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7:10 PM ET, July 27, 2009

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Michael Scalisi / PC World:
Rumored Apple Tablet is a Train Wreck  —  Given the rumor mill chatter, it sounds like the mythical Apple tablet is all but a done deal.  People seem to be talking with certainty about how, either later this year or early next year, Apple will unveil a multitouch tablet with a 10-inch screen …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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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:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Tablet Is The Kindle In Technicolor (With Laser Beams)
Discussion: MacRumors and BNET Technology
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
The Race to Market  —  Today represents another significant milestone for Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and more importantly, the first big opportunity for developers.  We are now accepting application submissions from all 29 supported countries and have launched a Race to Market Challenge to kick things off.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's Mobile Marketplace opens for submissions, contest
Discussion: CNET News and IntoMobile
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: 4chan Status and eWeek
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
AOL Valued at Less Than $5.66 Billion After Google Sells Back Its 5% Stake  —  Time Warner Inc. bought back Google Inc.'s 5 percent stake in AOL in a transaction that values the Internet unit at less than $5.66 billion.  —  The $283 million purchase price also includes Google's share …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Yanks The Cord On GV Mobile.  Is It Trying To Kill Google Voice On The iPhone?  —  Google Voice is a pretty amazing service, but it comes with a number of minor annoyances, including the way in handles outgoing calls and SMS messages.  Fortunately, Google has recently come out with a number …
Discussion: TUAW, GottaBeMobile.com and Gizmodo
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AVG antivirus update attacks Apple's iTunes  —  A database update from AVG over the weekend made the Windows antivirus software attack users' iTunes installations, mistakenly viewing the application's library files as a Trojan virus and placing them in quarantine.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Texting Raises Crash Risk 23 Times, Study Finds  —  The first study of drivers texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk sharply exceeds previous estimates based on laboratory research — and far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions.  —  The new study …
Discussion: TechFlash and Daring Fireball, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Booyah's iPhone app lets you record and share life's achievements  —  Booyah is launching a free iPhone app today that lets you create an “achievement system for your life.”  Built by former game developers, the app lets you categorize and share your achievements in life with you friends.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is Zynga a Target for State Attorneys General?  —  A few weeks ago a good source gave me a legal document written by a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official.  It was arguing that social gaming company Zynga could be breaking multiple state and federal anti-gambling laws via its popular Texas HoldEm game.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
“YouTube Can Be Very Profitable In The Near Future”  —  A few weeks ago, everyone agreed that YouTube was going to be a perpetual money pit.  —  Then, a week ago, Google said YouTube is coming along nicely and will soon be profitable.  —  Now everyone agrees that YouTube will soon be raking in money hand over fist.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 and The SiliconANGLE
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 …
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.
Nick Denton:
Gawker Media revenues up 45% in first half  —  Last autumn I said media companies — including ours — should be preparing for a decline of up to 40% in advertising revenues over the economic cycle.  —  The plunge has already been pretty terrifying for a range of companies from Yahoo and IAC to the newspapers.
Discussion: Mediaite, the Econsultancy blog and The Awl, Thanks:atul
 
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
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Gartner Hype Cycle 2009: What's Peaking, What's Troughing?
Wall Street Journal:
What's Chinese for .limitedgovernment?
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Barcode replacement shown off
Discussion: I4U News
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Spotify Waves iPhone Buzz Under Apple's Nose