• U.S. Is Said to Scrutinize Apple’s Online Music Tactics

    Brad Stone: The magazine reported that representatives of Apple’s iTunes music service were asking the labels not to participate in Amazon’s promotion, adding that Apple punished those that did by withdrawing marketing support for those songs on iTunes. Hardly sounds illegal to me.

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  • Flexible Sony Screen Can Be Wrapped Around a Pencil

    Charlie Sorrel: The 4.1-inch OLED screen is thin. So thin that it is measured in micrometers. 80μm to be precise: A human hair is a comparatively hefty 100μm. Before I die I hope I hear someone say: “I remember when iPads used to not bend.” That would be sweet.

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  • Apple Passes Microsoft to Become Second-Largest U.S. Company by Market Capitalization

    Wonder who Ballmer fires today – probably the head janitor.

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  • McAfee Buys Trust Digital Mobile Security

    Curt Hopkins: Trust Digital’s offerings support iPhone OS, Android, Web OS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian mobile operating systems. McAfee expects to mesh these with its ePolicy Orchestrator, its “enterprise-class, open platform to centrally manage security for systems, networks, data, and compliance solutions.” My guess is that mobile security is going to be big business – […]

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  • iPad: The Reason Behind Microsoft’s Reorg?

    David Worthington: The executives that assumed Bach’s responsibilities report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer, and Bach’s management layer was eliminated. This re-org may or may not having anything to do with the iPad, and it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Allard is the guy you want to keep to fight the Android/WebOS/iPhoneOS […]

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  • Wired Magazine’s iPad Edition Goes Live

    Chris Anderson: I’m delighted to announce that Wired’s first digital edition is now available for the iPad and soon for nearly all other tablets. We have always made our stories accessible online at Wired.com, but as successful as the site is, it is not a magazine. It’s $4.99 and a whopping 527mb (makes what I mentioned about […]

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  • J Allard’s goodbye note: ‘No chairs were thrown’

    Mary Jo Foley: Allard’s note was entitled “Decide. Change. Reinvent,” and doesn’t mention the canceled Courier tablet project, which my sources claimed contributed to Allard’s decision to resign. I think when your company throws away an awesome project such as the Courier, well then you kinda have to resign.

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  • Twitter Attracts Malware – Not Twitter for iPhone

    Original title from InformationWeek was: “Twitter For iPhone Attracts Malware”. Which is blatantly misleading. Mathew Schwartz: One recent attack, which aims to swipe users’ banking information, is capitalizing on the release of the first official Twitter iPhone application. Click a link in an attacker’s Twitter post — one offending message says it’s the “Official Twitter […]

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  • Is Steve Ballmer Really the Best Choice to Run Microsoft’s Consumer Business?

    In short no. This is Ballmer grasping at straws, throwing pennies at a problem that needs millions.

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  • Microsoft’s J. Allard and Robbie Bach Are Leaving The Company

    Matt Burns: Microsoft is losing two high-profile executives. Both J. Allard, “Chief Experience Offer” and Entertainment and Device Division’s CTO, and Robbie Bach, President of Entertainment and Devices Division, are leaving the company per a Steve Ballmer email from this morning. These are the guys behind the Xbox, Zune, Project Natal, and the dead Courier […]

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  • Congress to Review Telecommunications Law

    Edward Wyatt reporting: “The F.C.C.’s legal authority should be decided by the Congress itself, and not by applying to the Internet a set of onerous rules designed for a different technology, a different situation, and a different era,” he said [James Cicconi]. They need to give the control to the FCC, they need to have […]

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  • Yext Launches Realtime Reputation Management System For Local Businesses

    Leena Rao: But Yext says that in the realtime web, it’s tough to manage your reputation as a business. So the startup is launching a realtime reputation manager for local businesses. It will claim your local business listing on sites like Citysearch, Yelp, YellowPages, Twitter, Facebook and more. The site will pull reviews for a […]

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  • Whither Verizon?

    Spot on.

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  • AT&T Tests Free Wi-Fi in Times Square

    Charlie Sorrel: As of today, AT&T customers can grab free Wi-Fi when not buying helium balloons or miniature Empire State Buildings. This, we presume, is a way to improve the telco’s notoriously bad data performance in several metropolitan centers. I am kinda (not really) surprised that it took them this long to try filling in […]

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  • BP: Equipment in place for Gulf ‘top kill’ try

    Seattle Times: The top kill has proven successful in aboveground wells, but has never before been tried a mile beneath the sea. Company executives peg its chances of success at 60 to 70 percent. 60-70%, how about 10-15%. Hate to be the one to break the bad news, but working a mile under water is […]

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  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Fires Waitress Over Facebook Post

    Courtney Rubin: So Johnson, 22, did the 21st century equivalent of griping to the kitchen staff (or the bartender down the street): She vented on Facebook. “Thanks for eating at Brixx,” she wrote, “you cheap piece of —- camper.” (For the record, the $5 tip was 17 percent of the customers’ bill.) Within 48 hours, […]

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  • Memo to Steve Jobs: the IAd Is No Miracle Worker

    Great post about mobile advertising and a breakdown of what iAds is and how it stacks up.

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  • Going paperless gets some big-time backing

    Charles Bermant: Consumers have been reluctant to embrace paperless systems for three reasons, Shivers said. They are forced to log in to several systems and can’t keep track of different passwords; it’s too easy to miss a due date; and there is no effective way to manage the disparate documents. “Half of our target market […]

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  • Google Chrome for Mac and Linux Is Out of Beta

    John Gruber on Safari’s problems compared to Chrome: Safari really needs an option to automatically reopen pages that were left open. It’s crazy that Safari still defaults to the same poorly-chosen behavior of Mosaic from 1993 — where quitting the app implies closing and forgetting all open browser windows. I know about (and make daily […]

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  • Apple Filming Next-Gen iPhone Commercials Directed By “American Beauty” Director

    John Brownlee: According to Engadget, the next iPhone commercial will be directed by American Beauty director (and mawkish paper bag enthusiast) Sam Mendes will be helming the commercials for the next iPhone, which is being referred to as Mammoth / N90 internally… presumably to keep the actual name of the next iPhone (the only aspect […]

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