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1:35 PM 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:
Financial Times:
Apple targets new player revolution  —  By Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles and Kenneth Li in New York  —  Apple is racing to offer a portable tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Labels to serve digital albums to iTunes rivals
Discussion: SiliconBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Are Apple And The Music Labels Mixing Holiday “Cocktails” On The Tablet?
Discussion: PC World, CNET News and The Apple Core
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 …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last week, Jeffrey P. Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, offered an apparently heartfelt and anguished mea culpa to customers whose digital editions of George Orwell's “1984” were remotely deleted from their Kindle reading devices.
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Christopher Price / CentralGadget.com:
AT&T Blocking Access to Portions of 4chan (Updated Again)  —  AT&T today appears to have begun blocking access to parts of the internet site 4chan.  —  CentralGadget.com has confirmed the block, which is affecting all AT&T DSL and AT&T U-Verse customers at this time.
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook loses sizzle for Martha Stewart  —  The stars are dancing away from Facebook.  And it's a quickstep.  —  After Bill Gates recently admitted that he had given up on Facebook because he couldn't work out which of his friend requests came from friends and which from very sad people …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Verizon Q2 In Line; To Sell Palm Pre ‘Early Next Year’  —  Verizon Communications (VZ) this morning reported revenue rose 11.3%, year over year, to $26.9 billion, in its second quarter ended in June, in line with an average estimate of $26.85 billion.  Profit per share, excluding some costs …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Layoffs, Palm Pre Coming to Verizon
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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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Spotify announces £120 a year unlimited sub
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Technovia
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.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Western Digital now shipping a 1TB mobile hard drive  —  I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 256GB SSD to replace the dying Hitachi 250GB HDD in my MacBook Pro, but Western Digital has me thinking twice about going leaner and meaner.  WD announced two new 2.5-inch mobile drives this morning in ridiculous capacities.
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Could this be the end of electric power cords?  —  From the time of Thomas Edison, scientists have been trying to develop a system that would send electric power through the air without wires.  —  Now a Massachusetts company, WiTricity, says it will have just such a system on the market in about 18 months.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
Market Wire:
T-Mobile USA and RIM Introduce the New BlackBerry Curve 8520  —  Approachable New Smartphone Offers Email, Messaging, Social Networking, Music and Entertainment for People on the Go  —  BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON and WATERLOO, ONTARIO—(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) -
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Friendster Shopping Itself Around In Asia  —  Friendster, one of the oldest social networks, is actively looking for a buyer and has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to find a party interested in acquiring the company or at least some of its assets.
Discussion: paidContent
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Confusion at Best Buy Over Rumors of a $99 Palm Pre  —  Electronics retailer Best Buy suffered a weekend of confusion after bloggers picked up on in-store advertisements for a week long special in which customers could buy the Palm Pre for $99 rather than the customary $199.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Times should focus on niches, not Silver and Gold  —  Yet another stage of the New York Times's exploration of paid content options has come to light via Gawker, which has posted the text of two potential content packages, labeled “Silver” and “Gold.”  It's clear these are hypothetical options …
 
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Alex Barnett / Intuit Partner Platform team blog:
Announcing code.intuit.com - IPP Open Source Community
Discussion: Irregular Enterprise and CloudAve
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Lab Watches Web Surfers to See Which Ads Work
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs and Gizmodo
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Use Your iPhone to Track Your Happiness
Discussion: textually.org
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah's iPhone app lets you record and share life's achievements
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The ‘Mayors’ of Manhattan Meet and Compete
Discussion: All Points Blog
Peppi Kiviniemi / Dow Jones Newswires:
EU to free up mobile radio spectrum from October
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Start-Up Plans to Make Journalism Pirates Pay Up
Discussion: Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
What's Chinese for .limitedgovernment?
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Egnyte raises $6M more to bring small businesses into the cloud
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Netbook Sales and Lower Costs Lift RadioShack Results
Discussion: Liliputing
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Barcode replacement shown off
Discussion: I4U News
Guardian:
Scientists turn bacteria into computers
Discussion: Slashdot
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Congress may push India's IT firms to Mexico with H-1B crackdown
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
The best time to invest in social networks is when the corporates sell....
Discussion: Guardian, paidContent and Mashable!
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Skilled Immigrants on Why They're Leaving the U.S.
 

 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: BuzzFeed is struggling to sell Hot Ones owner First We Feast, which is profitable and has ~$30M revenue per year; interested parties balk at $70M price

Jesse Whittock / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Networks India names Disney+ Hotstar content chief Gaurav Banerjee as its new Managing Director and CEO

 
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