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10:40 AM ET, July 30, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yahoo committed seppuku today.  —  The once proud warrior of the internet space laid down its sword, knelt at the feet of Microsoft and gutted itself today.  There was no honor in this death, it was one brought by the shame of losing to Google and a lack of faith in one's ability to compete in the space they created.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal, In Simple Terms  —  What a day!  Still trying to digest all the news about the Yahoo Microsoft search deal?  So are we.  While answers are still coming in, here's what we know so far.  —  In a nutshell, what just happened?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
In Search, Microsoft's Gain Is Not Google's Loss
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Microsoft-Yahoo: Antitrust Hurdles Loom
Discussion: Business Week and NPR Blogs
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P  —  Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks  —  Computerworld - Details about a U.S. Secret Service safe house for the First Family — to be used in a national emergency …
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Reuters:
Lawmaker urges regulations for file-sharing
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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.
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
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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
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 …
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.
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: Digital Daily and Crave
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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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Methods used in cell-phone/driving studies spur debate
Discussion: IntoMobile and digg.com
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Asus cancels its first USB 3.0 motherboard
Discussion: Engadget and CentralGadget.com
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
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Microsoft launches UK online TV player
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Newsroom Now Has (Wow) 1,500 Writers
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big Content: ludicrous to expect DRMed music to work forever
Discussion: Techgeist, TeleRead and Boing Boing
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Roger McNamee: Judgment Day
Discussion: WebOS Arena and all things Pre
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Mint.com data: Economy may be bouncing back
Reuters:
Foxconn suicide turns spotlight on counterfeiting
Timothy / Slashdot:
Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — “I've Had Enough”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shareholders Transfer $2.9 Billion To Microsoft Shareholders