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4:15 PM ET, July 20, 2009

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Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Apple, RIM Outsmart Phone Market  —  No wonder they are called smart phones.  Not only can these fancy phones send email, get directions and play music, they can generate huge profits for their makers.  —  At least for iPhone's manufacturer Apple and BlackBerry's Research In Motion.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Estimated to Account for 20% of Cellphone Industry Profit  —  The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) on research from Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff showing that Apple and Research in Motion together accounted for approximately 38% of the cellphone industry's total operating profit …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Contributes Linux Drivers to Linux Community  —  Roundtable Q&A: Sam Ramji, senior director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft, and Tom Hanrahan, director of Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center, discuss the company's release of Linux device driver code under General Public License v2.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Pigs do fly: Microsoft unleashes 20,000 lines of Linux code  —  Microsoft is releasing three Microsoft-developed Linux drivers to the Linux community for possible inclusion in the Linux source tree.  —  This is the first time Microsoft has made Microsoft-developed code available directly to the Linux community.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Why Japan's Cellphones Haven't Gone Global  —  TOKYO — At first glance, Japanese cellphones are a gadget lover's dream: ready for Internet and e-mail, they double as credit cards, boarding passes and even body-fat calculators.  —  But it is hard to find anyone in Chicago or London using …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Armstrong: Think of AOL Like Disney, a Company ‘That Delights You’  —  Former Google Exec Just Spent 100 Days on Reorg Plan, Now the Challenge Is Executing It  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's been 100 days since Tim Armstrong, 38, leapt from Google to become CEO of AOL …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Interview: AOL's Armstrong First 100 Days: ‘People Are Missing The Real AOL Story’
Andrey / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry Desktop Software: Coming Soon to a Mac Near You!  —  Many of you commented on my “Updating Your BlackBerry Device Software” post back in April saying “...this is great!  But what about Mac?”  I could not respond to those comments at the time, but I'm happy to say there's some exciting news we can share with you.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
What to expect from Apple's quarterly progress report  —  It's been an eventful quarter for Apple, but can it keep up its momentum?  We'll find out Tuesday when Apple releases its fiscal third-quarter earnings.  —  Recent company news has been mixed, but certainly more positive than negative.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
All eyes on Apple's earnings
Discussion: MacNN
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Apps ‘to be as big as internet’  —  The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become “as big as the internet”, peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.  —  However, GetJar say, the developer community will decline drastically as each developer makes less money.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DRM is Dead, RIAA Says  —  The digital music landscape is evolving continuously.  Just two years ago RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol defended the use of DRM on digital music because customers would benefit from it.  —  “DRM serves all sorts of pro-consumer purposes,” he said at the time …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
YouTube Testing 3D Videos (YT3D)  —  It appears that some time over the weekend, YouTube began experimenting with 3D videos.  I spotted a thread at the YouTube Help forum about this, where Googler Pete said he developed this in his 20% time.  —  He said he is the “developer working on the stereoscopic player as a 20% project.”
The Official Google Blog:
Explore the moon in Google Earth  —  Posted by Anousheh Ansari, Trustee, X PRIZE Foundation, and first female private space explorer … Ever since I was a young girl, it has been a dream of mine to travel into space.  In September of 2006, I was fortunate enough to make that dream a reality …
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
YouTube myth busting  —  One of our favorite shows at YouTube is MythBusters, the Discovery Channel's popular science program in which hosts Jamie and Adam bravely attempt to debunk urban legends.  For those of us who thought you could jump start a car with a defibrillator, we consider this show a public service.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Does Some More (Modest) Boasting: “Growth Is Definitely …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New York Public Library opens elegant room for Wi-Fi users  —  Edna Barnes Salomon Room, pre Wi-Fi furnishings.  Credit: David Sundberg/ESTO  —  When in New York, visit what is probably the grandest Wi-Fi hotspot in the country.  —  The New York Public Library today opens …
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Raw Feed
Peter Wayner / Computerworld:
iPhone App Store roulette: A tale of rejection  —  InfoWorld - Think back to May 26, 1995.  Steve Jobs was wandering in the desert, fiddling with some company called Pixar that made animated movies of dancing desk lamps, and planning his next step for NeXT.
Austin American-Statesman:
Now a ‘Valley guy,’ ex-Austinite still putting money into local ventures  —  When Austin software veteran Mike Maples Jr. moved to Silicon Valley four years ago to break into venture capital investing, he emphasized that he planned to stay connected to Austin startups.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google not liable for defamation in search results, rules court  —  Internet giant Google wins landmark high court libel ruling over forum comment displayed in search results  —  Google is not liable for defamatory comments that appear in news articles, blogs and forums displayed in its search results …
Discussion: Telegraph
The Technium:
Was Moore's Law Inevitable?  —  In the early 1950s the same thought occurred to many people at once: things are improving so fast and so regularly, there might be a pattern to the improvements.  Maybe we could plot technological progress to date, then extrapolate the curves and see what the future holds.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and broadstuff
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mac Office gets service pack update  —  Microsoft is releasing the second service pack update to Office 2008 for Mac, the company said Monday.  —  The free update, which is expected to be available later on Monday from Microsoft's Web site, is designed to improve speed and stability …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Charging for Access to News Sites  —  John Plunkett, reporting for the Guardian last week, in a story titled “Financial Times Editor Says Most News Websites Will Charge Within a Year”: … I wish them good luck with this, and I mean that sincerely, but I believe this is a fundamentally flawed strategy.
Discussion: Technovia
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Secret Weapon: Your Mom  —  Sales of cars and homes are foundering but Apple has found steady customers.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — Walk into the local Apple store at 10:35 on a Friday morning and you'll notice something different: normal people.  —  These are not the mutants you'l …
Jonathan Zittrain / New York Times:
Lost in the Cloud  —  EARLIER this month Google announced a new operating system called Chrome.  It's meant to transform personal computers and handheld devices into single-purpose windows to the Web.  This is part of a larger trend: Chrome moves us further away from running code and storing …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Kazaa to rise from the dead  —  The notorious Kazaa peer-to-peer file sharing service is back from the dead three years after it was shut down by the music industry in a $150 million lawsuit.  —  But the software looks entirely different this time around, with users forced to pay for their music instead of trading tracks illegally.
 
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Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Contests, Giveaways Move to Twitter
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Time Warp Provides Offsite Backup for Time Machine
Discussion: Macworld, TUAW and Gizmodo
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
AT&T Rolls Out Barely-Subsidized Acer, Dell, Lenovo Netbooks Across the Country
Discussion: Electronista and MobileBurn.com
Benjamin / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed API v2: Real-time, OAuth, file attachments, and more
Discussion: TechCrunch, Stay N' Alive and Scobleizer, Thanks:atul
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
EMC Wastes No Time Taking Over Data Domain
Discussion: PC World and Between the Lines
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
TMobile seeks Apple iPhones for British customers
Discussion: Macworld, iLounge, MacNN and ITworld.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Public Radio Dangerously Close To Making Public Radio Obsolete
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hey Newspaper Guys: Google's Not Making Money From News
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
App Watch: Mirror, Mirror on the iPhone, for Free
Discussion: Pulse2
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google Voice: Trouble Calling for Skype?