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6:00 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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It Was AT&T  —  I just posted the following correction to today's earlier piece on the Google Voice/App Store thing:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and PreCentral.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Fact & Fiction of Google Voice's iPhone Rejection  —  Updated: 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.
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” …
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Sean Percival / lalawag:   Sued for $50,000 Over Moldy Tweet
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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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple iTablet component suppliers named
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, Techgeist and jkOnTheRun
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.
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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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.
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 …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Yahoo Mobile site gets iPhone overhaul, syncing  —  Yahoo has been busy.  Last week, it announced a new customizable homepage you can personalize by adding favorite Yahoo services and social networking modules.  On Tuesday, Yahoo unveiled a new iPhone-optimized design for the iPhone's Safari browser …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, Yahoo Still Negotiating; Deal Could Be Announced Any Time  —  The much anticipated Microsoft/Yahoo search alliance is in the “final stages of negotiation” says a source close to Yahoo, and may be signed at any time.  The two companies have been negotiating the terms of the transaction for weeks …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
AP: “We're Done” Answering Questions About Fair Use & Our Rights System  —  Still confused about the Associated Press's announcement last week about a new content tagging system that's supposed to provide rights information?  I am — but the AP's apparently not talking to anyone further about it.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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: Ars Technica
Marc Graser / Variety:
Twitter fizzles at Comic-Con  —  Number of tweets falls short of expectations  —  The tweets weren't as loud as expected.  —  Marketing mavens had thought fans would whip out their cell phones and use Twitter to spread the word instantly on what they thought about the movies Hollywood took to Comic-Con last week.
Discussion: Fast Company
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to launch the Samsung Solstice A887 on August 2nd, $99.99  —  Surprise, AT&T-rocking budget touchscreen fans.  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us with some Sammy juice and it looks like the affordable A887, formerly known as the Infinity, will be hitting stores nationwide this coming Sunday, August 2nd.
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
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 …
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.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
The Web Is Flat: Why Time Spent Online Is Leveling Off  —  Forrester Survey Says Use of Internet Media Stayed Steady at 12 Hours a Week  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Time spent with the internet, as it turns out, doesn't balloon indefinitely.  —  That might sound obvious …
Discussion: ChasNote, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Discussion: BBC, CNET News and eWeek
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 …
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
WARNING: TwitViewer May Be a Phishing Scam  —  Want to know who visits your Twitter profile?  Sounds potentially interesting, and it's the premise of TwitViewer.net, a site that is being shared by thousands of Twitter users this afternoon with the message “Want to know whos stalking you on Twitter?”
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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Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Greenpeace wars with HP
Discussion: eWeek and Gizmodo
Spiegel Online:
‘Maybe Media Will Be a Hobby Rather than a Job’
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Verizon Wireless Details App Store Plans; Partners With BlackBerry
Discussion: PC World
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Former Grokster exec pulls out of Pirate Bay acquisition
Discussion: Threat Level
Belkin News:
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Discussion: Macworld, CrunchGear and Gearlog
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft in partner talks with local newspapers
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China bans online games which glamorize gangs
Discussion: Geek.com and DailyTech
 Earlier Items: 
Garrick Schmitt / AdAge:
Can a ‘URL Killer’ Save Our Text-Weary Thumbs?
Thanks:atul
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Data centers go underground
Electronista:
Sprint to buy out Virgin Mobile USA
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
What Everyone Made from the Zappos Sale
Discussion: Bits and Digits, Thanks:atul