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9:25 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:
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Labels to serve digital albums to iTunes rivals
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Are Apple And The Music Labels Mixing Holiday “Cocktails” On The Tablet?
Discussion: CNET News
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK  —  RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, the handset formerly known as the BlackBerry Gemini.  Set to land on both T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK next month, the Curve 8520 is the company's latest non-3G smartphone …
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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 (I can get there if I don't go via AT&T).
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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.
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: LiveSide and MarketingVOX, 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
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
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.
Discussion: The Register, Electronista and Gizmodo
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 …
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: Slashdot
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 …
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: Brainstorm Tech and Mashable!
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Skilled Immigrants on Why They're Leaving the U.S.  —  A long wait for a green card, coupled with the soft U.S. economy, is prompting an exodus of some of the best and brightest  —  Lured by the prospect of climbing to the top of his field, New Delhi native Swaroop Ganguly came …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.
 
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook loses sizzle for Martha Stewart
Discussion: Mashable!
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Congress may push India's IT firms to Mexico with H-1B crackdown
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Could this be the end of electric power cords?
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Security certificate warnings don't work, researchers say
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
The best time to invest in social networks is when the corporates sell....
Discussion: Guardian, Mashable! and paidContent
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Pew: minorities embrace internet via handheld devices
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv Opens Its API For Free, Hopes Live Video Will Explode
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Site Is Winning Fashion Fans by Letting Them Play Designer
Michael Jones / TUAW:
Promo codes again allowed for 17+ apps
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Digital Nomads Ditch Cubicles for Shared Spaces, Choosing Their Co-Workers
Discussion: MobileContentToday
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