targeted Personal Accounts …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
New Zealand: New Copyright Law Still Involves Kicking People Off The Internet... But With A Bit More Oversight  —  Earlier this year, there was a lot of attention paid to proposed changes to copyright law in New Zealand.  After originally being struck from a proposal, some politicians simply put back in a …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and
Ben Grubb /
Conroy vows to tackle illegal file sharing
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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: TechFlash, Bits and TeleRead
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Profitable (!) chat service Paltalk buys back shares from investor  —  You usually don't think of profit when you think of instant messaging services, but Paltalk has been making money for years through its subscription service — and the company has just bought back shares …
Discussion: MediaMemo, NewTeeVee and paidContent
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
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 …
New York Times:
A New World: Scheduling E-Books  —  Dan Brown's fans have waited six long years for “The Lost Symbol,” his follow-up to the megablockbuster novel “The Da Vinci Code” that is being published in hardcover on Sept. 15.  —  Will those who want to read it in e-book form wait a little longer?
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 …
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 …
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
Times of India:
Swine flu scare shuts Google office in Hyderabad  —  HYDERABAD: Google India has had to shut down one of its offices in Hyderabad after one of the employees was confirmed to be suffering from the H1N1 flu virus.  ( Watch )  —  Of the 250 employees in this particular office of Google …
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, Softpedia News, Bloomberg and TechVi, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches 3 Powerful New Targeting Features for Facebook Ads  —  The recent spate of enhancements to Facebook Ads is continuing today with several new ways to target Facebook ad campaigns.  Last week, Facebook turned on time scheduling, and this weekend, ad editing.
Discussion: Facebook and All Facebook
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Redesigns To Make Broadcasting Easier And Chat More Obvious
Discussion: Softpedia News, Mashable! and Webbyist
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What's a Fair Share In the Age of Google?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
EBay Live Is Going, Going, Gone
George Bevir / ITP:
Etisalat's BlackBerry patch designed for surveillance
Discussion: Threat Level, The Register and Engadget
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Best Internet Addresses Will Cost a Cool .Million
Discussion: MarketingVOX and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's valuation: The cheat sheet
Discussion: Business Week and
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Did it Get so Popular? …
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Get Ready; Windows Marketplace for Mobile Offers Millions of Potential New Customers