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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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Are Apple And The Music Labels Mixing Holiday “Cocktails” On The Tablet?  —  An interesting report hit the Financial Times today, indicating that Apple is working with all of the major music labels on a way to boost album sales.  But the report is confusing in a number of regards …
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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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.
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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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 …
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv Opens Its API For Free, Hopes Live Video Will Explode  —  “Archive video has clearly exploded all over the internet, but live video hasn't.  We think it's because more flexibility is needed that no single product can meet, but an open platform can.”
Discussion: Justin.tv Blog
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.
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 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.
 
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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
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Mail Volume Expected to Continue Decline; U.S. Postal Service Adapting Services
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Facebook Wants To Know If You'd Mind Sharing All Of Your Information
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
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Mozilla and Google, Group Hugs Get Tricky
Discussion: Beyond Search and TECH.BLORGE.com