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5:55 AM ET, July 4, 2008


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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
What comes next in this series?  13, 33, 53, 61, 37, 28...  Late one night in the summer of 2000, I found myself answering user support emails in response to two new features we had just released, Advanced Search and Preferences (at the time catchily called “Language, Display, and Filtering Options” :)).
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google, You Can Eat My Cookies Anytime  —  Google has just released a lengthy blog post to announce that it has finally put its privacy policy on its homepage.  The search giant has been repeatedly questioned over the last few months over its lack of a readily available privacy policy …
Discussion: WinBeta
Karion / RADAR:
GAWKER CUTS STAFF PAY RATE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE QUARTER  —  Who ever said the future of media was going to feel great?  With the current traffic success of Gawker—70+ posts a day, amazing SEO results, and relentlessly hammered-home top stories to maximize numbers—comes a downside.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The (evil?) genius of Nick Denton  —  Interesting post on RADAR online about Nick Denton cutting pay rates for Gawker Media bloggers.  I posted a comment which I'll share below.  —  Hey Choire,  —  Some notes on your story from one of Nick's top three Frienemies.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Told to Turn Over User Data of YouTube  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom its records of which users watched which videos on YouTube, the Web's largest video site by far.  —  The order raised concerns among YouTube users and privacy advocates …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple lops $500 off the price of SSD-based MacBook Air  —  With the price of NAND flash memory continuing its steady sequential decline, Apple Inc. this month cut the price of its Solid State Drive (SSD)-equipped MacBook Air by half a grand, AppleInsider has discovered.
Arn / MacRumors:
1.8GHz SSD MacBook Air Drops $500
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did the “Enron of Norway” Pull a Fast One On Microsoft?  More Details About the Mess at Fast Search & Transfer  —  Even back in January when Microsoft agreed to pay $1.2 billion for enterprise search company Fast Search & Transfer, it was mired in an accounting scandal and trading in its stock had been suspended.
Mathew /
BoingBoing: It's our blog, and our rules  —  It's an old-media adage that if you can find three things that are similar, you have a trend on your hands, and can therefore write a big feature on the rise of the “hand-washing” trend or the “shoe-tying” trend.  Well, after the Loren-Israel grudge match …
Discussion: Valleywag, PSFK and Web Scout
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Closing Dallas, Denver Office  —  Google is closing its office in Denver and Dallas, as someone at Friendfeed posted today.  “Employees have to choose relocation or severance,” a former Google employee (according to her blog's about page) wrote, adding that the reason was consolidation; “Someone decided the ROI wasn't there.”
Yahoo! News:
Firefox Browser Share Tops 19 Percent as Record Set  —  The Mozilla Foundation has set a world record and achieved new heights in its battle for browser market share.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 Web browser set a record for the most downloads in a day.
Discussion: and NEWSFACTOR
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Company Ban Retailers From Selling Its Products On eBay?  —  Right on the heels of the awful court decision in France saying that eBay can be barred from selling even legitimate products, it appears some companies in England are shooting for a similar ruling.
Discussion: Times of London
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
I Can Has Cheezburger CEO allergic to cats  —  Consider this: Ben Huh runs a site that takes submissions of stupid cat pictures with pidgin English captions written across them.  That site, I Can Has Cheezburger, pulls about 2.2 million pageviews a day.  Like the HotOrNot guys …
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linspire Chairman Frustrated By Futility Of Desktop Linux, Rebuts Carmony  —  Michael Robertson says Microsoft's imposing lead in the desktop market means Linux should look to next-gen devices for growth.  —  Michael Robertson, chairman of Linspire, said the assets of his company were sold to Xandros after …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Napolean Q9: Verizon's World Phone  —  Man, Motorola just can't keep a lid on anything anymore can they?  We've got a hold of a phone codenamed the “Napolean” and it's a CDMA EV-DO Rev. A Q9 with full GSM world roaming capabilities.  This even includes the U.S. 850MHz/1900MHz bands!
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Zhanyong Wan / Google Testing Blog:
Announcing: New Google C++ Testing Framework
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Only Looks Like an iPhone
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Offer Eee PC With Built-in 3G Wireless
Discussion: Engadget
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meraki brings free WiFi to 100,000 San Franciscans
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Gannett Buying ShopLocal Outright
Bell & Telus launching the Samsung Instinct!
Tennille Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Take-Two Trade Reflects Doubt Of EA's Ability to Close a Deal
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Swurl brings all of your social networking activity together
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
BlackBerry KickStart to sell on T-Mobile for $49.99?!
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Should people in glass Facebook offices throw stones?
Discussion: Startup Meme
JR Raphael / The Inquisitr:
Mobile Ad Company Snags FeedBurner Exec
Christopher Spera / Gear Diary:
AT&T/iPhone US 3G Coverage
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2008
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Jobs 2.0  —  Pity whoever has to follow Steve Jobs at Apple.
Brendon Chase / CNET
Stolen: Google employees' personal data
How To Build A Web App in Four Days For $10,000 (Say Hello To Matt)