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12:05 PM ET, July 16, 2009

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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Apple demanded Microsoft to stop its Laptop Hunters ads  —  According to a Microsoft executive, Apple legal isn't too happy with Microsoft's Laptop Hunters ads.  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, told partners during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote …
Joshua Siegel / Google Mobile Blog:
Search with My Location for iPhone 3.0.  And All that Jazz  —  I recently visited NYC where I met up with my friend Joanne, a jazz singer with a wonderful 1920's throwback style.  I wanted to find a jazz club close to my hotel on the west side for us to meet.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google For iPhone Adds “My Location” Feature
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 …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter, Even More Open Than We Wanted  —  About a month ago, an administrative employee here at Twitter was targeted and her personal email account was hacked.  From the personal account, we believe the hacker was able to gain information which allowed access to this employee's Google Apps account …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0 to have tabbed browsing  —  You know us; we have nothing for love for RIM but it seems that its case of ADD is a lot worse than previously thought.  For the better part of a week we've been playing around with a new beta build of OS 5. and noticed that it has a new feature …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is There Really a Recovery in the Works?  Time to Check with Google.  —  Is the ad market really starting to rebound?  Or is the (muted, cautious) happy talk we were hearing this spring just happy talk?  Time to take a peek at Google's quarterly earnings this afternoon, which might give us some insight.
Discussion: Reuters and Dealscape
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:   Why Google's Still Got It
Electronista:
Apple drops to 5th in US computer sales  —  Apple has sunk a full position in the US computer market during the spring, according to early estimates by IDC.  The Mac producer is expected to have dropped from fourth place in the winter to fifth in the spring as it should have shipped 12.4 …
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Submit your ideas to change the face of broadband  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)  —  Have an idea for how to expand high-speed Internet access across the United States?  Here's your chance to have your voice heard.  —  Under the terms of the recent economic stimulus package …
Discussion: Epicenter
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
Will Legalizing Marijuana Win This, Too?
Discussion: GigaOM
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Green shoots in the music industry?  —  Is it possible that the music industry has finally spotted the light at the end of the tunnel - and it's not the flashing light on the oncoming Pirate Express locomotive?  —  This week a big piece of research has come up with two startling conclusions …
Discussion: Softpedia News and broadstuff
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Music fans still prefer buying CDs over downloads
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Music Ally
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google's Chiller-less Data Center  —  The equipment yard at the Google data center in Belgium features no chillers.  (Photo from Google)  —  Google (GOOG) has begun operating a data center in Belgium that has no chillers to support its cooling systems, a strategy that will improve …
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Financial Forecast Shows First Revenue In Q3, 1 billion users in 2013  —  Our negotiations with Twitter (or rather Twitter's lawyers) over our intention to publish a small subset of the 310 hacked confidential documents continue.  We published the first document …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
12% of e-mail users have actually tried to buy stuff from spam  —  Be honest: have you ever responded to a spam e-mail?  Do you know anyone who has?  If you're like most of us at Ars, you can't fathom why anyone would respond to most of the messages we get, but a new study released …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple Locks Palm Out of iTunes  —  Reports are coming in that Apple's latest update to its iTunes software has locked out Palm's Pre.  Precentral had the first reports on the matter that I saw, and now Apple is confirming the matter itself: “iTunes 8.2.1 is a free software update that provides …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader's Social Evolution  —  For more than a year, Google Reader has been struggling to add social features and almost all the new features were contrived, difficult to use and only cluttered the interface.  —  Originally, Google Reader's only social feature was sharing items in a public page.
PC World:
Can Bill Gates Control the Weather?  —  Brennon Slattery  —  Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is a man with a permanent light bulb over his head.  His latest idea?  Controlling the weather.  Sounds insane, but in a patent application recently released to the public …
Discussion: eWeek and Gearlog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to open retail stores near Apple's this fall  —  Microsoft is planning to open the first of its planned retail stores next to existing Apple stores this fall.  —  Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, told partners the news during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on July 15.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Working on New Twitter Integration?  —  While it's too early to tell exactly what this means, Facebook engineer Blake Ross today posted a “test” tweet from a Twitter application called “Penguin FB” that resides on Facebook development servers.  One interesting possibility …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace CEO: “Our users don't know if we're a social portal, a music site, or an entertainment hub”  —  One thing that's great about MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta - his emails to employees always have at least one good sound bite.  In June the zinger was his reference to laid off employees as “bloat.”
Discussion: paidContent and paidContent
John Plunkett / Guardian:
FT editor: ‘almost all’ news sites will charge within a year  —  Building payment platforms is one of key challenges facing news organisations, says Financial Times editor Lionel Barber  —  The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has predicted that “almost all” news organisations will be charging for online content within a year.
Discussion: Reportr.net and Felix Salmon
Anne-Marie Hayden / priv.gc.ca:
Facebook needs to improve privacy practices, investigation finds  —  Privacy Commissioner recommends steps to ensure social networking site better protects the privacy of users and meets the requirements of Canadian privacy legislation  —  In order to comply with Canadian privacy law …
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Is Google Overriding Title Tags with Business Name?  —  Is Google replacing Title Tags on the main Google results page with Business names?  —  I have a local client, Napoleon Engineering Services, that markets their custom bearing services nationally and into Canada.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM To Pay $267.5 Million To Settle Visto Patent Suit  —  Research In Motion (RIMM) this morning said it will pay $267.5 million as part of an agreement to settle all existing patent litigation with venture-backed Visto, which is now known as Good Technology.
Ingrid Lunden / VentureBeat:
Mobile OS company Symbian enters app store fray: Launches Horizon  —  Symbian, the company that makes operating systems for a large number of the world's mobile phones, today will be announcing the launch of Horizon, its own path into the thick forest of app stores.
Discussion: mocoNews, PC World and InformationWeek
Nick Nguyen / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Firefox Add-ons Contributions Pilot  —  The Firefox Add-ons community is an amazing source of creativity and innovation for Firefox users all over the world.  Thousands of developers create add-ons that foreshadow the future of Web browsers, and until today, developers who wanted some sort …
Wired News:
Condé Nast Web Sites:  —  Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (Revised 4/1/2009) and Privacy Policy (Revised 4/1/2009).  —  Wired.com © 2009 Condé Nast Digital.  All rights reserved.  —  The material on this site may not be reproduced …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Sony Ericsson:
Average selling price (Euro)  —  Units shipped in the quarter were 13.8 million, a decrease of 43% year-on-year and a sequential decrease of 5%.  Sales for the quarter were Euro 1,684 million, a year-on-year decrease of 40%.  This was due to continued challenging market conditions in all regions …
 
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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Amazon makes good on cracked Kindles
Discussion: PC World and TECH.BLORGE.com
Emily Bryson York / AdAge:
Pizza Hut First Pizza Chain to Launch iPhone App
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
David Winograd / TUAW:
Bluetooth: Another Wi-Fi killer for the iPhone?
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Yahoo's Number Ones, So Much More Than Search
PC World:
Dell Aims to Put All-in-one PC on Business Desks
Discussion: Electronista
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
What Happened To Google's ‘Commitment To Transparency’?
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
 Earlier Items: 
Schneier on Security:
Laptop Security while Crossing Borders
Discussion: Network World
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 1
Discussion: eWeek and Telegraph, Thanks:atul
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
New iPhone no threat to the Flip camcorder