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David Pakman / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why iLike Sold For Peanuts  —  The recent distressed exit of iLike reminds us of the need to build real value in our startups if we hope to create lasting companies and wealth.  —  I have seen cycles that last about 18 months or so in which traction gets substituted for value.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How a ‘Made’ Startup Was Clipped  —  Two years ago, music service iLike appeared to be set: Its CEO said it was “made,” its investor mused it could be a “billion-dollar winner,” and the press was enthralled.  Now the poster child is a cautionary tale.  —  iLike became something of an icon …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Also Had Offers From Facebook and Amazon  —  There's lots of speculation out there on the yet-to-be-closed MySpace acquisition of iLike that we first reported on Monday.  —  Much of that speculation is factually incorrect, we've confirmed from a source close the the deal. iLike …
Discussion: Music Ally and InformationWeek
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Does iLike price show cost of Facebook dependence?  —  Music service iLike is dependent on Facebook for 80 percent of its traffic and revenue and that fact has suppressed iLike's value, say sources close to iLike.  —  MySpace has offered about $20 million to acquire iLike …
Discussion: TechFlash and Contentinople
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Shocker: Windows 7 to sell in UK for half the US price!  —  We've been doing some investigating, friends — making phone calls, demanding answers.  And it was worth it.  We can confirm something very few people get to confirm: British shoppers aren't going to be totally shafted over software pricing for once.
Discussion: Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Smartphones Are Making Wi-Fi Hot Again  —  As many of you know, I recently moved to a new neighborhood in San Francisco.  The move came with its own share of ups and downs, but waiting for broadband was the most challenging for me.  It took almost five days to get the connection hooked up …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Lauches Official iPhone App  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the popular Wikipedia, just released its first official iPhone application for Wikipedia.  Wikipedia Mobile, which is available for free in the App Store now (iTunes link), gives users access to iPhone-formatted Wikipedia articles.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Can the Apple Touch Sell the Tablet?  —  The Mac and iPhone maker may join a host of tech players hoping to win big in tablet PCs, an area where some of the industry's biggest names have failed  —  Apple may be at the forefront of a renewed effort to bring back the tablet.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst Claims Two Apple Tablets Coming, One With 6-Inch Screen
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Hit With Two More Patent Suits  —  It's open season on Redmond in Eastern Texas jurisdiction as more actions emerge in wake of i4i victory.  —  A Texas judge's order that Microsoft pay more than $240 million in damages to an obscure Canadian firm and stop selling …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony sneaks PS3 Slim through FCC under pseudonym, 250GB model discovered  —  Shenanigans were afoot in Sony's efforts to throw bloggers (such as yours truly) off the scent of the just-announced PS3 Slim in the FCC, and we've got to give them credit — filing the thing as a “Computer Entertainment System” …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony unveils slimmer PS3: $300, lands in September (updated!)
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
First Google Chrome 4 reveals the beginnings of cloud synchronization  —  Download Google Chrome Dev channel build 4.0.201.1 from Fileforum now.  —  With Google, one tends to learn the meanings and intentions behind the many events in its development programs pretty much as they happen.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Google bruises Gallic pride as national library does deal with search giant  —  French pride took a knock today with news that the National Library is giving up a four-year fight for a Gallic riposte to Google and bowing to the might of the Californian search giant.
Royal Pingdom:
URL shortener speed and reliability shootout  —  With the rise of microblogging, URL shortening services have become extremely popular.  And no wonder; just imagine sharing links on Twitter without one.  Although some of these services have considerably more market share than others …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Microsoft Hires A Former Adobe Flash Evangelist To Pitch Silverlight  —  Mike Downey has spent the greater part of the last nine years singing the praises of Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash.  Now, Downey is singing the praises of Flash media player-rival Silverlight.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Cofounder Paul Buchheit Discusses Facebook Acquisition (video)  —  Robert Scoble and I ran into freshly-acquired FriendFeed cofounder Paul Buchheit at a brunch on Sunday.  I pulled out my trusty Android myTouch and with his permission asked him a few questions about the sale to Facebook a week ago.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Web Ecology Project:
Detecting Sadness in 140 Characters:  —  Sentiment Analysis and Mourning Michael Jackson on Twitter  —  with Michael J. Edwards and Erhardt Graeff  —  Michael Jackson's death created an emotional outpouring of unprecedented magnitude on Twitter.  In this report, we examine 1,860,427 tweets …
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Why AT&T Killed Google Voice  —  Telecom operators are yesterday's business.  It's time for a national data policy that encourages innovation.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Earlier this month, Apple rejected an application for the iPhone called Google Voice.
Technology Review:
How to Forecast Malicious Internet Attacks  —  Predictive blacklisting forecasts where your next attack is coming from and blocks the traffic in advance.  —  There's no shortage of malicious activity on the internet—by some accounts, cyberspace is dominated by it.  The question is how to avoid it.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP CFO Doesn't See Win 7 Triggering PC Refresh Cycle  —  Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CFO Cathie Lesjak says the company does not expect the debut of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 7 to trigger a major PC refresh cycle.  —  “We think it looks like a good product, one that folks will really like …
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Betsy Taylor / Associated Press:
Woman charged with harassment over suggestive post  —  ST. PETERS, Mo. — A Missouri woman is accused of cyberbullying for allegedly posting photos and personal information of a teenage girl on the “Casual Encounters” section of Craigslist after an Internet argument.
Discussion: The Register
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
Survey: Average gamer is 35, fat and depressed  —  CDC study finds playing leads to ‘lower extraversion’ in adult gamers  —  A new study says the average age of video-game players in the United States is 35, and oh, by the way: They're overweight and tend to be depressed.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How They Can Sell 50 Million iPhones A Year  —  Apple (AAPL) is on track to sell more than 50 million iPhones a year by the September 2011 fiscal year, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi asserted in a research note this morning, up from an estimated 20 million in fiscal 2009.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Disables Auto-Play Of Profile Songs To Get Streaming Costs Under Control  —  MySpace Music, which launched a little less than a year ago, is the one bright spot of growth in an otherwise flatlining MySpace.  —  But all that popularity comes at a price - billions of free streaming songs …
New York Times:
Lawyer and Author Adds His Objections to Settling the Google Book Lawsuit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A growing chorus of authors, academics and other book industry figures is objecting to the settlement of a class-action suit that would allow Google to profit from digital versions of millions of books it has scanned from libraries.
 
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Press Releases of the Damned!
Discussion: Slashdot
The ChubbyBrain Blog:
Venture Capital Backed Mobile App Startups Remain Predominantly Mobile OS Agnostic
Aaron Saenz / Singularity Hub:
Commanding Military Drones - Now iPhone Has an App for That
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Finn fined just €3,000 for sharing 768MB of music
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Mint Going After Freshbooks?  Its New Features Point In That Direction.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Bizzia
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
140 Characters?  That's A Lot Of Writing.  Just Post A Picture On DailyBooth
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Chuq Von Rospach / Palm Developer Network Blog:
Bring Us Your Apps, and Sell Them, Too