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10:20 PM ET, July 29, 2010

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer says Microsoft at work to rival iPad  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Acknowledging Apple's early success with the iPad, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer insisted Thursday that the software maker is hard at work on Windows-based tablets.  —  “They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready,” Ballmer said …
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Upload limit increases to 15 minutes for all users  —  We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video.  Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes.  We've heard you, and today we're pleased to announce that we've increased the upload limit to 15 minutes.
John R. Quain / Fox News:
For Apple Followers, It's a Matter of Faith, Academics Say  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs, with the Apple iPad displayed over his shoulder, delivers the keynote address during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday, June 7, 2010, in San Francisco.  —  Its tablet computer can't play …
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Google: The search party is over  —  Yes, the company is still growing at rates that would be the envy of the rest of the Fortune 500.  But its core business is slowing, its stock is down, its Android mobile platform generates scant revenue, and competition (hello, Facebook) is fierce.
Discussion: Daily Patricia and TechFlash, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms: We're Not Currently Blocked In China  —  We've just received word from Google that they are not currently blocked in China and that a server issue was most likely the cause of their dashboard misread.  From Google: … While their statement also confirms that there was a small amount …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In April, Apple Ditched Google And Skyhook In Favor Of Its Own Location Databases  —  As you're undoubtedly aware, location is one of the hottest fields out there right now.  Startups, services, devices, and advertisers are all hovering around it.  As you're also likely well aware, Apple likes to be in control of their own devices.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TiPb, Thanks:atul
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Sources: Spotify Reboots U.S. Label Negotiations  —  Spotify's licensing negotiations with the major music labels have reverted back to square one, Billboard.biz has learned from multiple sources.  —  Having failed to persuade the major record labels to go along with its vision for a U.S. version …
ifixit.com:
Magic Trackpad Teardown  —  Have you ever wondered what makes a trackpad magical?  Well wonder no more.  Join us as we delve into the deep abyss of Apple's ocean of magical peripherals to explore the mysterious Magic Trackpad.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: We are focusing on eight core businesses  —  Microsoft critics tend to knock the company for being either too reliant on its cash cows (Windows and Office) or too scattered, chasing too many nonprofitable businesses.  —  At the kick-off of the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
How Low Will E-Reader Prices Go?  —  As Amazon prepares to release a $139 Kindle e-reader next month, could even cheaper e-readers be close behind?  —  A small manufacturer already plans to introduce a $99 device this fall.  Copia, a subsidiary of DMC Worldwide, is set to offer a $99 …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon says ebook sales to overtake paperbacks by next year
Joel Schectman / Associated Press:
Adult industry sees iPorn potential in new phone  —  NEW YORK — It's a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget and the porn industry will find a way to cash in.  —  So when Apple Inc. launched the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime videoconference feature, it didn't take long …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator's Paul Graham: Say goodbye to traditional venture rounds  —  Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham today offered an overview of how he has seen the angel and startup world evolve in the last year.  Among other trends, he argued that the traditionally structured venture round is becoming irrelevant.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September  —  Microsoft is readying a beta of its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser that it will roll out in September, according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.  —  Turner shared the beta date during his morning keynote …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle Sued By U.S. Justice Department For Contract Fraud  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Oracle (ORCL) for contract fraud, alleging the company over-charged the government in hundreds of millions of dollars worth software sales.  —  Under a contrast with the General Services Administration …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling  —  WASHINGTON — With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.  —  On Wednesday, the House Financial Services …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Internet Betting Gets Bigger as Online Gambling Companies Merge
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Introduces Location-Aware Mobile Display Ads  —  Google's mobile ads are becoming more location-aware.  Today, Google is introducing mobile display ads for both the iPhone and Android phones which can be geo-targeted.  Advertisers will be able to check a “location extension for display” …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Mobile Search Market Share: An Estimated, Whopping 98.29%  —  How's this for absolutely dominating an increasingly lucrative and fast-growing segment?  —  Google currently boasts a mobile search market share of 98.29%, with it closest competitor Yahoo taking up just over .8% …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps  —  At Google I/O in May, the search giant indicated that they were about to take their commitment to location to the next level.  Sure, Latitude had been around for a while, but everyone knew that Google could do more in the space.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!, Thanks:chadcat
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Microsoft should cut out the middlemen, build its own phones  —  Microsoft has a long and illustrious history of operating system sales.  The model has served the company well on the PC, but if it wants to make money in the phone market, it needs to start thinking like a consumer electronics company.
Jessica Ramirez / Newsweek:
Blackberry Inventor Sees More Growth Opportunity  —  Mike Lazaridis, the man who virtually invented the smart-phone market, insists his company is just getting started.  —  If you know the name Mike Lazaridis, you've probably heard some variation of how he came up with the idea for the Blackberry …
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe:
MacWorld iPhone 4 Cover Shot With iPhone 4  —  The cover of the newest issue of MacWorld not only has a gorgeous picture of an iPhone 4, it was taken with one — and all the editing was done in-phone too.  —  In order to accomodate the loss of resolution from his usual rig …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How to hide yourself from Google and cell phone carriers  —  The problem with being private is that it increasingly means that you have to choose to drop out of society.  You would never let the government put a tracking device on you, but you may be carrying a cell phone that tracks your location.
Discussion: TUAW, eWeek and Datamation
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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