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7:45 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
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.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The (evil?) genius of Nick Denton
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BSA slams EC's ‘narrow-minded’ interoperability vision  —  EIF 2.0 draft ruffles some proprietary software feathers  —  An open standards row is brewing between the EC and a lobbying group for software multinationals over a proposed European framework on interoperability - a draft of which is due to be published on 15 July.
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
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Mark Blafkin / ACT:
European Commission's Own Goal on Standards  —  Last week, we put out a statement on the European Commission's most recent draft of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), which is focused on the noble goal of improving data sharing between national governments and the European Union itself.
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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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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Arn / MacRumors:
1.8GHz SSD MacBook Air Drops $500
Zhanyong Wan / Google Testing Blog:
Announcing: New Google C++ Testing Framework  —  We all know the importance of writing automated tests to cover our code.  To make it easier for everyone to write good C++ tests, today we have open-sourced Google C++ Testing Framework (Google Test for short), a library that thousands of Googlers have been using in our C++ programs.
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
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.
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What's in the Works at Strike.TV  —  Looking for more details on Strike.TV, the network of 40-plus online video series from the Hollywood pros?  We're not sure exactly what's happening tomorrow, the supposed launch date, but we dug up some more goodies to give you a hint of what's to come.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meraki brings free WiFi to 100,000 San Franciscans  —  Months after Earthlink gave up on providing municipal wireless service in San Francisco, a company called Meraki is quietly moving forward with its plans to blanket the entire city in free WiFi.  In fact, the company just crossed a big threshold …
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 …
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, PSFK and Web Scout
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Offer Eee PC With Built-in 3G Wireless  —  Later this year, Asustek will offer a version of its Eee PC mini-laptops with built-in 3G (third generation mobile telecommunications) to compete with rivals that are doing the same, a company representative said.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Nokia:
Telenor and Nokia cooperate on bringing mobile services to consumers
Discussion: IntoMobile and mocoNews.net
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Only Looks Like an iPhone
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
I Can Has Cheezburger CEO allergic to cats
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Gannett Buying ShopLocal Outright
mobilesyrup.com:
Bell & Telus launching the Samsung Instinct!
Tennille Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Take-Two Trade Reflects Doubt Of EA's Ability to Close a Deal
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Napolean Q9: Verizon's World Phone
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Swurl brings all of your social networking activity together
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com 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:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2008
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Closing Dallas, Denver Office
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Jobs 2.0  —  Pity whoever has to follow Steve Jobs at Apple.
Brendon Chase / CNET News.com:
Stolen: Google employees' personal data