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5:50 AM ET, July 21, 2009

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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Apple Preparing iPod Touch With Camera, Microphone: Source  —  Rumors have swirled about Apple readying a new version of the iPod Touch with a camera and microphone, which, combined with a Skype account, would pretty much obviate the need for a home phone line once and for all.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Finally Rolls Out New Homepage to the Masses-and, Drum Roll, It's Good (Plus Screenshots)  —  Although it's not news that Yahoo has been readying a new version of its homepage and has spent a lot of time doing so-in fact, it's gone all Handy Manny with a whole lot of test renovations …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What's Up Next For Yahoo?  Better Search, Customizable Content (How Fluffy Do You Want Your News?)  —  Yahoo showed off a couple of new upcoming features during my briefing today on the new home page to launch tomorrow.  —  The first is a tool, called Customizable Content for now, to dial how “fun” or “serious” you like your news.
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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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
YouTube's Biz Blog Goes On Offensive, Says Industry Comments Are “Myths”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
Why Is Obama's Top Antitrust Cop Gunning for Google?  —  “I think you are going to see a repeat of Microsoft.”  —  Christine Varney's blunt assessment sent a buzz through the audience at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Varney, a partner at Hogan & Hartson and one of the country's …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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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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.
Vogue:
Machine Dreams  —  Before I meet Marissa Mayer, the 34-year-old megamillionaire, Oscar de la Renta-obsessed, computer-programming Google executive who lives in a penthouse atop the Four Seasons, San Francisco, I of course Google her.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
David Simon / CJR:
Build the Wall  —  Most readers won't pay for news, but if we move quickly, maybe enough of them will.  One man's bold blueprint.  —  To all of the bystanders reading this, pardon us.  The true audience for this essay narrows necessarily to a pair of notables who have it in their power …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Charging for Access to News Sites
Discussion: Technovia
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
iPhone prototype goes missing; Chinese worker investigated, commits suicide  —  Last Thursday, 25 year-old Sun Danyong committed suicide after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing.  It's a story, from what tech-industry friends in China tell me …
Discussion: SlashGear and IntoMobile, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Barnes & Noble partners with Plastic Logic; Opens up; Targets Kindle  —  Updated: Barnes & Noble has outlined its answer for Amazon's Kindle: A partnership with Plastic Logic, which will launch an eReader in early 2010, and plans to open its e-book sales to multiple platforms.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook co-founder's Asana raises funding — from Facebook angels?  —  We're hearing that the business collaboration company co-founded by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein (both formerly of Facebook) has raised funding from the same investors who backed the popular social networking site.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
People Are Using Google Reader “Likes,” But Some Hate It.  And It's Flawed.  —  As we expected, the new “like” functionality in Google Reader seems like it's seeing some good usage.  Certainly, given that “likes” are fully public, we're seeing much more social activity on feed items …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe Unveils New Open Source Initiatives Targeted Towards Media Companies  —  Adobe has rolled out two new open source initiatives aimed specifically towards developers for media companies and publishers.  Adobe's Open Source Media Framework lets developers build more robust …
Discussion: eWeek, Contentinople, BetaNews and Beet.TV
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Khosla Bucks VC Fundraising Drought  —  He's set to close $1 billion in new funds—though some new deals may pass through a “conflicts committee.”  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — It's a tough time to raise a venture-capital fund.  But not if you're superstar investor Vinod Khosla …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Report Sees Pre Defects Hitting Earnings  —  Despite being enamored with Palm's (PALM) Pre smartphone, analyst Kevin Dede with boutique investment banker and brokerage Jesup & Lamont this morning initiated coverage of Palm shares with a “Sell” rating.  Dede thinks the shares are worth $12.50.
BBC:
Pirate sites return in legal form  —  Peer-to-peer download sites Kazaa and The Pirate Bay are set to return with a new, legal subscription model.  —  Kazaa, shut down by a $150m (£91m) lawsuit in 2006, will be reincarnated as an unlimited download service with a fixed monthly subscription rate.
Discussion: GigaOM
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.”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Most Engaged Brands On The Web  —  What big brands do the best job with social media?  A new study by analyst Charlene Li of the Altimeter Group and Wetpaint ranks the top 100 brands by social media engagement.  You can find the report embedded below or on ENGAGEMENTdb …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Sharing on Facebook Now More Popular than Sharing by Email  —  How do you know which social sites are most popular?  Aside from looking at the raw traffic numbers, a good indicator is data about which sites are seeing the most content shared on them.  —  Among the companies with access …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Nick Thuesen / Open:
Announcing the NYT API Tool  —  A few weeks ago, I was playing with the Facebook API and using the Facebook API Test Console.  I thought to myself, “Wow, if we were smart, we'd have something like this for our APIs.”  Sadly, it took me another two or three minutes before I remembered I was a developer and could just build it myself!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Launch Wars: Twitcam Beats CamTweet To Live Video Tweets  —  Ten days ago at our Real Time Stream CrunchUp, Justin.tv demonstrated a new beta product they are working on called CamTweet.  It lets you launch a live video broadcast using your computer Webcam, Tweet it out to your followers …
Bloomberg:
Intel Plans to Sell $1.5 Billion in Debt, Raising Money for Share Buybacks  —  Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, plans to sell $1.5 billion in debt, using the money to buy back shares.  —  The bonds, which would be convertible into shares, will mature in 2039, Santa Clara …
Kristen Nicole / The Social Times:
3121 is LinkedIn, Just for Congress Members  —  National Journal, a site for nonpartisan reporting on current politics, has teamed with New Media Strategies and JESS3 in order to provide an exclusive networking community for members of congress and their staff.
Discussion: paidContent and SOMEWHAT FRANK
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
EU Calls Google Books Hearing, House Ponders One  —  Critics of Google's controversial pact with authors and publishers may get some more high-profile chances to air their grievances.  —  The European Union said Monday that it would hold a hearing on Sept. 7 to review the settlement Google struck …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNET News
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Apollo 11 landing on TV as it aired 40 years ago  —  Inspired by the ApolloPlus40 Twitter account and We Choose the Moon, both of which are tracking the Apollo 11 mission as it happened 40 years ago, I've built a page where you can watch the CBS News coverage of Walter Cronkite reporting …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
A Race to Provide Wi-Fi (but Not the Voice Part)  —  THOUGH it is not yet clear how extensive the market is for in-flight Wi-Fi service, the competition to provide it is heating up.  Row44, a California company whose in-flight Wi-Fi technology uses satellite connections …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Venture Capital Dollars Stabilize in Second Quarter at Mid-1990s Levels
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Wind-Powered Data Center Planned
Discussion: Slashdot
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Lessons from Amazon's 1984 Moment
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
The iPhone's Visual Voicemail Is Broken For Many, How Is It For You?
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
CwF + RtB = Techdirt
Discussion: blogs.telegraph.co.uk and hypebot, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide's Max Levchin Talks About Web 2.0, Redux!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hang On, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Night: Yahoo Earnings Tomorrow …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DRM is ****, RIAA Says  —  The digital music landscape is evolving continuously.