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8:15 AM ET, July 28, 2009

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store  —  Earlier today we learned that Apple had begun to pull all Google Voice-enabled applications from the App Store, citing the fact that they “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple pulling Google Voice-enabled iPhone apps  —  Apple is systematically pulling iPhone apps that use Google Voice to simplify and reduce the costs of making phone calls, though it's suspected Apple isn't the one making the actual judgment call.  —  One of these, developer Sean Kovacs …
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 …
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Andrew Baron:
The Apple TV  —  There is an interesting story here that almost EVERYONE may be sleeping through.  Note the headline, for instance, “Rumored Apple Tablet is a Train Wreck” direct from PC World which states, as a matter of fact, that the “Apple Tablet” is a train wreck.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Apple Tablet: Some Possibly Answered Questions  —  About the only thing we know for sure about Apple's allegedly upcoming tablet computer is that there's definitely misinformation floating around at the moment.  Last week, AppleInsider.  Last week, AppleInsider was exceptionally confident …
Discussion: geeksugar and Edible Apple
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Report: Hon Hai to build Apple tablets as soon as September  —  A Chinese newspaper has reported that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. will assemble tablet computers for Apple that may appear for sale as early as September.  —  The report, published by the Taipei, Taiwan Apple Daily paper …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Tablet Is The Kindle In Technicolor (With Laser Beams)
Discussion: Geek.com and Pocket-lint.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
The New AOL LLC Details: Search Bidding War by Next Year; $90M Restructuring Charges  —  Some more details gleaned from AOL (NYSE: TWX) Inc's first new filing with SEC. We reported on the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Patch transaction earlier today.  —For one, AOL's finally HQed in NYC, as it should have done a long time ago.
Discussion: The Register
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin  —  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.
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.
Reuters:
Apple, Unicom ink deal on iPhone China sales -paper  —  China Unicom (0762.HK), one of China's top three mobile carriers, has reached a deal with Apple (AAPL.O) for the exclusive sale of its iPhones in China for three years, the official Shanghai Securities News reported on Tuesday.
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Agence France Presse:
China Unicom says progress in talks to sell iPhone
Discussion: Engadget and Mashable!
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Thanks for giving my pixels back, browser makers  —  I'd personally like to offer browser makers my gratitude for realizing that my screen isn't big enough.  —  I'm one of those people who wants every bit of display real estate I can get.  The more I can see of the document I'm writing …
Discussion: Guardian and Lifehacker
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Jason Cross / PC World:
Mozilla Releases Firefox 4.0 Interface Mockups
Discussion: The Register
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Learning the Power of Teamwork in a Netflix Race for $1 Million  —  A contest set up by Netflix, which offered a $1 million prize to anyone who could significantly improve its movie recommendation system, ended on Sunday with two teams in a virtual dead heat, and no winner to be declared until September.
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Jon / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Prize Competition Closes - But No Winner Announced Yet
Discussion: NewTeeVee, WebProNews and AppScout
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
What Everyone Made from the Zappos Sale  —  If Zappos was a forced sale, would someone please come force me a raise?  —  Zappos just filed its S4 with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which details the history of the merger talks with Amazon.  There's a lot of boring boilerplate here …
Lisa Donovan / Chicago Sun Times:
Tweet about apartment mold draws lawsuit  —  It was a not-so-sweet Tweet about a Chicago apartment.  —  So Horizon Group Management LLC filed a libel lawsuit Monday against former tenant Amanda Bonnen, claiming one of her alleged Twitter posts “maliciously and wrongfully” …
Discussion: WBBM-TV
Reuters:
Verizon Wireless seeks U.S. court judgment on ads  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone Group PLC, asked a U.S. court for a judgment that its advertising claims to be “America's Most Reliable 3G Network” were truthful, which rival AT&T called “misleading” on Monday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Search Engine Blekko Raises $11.5 Million  —  One search engine dies, another takes a step forward.  —  This is a hard space to find a niche in, but the money at stake if you succeed is staggering.  —  Blekko, the stealth search engine we've been covering since early 2008 …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Google's Marissa Mayer Is On Twitter (GOOG)  —  Google exec Marissa Mayer — whom internal Twitter documents described as a “huge distraction” — has finally signed up for the service under her own name.  — She's located @MarissaMayer.
Discussion: Gawker
TrustedReviews Digital Cameras:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Review  —  Last August I reviewed the Lumix DMC-FZ28, Panasonic's entry in the competitive super-zoom bridge camera market.  As its many satisfied buyers will attest, the FZ28 is a superb camera, earning our highest accolade the Editor's Choice award.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Toshiba is making a whole lot of flash memory chips this month: New iPods?  Tablet-related?  Puppies?  —  New iPods usually come out in September, right?  There or thereabouts, at any rate.  Well then maybe we should look into this report that says Toshiba will “ramp up” production of flash memory chips during the month of Auguest.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge rejects fair use defense as Tenenbaum P2P trial begins  —  There will be no fair use defense for Joel Tenenbaum at trial this week.  —  Everything about the Tenenbaum case has been highly unusual, and Judge Nancy Gernter's final pretrial order was no exception.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seeds iPhone 3.1 Beta 3 to developers  —  Apple provided iPhone developers Monday afternoon with a third beta of iPhone 3.1, the first planned update to its third-generation mobile operating system.  —  Beta 3 is only accessible to those with an existing developer account.
Alan Travis / Guardian:
The government's guide to using Twitter  —  Guidelines suggest tweets should be frequent, timely and credible  —  Even its author admits that a 20-page strategy paper for government departments on how to use Twitter might be regarded as “a bit of over the top” for a microblogging tool with a limit of 140 characters a message.
Discussion: BBC, NevilleHobson.com and Mashable!
Laura June / Engadget:
Philips' first Android endeavor, the V808, caught on camera?  —  Not a ton of details to be found here, but the first shots of what certainly appears to be Philips' first Android handset have emerged from China.  The V808, as it's called, certainly looks Androidy enough, with a 3.2-inch …
Aral Balkan:
My Sys-Con Nightmare  —  A tale of intellectual property, identity, libel, and online bullying.  —  A little history  —  Beyond simply using my content without permission, they had misappropriated my identity by stating that I was one of their authors.  And I wasn't the only one.
 
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