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1:10 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” :)).
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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
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Department of Civil Disobedience: Google Should Deliver Its YouTube …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Judge Protects YouTube's Source Code, Throws Users To The Wolves
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.
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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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air SSD purchase price drops by $500
Discussion: MacUser and jkOnTheRun
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.”
Brendon Chase / CNET News.com:
Stolen: Google employees' personal data  —  Google has confirmed that personal data of U.S. employees hired prior to 2006 have been stolen in a recent burglary.  —  Records kept at Colt Express Outsourcing Services, an external company Google and other companies use to handle human resources functions …
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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!
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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, Adrants and PSFK
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Jobs 2.0  —  Pity whoever has to follow Steve Jobs at Apple.  —  Not every great company stumbles into oblivion after the departure of a visionary founder.  The problem: Jobs has left once before, and until he came back, it looked like Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) would be one of those companies.
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.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry KickStart to sell on T-Mobile for $49.99?!  —  You may want to take this news with a grain of salt.  I know the first time I heard this information I was skeptical.  Then I heard it again, and again and again.  And now that I've heard the same bit of news from multiple sources …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: July 3, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: July 8, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on July 8, 2008.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
An un-stealthy Windows Update update  —  In July of 2007, Microsoft began pushing out an automatic update to the Windows Update client software that runs on Windows Vista and XP.  From Microsoft's point of view it was routine stuff, done many times before and never considered controversial.
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Upcoming Update to Windows Update
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meraki brings free WiFi to 100,000 San Franciscans
Yahoo! News:
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Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linspire Chairman Frustrated By Futility Of Desktop Linux, Rebuts Carmony
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Bidzos is back as VeriSign chief, at least for now
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Gannett Buying ShopLocal Outright
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Bell & Telus launching the Samsung Instinct!
Tennille Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Take-Two Trade Reflects Doubt Of EA's Ability to Close a Deal
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