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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.
Reuters:
Amazon.com buying shoe seller Zappos for $928 million
Discussion: DailyTech and Pulse2
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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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
For Some, Move To Windows 7 Will Be Tough
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
An Easy Way to Create a Bootable USB Drive for Windows 7
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T activates 2.4 million iPhones; Second quarter tops estimates  —  Updated: 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.
Discussion: Electronista and Business Wire
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Grant Gross / PC World:
AT&T Net Income Down 15 Percent
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
AT&T quarterly earnings fall on cost of iPhone subsidy
Discussion: CNET News and The iPhone Blog
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, MediaMemo and TechCrunch
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PR Newswire:
5min Raises $7.5 Million to Fuel its Video Syndication Network
Discussion: Beet.TV and Xconomy
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Adobe promises patch for seven-month old Flash flaw
Discussion: US-CERT, Softpedia News and PSIRT
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.
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.”
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 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Irksome Cellphone Industry  —  Never let it be said that Congress never did anything for you.  —  In recent weeks, the Senate Commerce Committee has been holding hearings about handset exclusivity.  That's when a phone maker (like Apple) offers a particular model (like the iPhone) …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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.
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 Softpedia News
 
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Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Europe Falls Behind Silicon Valley In VC Deal Flow
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zivity Splits Employees, Execs, Venture Funding Into Two Companies
 Earlier Items: 
David Berlind / InformationWeek:
Matt Mullenweg And Dries Buytaert Probably Separated At Birth
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are Ad Networks Coming Back? And is That Good For Web Publishers?
Discussion: Tech Beat
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Facing Scrutiny, Google Steps Up Lobbying
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Friendster founder on social networking: I invented this stuff [UPDATED]
Discussion: blackrimglasses, Thanks:electricwaffles
Vivian Yeo / CNET News:
Chinese firms behind ‘Sexy Space’ Trojan
Discussion: The Register and Pocket-lint.com