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5:55 PM ET, July 16, 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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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 …
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Publishing Twitter's stolen docs: the prisoner's dilemma in action
Discussion: Gawker, DailyTech and ChannelWeb
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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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Google's Q2 earnings beat expectations by a nose
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Wayne Rosso / THE MUSiC VOiD:
Exclusive: The Pirate Bay 2.0  —  Dateline London: On June 30, news broke that The Pirate Bay had been purchased by a little known publicly traded company named Global Gaming Factory X based in Stockholm.  Having been through the p2p wars in my own rite, the only thing I could think was …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music industry wants cut of Pirate Bay sale
Discussion: paidContent
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay exec no longer compares RIAA to Stalin
Discussion: TorrentFreak and ZDNet Government
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and Edible Apple
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
‘Almost all’ news sites will charge within a year, predicts FT editor  —  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” …
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Amazon makes good on cracked Kindles  —  Excerpts from the blog After countless calls and e-mails, Amazon.com finally responded to the story we broke Tuesday about a Seattle customer...  Excerpts from the blog  —  After countless calls and e-mails, Amazon.com finally responded to the story …
Roman Loyola / Macworld:
First look: Comcast Mobile App for iPhone  —  Comcast is one of the largest cable TV and Internet service providers in the United States, and the company on Thursday released the Comcast Mobile App for iPhone (iTunes Store link), which allows you to access some of Comcast's services from your iPhone or iPod touch over Wi-Fi.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors Page 2:
Steve Jobs Makes Appearance at Coldplay Concert  —  One of Coldplay's roadies reports that Steve Jobs attended the band's concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on Monday night and made a backstage visit to chat with some of the band members and other VIPs.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Starting To Look Polished  —  No, it's not ready yet.  But it does at least look like the Mac release of Chrome is getting ready for prime time.  —  Now, let me be clear: I am not testing out that rather bogus “Developer Release” of Chrome that Google announced to placate users last month …
Discussion: Technologizer and blogs.chron.com
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 …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Google's Eyeing Cellphones For Chrome OS  —  At today's Mobilebeat 2009 Conference, Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra spoke about mobile platforms and what enables success.  Interestingly enough, Gundotra quickly mentioned web app development as the future of successful mobile platforms.
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: Silicon Alley Insider and eWeek
The Official Google Blog:
Plan ahead: Document and share your health wishes with Google Health  —  Do you have medical records gathering dust in a pile somewhere?  As a doctor and nurse on the Google Health team, we've both had a lot of experience working directly in the healthcare system, with all the bills …
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Will Legalizing Marijuana Win This, Too?  —  Have an idea for how the federal government could make sure all Americans have access to affordable broadband service?  —  Google  —  Google and the Google-funded New America Foundation are launching an effort this morning to help Americans vote …
Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Cisco cutting up to 700 employees at headquarters  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MaketWatch) — Cisco Systems Inc. is laying off 600 to 700 employees at its Silicon Valley headquarters as part of a previously announced restructuring, a source familiar with the move said Thursday.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Palm shares sink after Apple closes iTunes sync  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Palm Inc fell more than 3 percent on Thursday after Apple Inc closed a loophole in iTunes that had allowed the music management software to be synchronized with Palm's Pre phone.
 
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Revving Up Digg  —  What Digg is doing outside the media spotlight …
24/7 Wall Street:
Yahoo! (YHOO) Deal With Microsoft (MSFT) “Imminent”
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst says iPhone is lifeblood of AT&T success
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:iphonehelp
Business Wire:
IBM Reports 2009 Second-Quarter Results
Discussion: Between the Lines
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Hulu Speaks On PS3 Blocking: Blame the Content Providers
Discussion: last100
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Ten Years Later, Blockbuster Still Lacks A Digital Media Strategy
Discussion: last100
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Feed aggregator Netvibes launches new tools to become real-time dashboard
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Alcatel-Lucent Unveils 100GbE Network Interface
Emily Bryson York / AdAge:
Pizza Hut First Pizza Chain to Launch iPhone App
Discussion: mocoNews and ReadWriteWeb
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Yahoo's Number Ones, So Much More Than Search