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3:30 AM ET, August 1, 2009


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Fawn Johnson / Dow Jones Newswires:
FCC Looking Into AT&T Rejection Of Google Voice App  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The Federal Communications Commission has launched an inquiry to AT&T Inc. (T) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) over the rejection of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) voice application for the popular iPhone.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
FCC Takes On Apple And AT&T Over Google Voice Rejection  —  My, how the tables have changed.  Earlier this week, we learned that Apple had suddenly begun to pull third party iPhone applications for Google Voice, citing the unconvincing rationale that they “duplicated” some of the iPhone's functionality.
Ben Sheffner / Ars Technica:
Oy Tenenbaum!  RIAA wins $675,000, or $22,500 per song  —  After a brief deliberation, a federal jury has awarded the record labels $XXX in damages, finding that PhD student Joel Tenenbaum willfully infringed on 30 copyrights.  Next up: an appeal on the constitutionality of the statutory damages awarded.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing  —  Most people buy a PC preinstalled with the edition of Windows that meets their unique needs.  However, for some customers their needs may change over time.  —  Windows Anytime Upgrade  —  With Windows Anytime Upgrade (or WAU) …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft sticker shock: Anytime Upgrade, Family Pack details  —  With its upcoming launch of Windows 7, Microsoft is trying to walk a fine line on pricing.  Maintaining a high average selling price for Windows is crucial to the company's bottom line, but in a deep recession, PC buyers are more concerned with their own bottom line.
Apple Support:
About the security content of iPhone OS 3.0.1  —  This document describes the security content of iPhone OS 3.0.1.  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
Andrew Lyle /
Apple releases iPhone firmware 3.0.1, fixes SMS flaw
Discussion: PC World and Ars Technica
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
A Google Wave reality check  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Lars Rasmussen sighed, half an hour into a demonstration of Google Wave, the company's audacious attempt to reinvent Internet communication: we'd found another bug.  —  Rasmussen had patiently worked around other minor bugs during …
Discussion: Google Watch
Anil Dash:
Apple: Secrecy Does Not Scale  —  Apple is justifiably revered in the worlds of technology and culture for creating one of the most powerful brands in the world based on the combination of some key elements: Great user experience and design, and an extraordinary secrecy punctuated by surprising reveals.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft: No browserless Windows 7 after all  —  It looks like there won't be a browserless version of Windows 7, after all.  —  Microsoft said late Friday that it won't ship the Windows 7 “E” version of Windows even though Europe has yet to sign off on its revised plan.
Jessica Lee / Inside Facebook:
New Study Shows How Different Generations Use Facebook  —  Reports from Inside Facebook earlier this year have shown the growth in Facebook use amongst users over 35 and baby boomers especially.  Now, a new study from Anderson Analytics shows how different generations are using social networking sites …
Discussion: eMarketer
The Official Google Blog:
Search Options now on Google Images  —  A few months ago when we announced the Search Options panel, we promised that you would soon see similar functionality across our other search properties.  Today we are rolling out Search Options for Google Images.  —  This new feature offers quick access …
Tameka Kee / paidContent: Wants To Make Money With A News Service; But Will Anyone Pay For It?  —  URL-shortener has quickly become the platform of choice for people who want to share content on Twitter—with its links generating an average of over a billion clicks each month.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter URL Service Says No to Ads, Yes to Data-Mining News
Discussion: Guardian and Fast Company
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Skype Founders Claim eBay No Longer Has A Right To Skype's Core Tech  —  As you know, eBay bought Skype for a ton of money a few years back, without having any real plan for what to do with it.  There were no synergies between the two, and about the best that can be said for eBay's ownership …
Discussion: Boing Boing and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Online Ad Recession Continues.  Is This What A Reset Looks Like?  —  The recession in online advertising, which began in the first quarter of 2009, continued into the second.  Every quarter we keep track of the combined advertising revenues of the four largest Web advertising companies …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Highlights from the ‘1984’ lawsuit against Amazon  —  “Kindling.”  Credit: oskay / Flickr  —  Justin Gawronski and Antoine J. Bruguier are suing Amazon for having deleted their copies of George Orwell books from their Kindle readers, sans permission.  The potential class-action lawsuit …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
District Court Judge Orders Facebook To Reveal Source Code In Patent Dispute  —  Facebook's legal woes just won't stop coming.  Last November a company called Leader Technologies, which makes business communcation tools, filed suit against Facebook alleging that the social network had infringed …
Discussion: GigaOM and Real Geek
Yahoo Labs chief sees real-time search opportunity  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is considering developing new real-time search capabilities, even as it outsources its existing Internet search technology to Microsoft Corp.  —  Yahoo's Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo Labs …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Acer's Aspire Predator gaming rig gets even faster, stays just as orange  —  Just a few weeks too late for a Transformers 2 tie-in, Acer has announced a new revision of its Aspire G desktop, a.k.a. Predator.  It shares the same case with the earlier edition that hit the US of A late last year …
E.B. Boyd / BayNewser:
Google Engineering Director Spells Out Vision for the Future of Digital Books  —  Google's vision of how it intends to sell and manage our digital books in the future is pretty simple and totally sci-fi.  —  Google Books engineering director Dan Clancy (above right) spelled out the vision …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
New Bill Would Stop ISPs From Blocking Content  —  Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) today introduced a broad net neutrality bill that bans Internet service providers from discriminating based on content.  —  Among other provisions, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Coming This September: Twitpocalypse Now Redux!  —  The first Twitpocalypse was one of those events that you're going to tell your children about one day.  I remember where I was when it hit: On my way to Napa Valley with some friends as we heard sirens race by, likely signaling the end of the Twitter world as we knew it.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Should Wedding Party In Viral YouTube Video Get A Cut Of Music Sale Profits?  —  Yesterday, we had the story of the incredibly popular viral wedding video, talking about how the music in that video, despite being over a year old and being sung by someone with massive reputation problems …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Steve Ballmer calls Apple's Mac growth a “rounding error”  —  Speaking to a group of market analysts this week, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer repeatedly mentioned Apple, including a suggestion that a growing rate of Mac adoption is statistically insignificant.
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
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Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Engadget Mobile