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6:30 AM ET, July 27, 2009

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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 …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Financial Times Confirms Apple Tablet Features, September Launch  —  According to the Financial Times, Apple is racing to launch the fabled Apple tablet in September, along with new iPods.  They claim Apple is working with record labels and book publishers on new iTunes features created for the new device:
Discussion: TeleRead
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Labels to serve Apple's rivals their own Cocktail
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Are Apple And The Music Labels Mixing Holiday “Cocktails” On The Tablet?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Do You Bing?  Yahooers May Soon Search With Microsoft  —  Haggling Over Pact Close to Resolution; Upfront Payment Is Sticking Point  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Yahoo is close to making Microsoft's Bing its search provider.  —  The deal, which would make Yahoo a more credible competitor to Google …
Discussion: MarketingVOX and LiveSide, Thanks:atul
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Spotify Waves iPhone Buzz Under Apple's Nose  —  Streamed music service Spotify is trying to gain Apple's acceptance for its iPhone app by simultaneously whetting users' appetites and flattering the iTunes operator.  It says it's finished the app and “sent it over to the nice people at Apple”.
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Shane Richmond / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Spotify iPhone app for premium subscribers only  —  Spotify, the online streaming music service, has submitted its iPhone app to Apple for approval.  However, the application will be available only to Spotify's premium customers - those who pay £9.99 a month for the service.
Discussion: Distorted-Loop.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Music Streams That Soothe an Industry
Discussion: ZDNet Government, Thanks:atul
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.
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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 …
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: paidContent and ResourceShelf
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Blocks 4chan Over DDoS... But May Not Like What Happens Next...  A few folks have submitted the news that apparently AT&T is blocking access to a certain subdomain of 4chan.  I just checked on my own AT&T DSL account and it's true that I can't get there via AT&T (I can get there if I don't go via AT&T).
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
The best time to invest in social networks is when the corporates sell....  Over the last few year there have been a number of increasingly eye wateringly high priced purchases of social networks - Friends Reunited at $280m (£175m), MySpace at $ 580m and then Bebo at $850m.
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
David Barboza / New York Times:
IPhone Maker in China Is Under Fire After a Suicide  —  SHENZHEN, China — When a closely guarded prototype of a new Apple iPhone went missing at a huge factory here two weeks ago, an internal investigation focused on a shy, 25-year-old employee named Sun Danyong.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Pew: minorities embrace internet via handheld devices
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Justin.tv Blog
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 Earlier Items: 
Fred / A VC:
Why Comments Matter  —  I was sitting at the pool in Portoroz Slovenia …
Thanks:atul
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Mail Volume Expected to Continue Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapting Services
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Shareflow: It's Google Wave, But Available Now
Seeking Alpha:
Why Apple's iTouch Tablet Will Become Its Flagship Product