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: Between the Lines, Boing Boing, Technologizer, TechFlash, MediaMemo, Daring Fireball, GeekTonic, jkOnTheRun, CrunchGear, GottaBeMobile.com, Techgeist, Talking Points Memo and digg.com
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing: Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Orwell on the Kindle: It's Orwellian!
Brent Evans / GeekTonic: Big Brother = Amazon The Kindle Books That Disappeared
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Amazon Reminds Us — We Don't Own Ebook Content
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Amazon puts Orwell e-books in the memory hole
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist: Amazon Pulls Books From Users' Kindles
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE — Big, big, big step backwards for the Kindle book platform.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Amazon Remotely Deletes Legitimately Purchased Books From Thousands of Kindles — Amazon basically guaranteed that I'll never buy a Kindle last night by bending to the wishes of a publisher and deleting every single legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Why Don't You Come In Our Houses And Burn Our Books Too? — So plenty has already been said about this, but we're going to weigh in too because it's just so ridiculous. Amazon began remotely deleting books from Kindles this morning. Illegal books? Nope.
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: Computerworld, VentureBeat, DSLreports, iLounge, MobileCrunch, Tech Trader Daily, Techgeist, Boy Genius Report, FierceWireless and CNET News
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld: Verizon compromises on exclusivity deals
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: Verizon agrees to limit exclusive handset deals
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Mix: Yale on iTunes, Palm SDK, Verizon, Pocketpedia
Matt Burns / MobileCrunch: Verizon intros the 2-in-1 Novatel Wireless PC770
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
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Verizon offers small carriers a deal on handset exclusivity
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Verizon Wireless shortens exclusive cell phone deals
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: BetaNews, mocoNews, Digits, Bits, IntoMobile, MobileCrunch, Electronista, Between the Lines, Telecompetitor, Engadget Mobile, GottaBeMobile.com 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
Bernie Arnason / Telecompetitor: Verizon Wireless Limits Handset Exclusivity
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
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Verizon Agrees to Shorten Exclusivity Period to Six Months
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: MobileBeat: USA will leapfrog Europe
Meghan Keane / the Econsultancy blog: Why downloadable apps matter
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Google Says Mobile App Stores Have No Future
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Google: Browser is the Platform of the Future, Even on Mobiles
Robert Evans / I4U News: Google: Apps Are Obsolete, Browsers Are The Future.
Renee Blodgett / down the avenue: What Will it Take to Bring Mobile Marketing Mainstream?
Alex Wilhelm / Techgeist: Google Bets That Browser, Not Apps Mobile Future
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Google Says Mobile Web Apps Will Win In The Long Haul
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
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: MediaPost, Domain Name Wire, Bloomberg, The Microsoft Blog, Search Engine Watch, Guardian, Hitwise Intelligence, Seattle Times, PC World, ReadWriteWeb, TechFlash, TECH.BLORGE.com, eWeek, Dealscape, internetnews.com, Xconomy, 901am, Bits, I4U News, TechSpot, Epicenter, All about Microsoft, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Chris Pirillo, The Mac Observer, Contentinople, Between the Lines, VentureBeat, Gadgetell, The Register, Search Engine Land, GMSV, Tech Trader Daily, Neowin.net, CNET News, Softpedia News, LiveSide, TechVi, TG Daily, Silicon Alley Insider, The Seattle Times and 24/7 Wall Street
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost: Microsoft and Yahoo Deal Stumbling Toward The Finish Line
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire: What Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Would Mean to Domainers
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
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Microsoft and Yahoo rumoured to be close to deal
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times: More rumors of Microsoft-Yahoo deal
David Coursey / PC World: Microsoft Should Run From Supposed Yahoo Deal
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Are Microsoft and Yahoo Close to a Search Ad Deal Again?
Dave Jeyes / TECH.BLORGE.com: Will Microsoft Bing Yahoo into search deal?
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Microsoft Bing Gained Market Share in June, Says comScore
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape: Yahoo! earnings preview, Microsoft deal rumors
Eric Hal Schwartz / Xconomy: Microsoft and Yahoo Finally Making a Deal?
Mike Abundo / 901am: Bing: A Sacrifice for MicroHoo
Miguel Helft / Bits: Yahoo and Microsoft Said to Be Closer to Search Deal
Robert Evans / I4U News: Could The Microsoft/Yahoo Partnership Finally Happen?
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Yahoo and Microsoft finally reaching a deal?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Yahoo and Microsoft: If at first you don't succeed...
Erin Barker / Contentinople: News Bits: Twitter Fights Back
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Bing! Yahoo-Microsoft ad deal close (yet again)
Ingrid Lunden / VentureBeat: Search engine rankings: Not much of a bang for Bing
John Murrell / GMSV: Yahoo and Microsoft — now or never? (2) — Microsoft CEO …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Yahoo and Microsoft: A Deal At Last?
Tom Warren / Neowin.net: Microsoft and Yahoo rumoured to be finalising deal
Ina Fried / CNET News: Report: Yahoo, Microsoft finally near deal
Jeremy Bray / TechVi: Report: Microsoft and Yahoo close to a search ad deal
Andrew Thomas / TG Daily: Microsoft and Yahoo on the way to the altar
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, PC World, AppScout and Tech Trader Daily
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Are Microsoft, Yahoo Back to the Bargaining Table for Search?
Jeremy Kirk / PC World: Reports: Microsoft and Yahoo Close to Search Ad Deal
Brian Heater / AppScout: Microsoft and Yahoo Nearing Google Challenging Ad Deal
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Yahoo: Thinking Thoughts About A Microsoft Deal
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Windows Home Server PP3 beta arrives, adds Windows 7 support
Mark Hachman / AppScout: Microsoft Announces Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Announced, Adds Enhancements for Windows 7 PCs
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: Windows Home Server Beta Power Pack 3 Update Available
Ina Fried / CNET News: Microsoft testing Home Server update
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews: New Windows Home Server beta could restore lost backup capability
Anum Lodhi / Redmond Pie: Download Windows Home Server Power Pack 3
Imran Hussain / ithinkdifferent: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta announced - focus on Windows 7 computers
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Windows 7, netbook support in the works for Windows Home Server
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 beta adds Windows 7 conveniences
Staska / Unwired View:
Google to monetize Voice via ringback advertising auctions? — The newly announced Google Voice looks like a great service that should ease your communication problems on multiple devices significantly. — And Google is already thinking of the ways of monetizing Voice. In a way it knows best - through advertising.
Discussion: Ars Technica, TechSpot, Download Squad, ReadWriteWeb and Gizmodo
John Timmer / Ars Technica: Google patent could bring ads into your phone
Justin Mann / TechSpot: Google seeks to bring ads to phones?
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Advertising coming to Google Voice?
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb: Google Voice to add Audio Ads?
Jason Chen / Gizmodo: Remainders - Things We Didn't Post
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and IntoMobile
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: I4U News, jkOnTheRun, Technologizer, bit-tech.net and SlashGear
Robert Evans / I4U News: Will CULV's Kill The Netbook Craze?
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: ASUS Eee PC 1101HA Illustrates Next Choices: Netbook or CULV?
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
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: Technologizer, All about Microsoft, internetnews.com, Computerworld, CNET News, Pocket-lint.com, AppScout, Asa Dotzler and Softpedia News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Why Can't All Software Installation Be Like This?
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
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com: Microsoft change IE8 setup settings
Mark Hachman / AppScout: IE8 To Make Default Browser Choice Even More Explicit
Marius Oiaga / Softpedia News: IE8 RTW Evolves for Windows 7, Vista SP2, and XP SP3
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: Macworld, Marco.org, AppleInsider, App Advice, The iPhone Blog, MacRumors, SlashGear, www.pocketgamer.biz and Engadget Mobile
Aulia Masna / Macworld: App Store rating system raises questions
Tyler Tschida / App Advice: Developers Unable To Issue Promo Codes For Apps Rated 17+
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple Disables Promo Codes for App Store Applications with Mature (17+) Ratings
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?
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: GMSV and Between the Lines
John Murrell / GMSV: Google gets frugal to weather tough quarter
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, All Facebook, Gadgetwise and AppScout
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook: Facebook Launches Updated Process for Recovering Compromised Accounts
Riva Richmond / Gadgetwise: Phished on Facebook? You Can Return
Mark Hachman / AppScout: Has Your Facebook Account Been Hacked? How You'll Know
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
A Harvard homecoming for Facebook tell-all — CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Ben Mezrich's new book “The Accidental Billionaires,” a dramatic and contested account of the early days of social network Facebook, is on the fast track to Hollywood. — But Thursday night's inaugural public event for the book …
Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
What Would a Facebook Collaboration With Apple Look Like? It Almost Happened... How would Facebook be different today if its social operating system was built into Apple's OS X? The two companies spent a lot of time collaborating early on. But, as Facebook's senior platform manager …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac: What if Apple and Facebook had collaborated on Snow Leopard?
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search: Social Relevancy Rank — FriendFeed has recently launched a search feature, and so Facebook search must be coming soon. — Real-time Web search (of streams of activities) is a hot topic right now. Everyone, including Google and Microsoft, recognizes the value of using trusted contacts as filters.
Javier Espinoza / Forbes:
Spotify Looks For A New Tune — The London online jukebox is launching in the U.S. later this summer. — LONDON — The way Americans listen to music online might be about to change. Music-streaming Web site Spotify, an online software program that gives Internet users instant and free access …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks? — Download Google Chrome 22.214.171.124 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 …
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
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: Associated Press, CNET News, TechCrunch, paidContent, Tech Trader Daily and Law Blog
Schuyler Dixon / Associated Press: Judge dismisses SEC complaint against Cuban
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Judge tosses insider-trading suit against Cuban
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Judge Dismisses SEC Insider Trading Case Against Mark Cuban
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: Judge Dismisses SEC Insider Trading Charges Against Mark Cuban
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: Technologizer, The Microsoft Blog and AppScout
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: The Ongoing Unfulfilled Promise of Gears
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google's Schmidt: We Can Make Money From Chrome OS
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Wikipedia painting row escalates — The battle over Wikipedia's use of images from a British art gallery's website has intensified. — The online encyclopaedia has accused the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) of betraying its public service mission. — But the gallery has said it needs …
Jonathan Bailey / PlagiarismToday: 3 Count: Empire Building
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Here's how you make money out of Twitter - charge £495 for a search interface — UK entreprenuer Colin Gilchrist has developed Tweetabits, effecitively a Tweet-deck style interface layered of Twitter search. — Developed for a franchise with 56 offices across the UK (which he won't name) …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Current Media Replaces Hyatt; Mark Rosenthal Is New CEO — Current Media, the parent of Al Gore-based Current TV, has replaced the longtime CEO Joel Hyatt with another media vet: Mark Rosenthal, who has been Current's board since it was founded four years ago, is taking over as CEO of the still-nascent venture.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PR Newswire
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Current Replaces CEO With MTV and Ad Industry Vet
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 …
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Cisco's upside potential — When the economy finally gets back on track, the networking giant will play a key role in some of tech's biggest trends. — NEW YORK (Fortune) — There have been a string of tech companies signaling that for their business at least, the worst may be over.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Brainstorm Tech
Catherine Clifford / CNNMoney.com: Google sees signs of stabilization
Michael V. Copeland / Brainstorm Tech: Cisco Continues Layoffs
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