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3:35 AM ET, July 19, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T Is A Big, Steaming Heap Of Failure  —  When Om Malik of GigaOM said he was breaking up with his iPhone 5 months ago because of the failures of AT&T, I must admit, I thought he was overreacting.  I was wrong.  —  Since I switched to AT&T from Verizon just over 2 years ago to get the iPhone …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Crowd Is Wise (When It's Focused)  —  FEW concepts in business have been as popular and appealing in recent years as the emerging discipline of “open innovation.”  It is variously described as crowdsourcing, the wisdom of crowds, collective intelligence and peer production — and these terms apply to a range of practices.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel's 34nm-based 320GB solid state drive creeps closer to reality  —  Hankering for an SSD that's as big as your traditional HDD?  So is Intel, or so we hear.  In fact, we've been hearing whispers that a capacious 320GB solid state drive was in the works since January …
Evelyn Lee / INHABITAT:
OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights  —  Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently announced a breakthrough in OLED technology that shatters all prior efficiency standards, reducing the ultra-thin lights' energy consumption by 75%!
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Slashdot
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia planning a new line of handsets dubbed Cseries  —  Interesting, very interesting.  We are all familiar with the branding nightmare that is Nokia's higher-end line of phones.  Eseries for business, Nseries for fun — but even fanboy blogs seem to have a tough time remembering how to spell the brands.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CellPassion
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 …
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Tolles / blog.topix.com:
News Flash: The Bad Guys Win  —  Sigh.  —  I guess its time for another crop of news products from journalists.  Why is it that when these guys all go onto the field of battle “once more into the breach” style, they don't understand which side of the Agincourt analogy they are on.
Discussion: Etaoin Shrdlu and BuzzMachine
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
With No Notice, Twitter Adds More Limits - Password Trouble Ensues  —  Twitter is up to their old antics of adding limits again, changing the API, and not telling developers as they do so.  This morning Twitter released into production new limits around their verify_credentials() …
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Looks to Campuses for ‘Cloud’ Converts  —  With Schools Like Notre Dame in Its Camp, Opens Another Front in Battle Against Microsoft  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google's got a not-so-secret weapon in its bid to convert the world to applications such as Gmail, Google Docs, Google Talk …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu's Content Owners Are Missing A Major Opportunity This Summer  —  It's no secret that summer is the season of terrible television, when networks flock to broadcast cheap reality TV and game shows that actually will turn your brain into a slippery pile of goo.
Discussion: A VC, bijan sabet and Seeking Alpha
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
The NSA wiretapping story nobody wanted  —  Whistleblower Mark Klein tells in his new book of how he was ignored.  He spoke with IDG News. … Following is an edited transcript of the interview.  —  IDG News Service: By some estimates there are 15 to 20 of these secret wiretapping rooms across the country.
Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: What Phones Do People Dump For iPhone?  —  What phones are Apple's iPhone buyers throwing away?  A lot of Motorola RAZRs.  —  Some 29.4% of iPhone 3G buyers were upgrading from Motorola devices, according to Nielsen's Q2 2009 Mobile Insights Survey.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Viewers Forget About Michael Jackson
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sorry Google, 'There's A URL For That' Doesn't Have The Same Ring
Discussion: Local Mobile Search and Gadget Lab
Scalable web architectures:
Is Yahoo launching a cloud storage solution : MObStor
Discussion: Yahoo! Developer Network Blog, Thanks:royans
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Q2 venture investing looks like it's 2005 (and that's a good thing)
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and TechFlash
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple strips devs of promo codes for apps rated 17+
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Taylor / Fortune Small Business:
Getting Things Done guru goes digital
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Concerns raised as LA looks to Google Web services