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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.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Amazon Says It Will Stop Deleting Kindle Books  —  By deleting two unauthorized Orwell books from the Kindle devices of readers who had purchased them, Amazon highlighted how poorly real world expectations apply to the digital world.  —  Amazon on Thursday began e-mailing a few hundred owners …
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.
Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Orwell in 2009: Dystopian Rights Management  —  In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the protagonist Winston Smith labors in obscurity to make information appear and disappear at the whims of the Ministry of Truth: … The Ministry of Truth would have truly appreciated DRM and tethered devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Why Don't You Come In Our Houses And Burn Our Books Too?
Discussion: Digits, Softpedia News, Guardian and CNET News, Thanks:gsharma
Scalable web architectures:
Is Yahoo launching a cloud storage solution : MObStor  —  While rest of the world is busy with Microsoft and Google, Yahoo might be preparing to launch MObStor which they tout as the “Unstructured Storage for the Internet”.  —  While comparing MObStor to the various Cloud computing storage …
Discussion: Yahoo! Developer Network Blog, Thanks:royans
Alexia Tsotsis / Style Council:
Is All of Hollywood the Bitch in Twitter “Sex Tape,” or Just P. Diddy?  —  Regardless of what you think of Techcrunch founder Michael Arrington's ethics, what has been revealed via the Techcrunch #twittergate is some of the most fascinating information to have hit the mediasphere in a long time.
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 …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Slouching Toward a Coddled and Toothless Blogosphere  —  Remember when blogs were going to be fiercely independent firebrands who, purified of old media insidery stench, would pull no punches against traditional power structures?  So much for that.  Today's laptop media is shaping up to be nothing but lapdogs.
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.
Zee / TheNextWeb.com:
The EV-Files: Your chance to stop Arrington from publishing more documents!  —  The Ev-Files is a lighter take on the Twitter/TechCrunch saga.  An amusing online game from Entrepreneur/Developer Alex Tew, founder of viral hits MillionDollarHomePage, Sock and Awe and most recently PopJam.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sorry Google, 'There's A URL For That' Doesn't Have The Same Ring  —  At yesterday's MobileBeat conference in San Francisco, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Engineering VP Vic Gundotra said the app store trend is just a fad and at some point powerful browsers will take over as the main mechanism for delivering services to the phone, reports FT.com.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Local Mobile Search
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Wikipedia's controversial video player coming soon  —  Wikipedia users will be getting new tools for uploading, editing, and viewing video very soon.  According to a Beet.TV interview with Erik Moller, who is the deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation, we'll see all of these things shortly.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Beet.TV
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Fearless Feedback!  Tech Workers Dish Dirt on Their Employers  —  Thinking about making a move to another company?  Sure, the economy is in tatters and layoff announcement have become commonplace, but it's always nice to know whether or not people at other companies are as miserable enjoying their jobs as much as you.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Hacking NetFlix
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Blockbuster selling Archos 10 netbooks at retail stores, we're not sure why either  —  Looking for a place to buy a netbook?  Have you tried any of the thousands of online shops that offer them?  Oh, they don't look quite desperate enough for you?  Perhaps you'd rather go somewhere that really needs your money: Blockbuster.
Chris Taylor / Fortune Small Business:
Getting Things Done guru goes digital  —  David Allen's time-management system helped his disciples get things done, but it required reams of paper.  Now, at last, software comes to the rescue.  —  (Fortune Small Business) — I am obsessed with personal-management systems.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Q2 venture investing looks like it's 2005 (and that's a good thing)  —  Hey, that wasn't so bad.  Dow Jones VentureSource has released its data on venture capital investments during the second quarter of 2009, and while the numbers might look bleak in most years, given the broader context, they look ... okay.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and TechFlash
IEBlog:
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.
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, effectively a Tweet-deck style interface layered over Twitter search.  —  Developed for a franchise with 56 offices across the UK (which he won't name) …
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple strips devs of promo codes for apps rated 17+  —  In a controversial move, Apple has taken away the ability for developers to give promotional codes to reviewers if their App Store offerings have a rating of 17+.  This has caused quite a stir in the development world since the news broke yesterday …
Discussion: CNET News and TUAW
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Is Google optimizing Chrome 3 for Windows XP netbooks?  —  Download Google Chrome 3.0.193.1 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 …
Discussion: TechFlash
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Stable, Beta update: Bug fixes
Financial Times:
Microsoft-Yahoo talks intensify  —  Negotiations between Microsoft and Yahoo over an alliance that could reshape the internet search business have intensified in recent days.  —  However, it is not yet clear if the latest talks will get any closer to a deal than discussions that failed earlier this year …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Ex-Microsoft manager's Web startup, Sampa, shutting down  —  A year after receiving $1 million from angel investors, Redmond Web startup Sampa is shutting itself down.  —  Sampa was a social networking/photo and web hosting site aimed at extended families.
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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Patch Media CEO Brod Now Heading AOL's Venture Unit
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Concerns raised as LA looks to Google Web services
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple's former real estate chief now working on Microsoft stores
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Kotaku
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple/Microsoft sued over iPod/Zune controls
Discussion: The Register
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Experts: Oracle Database Option Price Hikes No Accident
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Wikipedia painting row escalates
Discussion: Wikimedia blog
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Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
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Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: SiliconBeat
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search: Social Relevancy Rank
Noah Robischon / Fast Company:
What Would a Facebook Collaboration With Apple Look Like?  It Almost Happened...
Discussion: Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Andrew Schrock / Technology Review:
Data Overload on Dating Sites
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Current Media Replaces Hyatt; Mark Rosenthal Is New CEO
Discussion: PR Newswire and NewTeeVee
Sleonard / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA …