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3:00 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?  —  Correction: It is not clear whether Apple will attend the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.  This post previously stated that Apple would attend.  Those snubbed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs take heart.  He won't return calls from Gary Shapiro …
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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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Showing Our Thanks to Windows 7 Beta Testers....  Last week, I blogged that members of the Windows Technical Beta Program would not be receiving a complimentary copy of Windows 7.  Normally I hate to be wrong but in this case, I'm stoked that I am.  —  To show our appreciation …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft does a 180: Tech testers to get a copy of Windows 7 for free
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.
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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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
My6Sense puts smart RSS reading in your pocket  —  My6Sense, a company that previewed its RSS recommendation technology at the Under the Radar Mobility conference back in late November, is finally ready to get its tools into the hands of users.  Later this week the company plans to release …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VC Cafe
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:   Developers beware: Apple undermines my6sense app launch
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Ordered To Close In The Netherlands  —  In an Amsterdam court last week, BREIN's lawyer argued that The Pirate Bay is responsible for millions of copyright infringements every day, and that the site should therefore be blocked to visitors from The Netherlands.
Discussion: Threat Level and Download Squad
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
GGF: Pirate Bay Purchase Will Happen August 27
The Official Google Blog:
I now pronounce you monetized: a YouTube video case study  —  (Cross-posted from the YouTube Biz Blog)  —  Last week the world watched in wonder as Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party transformed a familiar and predictable tradition into something spontaneous and just flat-out fun.
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.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
What's to become of Microsoft's answer to the iPod?  —  The Zune faces steep sales declines, low market share ahead of update  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp.'s quarterly earnings report last week featured a number of grim statistics, including a relatively overlooked …
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: Vanity Fair, Publishing 2.0 and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Motorola Sholes Android phone headed for Verizon?  —  On the lookout for the Motorola / Android / Verizon trifecta, we dug up some handset renders over at motofan.ru that seem to fit the bill quite well, thank you.  According to the site, “Sholes” is a 3.7-inch (480 x 854) …
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay Building Software to Replace Skype Technology  —  EBay Inc. is building new software to run its Skype Internet-calling service, a bid to sidestep a licensing dispute with Skype's founders, who have threatened to take back the underlying technology.  —  The new software will be expensive …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Expedia earnings plunge, but shares jump in early trading  —  Online travel agency Expedia's second quarter earnings dropped 57 percent, hit by foreign exchange rate changes and a decrease in hotel and air travel bookings.  But the the company's adjusted earnings beat analyst expectations …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Jeremy Mullman / AdAge:
Southern Comfort Pours Entire Media Budget Into Digital  —  Move Allows Brand to Buy Popular Network Shows Online Instead of Overcrowded Cable Fare  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Brown-Forman's Southern Comfort brand — weary of jostling for notice with other spirits brands during …
Discussion: GigaOM and the Econsultancy blog
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
 
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Advertising and comScore Collaborate to Bring New Digital …
Discussion: paidContent and SEO and Tech Daily
NEWS.com.au:
How big is the internet?  —  THE internet has permeated everything …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
M&A Activity Heats Up In July To $9.6 Billion
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russian Mobile Market Players in Troubles over Unsold iPhones
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and 9 to 5 Mac
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
When the chips are down  —  Moore's law has seen computing …
Discussion: TG Daily
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft spends $925 million to acquire nine companies in '09
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 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
LG officially unveils its new Chocolate, the BL40
Discussion: LG, PhoneDog.com, Pulse2 and PalmAddicts
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Intel motherboards suffer Bios flaws
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Asus cancels its first USB 3.0 motherboard
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers exploit flaws in SSL, domain authentication system
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big Content: ludicrous to expect DRMed music to work forever
Discussion: Techgeist, TeleRead and Boing Boing