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4:45 AM ET, July 17, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Internal Strategy Laid Bare: To Be “The Pulse Of The Planet”  —  On Tuesday evening more than 300 confidential Twitter documents and screenshots landed in our inbox.  We said we were going to post a handful of them only, and we've spent much of the last 36 hours talking directly …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Someone Call Security  —  Early yesterday, we were contacted by two blog journalists who had just been offered internal business documents stolen from Twitter by a hacker.  —  First, it's important to note how these documents were stolen.  In this case, a Twitter employee used the same non-unique password on multiple services.
Sam Bayard / citmedialaw.org:
First Amendment Protects TechCrunch's Publication of (Some) Hacked Twitter Documents  —  in - Criminal - Journalism - Publication of Private Facts - Twitter  —  There's an interesting debate afoot about TechCrunch's decision to publish selected documents it received from someone who hacked …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
TechCrunch Supresses Its Best Scoops at Twitter's Request
Discussion: Gawker
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Twitter's Delicate Dance With Google, Microsoft, & Others
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Search Ad Deal With Microsoft “Down to the Short Strokes"-But Caution Also Advised  —  Unless there is some major glitch, there might finally be a search and online advertising deal struck between Yahoo and Microsoft at long last.  —  Top executives at Microsoft-including SVP …
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24/7 Wall Street:
Yahoo! (YHOO) Deal With Microsoft (MSFT) “Imminent”  —  Sources at a major client of investment house ThinkEquity say that the firm considers a Microsoft (MSFT) link-up with Yahoo! (YHOO) in the search business to be “imminent”.  The comments were made by analyst William Morrison.
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.  —  “Google had a very good quarter, especially given the continued macro-economic downturn.  While most of the world's largest economies shrank …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Has “Stabilized,” Reports $5.5 Billion In Q2 Revenues  —  Google just reported second quarter earnings of $5.52 billion, representing “an increase of 3% compared to the second quarter of 2008.”  The first quarter of 2009 was $5.51 billion, by comparison.  So growth was flat quarter over quarter.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Google's Q2 earnings beat expectations by a nose
Discussion: Archives, Reuters and The Register
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
App stores are not the future, says Google  —  Apple customers may have downloaded 1.5bn applications from its AppStore in the past year for their iPhones and iPod touches, but the service does not represent the future for the mobile industry, according to Google.
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The Official Palm Blog:
Mojo SDK available to all  —  After a successful early access program, Palm's Mojo Software Development Kit is available to all interested app developers.  The SDK can be downloaded from a new developer portal — Palm webOSdev — at developer.palm.com.  Any interested developer …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music industry wants cut of Pirate Bay sale  —  The music industry will attempt to seize money paid to acquire the Pirate Bay, according to a high-level music industry source and a spokesman for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the trade group representing the music industry worldwide.
Discussion: paidContent
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Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Games Industry Suffers From Recession, Finally  —  After a few months of lagging sales, market researcher NPD Group is finally saying the recession caught up with the video games industry.  All it took was for gaming to suffer its biggest year-over-year sales drop in 9 years.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wants You To Know A Google Docs Redesign Is Coming (I Wonder Why)  —  On the Google Docs blog today, the company took the time to make a non-announcement.  Basically, there's a bunch of words that bury the real story: That Google Docs will soon be launching a “brand new shiny interface.”
Discussion: Docs Blog
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The World's Greatest Music Service  —  Have British kids stopped stealing music?  A recent survey of 1,000 music fans in the United Kingdom found that about 26 percent of teenagers admitted to using file-sharing networks during the previous month.  That number is surprisingly small …
Sam Niccolls / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
TechCrunch Upskirt: Why Michael Arrington Blogs about Porn  —  In 1970 porn was a 10 million dollar industry.  Today, the porn industry pulls in close to a billion dollars.  According to Alexa, four of the hundred most trafficked sites on the web are porn sites.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Bill Gates: What does ‘browser’ mean these days, anyway?  —  In an interview with CNET News, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates responded to Google's announcement that it is developing Chrome OS, an operating system entirely integrated with a Web browser.  —  He noted that the term “browser,” these days, is fairly loose.
Discussion: TechFlash, Softpedia News and Archives
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Analysis: Palm Pre sync flap, hardware issues, hurt Palm  —  Pre fans point to the Palm's WebOS, saying it matters most  —  Computerworld - Since the Palm Pre launched on June 6, it has been hailed with exaggerated exuberance as an iPhone killer and reviled for pesky hardware problems.
Discussion: Reuters, DailyFinance and PC World
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On  —  Just six years ago, the web was dominated by one browser: Internet Explorer, specifically Internet Explorer 6.  Without Netscape to compete against it and the ability to bundle its browser with Windows XP, Microsoft experienced superior market share - up to 95% at the peak.
Discussion: digg.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Starts Warning About Malicious Links  —  Since it became the default URL shortener for Twitter, Bit.ly has been growing like crazy.  And as we learned from Spider-Man, with great power, comes great responsibility.  —  Bit.ly has started warning users of potentially malicious sites …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Analysts pull Mac sales numbers out of a hat  —  IDC, Gartner can't agree on whether U.S. sales are up or down at Apple  —  Computerworld - Apple's Mac sales are up.  Unless they're down, say analysts.  —  Second-quarter estimates of Mac sales by Gartner Inc. and IDC split yesterday …
Jack Margo / eWeek:
Twitter Leak Illustrates Google Chrome OS Security Hazards  —  Recently leaked Twitter documents that were stored on Google Apps highlight a deeper issue - namely, when everything you do is stored online, how will you protect your personal data?  As Google revs up its new Chrome OS, phishing and hacker attempts will be exacerbated.
Discussion: GigaOM
Bill Grueskin / paidContent:
Yes, News Sites Are Facing A Crisis, But Aggregators Aren't The Problem  —  Bill Grueskin is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University Journalism School.  Prior to that, he was deputy managing editor/news for the Wall Street Journal, and before that managing editor of WSJ.com.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Citing Worries On Windows, Argus Says “Sell”  —  According to Thomson/First Call, there are 33 sell-side analysts with ratings on Microsoft (MSFT).  They count 13 Strong Buys, 10 Buys, 10 Holds and zero Sells or Strong Sells.  But that information is a bit out of date: this morning …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Belkin kills the FlyWire — does wireless HD / HDMI even have a chance?  —  We sort of saw the writing on the wall, but now Belkin has went and made it official: the FlyWire is dead.  Originally showcased at CES 2008 and at practically every AV-related trade show since …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former AOLer Jim Bankoff Scores $7 Million for Sports News and Community Start-Up  —  Jim Bankoff-the well-regarded former AOL exec who runs an online sports news network called SB Nation-has nabbed $7 million in funding from investors to grow the company, including Comcast Interactive Capital, said sources.
Discussion: paidContent
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Live Update: Full Game Downloads, Expanded Netflix Features and More  —  The newest Xbox live update is in the process of filtering out to the masses, and it brings with it some pretty sweet features.  It'll offer downloadable Games on Demand (full games!), new Netflix options and a bunch more.
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Good Enough for Nikki Finke, Good Enough for Celebrity Editrix …
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
No, @Oprah doesn't really want you to watch that pirated copy of Harry Potter
John Cook / TechFlash:
Hulett is out as CEO of Mpire
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Should YouTube Charge a Fee to Upload Video?
Discussion: Fast Company and NewTeeVee
Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Cisco cutting up to 700 employees at headquarters
 Earlier Items: 
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Revving Up Digg  —  What Digg is doing outside the media spotlight …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Starting To Look Polished