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4:00 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.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
S**tstorm Averted?  AT&T Restores Access To 4chan (Which Is Now Under DDoS Attack)  —  AT&T has made even more people than usual angry when it started blocking/filtering parts of 4chan late last night.  The popular message board, famous for being able to brew online (and offline) …
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Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
The Real Reason Why AT&T Blocked 4Chan
Discussion: eWeek and PC World
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.
Discussion: TeleRead and Glass House
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
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.
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
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 and Softpedia News
Alex Barnett / Intuit Partner Platform team blog:
Announcing code.intuit.com - IPP Open Source Community  —  This morning we are announcing a new open source community for developers interested in creating connected online applications for small businesses.  The community, at code.intuit.com, lets developers work with Intuit and each …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Suddenly, Verizon Loves Wi-Fi — What's That Apple Tablet Got To Do With It?  —  Verizon said today that it's inked a partnership with Wi-Fi hotspot service provider Boingo Wireless that will allow its broadband customers to use Boingo hotspots across the country, an agreement that was first reported …
Nicholson Baker / New Yorker:
A NEW PAGE  —  Can the Kindle really improve on the book?  —  Amazon is very good at selling things, but, to date, it hasn't been as good at making things.  Photographs by Gus Powell.  —  KEYWORDS … I ordered a Kindle 2 from Amazon.  How could I not?  There were banner ads for it all over the Web.
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
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) -
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Bing Users Twice As Likely To Click On An Ad Than Google Users?  —  Are people who search on Bing more commercial than Google searchers?  According to a study by search-advertising network Chitika, visitors who arrive at sites from organic search results on Bing are 55 percent more likely …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The ‘Mayors’ of Manhattan Meet and Compete  —  Most of the people mingling in a dim Manhattan bar on Saturday afternoon were alternating between making small talk and intently studying the screens of their cellphones.  —  If this had been any other social gathering, the fact that most of the dozen …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
Twitter Not Blocked In White House, As It Turns Out  —  Yesterday we wondered about Robert Gibbs' statement that Twitter was blocked on White House computers: If it was, then how did the White House Twitter feed get updated?  We did some web-sleuthing and discovered that not only were Tweets off …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Use Your iPhone to Track Your Happiness  —  Just when you thought you'd learned about all the things your iPhone can do for you, along comes a new one: It can help you track your happiness.  Taking part also helps someone write a PhD, so it's a double plus.
Discussion: I4U News and textually.org
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Barcode replacement shown off  —  A replacement for the black and white stripes of the traditional barcode has been outlined by US researchers.  —  Bokodes, as they are known, can hold thousands of times more information than their striped cousins and can be read by a standard mobile phone camera.
Discussion: I4U News
 
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Twitter Over SMS with O2 in the UK
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AVG antivirus update attacks Apple's iTunes
Discussion: TG Daily and AVG
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Gartner Hype Cycle 2009: What's Peaking, What's Troughing?
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AP Doesn't Know Its Protection Tech Doesn't Protect
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Wall Street Journal:
What's Chinese for .limitedgovernment?
Discussion: CircleID and Domain Name Wire
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Egnyte raises $6M more to bring small businesses into the cloud
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Congress may push India's IT firms to Mexico with H-1B crackdown
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Skilled Immigrants on Why They're Leaving the U.S.