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2:15 AM ET, July 28, 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 …
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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.
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Tablet Is The Kindle In Technicolor (With Laser Beams)  —  While there's a lot of talk about Apple's rumored tablet device as it relates to new initiatives from the music industry, the device is undoubtedly a lot larger in scope.  The music-angle talk is mostly thanks to the Financial Times …
Discussion: Brave New World and ChannelWeb
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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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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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.
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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.
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: WebProNews, NewTeeVee and AppScout
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
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.
Discussion: mocoNews and AppleInsider
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 …
Discussion: AltSearchEngines and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ian Bell / Techdirt:
Examining Fact And (Gov't Crafted) Fiction On The Number Of Chinese Web Surfers  —  Statistics lauding the growth of the Internet in China have become so commonplace as to inspire yawns, despite breathless press reports of hundreds of millions of Chinese going online and signing up for the 'net.
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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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jeremy Wright / Ensight:
Handing Over the Reins at b5media (Or: A Year of Transition)  —  At the beginning of this year (literally, the 4th of January), I took nearly 2 weeks off work from b5media, the company I've been lucky enough to serve as CEO for the last 3 ish years (the original year or so was as a group of founders).
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Layoffs, Palm Pre Coming to Verizon  —  This recession is a long way from over if Verizon's latest earnings are anything to judge by.  Reporting second-quarter earnings that were a penny better than the 62 cents per share Wall Street had been expecting, the company said it suffered …
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.
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.
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.
 
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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Tests Planned for Seattle, Boston
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Alan Travis / Guardian:
The government's guide to using Twitter
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Windows XP to Windows 7: It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride
Discussion: TechSpot, TechVi and digg.com
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
Helping partners help themselves
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Adopting The Word ‘Tweet’ On Its Website
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Can ‘Good Blogging Seal Of Approval’ Help Mommy Bloggers Avoid The Regulators?
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
New eBay program aims to reward good sellers
 Earlier Items: 
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Whatever happened to the Conficker worm?
Discussion: TechVi
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AVG antivirus update attacks Apple's iTunes
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Use Your iPhone to Track Your Happiness
Discussion: I4U News and textually.org