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5:50 PM ET, July 5, 2010

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Zee / The Next Web:
Apple's app store, filled with “App farms” being used to steal.  [Examples]  —  As the story of of iTunes accounts being hacked continues to develop, we've come across a number of what we would call “App Farms” in iTunes being used to scam users out of their money.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Reports of ‘App Store Hacked’ Greatly Exaggerated
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Microsoft Calling.  Anyone There?  —  Microsoft's engineers and executives spent two years creating a new line of smartphones with playful names that sounded like creatures straight out of “The Cat in the Hat” — Kin One and Kin Two.  Stylish designs, an emphasis on flashy social-networking features …
Discussion: The Register and Mobility Site
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Lenovo: Apple is losing out in China  —  Apple is missing a huge opportunity in the Chinese market, according to Liu Chuanzhi, the head of Lenovo, the country's leading PC maker.  —  Speaking of Apple's chief executive, Lenovo's founder and chairman, told the Financial Times …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG confirms Android tablet for Q4 2010 launch, Froyo for Optimus Z  —  Now this is jolly good news.  LG, which already has a Windows 7 tablet in the works, is gearing up to service those with a hankering for some Android in their slate computers as well.  Clearly unwilling to fall behind …
Royal Pingdom:
What it takes to be a top 100 website (charts)  —  Everyone knows that the really big and popular websites have a ton of visitors.  But how many?  How much does it take to reach the top?  —  We were curious about this ourselves.  We've all seen the almost absurd numbers involved with the very top sites …
Discussion: Pulse2
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Vision with Android, full QWERTY in the wild?  —  For reasons seemingly known only to Peter Chou himself, HTC has mostly steered clear of producing high-quality physical QWERTY devices running Android, despite the fact that there might be no phone manufacturer in the world more skilled at making them …
Andreas Constantinou / VisionMobile :: blog:
Mobile Developer Economics 2010: The migration of developer mindshare  —  [In part 1 of the 4-part series on our latest research - Mobile Developer Economics 2010 and Beyond - Andreas Constantinou looks at the migration of developer mindshare that is taking place in mobile software and the drivers behind that.
PewResearch.org:
The Future of Online Socializing  —  Overview  —  The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts.  They say this is because email, social networks, and other online tools offer “low friction” opportunities to create, enhance …
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Pending EU Law Could Force Apple to Allow Flash, Rivals to Sync With iTunes  —  Change in antitrust laws could have serious implications for many other companies as well  —  The European Union's European Commission, under the guidance of commissioner Neelie Kroes, has had no qualms with slamming U.S firms with massive antitrust fines.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Offers Mobile Payment with Chrome Checkout Extension  —  It might not be long before those little signs on storefront windows read “We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discovery and Google Checkout.”  Google released last week an extension for its Chrome browser that makes …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Brizzly CEO Shoots Down Foursquare Acq-Hire Speculation  —  Thing Labs — the team behind Twitter client Brizzly — is not going to be acq-hired by Foursquare, cofounder and CEO Jason Shellen tweets.  —  “Brizzly/Thing Labs is not selling to Foursquare.  I do love a good saucy rumor though.
Jason L. Baptiste:
Email Newsletters Are Still A Serious Business  —  In late 2009, I wrote an article about the fascinating and very lucrative business behind email newsletters.  In the world of Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr, it's not the sexiest of businesses.  In the past 9 months, a ton has happened in the space.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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