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12:20 PM ET, July 30, 2009

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
WSJ: Apple going to CES 2010.  Reality: Nope.  —  This week Gary Shapiro, chief exec of of the CEA (the trade group which puts on CES, and, full disclosure, for which I sometimes consult) held a private dinner with journalists in San Francisco.  According to Dow Jones / WSJ reporter Ben Charny …
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Ben Charny / Digits:
Will Apple CEO Headline CES '10?  —  Those snubbed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs take heart.  He won't return calls from Gary Shapiro, who heads the world's largest consumer electronics industry trade group.  —  Bloomberg News  —  Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, at an October 2008 press conference.
TMZ.com:
Steve Jobs — Big Man on Campus ... Again  —  Steve Jobs is back to an Apple a day — and we've got the proof.  —  TMZ obtained this photo of the Apple co-founder leaving company headquarters in Cupertino, California around 3:00 PM today.  —  It's the first time we've seen Jobs …
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Today's News and Yahoo!'s Developer Program  —  Given the Yahoo! Microsoft news today, many of you are wondering what will happen to Yahoo!'s search offerings for developers.  In particular, we've received a number of questions about our two most popular search services: SearchMonkey …
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal May Hurt Competition, Google Exec Says  —  The head of Google's search organization said the search deal announced Wednesday between Microsoft and Yahoo looked likely to be negative for competition and for consumers.  —  If Yahoo adopts Microsoft's Bing search engine …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
In Search, Microsoft's Gain Is Not Google's Loss
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yahoo committed seppuku today.
MacNN:
Stunning Nano-Phone Surfaces in Patent  —  A belated US Patent via an Australian filing mysteriously surfaced this month revealing a stunning nano-phone concept in development at Apple.  The design involves a very sophisticated yet complicated dual-surface user interface.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Motorola: Android device launches get us back in the smartphone game  —  Updated: Motorola's Sanjay Jha, co-CEO and head of the company's mobile device unit, says that new Android-based smartphones are on track for the holidays.  Jha added that Motorola is planning a barrage of Android-based devices …
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Windows Mobile becomes Windows Phone  —  What's in a name after all?  —  AT AN EVENT to show off upcoming Christmas goodies, Microsoft let slip to the INQ that Windows Mobile 6.5 is to be re-christened Windows Phone.  —  This, says Vole, is an effort to unboggle the minds of the consumer with all the …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nokia N97 ‘Mini’ gets pictured in the wild?  —  We've already heard talk of a Nokia N97 Mini (or Mini N97, if you will) from folks who should know what the situation is, and it looks like things have now gotten more interesting still, with some seemingly legitimate pictures of the rumored device finding …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What If: The New New York Times  —  Like everyone else I've watched the print media world fall apart over the last few years.  The poster child for that industry is the New York Times, of course, and their many missteps in recent memory have been well chronicled.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo's sales and profits plummet in June quarter  —  Nintendo has defied gravity during the recession, seeing strong sales and profit growth that have been the envy of the industry.  But in its first fiscal quarter that ended June 30, the company saw a sales drop 40 percent and profits fall 60.6 percent.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple boosts Time Capsule capacity to 2TB  —  Apple has quietly upgraded its Time Capsule product, introducing a new higher capacity model, but kept prices unchanged.  —  The new Time Capsule is available with a 2TB capacity - more than enough to support wireless back-up for multiple Macs.
Neil McAllister / Neil McAllister's blog:
How Wolfram Alpha could change software  —  The upstart “computational knowledge engine” claims its results are original works, raising important questions about software and intellectual property  —  Don't call Wolfram Alpha a search engine.  Billed by its creators at Wolfram Research as a …
Discussion: Wolfram and WebProNews
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
Virtual worlds are getting a second life  —  We haven't heard much recently about so-called virtual worlds such as Second Life, in which you move around with your own avatar.  Critics must be hoping they have disappeared up their own ether.  Actually, they are booming.
Discussion: CloudAve
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft spends $925 million to acquire nine companies in '09  —  As expected, Microsoft significantly slowed its pace of acquisitions in its recently completed fiscal year, according to new data released by the company this morning as part of its annual Form 10-K fiing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Thanks:johnhcook
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers exploit flaws in SSL, domain authentication system  —  LAS VEGAS—Two researchers have separately uncovered flaws in the way domain names are verified on the Internet that could allow attackers to impersonate a site and steal information from unsuspecting Web surfers.
Discussion: Macworld and Internetnews Blog
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
12% of Americans Bought Virtual Goods in Past 12 Months: Survey  —  Roughly 12 percent of Americans, or more than one in 10, have bought a virtual item at some point in the last 12 months, according to a new study by analyst firm Frank N. Magid Associates and commissioned by virtual currency provider PlaySpan.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Sony Posts $390.5 Million Loss  —  TOKYO — Sony suffered a net loss of $390.5 million (¥37.1 billion) in the first quarter, the electronics and entertainment giant said Thursday, maintaining its forecast for a second straight year of red ink as the global economic slump continued to weigh on its bottom line.
Discussion: Eurogamer, Digital Daily and Crave
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Intel motherboards suffer Bios flaws  —  Intel has warned that a number of its desktop and server motherboards have Basic Input Output Software (Bios) security issues.  —  The chip company released Bios updates on Wednesday, and wrote in an in an advisory that certain models of its motherboards have privilege escalation flaws.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Open-source Project Aims to Makes Secure DNS Easier  —  A group of developers has released open-source software that gives administrators a hand in making the Internet's addressing system less vulnerable to hackers.  —  The software, called OpenDNSSEC, automates many tasks associated …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
When the chips are down  —  Moore's law has seen computing power grow exponentially for 40 years - but soon economics, not physics, may stop it.  Jack Schofield reports on the search for a solution  —  For the past 40 years, the whole of modern electronics - not just computers …
Discussion: TG Daily
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Asus cancels its first USB 3.0 motherboard  —  ASUS HAS TOLD The INQUIRER that the world's first USB 3.0 based motherboard, its P6X58, has been cancelled with no real explanation as to why.  —  World plus dog cheered the arrival of the world's first USB 3.0 motherboard last week.
Discussion: Engadget and CentralGadget.com
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Single misplaced ‘&’ caused latest IE exploit  —  A security hole in Internet Explorer that opened the browser to hackers since early July was caused by a single typo in Microsoft's code.  —  An errant ampersand ("&") took the blame for the exploit, admitted Microsoft in a blog published Tuesday …
Gamasutra:
Exclusive: World Of Warcraft's U.S. Retail Sales Total 8.6 Million  —  stumble it!  —  Blizzard's World Of Warcraft has sold a spectacular 8.6 million copies to date, according to NPD data provided to Gamasutra.  —  Following the revelation that The Sims 3 sold more than 800,000 copies …
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
LG officially unveils its new Chocolate, the BL40
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Plans Mobile WiMax Launch …
Discussion: Time Warner Cable and Electronista
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Methods used in cell-phone/driving studies spur debate
Discussion: IntoMobile and digg.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
GGF: Pirate Bay Purchase Will Happen August 27
Ben Gilbert / Joystiq:
DSi firmware v1.4 drops in Japan, Facebook connectivity arrives alongside
Discussion: GoNintendo, Kotaku and technabob
Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:
Telcos protest Internet data requests
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Timothy / Slashdot:
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