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1:55 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 …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
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’  —  Sixteen cities in 10 countries, from Baltimore to Bangalore, Denver to Dublin.  Twenty-six Town Hall and All Hands meetings.  Seventy-one product reviews.  Fifty-one partner/customer meetings.
Kenneth Li / Financial Times:
AOL sets sights on content-led domination
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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.
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.
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Dennis / iPhone World:
iPhoneWorld.ca: School shooting in an iPhone game: acceptable?
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 …
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 …
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: The Raw Feed
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 …
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: broadstuff
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google Voice: Trouble Calling for Skype?  —  An entry into Web calling by search giant Google is likely to boost competition for eBay's Internet-calling unit and other VoIP service providers  —  Google's push into the Web phone-calling market is likely to cut into sales by Internet phone companies …
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 …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack  —  The Twitter document leak fiasco started with a simple story that personal accounts of Twitter employees were hacked.  Twitter CEO Evan Williams commented on that story, saying that Twitter itself was mostly unaffected.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Across U.S., ESPN Aims to Be the Home Team  —  LOS ANGELES — Not content with being a sports colossus with broadcasts in 200 countries, ESPN is taking aim at hometown sports coverage, threatening one of the last strongholds of local newspapers and television stations.
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.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
EMC Wastes No Time Taking Over Data Domain  —  It's nice to have a lot of cash in the bank.  EMC said July 20 that said it has already acquired about 82 percent of Data Domain's common stock at $33.50 per share since July 8, when competitor NetApp decided to drop out of the bidding for the deduplication storage maker.
Discussion: PC World and Between the Lines
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Blu-ray special features coming to App Store  —  The last to embrace the Blu-ray high definition video format, Universal is poised to become the first to tie home theater with Apple's App Store, bringing companion features to the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  Home Media Magazine reported Monday …
 
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Book-Scanning Accord Reviewed by EU to Determine Copyright Effects
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
TMobile seeks Apple iPhones for British customers
Discussion: Macworld, MacNN and ITworld.com
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
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Discussion: Pulse2
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Transparency is the new objectivity  —  A friend asked me to post …
Discussion: Almighty Link and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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