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11:55 AM ET, July 31, 2009


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Tan Weizhen / The Straits Times:
World's first tablet PC  —  Singapore firm launches touchscreen tablet computer  —  A SINGAPORE company is racing to be the first in the world to bring an almost mythical creature - the touchscreen tablet computer - to the market.  —  The start-up, Fusion Garage, has teamed …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The CrunchPad Is Toast  —  Michael Arrington's CrunchPad — a touchscreen tablet running a Web browser — is reportedly real, and should arrive by Thanksgiving for about $400.  —  But if Apple (AAPL) is really coming out with a tablet, too — a big iPod touch that sells for around $600-700 — the CrunchPad is probably doomed.
DC / dchieng:
crunchpad specs revealed
Discussion: Obsessable and Techgeist, Thanks:dchieng
Apple to fix iPhone security flaw  —  Apple is set to release a software patch to address a recently described security flaw in the iPhone, the UK network operator 02 has said.  —  Experts revealed on Thursday that modified SMS messages could result in iPhones being disconnected from the network or hijacked altogether.
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:   The Truth About The iPhone Virus / Vulnerability Thing
[IMPORTANT NOTE: References to “I” in this post refer specifically to myself, and not Panic.  Panic has lots of programmers who aren't me, and no anti-iPhone policy.]  —  I'm furious with Apple and AT&T right now, with regard to the iPhone.  —  Let's talk quickly about Google's official client app for Google Voice.
Discussion: eWeek and TechCrunch
Anil Dash:
Apple: Secrecy Does Not Scale
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Google's Android Killing Windows Mobile?  —  Earlier this morning, I got a chance to catch up with Dr. Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola, soon after his company reported earnings (they met Wall Street's modest expectations) to talk about everything from the state of the mobile market to prospects for Motorola.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The Windows Mobile-Windows continuum: The plot thickens  —  One of the most interesting question-and-answer exchanges between Wall Street analysts attending Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) and company execs has been around the convergence/divergence between mobile devices and PCs.
Discussion: AppScout and Engadget HD
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft's Long, Slow Decline  —  There were two interesting Windows-related news stories last week.  First, Joe Wilcox's story on a report from NPD claiming that 91 percent of $1,000-and-higher retail computer sales now go to Apple.  Second, Microsoft's quarterly financial results …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Will Windows 7 Win Back Defectors to the Mac?  Probably Not.  And That's OK.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to suspend Atom Z sales to netbook makers, say sources  —  Intel has reportedly informed customers that it will accept no more orders for its Atom Z processors from netbook makers soon, as it is getting close to completely digesting its inventory, according to industry sources.
TG Daily:   Intel runs out of Atoms - report
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge: Tenenbaum guilty of copyright infringement  —  It's all over for Joel Tenenbaum—except for the size of the check he'll be told to write the RIAA.  In a reversal of her decision last night, Judge Nancy Gertner has granted the record labels' motion for a directed verdict on the issue of copyright infringement.
Gmail Blog:
Send mail from another address without “on behalf of”  —  Quite a few of you use Gmail's custom “From:” to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address.  Since these messages are sent by Gmail's servers but “from” a non-Gmail address …
Google Watch:
How to Create an Online Store with Google Checkout in 5 Minutes  —  Google Checkout may not be the successful payment processing platform Google hoped it would become, but the company keeps trying to leverage it in other ways.  —  Yesterday, the search engine brought us the Google Checkout store gadget …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Ads Follow Web Users, and Get Much More Personal  —  For all the concern and uproar over online privacy, marketers and data companies have always known much more about consumers' offline lives, like income, credit score, home ownership, even what car they drive and whether they have a hunting license.
Discussion: DailyFinance and
Andrew Culf / Guardian:
Hacker Gary McKinnon loses appeal against extradition to US  —  • McKinnon's family and supporters express dismay at decision  —  • High court rules that Jacqui Smith had taken Asperger's into account  —  The British computer hacker Gary McKinnon failed today in his latest legal attempt …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Yahoo: Losing the Geek Factor  —  Surrendering search responsibilities to Microsoft will likely take a toll on Yahoo's engineering and innovation prowess  —  An identity crisis gripping Yahoo! (YHOO) had reached Shakespearean proportions by late 2007, when Apple (AAPL) …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
IPhone Investigation to Focus on Markets Without Service, FCC Head Says  —  U.S. regulators probing wireless- phone contracts will focus on markets where Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Palm Inc.'s Pre aren't available to consumers, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said.
Discussion: FierceWireless
Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:   US FCC Looking Into Consumers Who Can't Buy Hot Phones
Darren Murph / Engadget:
China Unicom's iPhone gets regulatory approval, pictured  —  Still having doubts that an iPhone will ever come to China via legitimate means?  Have a gander at this.  According to the listing after the break, which was discovered on China's State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC …
Steve Ballmer / Microsoft:
Financial Analyst Meeting 2009  —  STEVE BALLMER: Well, thanks.  It is a real pleasure for me to have a chance to be here with you today.  I actually have a lot more I need to cover than I have in many past financial analyst conferences.  So I'm going to try to do that with some slides …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The New MySpace Mail Quietly Emerges As A Big-Time Email Competitor  —  We've been covering the new web email project MySpace has been working on in stealth mode for the past several month.  Now it's ready to begin a quiet rollout today, in beta, for users around the globe.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Lawsuit: Amazon Ate My Homework  —  An Orwellian gaffe involving the Kindle e-book reader just won't go down the memory hole for … On Thursday, a Chicago-based law firm filed a suit in federal court in Seattle against Amazon on behalf of Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old Michigan high school senior.
Chris Leyton / PlayStation 3:
PS3 Manufacturing Costs Reduced By 70% News  —  Amidst price cut rumours Sony Corp confirms that manufacturing costs have been substantially reduced...  During a conference call for overseas investors following Sony's Q1 09 financials, Nobuyuki Oneda Sony Corp's CEO and Executive Vice President …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Creating New “LinkedIn Killer” Called WSJ Connect  —  The Wall Street Journal has long envied the success of professional social network LinkedIn and its 15 million or so monthly visitors ( has just a third of that).  In late 2008 they launched WSJ Community, a social network bolted onto the main WSJ site.
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