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12:20 PM ET, July 30, 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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Ballmer on the iPad: The transcript  —  “We'll talk about about slates and tablets and blah, blah, blah, blah.”  Ballmer at the financial analysts meeting.  No, those aren't the notes of a reporter who couldn't keep up.  That “blah, blah, blah, blah” — taken from the official transcript …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Put Off IPO Until 2012 to Buy Time for Growth  —  Facebook Inc. will probably put off its initial public offering until 2012, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg more time to gain users and boost sales, three people familiar with the matter said.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook's IPO Waiting Game Gets a Little Longer.  “Probably” Not Going Public in 2011  —  Perennial question for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: When are you going public?  Perennial answer: Someday, probably.  But I'm not in a rush.  —  Now a new report from Bloomberg puts a finer point on it.
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple starts patenting mobile app ideas  —  By now most of must us have heard about the problems U.S. patent system is facing.  With software and business model patents, patent trolls and lawsuits, and patented things like one-click buying online.  —  Well, if Apple has it's way, things are about to get much worse.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Hardware 2.0 Blog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
An Open iPhone App Market That Doesn't Require Jailbreaking... And Which Apple Can't Stop  —  In all of the fuss, hype and obsession over the iPhone/iPad app store, people seem to forget that when the iPhone first launched, it had no app store and no ability for third party developers to create native apps.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Major Corporations Are Downloading Those 100 Million Facebook Profiles off BitTorrent  —  Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information off of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles?  I thought it was strange that the guy didn't sell this information, since many companies would be interested.
Kevin / The Official Lookout Blog:
Update and Clarification of Analysis of Mobile Applications at Blackhat 2010  —  This week at Blackhat, we released the first findings from the App Genome Project.  Our goal with this research is to help make people aware of the capabilities of mobile apps so that they can be vigilant while downloading.
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Fred / A VC:
Lead Investors, Dips**t Companies, and Funding Every Entrepreneur  —  Sounds like a great conversation yesterday at Y Combinator's AngelConf in Silicon Valley.  Anthony Ha of Venturebeat had a couple posts on it that I just read, one on Paul Graham's comments, and another on Ron Conway and Mike Arrington's comments.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Redeye VC, Thanks:atul
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator's Paul Graham: Say goodbye to traditional venture rounds
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Quarup Barreirinhas / Google LatLong:
Rain or Snow, Now You Can See Weather in Google Earth  —  It's the middle of summer, but for those of us who long for the return of cold winter weather and warm cups of cocoa, throw on your favorite poncho and check out the weather in Google Earth 5.2.  The latest version projects images …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
EVO 4G's Android 2.2 update starts trickling out tomorrow, loads of new features and fixes in store? (update: official for August 3rd!)  —  We're not certain that this date is going to hold — things like this have an uncanny tendency to slip at the last possible moment …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
The Real Cost of Netflix Streaming is the Movie, Not the Bandwidth  —  Everyone knows that Netflix's future is in streaming, and as a result, the company is investing heavily in titles for its Watch Instantly service.  But a closer look at Netflix's financials underscore how the Internet …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble Planning Big Push to Increase Nook Sales  —  BARNES & NOBLE customers are about to see a lot more of the Nook.  —  In September, the chain will begin an aggressive promotion of its Nook e-readers by building 1,000-square-foot boutiques in all of its stores, with sample Nooks …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Inside Story: Flipboard's Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media  —  Flipboard is a beautiful iPad app that looks at the content your friends are sharing on Twitter and Facebook and reformats it into a digital, interactive magazine.  —  The consumer reaction to the app since its launch …
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's As If The iPhone 4 Was Created For DailyBooth; Their App Will Prove It  —  Even if not everyone will admit it, everyone likes taking pictures of themselves.  I suspect it's the not-so-secret reason why users are addicted to DailyBooth — the service which asks you to take pictures of yourself …
Discussion: App Advice and Macworld
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.
Bloomberg:
New York Subway Stations Will Go Wireless, Catching Up With Tokyo, Berlin  —  After an almost three-year delay, work is set to begin on a $200 million plan to bring mobile- phone and Wi-Fi service to New York's subway stations.  The project was rejuvenated after the group that won …
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.  —  My apologies... this is a long piece (~2500 words).  Not for the faint of heart.  If you want the short story, read the abstract below & 3 core assumptions, then cut to the conclusions at the bottom.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Copia Plans Low-Cost 7″ And 10″ Tablets As Well As E-Ink Devices  —  Just a couple hours ago, news broke of the $99 Copia Wave5 e-reader, or tablet, or whatever you want to call a 5″ LCD-based device focused on reading.  That isn't the extent of the lineup, however …
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Facebook: No Plans To Give Search Engines Access To Facebook Questions  —  That's one of the big questions people are asking after yesterday's launch of Facebook Questions.  While many have assumed the answer would be “yes,” a Facebook spokesperson tells us that assumption is wrong.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dave McClure Files For $30 Million Venture Fund: 500 Startups
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Software Firms Overwhelmingly Against Patents
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Playdom Signs Five-Year Contract With Facebook, Will Exclusively Use Credits
Thanks:rawmeet
John Cook / TechFlash:
The art of startup names
Discussion: The Name Inspector and Seattle 2.0
Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times:
YouTube Banned by a Far East Court
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How to hide yourself from Google and cell phone carriers
Discussion: eWeek and TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking Down the 2009 DMCA Rulemaking, Part 1: Victory for Vidders
Discussion: p2pnet
Jessica Ramirez / Newsweek:
Blackberry Inventor Sees More Growth Opportunity
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Foursquare's Business Chief on Revenue Plans, Google AdWords …
Discussion: The Next Web and Gawker
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM Updates BlackBerry App World; Now Takes Credit Cards
Marc Graser / Variety:
Redbox gives green light to Blu-rays
Discussion: Geek.com