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12:20 PM ET, July 23, 2009

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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Amazon Buys Zappos; The Price is $920m., not $847m.  —  News has just broken that Amazon.com has purchased hot ecommerce up-and-comer Zappos for 10 million Amazon shares or $880 million.  (The Amazon release said it was $807 million, but that was based on a trailing 45-day estimate of its share price.
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Tony Hsieh / Zappos.com:
CEO Letter  —  Please set aside 20 minutes to carefully read this entire email.  (My apologies for the occasional use of formal-sounding language, as parts of it are written in a particular way for legal reasons.)  — Today is a big day in Zappos history.  — This morning …
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Zappos CEO Wanted To Stay Independent, Sequoia Wanted Liquidity—Sources  —  The decision to sell hot online shoe retailer Zappos to Amazon.com was more in line with the interests of Sequoia Capital than the company's CEO, according to two sources close to the company.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Getting the Goods: The New Amazon/Zappos Supply Chain Story
Discussion: Todd Watson, Thanks:phclouin
AT&T:
Strong Wireless Growth, Continued Cost Discipline, Solid Free Cash Flow Highlight AT&T's Second-Quarter Results  —  * $.54 diluted EPS compared with $.63 for the year-earlier second quarter and $.53 in the first quarter of 2009; incremental noncash pension/retiree benefit costs reduced second-quarter 2009 EPS …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing  —  I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM'd!  —  As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs.  What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
For Some, Move To Windows 7 Will Be Tough  —  On October 22, Microsoft will finally release a new version of Windows that will be as good as the deeply disappointing Windows Vista should have been when it came out in January 2007.  The new edition, called Windows 7, is a big improvement …
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
An Easy Way to Create a Bootable USB Drive for Windows 7
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Where in the world are those 18.6 million iPod touches?  —  Apple (AAPL), for reasons known only to itself, does not report the number of iPod touches it has sold.  —  But it lets you do the math, and on Tuesday COO Tim Cook casually mentioned, in response to a question about the App Store …
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
iPhone Fever Spreads Across The Globe
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple has 91% of market for $1,000+ PCs, says NPD  —  Move over Microsoft.  Apple can claim big, big market share numbers, too.  According to NPD, in June, nine out of 10 dollars spent on computers costing $1,000 or more went to Apple.  Mac revenue market share in the “premium” price segment was 91 percent, up from 88 percent in May.
Google Mobile Blog:
Layers of fun in Google Maps for mobile 3.2  —  Just as the world itself can be viewed through many lenses, the latest version of Google Maps for mobile allows you to view many layers of information on your map at the same time.  Layers make it easier and more useful to find and interact …
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple releases new Final Cut Studio  —  Apple introduced on Thursday a new version of Final Cut Studio, the company's high-end video production suite.  —  The suite comes with six applications in all, including Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4.
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Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple revamps Logic Studio audio suite  —  Apple released on Thursday the next major version of Logic Studio, the company's suite of professional audio applications.  —  I was given early access to the new version and have been using it for some time now.  I can say the new features …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Voice technology firm under fire  —  A UK firm that turns mobile messages into text faces questions over its privacy standards, technology and finances following a BBC investigation.  —  Spinvox's service aims to convert voice messages into text messages using advanced speech recognition software.
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Bryan Lamkin / Yodel Anecdotal:
Xoopit + Yahoo! Mail = Moving beyond that massive digital shoebox  —  If your email inbox is anything like mine, it's turned into a “digital shoebox” over the years.  It's full of hundreds or maybe thousands of special photos that have been shared by close friends and family members, but they're not organized in any particular way.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
How-to video site 5min scores $7.5M for wider syndication  —  5min, a site that syndicates instructional videos to a host of other web sites reaching 200 million viewers a month, has raised $7.5 million in a second round of funding.  —  The 5min site itself has built a library of more than 100,000 short …
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PR Newswire:
5min Raises $7.5 Million to Fuel its Video Syndication Network
Discussion: paidContent, Beet.TV and Xconomy
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Instant search comes to Splashtop  —  Computers loaded with Splashtop will soon be able to do very quick searches as soon as the pre-boot phase of the machine starts.  —  Starting in September, notebooks and Netbooks with Splashtop will have instant access to a search bar on the instant-on desktop …
Ginny Mies / PC World:
Hands-On With the Samsung Mondi  —  Samsung's mobile Internet device has much to like, but it has flaws, too—both in performance and design.  —  Recommends  —  When I first got my hands on the WiMax-enabled Samsung Mondi back in April at CTIA, I was impressed by its slick design …
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Video game publishers Microsoft, Ubisoft invading Hollywood's turf  —  For decades, Hollywood's relationship with video games has come down to one word: licensing.  Game publishers have been licensing and adapting movies all the way back to 1984's “E.T.”, and studios started doing the opposite with 1993's “Super Mario Bros.”
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Artificial brain ‘10 years away’  —  Professor Markram said he would send a hologram to talk at TED in 10 years  —  A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed.  —  Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already built elements of a rat brain.
Discussion: Fudzilla, Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
More statistics coming to a video near you  —  When you discover videos on YouTube, we try to provide you with useful information about what it is you're watching — like total views, the number of ratings, and other metrics that make the site more transparent and the videos themselves more interesting.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft opened Linux-driver code after ‘violating’ GPL  —  Traded credibility for kudos?  —  Microsoft was in violation of the GPL (General Public License) on the Hyper-V code it released to open source this week.  —  After Redmond covered itself in glory by opening up the code …
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:
App Icons are Itty Bitty Banner Ads  —  An old blog post I wrote last year about a decades old humor article on icon design is actually remarkably relevant to today's App Store market. … As much as this was a big joke for Mac applications, I think it's a pretty accurate view of the importance of App Store icons.
 
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