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11:50 PM ET, July 26, 2009

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Netflix Prize Comes To A Buzzer-Beater, Nailbiting Finish  —  Who knew statistical computing competitions could be so cut throat?  Since we reported on the contest last night, two teams in the Netflix Prize have spent the last few hours jumping back and forth on the Netflix leaderboard …
Discussion: Mashable!, Gizmodo and UMBC ebiquity
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Netflix Prize:
Contest Closed  —  Thank you for your interest in the Netflix Prize.  — We are delighted to report that, after almost three years and more than 43,000 entries from over 5,100 teams in over 185 countries, the Netflix Prize Contest stopped accepting entries on 2009-07-26 18:42:37 UTC.
Financial Times:
Apple joins forces with record labels  —  By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles, Kenneth Li in New York and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes …
Discussion: paidContent, 9 to 5 Mac and Reuters
Sean Bonner / Los Angeles Metblogs:
Is AT&T Blocking 4chan in SoCal?  —  This is kind of a developing story, but according to a thread on Reddit, AT&T is currently blocking parts of 4chan.  As you should know 4chan has been described as the very best and the very worst of the internet all rolled into one (be careful clicking links …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Android team member says Donut isn't 2.0, doesn't have multitouch  —  Google's bakery-themed codename scheme for Android is a source of endless amusement (and hunger pangs) for bloggers, readers, and users alike, but with just a few builds actually blessed as gold, retail versions at this point …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Site Is Winning Fashion Fans by Letting Them Play Designer  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The fashion magazines Vogue, InStyle and Lucky may rule the newsstand racks.  But online, they are also-rans, overlooked by the fashion-conscious in favor of Polyvore, an upstart Web site far from Fifth Avenue.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Digital Nomads Ditch Cubicles for Shared Spaces, Choosing Their Co-Workers  —  Teleworkers Find Camaraderie in a New Kind of Colleague  —  Frank Gruber's workstation at AOL in Dulles could be in any cubicle farm from here to Bangalore — push-pin board for reminders, computer on Formica desk, stifling fluorescent lighting.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man  —  A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself.  Computer viruses that no one can stop.  Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Mozilla and Google, Group Hugs Get Tricky  —  BOXES lined the cubicles and hallways in the offices of Mozilla on a recent afternoon, and its chief executive, John Lilly, seemed a bit disoriented as he looked for a place to sit.  Mozilla, which makes the Firefox Web browser …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Seeking Alpha:
Why Apple's iTouch Tablet Will Become Its Flagship Product  —  Digital content has been available for years but the right vehicle to consume the content has been lacking.  We still cut down trees and hand deliver newspapers to people's homes.  That worked in 1900 but 2009?  Are you kidding me?
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web  —  NPR, the public radio network, is introducing a revamped NPR.org this week, giving users what its executives say is an easier-to-navigate Web site that emphasizes written reporting over audio reports.  —  It is part of a digital expansion …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Mail Volume Expected to Continue Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapting Services  —  Mail Volume Expected to Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapts by Pulling Collection Boxes  —  Dorothy and Andrew Yankanich moved into their $18,000 brick rambler in Wheaton in 1966 and soon began what would become …
 
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Michael Jones / TUAW:
Promo codes again allowed for 17+ apps
Fred / A VC:
Why Comments Matter  —  I was sitting at the pool in Portoroz Slovenia …
Thanks:atul
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Music Streams That Soothe an Industry
Discussion: ZDNet Government, Thanks:atul
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Shareflow: It's Google Wave, But Available Now
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Know If You'd Mind Sharing All Of Your Information
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:melodylida69
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone's Latest Hit App: A Sex Offender Locator
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
Ina Fried / CNET News:
HP plans electronic whiteboarding tool
Thanks:hpnews
Richard Stallman / The GNU Operating System:
How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software
Discussion: Slashdot
Fred / A VC:
Monetize The Audience, Not The Content
Discussion: Mark Evans, Mark Sigal's Blog and Gawker, Thanks:atul