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8:25 AM ET, July 30, 2008

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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter As News-wire  —  Twitter is increasingly being described as a personal news-wire—shared world events like this morning's earthquake near Los Angeles support the definition.  This chart illustrates the beginning of this morning's earthquake followed seconds later by the first Twitter update from Los Angeles.
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Amazon Payment Services Debut  —  Amazon on Tuesday launched hosted e-commerce payment services for merchants who want to outsource all or some of their online transaction processing tasks.  —  The two new offerings, called Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay, are the latest services …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Offers Other Sites Use of Its Payment Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon wants its customers to take their wallets with them when they leave the giant Web store.  —  The Seattle-based online retailer unveiled on Tuesday a new payment service that it will offer other online retailers to use on their Web sites.
Discussion: Techdirt and TECH.BLORGE.com
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed  —  Microsoft is incubating a componentized non-Windows operating system known as Midori, which is being architected from the ground up to tackle challenges that Redmond has determined cannot be met by simply evolving its existing technology.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)  —  MySpace COO Amit Kapur apparently meant it when he told me earlier today that MySpace is continuing to hire despite letting 5% or so of staff go in the coming days.  He introduced five new senior executives …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch  —  The hype cycle now lasts less than a day.  Take yesterday's over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods.  This was entirely the company's own fault.
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle  —  Music Device Is Key To Broader Strategy  —  Dell Inc. failed once to move into Apple Inc.'s digital-music turf.  Now, it is plotting another foray.  —  In recent months, Dell has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, said several Dell officials.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites  —  The Motion Picture Association of America is suing two websites accused of acting as a for-profit, “one-stop shop” for allegedly infringing copies of Hollywood's copyrighted works.  —  The sites, fomd.com, known as “Free Online Movie DataBase …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Click here for first-run movies, MPAA lawsuits
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile's Sidekick 2008: Yes, it kicks ass and yes you can have ours  —  Good morning from CrunchGear.  We have the new Sidekick 2008, a svelter, sexier version of everyone's favorite messaging phone here in the office in a sexy shell from SidekickShells.com.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Teen social network myYearbook is growing fast and it just raised $13M, but is it more than a teen site?  —  Teen social network myYearbook has raised $13 million, confirming rumors we were hearing last month.  The company has managed to grow in the face of more established competitors …
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The great firewall of China causes Olympic problems  —  Beijing appears to be backtracking over assurances that it would allow foreign reporters full access to the web during next month's games.  —  Photo by SmokingPermitted on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Discussion: The Register
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Trying to cut a slice of Google's search-ad billions  —  Google wouldn't be Google without its ownership of the estimated $10.4 billion annual search advertising market.  But other ad-technology hopefuls are still angling for ways to take a few million or billion dollars off the top for themselves—just like Microsoft and Yahoo.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Says It Will Cut Off P2P Wireless Users; But What About Pandora Users?  —  from the be-careful-on-that-iPhone dept  —  While those who like to claim that the US broadband market is more competitive than it really is like to point to the rise of 3G wireless networks as proof …
Discussion: Voices
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The passionates vs. the non passionates  —  Every morning now I start out by reading FriendFeed.  This morning there was a post by Steve Spalding called “the Web's dirty little secret” which is about how small the audiences are here in the tech blogging world.
Discussion: Bokardo
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
McKinnon loses Lords appeal
Discussion: p2pnet
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Apple's cult of secrecy begins to bug its developers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Two OiNK Uploaders Go Free
Discussion: DailyTech, BBC and Digg
Ianforrester / cubicgarden.com:
Yet another campaign for a english (silicon valley) techhub
Discussion: broadstuff and TechCrunch UK
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India's ‘$10 Laptop’ to Cost US$100 After All
Discussion: pib.nic.in and Inquirer
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks
Christopher Palmeri / Business Week:
Gores' Siemens Buy: One Big Bet
Discussion: The Register
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
What a Difference a Cert Makes
Discussion: BerryReview.com
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
PlayStation 4 And More
Discussion: CrunchGear, Kotaku, Engadget and Joystiq
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Thx for the IView!  —  I Wud ♥ to Work 4 U!!
Discussion: Technosailor and Bleeding Edge
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Malicious attack takes down Scrabble on Facebook
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA's ‘Spore’ a week from being finished
Discussion: TechSpot and Digg
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Apple in a bind over its DNS patch?
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) …
Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
New, blue, and better than ever
CNN:
Sprint Loses Early Termination Fee Case, May Pay $73 Million