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4:35 PM ET, July 24, 2009

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Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Microsoft Changes ‘Laptop Hunters’ Ad After Apple Complains  —  New Version Reflects Lowered Price on Mac Notebook  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Following a complaint from Apple, Microsoft has quietly tweaked at least one of the ads in its “Laptop Hunters” campaign to reflect its rival's lower pricing on its Mac notebooks.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's much-anticipated tablet device coming early next year  —  Exclusive: After four years of meticulous developmental riddled with setbacks, Apple is now racing toward an early 2010 launch of a device that may see the electronics maker redefine the portable computing market for the second time in twice as many years.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
How Palm Re-Enabled iTunes Sync (The Plot Thickens)  —  So the big question: How did Palm re-enable iTunes sync?  The answer, so far as we an tell, is to go even deeper in their efforts to make the Pre look like an iPod.  I just plugged my 1.1 Pre into my Mac in Media Sync mode and sure enough …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Palm fires back at Apple, fixes Pre sync with iTunes
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission welcomes new Microsoft proposals on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Interoperability … The European Commission can confirm that Microsoft has proposed a consumer ballot screen as a solution to the pending antitrust case about the tying of Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser with Windows.
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Offers to Put Rival Browsers on Windows to Settle Case, EU Says
Discussion: Geek In Disguise
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds  —  It is the hot new thing on Wall Street, a way for a handful of traders to master the stock market, peek at investors' orders and, critics say, even subtly manipulate share prices.  —  It is called high-frequency trading …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Anil Dash:
The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real  —  Pushbutton is a name for what I believe will be an upgrade for the web, where any site or application can deliver realtime messages to a web-scale audience, using free and open technologies at low cost and without relying on any single company like Twitter or Facebook.
Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HTC Hero review  —  The HTC Hero has been an object of lust for some time now for gadget enthusiasts.  Even from the earliest days of leaked hardware shots and blurry demo videos of its UI, smartphone fans seemed to agree that the company had finally achieved what has been missing in the world of Android.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses  —  Updated 07/24/09, 9 a.m. PDT: Zdziarski taped videos demonstrating iPhone 3GS disk extraction, as well as removal of PIN and backup encryption passcodes.  Both are embedded below the jump.  —  Apple claims that hundreds …
Bill Gates / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates: My 1979 Memories  —  Our Gizmodo '79 celebration may have ended last week, but there's room for a final post, written by famed retiree and mosquito wrangler Bill Gates.  It's no joke: Gates read the series then sent this in:  —  I read those 1979 stories all last week …
Discussion: The Seattle Times, Inc.com and MediaMemo, Thanks:mgcreed
Elizabeth Montalbano / LinuxWorld.com:
Microsoft: GPL Linux code release not due to violation  —  In a blog post, executive Sam Ramji denies there was any “obligation” to release Hyper-V Linux drivers under the license  —  Microsoft released set of Linux drivers for its Hyper-V software under the General Public License version 2 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and InformationWeek
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Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Linus: “Microsoft Hatred Is a Disease”
Discussion: CrunchGear
Twitter Status:
Correcting follower and following counts  —  For some time, the follower and following counts we display have been incorrect for some folks.  We're soon to push a change that will address this issue.  This means that the count you see in your sidebar should match what you see on your follower and following pages.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SearchMe May Go Offline Tomorrow (Updated: Offline Now)  —  An Update to our post yesterday about Sequoia-funded search startup SearchMe.  The company needs a new round of financing or a quick acquisition to stay online, but so far neither are happening.  CEO Randy Adams wrote to me this morning with an update on where things stand.
Discussion: paidContent
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ashton Kutcher: Twitter will change media  —  PASADENA, Calif.—Ashton Kutcher said that the fact he beat CNN to a million Twitter followers is a significant deal.  —  Kutcher, known to his nearly three million followers as “aplusk,” said that it shows that one individual can have the power …
Discussion: mocoNews
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
New technology supercharges debate on public domain  —  When TechCrunch website posted Twitter material leaked by a hacker, the computer-using public had plenty to say about it.  But was it trafficking in stolen property or just practicing good journalism?  —  Even a new-age reading …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Sprint CEO: We're glad we waited on Android  —  PASADENA, Calif.—Sprint CEO Dan Hesse talked a lot about the mobile operating system he held off on—Android—and not so much about the phone he has backed, Palm's Pre.  —  Hesse said Friday here at Fortune's Brainstorm …
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Gates Faults U.S. on Data Privacy and Immigration  —  NEW DELHI, India — In a far-ranging speech Friday, Bill Gates criticized the American government's policy on immigration and data privacy, predicted giant leaps in technology in the near future and explained why he had to shut down his Facebook page.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Economist:
Tweeting all the way to the bank  —  Can virtual communities make billions of dollars from their millions of connections?  —  WHENEVER the founders of Twitter, a social-networking service, have been asked about how much revenue they expect to generate from their creation, they have politely deflected the question.
Thanks:atul
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Are there more layoffs in Microsoft's future?  —  One of the questions that no analyst asked directly during Microsoft's post-FY09 Q4 earnings call this week was one very much on Microsoft employees' minds: Will Microsoft cut more jobs as a way to improve its numbers for the next calendar quarter or two?
BBC:
Plug-pulling ISP changes policy  —  Internet service provider (ISP) Karoo, based in Hull, has changed its policy of suspending the service of users suspected of copyright violations.  —  The about face was made following a BBC story outlining the firm's practice.
Jeff Schewe / PhotoshopNews:
He's Back.  Mark Hamburg Returns to Adobe  —  After over a year spent working at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington offices, Mark Hamburg has resigned from Microsoft to rejoin Adobe Systems, Inc. where he will again be working in the Digital Imaging department.
Discussion: CNET News and Daring Fireball
 
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BBC:
Kenyan students charge their mobiles with pedal power
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers to offer tool for breaking into Oracle databases
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Diller: We're not really deal junkies
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Reuters:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft admits it can't stop Office file format hacks
Discussion: Security Watch and The Register
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
AOL Legends Steve Case, Ted Leonsis Join Tim Armstrong For 100 …
Discussion: Bits and paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Eric Ditzian / MTV:
Kevin Spacey Says Facebook Movie Might Shoot This Year
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
News Corp sees MySpace as place for videogames