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11:55 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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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Voice iPhone app rejected, current GV apps lose connection with iTunes  —  Perhaps the big G spoke too soon when it said its new Google Voice service was coming to iPhone.  First, GV Mobile developer Sean Kovacs relays a phone call he had with Apple where he was notified of his app …
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Rejects Official Google Voice iPhone App
Discussion: DailyTech and T3.com News
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.
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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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Apple Tablet: Some Possibly Answered Questions
Discussion: O'Reilly News and Geek.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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Monster Merger: IBM Buys SPSS For Approx. $1.2 Billion In Cash Deal  —  IBM is buying analytics software and solutions provider SPSS in an all cash transaction at a price of $50/share - a 42 percent premium to Monday's closing price of $35.09 on Nasdaq - resulting in a total cash consideration …
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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.
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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.
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” …
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Hopes To Improve Bing With Page Hunt Game
Discussion: Softpedia News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
China's iPhone deal: New details emerge  —  The headlines out of China overnight Tuesday were headsnappers.  —  First Shanghai Security News reported that Apple (AAPL) had reached a three-year deal with China Unicom to market the iPhone in the world's largest cellphone market (600 million-plus subscribers).
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Barnes & Noble makes Wi-Fi free via AT&T  —  Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide offer Wi-Fi access, and the majority of them are already hotspots through AT&T. Those stores now offer free access via Wi-Fi, with a focus on expanding customer awareness of the Barnes & Noble's burgeoning e-book library.
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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Electronista:
Sprint to buy out Virgin Mobile USA  —  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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Lands A Big Distribution Deal With YouTube And Others; Redesigns Dashboard  —  Mike Hudack, the founder of Blip.tv, just landed a major set of deals to expand the distribution of his Web video network.  The biggest deal is with YouTube, which for the first time will allow Blip.tv …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
No new netbooks from Asustek, Acer in 2H09; Acer pushes back Android netbook  —  Asustek Computer and Acer will not offer any new netbooks in the second half of 2009, as Intel plans to push the launch of its entry-level products including the Pine Trail-M platform to the first quarter of 2010, according to industry sources.
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.
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.
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.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Oracle sues Qtrax, claims P2P site owes $1.8 million
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Peter Enav / Associated Press:
Taiwan's Foxconn agrees on suicide compensation
Discussion: eWeek
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
US Movie Companies Go After The Pirate Bay - Again
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Earnings Call: Viacom's Dauman: About Done With Upfront, Epix Signs Verizon
Discussion: Media Decoder
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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Google's Marissa Mayer Is On Twitter (GOOG)
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Stealth Search Engine Blekko Raises $11.5 Million