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1:05 PM ET, July 22, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo to Acquire Xoopit for About $20 Million  —  Yahoo plans on announcing Thursday that it has bought Xoopit for a price in the $20 million range, according to several sources, one of its first acquisitions in a long while.  —  Reached late this afternoon by BoomTown, a Yahoo (YHOO) …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning Raises $15 Million More at a-Yes, Really-$750 Million Valuation  —  In a quiet fund-raising effort, Ning has raised $15 million more, a round that is valuing the social networking start-up at an eye-popping $750 million valuation.  —  In its last fundraising $60 million round a little …
Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  Best Non-Holiday Quarter Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 third quarter ended June 27, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $8.34 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per diluted share.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Sold Twice As Many iPhones As Macs Last Quarter. …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Artists Find Backers as Labels Wane  —  There was a time when most aspiring musicians had the same dream: to sign a deal with a major record label.  —  Now, with the structure of the music business shifting radically, some industry iconoclasts are sidestepping the music giants and inventing …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Adknowledge buys Super Rewards, expands to virtual goods advertising  —  Offer-based advertising company Super Rewards has been bought by advertising conglomerate Adknowledge in one of the largest acquisitions to date among companies that build services on social networking platforms.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Video First Look: BlackBerry Storm 9550 in Action!  —  ** Video Removed as per the Request of the Hockey Lovers in Waterloo.  Give Jim a Team Already and Make it Seven!  —  * update: wow, apologies in the video for flipping around the device so much in my hands.  must have had too much green tea this afternoon.
Chinmei Sung / Bloomberg:
Hon Hai Suspends Security Official Following Suicide of IPhone Employee  —  Hon Hai Group, the world's largest contract-manufacturer of electronics, suspended a security official at one of its subsidiaries after the death of an employee who lost a prototype of an Apple Inc. iPhone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and I4U News
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Associated Press:
Chinese Worker Commits Suicide Over Missing iPhone Prototype
Discussion: Network World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Probably Not The Palm Pre Chart Roger McNamee Wants To See  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” Elevation Partners (which owns a huge portion of Palm) co-founder Roger McNamee told Bloomberg in March.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Edible Apple
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to Power Upcoming E-Reader  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it will provide the 3G data connectivity for Plastic Logic's e-reader when the device becomes available next year.  —  All Things D  —  Plastic Logic CEO Richard Archuleta shows off the company's e-reader at the D conference in May.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Exclusive: MySpace Mail Slated To Launch This Week  —  This Thursday, MySpace plans to roll out its own webmail, paidContent has learned from sources familiar with the plans.  The News Corp (NYSE: NWS). social network, like competitor Facebook, allows messaging—a much-used service …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
When will you get Windows 7 RTM?  —  When will I get Windows 7 RTM?  —  I recognize this is an important question to have answered.  Many of you have said you want to know exactly when you will be able to get your hands on RTM.  Last Monday, I gave an update on RTM to close out some myths.
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Sam Raimi plays ‘Warcraft’  —  Director signs on for live-action adaptation of vidgame  —  Sam Raimi has signed on to direct “Warcraft,” the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise “World of Warcraft.”  —  Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Synaptics moves to cell phones with 10-finger touch screens  —  The Apple iPhone popularized the multitouch screens that you can swipe with your hands, but the underlying technology came from Synaptics, which supplied the touch-based components that made it possible to control a phone's features …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Is That Apple Tablet Going To Cost?  Not $399 Or $499.  —  There are always good bits of data you can pry from Apple's cold fingers during the Q&A sessions of its quarterly earnings conference calls.  Today was no different.  —  As usual, a question came up about Apple entering the …
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Leon Erlanger / Computerworld:
The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate  —  InfoWorld - As if outsourcing, virtualization, utility computing, automation, hosted applications, and a recession weren't enough to stress out the average IT professional, there's the emerging threat of cloud computing to take away even more IT jobs.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Navigon launches MobileNavigator for iPhone, for North America  —  Navigon AG on Wednesday announced the launch of its MobileNavigator software for North America, for the iPhone.  It costs $70 until August 15, when the price rises to $100.  —  MobileNavigator doesn't require …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to offer Qualcomm BMP-based handsets, hike adoption of Android  —  Taiwan-based High Computer Tech (HTC) will launch a high-profile 3G handset based on Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform (BMP) in September or October targeting the consumer segment, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Hans Wu / DigiTimes:
Aptina to be sloe supplier of 1.3-megapixel CIS for new Xbox 360, say sources  —  Aptina has won exclusive rights to supply 1.3-megapixel CMOS image sensors (CIS) for a new version of the Xbox 360 console under Microsoft's Project Natal technology, and shipments of the new Xbox 360 are slated …
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News, SlashGear and CrunchGear
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Samsung one ups LG, announces the world's thinnest watchphone, S9110  —  As much as Samsung loves to claim a “world's first” every single day of the week, I know they love to beat LG more than anything.  Today is no different, folks.  Samsung has unveiled an 11.98mm watchphone by the name of S9110.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
iControl raises $23M third round for broadband home management  —  iControl Networks, a Palo Alto-based startup, has closed a C round of funding that adds $23 million to bring the company's total funding to more than $45 million.  The company makes home security and energy control systems …
Discussion: VatorNews
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Dell Drops Adamo Price to Compete with MacBook Air  —  Dell has dropped the prices of their Adamo ultraportables, matching the low-end MacBook Air.  The higher-end Adamo, however, is still more expensive than Apple's top of the line model.  Apocalypse is, no doubt, very near.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC Hero review  —  There's no underestimating the appeal of the HTC Hero; since we shot our unboxing video and preliminary hands-on at the end of last week it's been watched more than 300,000 times.  The third Android device to reach the market, the Hero promises not only an updated camera and design …
Discussion: iMAndroid
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Video: Now Serving 1 Billion Views A Month, Including This Amazing Zuck Impression  —  For the last few months Facebook has been regularly posting promotional videos to its Career site, introducing prospective applicants to all the neat things that go on behind the scenes.
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
How The Times' Home Page Gets Made  —  By most counts, New York Times deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman still considers the front page of the printed newspaper a sacred space, a place where editors and reporters display their best work and uphold the tradition of The Times' quality reporting.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Digital Photography Review:
Canon develops Hybrid image stabilization system  —  Canon has developed a ‘Hybrid Image Stabilizer’ that corrects for both linear and rotational shake.  The system, which the company claims is a world's first for SLR lenses, will be incorporated into a lens that will be released before the end of 2009.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and 1001 Noisy Cameras
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Reuters:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Open-source firmware vuln exposes wireless routers
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:nickgon
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