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1:40 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) …
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.
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 …
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, I4U News and Gearlog
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Associated Press:
Chinese Worker Commits Suicide Over Missing iPhone Prototype
Discussion: Network World
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's Q3: Analyzing the analysts
Discussion: Digital Daily
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Intel appeals to EU court over antitrust fine  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp on Wednesday appealed to Europe's second highest court against an antitrust finding and a 1.06 billion euro ($1.50 billion) fine levied by EU regulators.  —  “We believe the European Commission misinterpreted …
Discussion: DailyTech and TechSpot
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, SlashGear, I4U News and CrunchGear
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon, University of Michigan in big book-printing deal
David Lieberman / USA Today:
‘Billboard’ aims to be one-stop shop for listening, shopping
Discussion: paidContent
Mark Prigg / This Is London:
There's a free music revolution sweeping the capital thanks to a Swedish website.
Discussion: mocoNews and Music Ally
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The State of Wireless Broadband: 225M Subscribers & Growing
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TheAppleBlog and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:atul
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Surveillance Self-Defense International
Discussion: p2pnet
Theola Labbé-DeBose / Washington Post:
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
DYNO Introduces LabelWriter Family of Printers
Discussion: PC World
Reuters:
Apple enters NAND supply deal with Toshiba
Discussion: Digital Daily and 9 to 5 Mac
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Hero Pirate Stephen Fry Stars In BitTorrent Game
Discussion: p2pnet and ZeroPaid.com
GamePolitics News:
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC Hero review
Discussion: iMAndroid
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Open-source firmware vuln exposes wireless routers
Discussion: Softpedia News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Mainstream Media Castoff Joins TechCrunch: Welcome Paul Carr
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:nickgon