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2:50 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) …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Why Did Google Let Yahoo Run Off With Xoopit?
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.
Amy Clancy / KIRO-TV:
Apple Downplays Fiery iPod Incidents  —  An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation reveals an alarming number of Apple brand iPod MP3 players have suddenly burst into flames and smoke, injuring people and damaging property.  —  It's an investigation that Apple has apparently been trying to keep out of the public eye.
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: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac, I4U News and Gearlog
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs, Slowly Morphing into Google Drive  —  The new interface of Google Docs, which is slowly rolled out to all users, brings the service one step closer to an online storage service.  The “items by type” menu replaced “PDFs” with “Files”, suggesting that Google Docs will allow users to upload any type of files.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The State of Wireless Broadband: 225M Subscribers & Growing  —  We all know that in a few years, Long Term Evolution (LTE), the 4G wireless broadband technology being embraced by mobile carriers across the world, is going to rule the airwaves, becoming an important way for us to connect to the Internet.
Mark Prigg / This Is London:
There's a free music revolution sweeping the capital thanks to a Swedish website.  We listened in  —  AS the world woke up to the news of Michael Jackson's death, across London millions of office workers unwittingly triggered what could be the biggest revolution the music industry has ever seen.
Discussion: mocoNews, Music Ally and Epicenter
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.
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.
David Lieberman / USA Today:
‘Billboard’ aims to be one-stop shop for listening, shopping  —  Competition to create the digital world's leading destination for music fans intensifies as Billboard joins the fray Wednesday with a revamped website for pop music enthusiasts.  —  The effort pits the 115-year-old trade publication …
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
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.
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Cuil Tries to Rise Again  —  Last year's “Google-killer” plans a comeback with social search.  —  One year ago, the search engine Cuil exploded on the launchpad.  Hyped as a “Google-killer,” the site stumbled as its servers crashed and its algorithms spat out irrelevant search results.
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 …
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.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Targeting Consumers Anywhere They Consume Media  —  AudienceScience and Hulu inked a deal last week that could eventually move from the computer screen in the home office to the living room TV.  The agreement tests the behavioral targeting technology on Hulu's pure-play video ads.
Discussion: Digital Destiny
 
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
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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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