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9:45 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 …
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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
Discussion: geeksugar and Edible Apple
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Tablet Is The Kindle In Technicolor (With Laser Beams)
Discussion: NPR Blogs, Geek.com and Pocket-lint.com
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 …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Design ideas show Firefox 4.0 with a Chrome look  —  Mozilla has released mockups that show how Firefox 4.0 conceivably might look, and two words spring to my mind: Google Chrome.  —  Last week, Mozilla showed some mockups for the nearer-term Firefox 3.7 that eliminated the browser's title bar …
Discussion: Guardian, Mashable! and Pocket-lint.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
The New AOL LLC Details: Search Bidding War By Next Year; $90M In Restructuring Charges  —  Some more details gleaned from AOL (NYSE: TWX) Inc's first new filing with the 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 been a long time ago.
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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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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: Podcasting News and WBBM-TV
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.
Electronista:
Sprint Buys Virgin Mobile  —  Sprint this morning said it would buy out Virgin Mobile's US division for an equity value of $483 million.  The deal cancels out Virgin's $248 million in outstanding debts and is intended to bolster Sprint's efforts in the arena of prepaid phones.
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 …
Digital Engagement:
Template Twitter strategy for Government Departments  —  Guest post by Neil Williams, head of corporate digital channels at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  Neil blogs at http://neilojwilliams.net/missioncreep and is @neillyneil on Twitter.
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Alan Travis / Guardian:
The government's guide to using Twitter
Discussion: BBC, Mashable! and O'Reilly Radar
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 Mobile, Mashable! and TechVi
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.
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.
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.
Charlotte Dunlap / Forbes:
HP Looks For Security Blanket  —  Security services are a must-have now for computer vendors.  Could HP buy McAfee?  —  Enterprise network equipment vendors that don't have a security story are now scrambling to find one.  That's because customers are starting to demand that their infrastructure vendor …
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
Jamie Lendino / PC Magazine:
SiRF Unveils Next Generation GPS  —  SiRF, the San Jose-based embedded GPS company, has unveiled SiRFstar IV, a vast upgrade to the GPS architecture used in many portable and in-car GPS systems released over the past five years.  —  The new architecture aims to reduce battery drain, and it allows for much smaller receiver components.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
Will Knight / Technology Review:
Microsoft Game Helps Make Search Better  —  A new game asks users to help refine search results.  —  Researchers at Microsoft's labs in Redmond, WA, have released an online game to help fine-tune search results.  —  Called Page Hunt, the game presents players with web pages and asks …
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.
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.
 
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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
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Ian Bell / Techdirt:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Adopting The Word ‘Tweet’ On Its Website
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
New eBay program aims to reward good sellers
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AVG antivirus update attacks Apple's iTunes