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5:00 AM ET, July 24, 2009

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Mat Balez / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Latitude.  Now for iPhone.  —  I'm a big fan of the iPhone.  I'm also a big fan of the web.  So, naturally, I'm excited that today we're finally releasing Google Latitude for iPhone and iPod touch as a web application running in Safari.  —  Our Latitude web app provides …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why Is Google Latitude A Web App And Not A Native App?  Because Apple Said So.  —  We briefly pointed this out in our longer post on Google Latitude launching on the iPhone, but it's worth pointing this out separately.  In its post today, Google made an unusual admission about its service …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches “Twitter 101″, Step One Of The Business Plan  —  The first step of Twitter's business plan is something called “Twitter 101,” which the company plans to launch either tonight or tomorrow, co-founder Biz Stone revealed at the Fortune Brainstorm Conference in Pasadena this evening.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Twitter 101: Does CoTweet point the way to Twitter's business model?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Fourth-Quarter Results  —  The company delivered operational efficiency and innovation in a difficult environment.  —  Income Statements  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income (Loss)  —  Financial Highlights  —  View the PowerPoint  —  Listen to the Webcast Earnings Release
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's client revenue skids; Blame netbooks, Windows 7 deferrals  —  Microsoft's fourth quarter earnings were better than expectations excluding items, but the software giant's client (Windows) revenue skidded 29 percent compared to a year ago.  For the three months ended June 30 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter to Debut a New Main Homepage Next Week  —  Twitter will unveil a new main homepage next week at Twitter.com, said co-founder Biz Stone, in order “to better show who we are.”  —  In an interview with BoomTown this afternoon, Stone said the current page is essentially confusing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Talks Twitter At Fortune Brainstorm
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Palm fires back at Apple, fixes Pre sync with iTunes  —  Just a week after Apple killed the Pre's ability to sync with desktop music management client iTunes, Palm has responded with webOS 1.1 — a software update that again enables Palm's phone to access media from the current version of iTunes.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses  —  Apple claims that hundreds of thousands of iPhones are being used by corporations and government agencies.  What it won't tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak …
Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web  —  Taking a new hard line that news articles should not turn up on search engines and Web sites without permission, The Associated Press said Thursday that it would add software to each article that shows what limits apply to the rights to use it …
Discussion: Fast Company and InformationWeek
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   The AP Puts A Gun To Its Head. And A Grenade. And A Rocket Launcher.
ap.org:
Associated Press to build news registry to protect content
Discussion: MediaPost and MediaMemo
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: New Features of iPod Touch, Nano Revealed in Dozens of Cases … What's the worst kept secret in China?  —  The features and dimensions of Apple's new iPod Touch and iPod Nano, which are hush-hush here in the U.S. ahead of their expected September unveiling, but are well-known in China.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Bezos Apologizes For The “Stupid” And “Thoughtless” Kindle Incident  —  Last week, Amazon sent a shiver down the spine of the Internet when it remotely deleted copies of the books “1984″ and “Animal Farm” from users' Kindles.  As just about everyone was quick to point out …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
AT&T chief: iPhone won't be exclusive forever  —  PASADENA, Calif.—It's not realistic to believe AT&T will have an exclusive on the iPhone forever, CEO Randall Stephenson said Thursday.  —  “There will be a day when you are not exclusive with the iPhone,” Stephenson said, speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm: Tech conference here.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Board to Meet on Microsoft Search Deal  —  Yahoo Inc. directors plan to meet Thursday for an update about a potential search partnership with Microsoft Corp., according to people briefed about the meeting.  —  The meeting follows several Yahoo board calls in recent days …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Yahoo-Microsoft deal unlikely this week, source says
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android To Invade Homes  —  Manufacturers are putting the Web giant's Android software in home management devices and remote controls.  —  In a sign that Google's Android mobile platform has a future far beyond cellphones, San Francisco-based start-up Touch Revolution says a string …
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.
Dan Clancy / Google Public Policy Blog:
The Google Books settlement and privacy  —  Last year, we signed a settlement agreement with authors and publishers that, if approved by the court, will unlock access to millions of books for anyone in the US.  We reached another important milestone a few weeks ago, as University of Texas …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Online Payment Wars Continue: PayPal Officially Announces Flexible API  —  While Ebay's Q2 earnings yesterday showed that its marketplace business was slow, the company's revenue was boosted by continued growth in its online payments business, including PayPal and BillMeLater.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google, Microsoft E-mail Synchronizer Cemaphore Acquired  —  Table of Contents:  —  Cemaphore Systems, which makes software to help customers migrate their e-mail, calendar and contact data from Microsoft to Google, or vice versa, confirms it has been acquired.
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
News Corp sees MySpace as place for videogames  —  PASADENA, California (Reuters) - News Corp hopes to transform MySpace, which has been losing users to Facebook, into a stronger online videogaming platform as it works to reposition the six-year-old site as an entertainment destination.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Ronny Conway Joins Andreessen Horowitz  —  Ronny Conway, an Associate at Google Ventures, has resigned from Google and joined the newly formed Andreessen Horowitz, we've confirmed.  Conway, the son of prominent angel investor Ron Conway, has worked at Google for the last six years …
Discussion: CNET News
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YP.com Begins Self Reinvention  —  Earlier this year AT&T acquired the domain YP.com from LiveDeal for roughly $3.8 million.  The brand-related reasons for the acquisition were obvious.  But today, in a little bit of a surprise to me, AT&T/Yellowpages.com is relaunching YP.com …
Discussion: Local Onliner and Beta Labs
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Service Offers to Retrieve Stolen Data, For a Fee  —  A former cyber cop in the United Kingdom is heading up a new online portal that claims to offer a searchable database of about 120 million consumer records that have been phished, hacked or otherwise stolen by computer crooks.
Discussion: NEWS.com.au
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can the U.S. Government Help Cloud Computing Reach a Tipping Point?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Tries To Make It Easier To Unsubscribe From Spam Newsletters, But Fails
Discussion: Gmail Blog, TechSpot and Mashable!
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Earnings: Netflix Grows Subscribers, Revenues; Invests In Streaming
Discussion: PR Newswire, BetaNews and DailyFinance
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
Why You Should Thank AT&T (Yes, It's True)
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:geekychic
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Friendster founder on the rise and fall of America's first big social network
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Dan Macsai / Fast Company:
Meet the 27-Year-Old Who's Hijacking Twitter, One Quiz-Crazy Tween at a Time
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
How Scribd made pages pay
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Apple Investigated Foxconn Complaints Before iPhone Suicide Case
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
EtherPad Gets A Makeover And Becomes Even More Of A Threat To Google Docs (Invites)
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
BBC Dumps Plan for Internet-TV
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Oracle Strikes Again, Buys GoldenGate Software