Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon's Handset Concessions Target AT&T, iPhone — Updated: Verizon said today it will offer smaller carriers access to any cell phone model it uses — even those exclusive to Verizon. Carriers who have fewer than 500,000 subscribers will have access to phones after only six months …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Macworld, Tech Trader Daily, CNET News, DSLreports, Techgeist and Boy Genius Report
Nancy Gohring / Macworld: Verizon compromises on exclusivity deals
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Verizon Wireless shortens exclusive cell phone deals
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Verizon To Share Phones, Make AT&T Look Bad
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report: Verizon Wireless deflects heat by shortening exclusivity terms, sort of
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Limit Exclusive Handset Deals — Verizon Wireless said it will allow small wireless carriers to use the popular cellphone models Verizon offers exclusively more quickly. — The wireless phone giant announced the change in a letter to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have been pressuring …
Discussion: Digits, mocoNews, Between the Lines, Bits, MobileCrunch, Electronista, Engadget Mobile, GottaBeMobile.com, Telecompetitor and Phone Scoop
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Verizon Will Limit Handset Exclusives To Six Months—For Smaller Carriers Only
Saul Hansell / Bits: Verizon Defends Exclusive Handsets, Except for Small Carriers
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Verizon loosens up their exclusive deals - sort of
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Verizon cutting all device exclusivity to six months for small carriers
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Verizon to Ease Up on Exclusivity Sorta, Kinda
Bernie Arnason / Telecompetitor: Verizon Wireless Limits Handset Exclusivity
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Verizon Agrees to Shorten Exclusivity Period to Six Months
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 …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog, Search Engine Watch, ReadWriteWeb, TechFlash, Seattle Times, Guardian, internetnews.com, Bits, PC World, eWeek, Xconomy, Computerworld, TECH.BLORGE.com, Between the Lines, Dealscape, I4U News, 901am, All about Microsoft, Epicenter, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, The Register, Chris Pirillo, TechSpot, VentureBeat, Gadgetell, Tech Trader Daily, GMSV, The Mac Observer, CNET News, Search Engine Land, Neowin.net, LiveSide, Softpedia News, TG Daily, Silicon Alley Insider, TechVi, The Seattle Times and 24/7 Wall Street
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft-Yahoo search deal ‘imminent’
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Groundhog Day: Yahoo! and Microsoft Said to Be Nearing a Search Deal
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Are Microsoft and Yahoo Close to a Search Ad Deal Again?
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times: More rumors of Microsoft-Yahoo deal
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Microsoft and Yahoo rumoured to be close to deal
Miguel Helft / Bits: Yahoo and Microsoft Said to Be Closer to Search Deal
David Coursey / PC World: Microsoft Should Run From Supposed Yahoo Deal
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft Bing Gained Market Share in June, Says comScore
Eric Hal Schwartz / Xconomy: Microsoft and Yahoo Finally Making a Deal?
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld: Reports: Microsoft, Yahoo close to search ad deal
Dave Jeyes / TECH.BLORGE.com: Will Microsoft Bing Yahoo into search deal?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Bing! Yahoo-Microsoft ad deal close (yet again)
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape: Yahoo! earnings preview, Microsoft deal rumors
Robert Evans / I4U News: Could The Microsoft/Yahoo Partnership Finally Happen?
Mike Abundo / 901am: Bing: A Sacrifice for MicroHoo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Yahoo and Microsoft: If at first you don't succeed...
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Yahoo and Microsoft finally reaching a deal?
Ingrid Lunden / VentureBeat: Search engine rankings: Not much of a bang for Bing
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Yahoo and Microsoft: A Deal At Last?
John Murrell / GMSV: Yahoo and Microsoft — now or never? (1) — Microsoft CEO …
Ina Fried / CNET News: Report: Yahoo, Microsoft finally near deal
Tom Warren / Neowin.net: Microsoft and Yahoo rumoured to be finalising deal
Andrew Thomas / TG Daily: Microsoft and Yahoo on the way to the altar
Jeremy Bray / TechVi: Report: Microsoft and Yahoo close to a search ad deal
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times: Blog jumps on presumed analyst report saying YHOO-MSFT deal “imminent”
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Be Close to Web-Search Advertising Agreement With Yahoo
Microsoft Said to Be Close to Web-Search Advertising Agreement With Yahoo
Discussion: eWeek, AppScout and Tech Trader Daily
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Are Microsoft, Yahoo Back to the Bargaining Table for Search?
Brian Heater / AppScout: Microsoft and Yahoo Nearing Google Challenging Ad Deal
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Yahoo: Thinking Thoughts About A Microsoft Deal
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, down the avenue, I4U News, Mashable!, Techgeist, Computerworld Blogs, VoIP Watch, FierceMobileContent, AppScout, InformationWeek and Gizmodo
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: MobileBeat: USA will leapfrog Europe
Renee Blodgett / down the avenue: What Will it Take to Bring Mobile Marketing Mainstream?
Robert Evans / I4U News: Google: Apps Are Obsolete, Browsers Are The Future.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Google: Browser is the Platform of the Future, Even on Mobiles
Alex Wilhelm / Techgeist: Google Bets That Browser, Not Apps Mobile Future
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs: Google: iPhone apps are so 2008
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: Google Feeling Heat From App Stores
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google Exec Downplays Mobile App Stores
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Taking A Deeper Look At Nokia
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Google's Eyeing Cellphones For Chrome OS
Sleonard / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA - Includes enhancements for Windows 7-based computers — We are pleased to announce the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta which improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing the following new features …
Discussion: The Windows Blog, CNET News, BetaNews, Channel 10, All about Microsoft, Redmond Pie, AppScout, Engadget, DailyTech, Softpedia News, Neowin.net, ithinkdifferent, Gizmodo and WinBeta
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Announced, Adds Enhancements for Windows 7 PCs
Ina Fried / CNET News: Microsoft testing Home Server update
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews: New Windows Home Server beta could restore lost backup capability
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Windows 7, netbook support in the works for Windows Home Server
Anum Lodhi / Redmond Pie: Download Windows Home Server Power Pack 3
Mark Hachman / AppScout: Microsoft Announces Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 beta adds Windows 7 conveniences
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: Windows Home Server Beta Power Pack 3 Update Available
Imran Hussain / ithinkdifferent: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta announced - focus on Windows 7 computers
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Cuban Beats the SEC: Judge Tosses Insider-Trading Case — A federal judge has dismissed the Securities and Exchange Commission's insider-trading case against Mark Cuban, the AP reports. Astonishingly, Cuban has yet to say anything about this on his blog or his Twitter account.
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent, Tech Trader Daily and Law Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Judge tosses insider trading complaint against Cuban
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: Judge Dismisses SEC Insider Trading Charges Against Mark Cuban
Schuyler Dixon / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses SEC complaint against Cuban
Judge dismisses SEC complaint against Cuban
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bloomberg, Reuters and Dallas Morning News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Judge Dismisses SEC Insider Trading Case Against Mark Cuban
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg: Mavericks' Cuban Wins Bid to Toss Out SEC's Claims
Robert MacMillan / Reuters: Mark Cuban insider trading case thrown out
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Google Made Its Q2 Numbers: Squeezing Expenses — Google made its earnings numbers yesterday, actually coming in above expectations. Total revenues were $5.5 billion, 3 percent above the same period last year and flat with the first quarter (when sequential revenues actually declined).
Discussion: Between the Lines and GMSV
John Murrell / GMSV: Google gets frugal to weather tough quarter
Michael Jones / TUAW:
App Store Lessons: No promo codes for apps rated 17+ — Developers whose apps meet the criteria for a 17+ rating in the App Store are now running into yet another roadblock, but this time it's not about getting their apps approved, it's about distributing them. Or, more specifically, distributing promo codes for them.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Macworld, Marco.org, MacRumors, App Advice, SlashGear, The iPhone Blog, www.pocketgamer.biz and Engadget Mobile
Aulia Masna / Macworld: App Store rating system raises questions
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple Disables Promo Codes for App Store Applications with Mature (17+) Ratings
Tyler Tschida / App Advice: Developers Unable To Issue Promo Codes For Apps Rated 17+
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple deny App Store promo codes to 17+ titles: affects more than you'd think
Spanner Spencer / www.pocketgamer.biz: iPhone promo codes blocked for 17+ apps
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Symbian's Horizon: one app store to rule them all?
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Offbeat: Paranoid lawsuit attempts to link Apple to Italian mafia — A new lawsuit from a Beverly Hills, Calif., man alleges that Apple conspired with the Italian mafia to secretly track him, transmit threatening messages to his iPod, and insert the word “herpes” into the song “Still Tippin'” by Mike Jones.
Discussion: CNET News, Silicon Alley Insider and iLounge
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News: Lawsuit claims Apple, Mafia sent threats via iPod
Preethi Dumpala / Silicon Alley Insider: Apple And The Mafia Threatened My Life Via My iPod, Says Man
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Man sues Apple, FBI over mafia-'bugged' iPod conspiracy
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Your Mom Tell You Not To Talk To Strangers? Don't Show Her FlyChat. — I sat down thinking I was going to write about how FlyChat, a new iPhone app, is kind of creepy. Then I realized it's actually a lot like Twitter in some regards. And that's not to say that Twitter isn't creepy in some ways.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: flyChat: The Strangest Social Game to Ever Hit Your iPhone
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Slowing down the Netbook train — Cheaper or faster? — That's going to be the burning question for computer shoppers perusing the aisles of electronics retail stores this fall. That's when the new line of notebooks powered by consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) chips will start appearing in force.
Discussion: Technologizer, bit-tech.net and SlashGear
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Sorry, Consumers, You Still Mistakenly Like Netbooks
Gareth Halfacree / bit-tech.net: Intel predicts rise of the ultra-thins
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Intel push for CULV “ultra-thin” adoption over netbooks
David Carr / New York Times:
A Hollywood Blogger Feared by Executives — Right now, there's a good chance a Hollywood executive is leaning into a colleague's office and quietly asking, “Did you see what Nikki just wrote?” — That would be Nikki Finke, a well-traveled newspaper reporter who has found her moment as a digital-age Walter Winchell.
Discussion: Company Town, The Awl and Gawker
Choire / The Awl: Nikki Finke: Her Litigious Nature
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: CNN: #1 on Opposite Day — In your early Friday media column …
Changes to IE8's First Run — This blog post details a change we're making to IE8's first run experience, previously described in other posts here and here. The goal of the IE setup experience is to put IE users in control of their settings and respect existing defaults.
Discussion: Computerworld, CNET News, Asa Dotzler and Softpedia News
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: IE8 setup change hints at further concessions to EU in antitrust fight
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Microsoft eases back on IE 8 default
Marius Oiaga / Softpedia News: IE8 RTW Evolves for Windows 7, Vista SP2, and XP SP3
Serious doubts — I've never doubted the viability of running a serious business of writing iPhone apps before. For the first time, now, I am. — App Review is problematic when the delays are longer than a few days. Since its inception, having submitted applications about 12 times …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Earnings Quagmire — The company reports July 21, and results likely won't be good. — BURLINGAME, Calif. — Brace yourself for no surprise: When Yahoo! announces second-quarter results July 21, earnings are going to be bad. With house prices down, travel down and recession-battered consumers …
Charles Arthur / Guardian: Why a deal with Microsoft could spell the end of Yahoo
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks? — Download Google Chrome 18.104.22.168 for Windows from Fileforum now. — Over the last few weeks, Google has been releasing development builds of its Chrome 3 Web browser in a fast and furious pace. And with each release …
Jake Brill / Facebook Blog:
New Tools to Secure a Compromised Account — In our continued battle against cyber criminals, one of the biggest challenges we face is helping people whose accounts have been compromised by spammers understand how it happened and how to fix the problem. The vast majority of people …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook: Facebook Launches Updated Process for Recovering Compromised Accounts
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Opera: Microsoft's ‘minor tweak’ of Windows 7 not enough — Microsoft may have felt forced to leave parts of IE within Windows, since some of the OS's functionality, particularly Windows Update, likely depends on those components. — A month ago, Microsoft acknowledged that its unilateral move might …
Discussion: The Register, Hardware 2.0 and Web Browsers
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Opera slams Microsoft's Windows 7 E move - again
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: Is Windows 7 E just a gimmick?
Vygantas Lipskas / Web Browsers: Opera Slams Microsoft's Windows 7 E Move - Again
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
As Twitter and Facebook grow, Google Reader copies features, adding clutter — Google Reader's increasingly cluttered interface (larger version). — Google Reader is one of the best RSS aggregators out there. But with more blogs and newspapers broadcasting their content on Twitter and Facebook …
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: 10 Things Twitter's Stolen Docs Taught Us
Erin Barker / Contentinople: News Bits: Twitter Fights Back
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld: Possible Twitter lawsuit would dive into murky blog waters
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: On the Twitter Documents Controversy
Ryan Tate / Gawker: Twitter Widens Blog War
C.K. Sample III / Sample the Web: The issue isn't (just) ethics; the issue is bias
Brian Heater / AppScout: Twitter Pursuing Action Against Leaked Documents
Matthew Hurst / Data Mining: TechCrunch's Other Ethical Travesties
Claire Cain Miller / Bits: Twitter and TechCrunch Joust Over Stolen Documents
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape: Biz Stone: ‘Someone call security’
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Twitter's Internal Strategy Laid Bare: To Be “The Pulse Of The Planet”
Morgan McLintic / LEWIS 360°: Poll: Was TechCrunch right to publish Twitter's business plans?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Accenture To Buy Symbian Services Unit From Nokia — Accenture (ACN) today said it has agreed to acquire the professional services unit of Nokia's (NOK) Symbian operating systems business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. — The Nokia unit provides engineering consulting …
Discussion: The Register, mocoNews and CenterNetworks
Bill Ray / The Register: Accenture saddles up Symbian development
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Accenture Acquires Nokia's Symbian Professional Services
Andrew Schrock / Technology Review:
Data Overload on Dating Sites — The information overload caused by too much choice could have lessons for other websites. — Consumers can find more of what they want on the Web, but that may not always be such a good thing. New research about online dating sites shows that users presented …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Averatec debuts 22-inch D1005 all-in-one PC for $799 — Averatec's 25.5-inch D1200 a bit too large for your tastes (or your bantam desk)? Fret not, as the very same company is today issuing a 22-inch version with similar specs. Speaking of which, the admittedly stylish all-in-one machine packs …
Discussion: Gearlog, Softpedia News and Electronista
Joel Santo Domingo / Gearlog: Averatec Intros $799 All in One PC
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Don't Tell Eric Schmidt Google Won't Make Money from Chrome OS — Google CEO Eric Schmidt doesn't rule out ad-supported and subscription services for applications built on Chrome OS, the search engine giant's forthcoming operating system. The CEO handled several questions about Chrome OS …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and AppScout
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google's Schmidt: We Can Make Money From Chrome OS
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
How much did shutting down McColo help? — On 11 November 2008 McColo, a Californian server hosting company, was disconnected from the Internet. This took the controllers for 6 major botnets offline. It has been widely reported that email spam volumes were markedly reduced for some time thereafter.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others — This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing: Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
VCs protest registering with SEC — The Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment got a tutorial on venture capital earlier this week, when Trevor Loy, a board member of the National Venture Capital Association and the founder and general partner of Flywheel Ventures …
Discussion: Associated Press and Venture Capital Dispatch
Marcy Gordon / Associated Press: Plan would give SEC oversight of hedge funds
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: Silicon Alley Insider, Engadget and I4U News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: Microsoft Starts Long, Slow Process Of Killing The Videogame Disc
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: New Xbox Live Dashboard Update Details unveiled