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2:30 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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The Smoking Gun:
Google: “Complete Privacy Does Not Exist”  —  Defending “Street View” lawsuit, firm says trespasses to be expected  —  Arguing that technology has ensured that “complete privacy does not exist,” Google contends that a Pennsylvania family has no legal grounds to sue the search giant …
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BBC:
Google Street View gets go ahead  —  Google's controversial Street View photo-mapping tool has been given the all clear by the UK's privacy watchdog.  —  The system takes pictures of streets and adds them to online maps to let people see what locations look like.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Watchdog clears Google's street cameras  —  Google's controversial Street View service - which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online -can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Extend Reach With Venture-Capital Arm  —  Ex-Entrepreneur Hired To Assist in Setup; Brand-Name Advantage  —  Google Inc. is working on plans to start a venture-capital arm, according to several people briefed on the discussions.  —  The group will be lead by David Drummond …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Launch Venture Fund  —  The WSJ is reporting that Google is set to launch a venture fund to give it the option of investing in startups instead of just flat out buying them.  The fund will be led by Google's SVP Corporate Development David Drummond and Bill Maris …
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Eric A. Taub / Bits:
True Blu-ray Quality Via Satellite-or Not?  —  High-definition, Blu-ray discs offer consumers what is now the ultimate in picture quality: its programming is recorded in the 1080p format, delivering 1,080 lines of information, progressively scanned.  If you own a large-enough 1080p flat panel TV …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
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Electronista:
DISH first to broadcast live 1080p TV
Discussion: I4U News, CrunchGear and Gadgetell
David Schatsky / JupiterResearch:
Forrester Buys Jupiter  —  It was announced today that Forrester Research has bought JupiterResearch from MCG Capital for $23 million in cash.  Forrester plans to integrate Jupiter's staff into its Marketing & Strategy division.  The goal is to create a dominant marketing & strategy research organization …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Forrester Buys JupiterResearch For $23 Million  —  Forrester Research has bought rival tech and media analyst JupiterResearch along with its parent company, JUPR Holdings, from MCG Capital Corporation for $23 million in cash.  The announcement was made by the Jordan, Edmiston Group, which managed the deal.
Business Wire:
Forrester Acquires JupiterResearch
Discussion: WebProNews
Carl Icahn / The Icahn Report:
Concerning the Annual Yahoo! Meeting  —  I will not be attending.  The proxy fight is over and it will not do shareholders or Yahoo! any good to have the annual meeting turn into a media event for no purpose.  Last week, I realized it was impossible to gain enough support from the large institutions …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholders meeting a case of deja vu?  —  Believe in deja vu?  Yahoo shareholders may when they file into the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday.  —  Last year, an angry mob of investors took Yahoo's CEO to task at the company's annual shareholders meeting …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Firewire speed set to increase four-fold  —  The group behind development of FireWire, the IEEE, has approved the new IEEE 1394-2008 specification that gives support for better bandwidth of up to 3.2Gbps.  —  In an attempt to maintain compatibility between different evolutions of FireWire …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FireWire 1600 and 3200 approved by IEEE
Discussion: Gadget Lab, MacUser and Gizmodo
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: An Illustrated Guide to Every Stupid Cable You Need
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Scrabulous’ gets a nip-tuck, returns as ‘Wordscraper’  —  In the high school cafeteria of Facebook apps, Scrabulous is like that girl who gets in trouble for showing too much skin, only to throw on a hoodie and be let back into the principal's good graces.  Sort of.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wordscraper Hurts My Eyes
Discussion: Technologizer and Washington Post
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds 2nd Beta of iPhone 2.1 Firmware to Developers  —  Just a week after the first iPhone 2.1 beta seed, Apple has released another 2.1 firmware release to developers.  The new version appears to include several bug fixes. … Apple has not announced a timeframe for the 2.1 release …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple seeds developer tools for background-conscious iPhone apps
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality.....and it Works  —  YouTube has introduced rich metadata into select videos, which will significantly impact how online video is discovered and consumed.  —  Announced in June, we have found the technology is very useful.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches News Feed Filters - First Look  —  It's been nearly two years since Facebook's News Feed launched.  Tonight, Facebook is turning on the first major change to the News Feed user experience: News Feed filters.  —  News Feed filters are tabs at the top of the News Feed that allow you to view stories of only one type.
DigiTimes:
Asustek preps launch of Ultimate and Pro Fashion Eee PCs; prices to hit US$700 or more  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch more Eee PCs designed to address different market segments, according to company president Jerry Shen.  —  Shen said he anticipates the netbook and Mobile Internet Device …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Intel to provide Facebook with hardware, Jedi secrets  —  Recent rumors of Intel employees signing up for Facebook accounts en masse might not have been totally unfounded: Facebook has chosen to use Intel's Xeon 5400 processor-based servers to deal with its hardware and software demands.
Discussion: eWeek and Between the Lines
 
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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