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8:30 PM ET, July 24, 2009

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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Source: Verizon Hurrying To Launch LTE By Early 2010, Perhaps For Apple  —  So, it's looking more and more likely that a large form iPod touch, which we first reported on last December, is coming sometime in the next 6 months.  But there are still a lot of unknown variables and question marks.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Thoughts to ponder as Apple Tablet rumors spread
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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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.1: Tons of Undocumented Features
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Palm Tattles on Apple For Bad USB Etiquette (And They Would Know)
Discussion: PreCentral.net, Digits and Electronista
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ashton Kutcher: Twitter will change media
Discussion: mocoNews
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.
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Leak: Inside the Microsoft Store With Wall-Sized Screens and the Answers Bar  —  We've been wondering what the Microsoft's retail shops are going to be like.  Well, according to a Powerpoint presentation leaked to us, it's going to make the Apple Store look downright boring.
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.
Discussion: BrianOberkirch.com, Thanks:atul
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Is AP Run By Idiots?  —  Sometimes you see a business move so stupid, so clearly self-damaging that you have to wonder whether someone inside the corporation is trying to torpedo it.  And that's exactly what is happening at the Associated Press, as it gears up to wage war on every single web site …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
How (and why) to replace the AP  —  The Associated Press is becoming the enemy of the internet because it is fighting the link and the link is the basis of the internet.  From Richard Perez-Pena's New York Times story today: … Them's fightin' words: quoting an article's headline while linking to it would require licensing?
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 …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm's Pre Hasn't Flopped  —  S , PALM , RIMM , VZ , GOOG , NOK , MOT , AAPL  —  Sprint (S Quote) has sold a healthy 350,000 Palm (PALM Quote) Pre phones in the seven weeks since its debut.  —  The update comes from RBC analyst Mike Abramsky whose research team …
Steve Ragan / The Tech Herald:
Network Solutions: 573,928 possibly compromised in attack  —  Network Solutions issued a Data Security Alert (DSA) on Friday, which reported the discovery of malicious code planted on servers supporting their E-Commerce merchants' websites.  The code, discovered on 4,343 Network Solutions customer sites …
Discussion: Security Fix and CircleID
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
Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Mag:
Samsung Confirms It's Working on NVIDIA Tegra Phone  —  A Samsung representative today confirmed that Samsung is working with NVIDIA's Tegra processor in an upcoming device.  —  Unfamiliar with Tegra?  Imagine taking your smart phone and plugging it into your 42-inch HD TV at home and watching …
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama White House loves BlackBerry but bars Twitter  —  Barack Obama's White House, home of the famously BlackBerrying president and first lady, has blocked online access to Twitter.  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the admission today (see C-SPAN video below) …
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Benchmark Is Optimistic About IPOs  —  Silicon Valley venture capitalists-who invest in startups with the aim of profiting later when those companies go public or are sold-have found it tough to produce returns recently.  Not only have the markets been largely devoid of public offerings and M …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and VentureBeat
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 and AltSearchEngines
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Ex-Facebookers could lose out on stock sale  —  Facebook shareholders got the long-awaited gift of liquidity last week when Russia's Digital Sky Technologies began buying up to $100 million of Facebook common stock from current and former employees.  —  The latter group however …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple won't let you use cool augmented reality iPhone apps — yet  —  A concept video for an identification app, called Augmented ID, that uses facial recognition.  —  IPhone owners are excited to get their hands on the augmented reality applications that we wrote about last week …
Discussion: iPhone Savior
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.
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire cellity  —  Espoo, Finland - Hamburg, Germany - Nokia and cellity today announced an agreement for Nokia to acquire certain assets of cellity. cellity is a privately owned mobile software company which employs 14 people in Hamburg, Germany.  —  Nokia will acquire the cellity team …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Reuters:
Skype singled out as threat to Russia's security
Discussion: New York Times and TMCnet
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Hotels.com Trademark Appeal Sent Packing
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Could MySpace + Yahoo Games = A New Online Gaming Powerhouse?
Discussion: Mashable!, Reuters and Maximum PC all, Thanks:josephtartakoff
Economist:
Tweeting all the way to the bank
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Schewe / PhotoshopNews:
He's Back. Mark Hamburg Returns to Adobe
Discussion: CNET News and John Nack on Adobe
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
New technology supercharges debate on public domain
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft admits it can't stop Office file format hacks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Never Lets Me Down, Even When They Let Me Down.  They Raise $4 Million More
Discussion: paidContent, VentureBeat and VatorNews
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses