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9:10 AM 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.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Zappos.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Zappos.com, Inc. a leader in online apparel and footwear sales that strives to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Getting the Goods: The New Amazon/Zappos Supply Chain Story
Thanks:phclouin
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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Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
An Easy Way to Create a Bootable USB Drive for Windows 7  —  Earlier this year, Dennis Chung posted a video on TechNet Edge explaining how you could install Windows 7 using a bootable USB drive - a necessary step needed to install Windows 7 on a netbook PC.  But for some people, those instructions were a bit too technical.
Discussion: MobileContentToday
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T activates 2.4 million iPhones; Second quarter tops estimates  —  AT&T's second quarter earnings were better than expected courtesy of a strong launch of Apple's iPhone 3GS.  —  In the second quarter, AT&T activated 2.4 million iPhones, up 29 percent from a year ago and up 31.8 percent from the first quarter.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T quarterly earnings fall on cost of iPhone subsidy
Discussion: CNET News
AT&T:   Strong Wireless Growth, Continued Cost Discipline, Solid Free …
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.
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.
Discussion: Macworld
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Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple's Logic Studio audio suite includes major updates  —  Apple released on Thursday the next major version of Logic Studio, the company's suite of professional audio applications.  —  I've been using the new version for some time now and can say the new features will not only improve your workflow …
Discussion: Macworld
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear and WMPoweruser.com
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Mobile Internet Use Shrinks Digital Divide  —  Quick: Picture an Internet aficionado, circa 1995.  —  The first image that comes to my mind is Dennis Nedry, the embryo thief in “Jurassic Park,” who met his untimely end facing down a dinosaur in a soggy mud pit.
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 …
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
America's 10 most wanted botnets  —  Botnet attacks are increasing, as cybercrime gangs use compromised computers to send spam, steal personal data, perpetrate click fraud and clobber Web sites in denial-of-service attacks.  Here's a list of America's 10 most wanted botnets …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Founders Sue BREIN for Slander and Abuse  —  In an Amsterdam court this week, BREIN's lawyer argued that The Pirate Bay is responsible for millions of copyright infringements every day, and that the site should therefore be blocked to visitors from The Netherlands.
Discussion: p2pnet and Techdirt
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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 …
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.”, while studios started doing the opposite with 1993's “Super Mario Bros.”
David Berlind / InformationWeek:
Matt Mullenweg And Dries Buytaert Probably Separated At Birth  —  When it comes to open sourced content management platforms and their creators, there's no question about the celebrity status that WordPress and its young founder Matt Mullenweg have ascended to.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Daring to Dream of a Resurgent AOL  —  Shortly after Tim Armstrong took over as chief executive of AOL, he asked to see the list of business deals that were being negotiated.  He saw 900 of them.  —  It was too many by far.  “If you looked through the deal sheet, would you have been able …
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 and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zivity Splits Employees, Execs, Venture Funding Into Two Companies  —  In a highly unusual transaction, Zivity, a venture funded adult content startup, has spun off the majority of its assets, employees and venture funding into a new company called Top Fans.
Globe and Mail:
Ericsson joins bidding war for Nortel  —  Another of the world's telecommunications giants has entered what has suddenly become a pitched global battle for the spoils of Nortel Networks Corp. NT-T  —  Sweden's Ericsson has tabled a $730-million (U.S.) bid for Nortel's wireless network division …
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Europe Falls Behind Silicon Valley In VC Deal Flow  —  Just how bad is the venture capital situation in Europe?  —  The San Francisco Bay area, which encompasses Silicon Valley, actually saw more venture funding deals in the second quarter than in all of Europe, the first time that has happened …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Friendster founder on social networking: I invented this stuff [UPDATED]  —  Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams poses in front of the logo for his start-up company, Socializr, at a Lunch 2.0 event in 2007.  Credit: Terry Chay … The millions of high school and college kids on Facebook probably …
Discussion: blackrimglasses and digg.com, Thanks:electricwaffles
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
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