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3:10 PM 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fact & Fiction of Google Voice's iPhone Rejection  —  This morning's tempest in the teapot involves Google Voice apps being rejected by Apple's iPhone store. iPhone App Developer Sean Kovacs says his GV mobile app was pulled and since then several others have been rejected by Apple as well.
Discussion: PC World, Techdirt, tinyComb and Fast Company, Thanks:atul
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple Rejects Google Voice Apps From App Store
Discussion: Technologizer and PreCentral.net
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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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 …
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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” …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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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).
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
US Movie Companies Go After The Pirate Bay - Again  —  Despite losing in court against the music and movie industries, The Pirate Bay continues to operate, a clearly unacceptable situation for the plaintiffs in the case.  The verdict is subject to appeal and that could make the whole thing drag on for years yet.
Discussion: CNET News and p2pnet
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.
Casey Ho / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: Links Got Shorter and Smarter  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Pocket-lint.com
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Is the Economy Really THIS Bad?  —  This was a strange earnings season.  —  But it has been a remarkably strange economy.  —  But when you look at the big names in tech, including Intel, IBM, Apple, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, and the big names on Wall Street, there was a bizarre disconnect …
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 …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft in partner talks with local newspapers  —  MSN, Microsoft's news and entertainment portal, is looking at partnering with regional newspapers to serve hyper-local feeds, while it revamps several parts of the site.  —  The move comes approximately a month after MSN Local …
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 …
Peter Enav / Associated Press:
Taiwan's Foxconn agrees on suicide compensation  —  The Taiwanese employer of a young Chinese man who killed himself after being interrogated over a missing iPhone prototype has agreed to pay compensation to his family, a company official said Tuesday.  —  Sun Danyong, 25 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X 10.5.8 Development Wrapping Up?  —  MacRumors has received word that Apple seeded OS X Leopard 10.5.8 Build 9L30 to developers last night, including only a single documented change related to an issue with external monitors and waking from sleep mode.  There are reportedly no listed outstanding issues in the latest build.
Discussion: Softpedia News and I4U News
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 …
 
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Web Is Flat: Why Time Spent Online Is Leveling Off
Discussion: ChasNote, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Globe and Mail:
Ontario urges PM to block foreign Nortel sale
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China bans online games which glamorize gangs
Discussion: New York Times, Geek.com and DailyTech
Garrick Schmitt / AdAge:
Can a ‘URL Killer’ Save Our Text-Weary Thumbs?
Thanks:atul
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What is Twitter? Most people still don't know, study finds
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:electricwaffles
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
iTunes will sell four billion tracks this year
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Data centers go underground
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Talent search is on for cybersecurity students
Discussion: Technology Live and CircleID
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
The New AOL LLC Details: Search Bidding War By Next Year …
Discussion: The Register
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Learning the Power of Teamwork in a Netflix Race for $1 Million