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11:10 AM ET, June 29, 2010

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
An update on China  —  Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law.  This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement …
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Google Nexus One:
New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones  —  Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones.  This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Former Facebook Executive Adam D'Angelo Confirms New Google Social Networking Effort  —  Google is making a new move into social networking, following past efforts like Orkut, Google Profiles and Buzz, according to a tweet by Digg founder Kevin Rose.  He said so last weekend, but his tweet has since been deleted.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook CTO: ‘Google Me’ Is Real, And It's Gunning For Facebook  —  Yesterday, Digg CEO Kevin Rose tweeted that he'd heard a “huge rumor” that Google was planning to launch a Facebook competitor called “Google Me”, sparking off a wave of speculative reports (Rose has since removed the tweet).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electricpig.co.uk and Tech Eye
Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
Windows 8 Plans Leaked: Numerous Details Revealed  —  A big thanks to @floo1989 for the heads-up!  Over the weekend, the Italian Windows site “Windowsette” got a hold of some super secret squirrel Microsoft presentations apparently laying around on the internet somewhere.
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Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
The Anatomy of a Leak: Windows 8 Documentation
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Thanks:xstephenchapman
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Windows 8 leaks point to facial recognition, app store, Mac envy
Larry Hardesty / PhysOrg.com:
An Internet 100 times as fast: A new network design could boost capacity  —  In today's Internet, data traveling through optical fibers as beams of light have to be converted to electrical signals for processing.  By dispensing with that conversion, a new network design could increase Internet speeds 100-fold.
Discussion: GigaOM
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In Faulty Computer Suit, Window to Dell's Fall  —  After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines.  The company came up with a unusual reason for the computers' demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations.
Vincent Chan / Power of Scale:
Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?  Answered by Insiders  —  Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?  I long have been fascinated by the extraordinary achievement from the ex-Paypal team and wonder about the reasons behind their success.
Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
An iPhone Class Action Suit Is in the Works  —  The California law firm that sued Facebook and Zynga over scammy gaming ads is setting its sights on Apple, investigating a possible class action over reception problems with the new iPhone.  —  Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP is looking for people who …
Brett Terpstra / TUAW:
Icons and World Clock created with CSS3 magic, courtesy of Webkit  —  Recent versions of Webkit, the browser engine that Safari and Chrome are based on, have allowed for extensive use of CSS3, as well as some proprietary CSS tricks.  The result has been some very innovative art created entirely using CSS.
Discussion: Graphicpeel
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch TV Launches... Now.  —  It's finally here.  After months of planning and building and learning and fixing and hiring and spending, TechCrunch TV goes live right... NOW.  —  Broadcasting daily from our fully-featured San Francisco studio, TechCrunch TV will be packed …
Michael Chang / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone passes one million downloads!  —  In just 5 days, over one million people downloaded the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone that launched last week!  This early momentum is fantastic, and we really appreciate the feedback we've been getting from many of you.
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
An Unexpected Apple Ally: Porn Industry to Drop Flash  —  Article Navigation  —  It may seem that Steve Jobs is on a lonely crusade against Adobe's Flash format with the rest of the industry simply waiting who this battle will turn out.  While Adobe is rallying support for Flash …
Discussion: Gizmodo and AppleInsider
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Alleged Russian agents used high-tech tricks  —  A clandestine network of Russian spies in the United States used private Wi-Fi networks, flash memory sticks, and text messages concealed in graphical images to exchange information, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Discussion: The Register, WebProNews and CBS News
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Ops: In the Belly of the Whale  —  Twitter's infrastructure has been under a lot of scrutiny in the wake of its capacity problems during World Cup Tweetstorms, where the service has struggled to keep pace with up to 3,000 messages per second.  Seventy five percent …
eSecurity Planet Features:
SSL Certificates In Use Today Aren't All Valid  —  It should be no surprise that the SSL security certificate business is big business, considering how SSL certificates are seen as being on the frontlines of securing Web transactions against fraud.  But new data suggests that SSL certificates are not all being configured correctly.
Discussion: Tech Eye and internetnews.com
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Alcatel-Lucent acquires ProgammableWeb, pushes deeper into developer ecosystem  —  There's a puzzle being built by Alcatel-Lucent, one where an application development ecosystem will eventually reside on the network.  Slowly, the company is putting together pieces of this puzzle to drive toward that goal.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Server Count: 60,000 or More  —  It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Sometimes a PowerPoint slide can tell the story of thousands of servers.  —  That was the case with a presentation from Facebook's Tom Cook at last week's Velocity 2010 conference …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Bezos's mission: Compelling small publishers to think big  —  In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before.
Mickey Kataria / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Docs viewer on Mobile Browsers  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Docs Blog)  —  Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments.  Today we're also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Baidu to hire U.S. engineers to work in China  —  (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's leading search engine, will start hiring software engineers directly from the United States early next month, as it seeks to expand its technological capabilities and raise its global profile.
Chris Boyd / Sunbelt Blog:
A little free (bad)vertising goes a long way  —  Today I saw a Youtube account with an array of random World Cup moments cobbled together.  Nothing particularly unusual about that, but what did leap out at me was the likely reason the reason the account exists at all - the World Cup stuff looks like a lure to get them to watch this:
Discussion: Help Net Security
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Gets Green Light From Apple For Upcoming iPhone App, Lands Deal With Roku  —  Good news, MOG fans.  The online music streaming service, which allows users to listen to as many songs as they want for a flat monthly fee, has had its iPhone application approved by Apple after spending well over a month in App Store purgatory.
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Over 20 million VoIP subscribers in the United States
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Groupon's Brazilian Site ClubeUrbano Loaded With Fake Deals
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:evelynrusli
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
PayPal to take your credit card, no account needed
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Digital Trends
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Says They've Beefed Up NYC 3G (Again) …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Trouble installing iOS 4? This may help
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Eric Schmidt: smartphones are the future for Google and the world
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Still Image Capture, iPhone 4 v. DROID X (Updated)
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Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Google Maps To Undergo Minor UI Upgrade
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