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9:50 PM ET, July 6, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds on iTunes fraud, vaguely confirms said fraud  —  Over the weekend we saw reports of what appeared to be fraud occurring in the iTunes system — namely, a rogue developer had somehow managed to snag 42 of the top 50 sales positions in the App Store's “book” category with seemingly bogus content.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft pruning more jobs  —  Microsoft is preparing to make a new round of job cuts as early as tomorrow, according to people with knowledge of the situation, but the unconfirmed numbers we're hearing are relatively small in the scheme of things — far less than the thousands of jobs cut by the company last year.
Discussion: ZDNet, VentureBeat, CNET News and Erictric, Thanks:johnhcook
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Foursquare Launches Location Layers - This is Big  —  Looking at life through rose-colored glasses?  How about walking through your town and seeing it as the Huffington Post or the Independent Film Channel sees it?  IFC announced a new campaign this morning with leading location-based social …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Is Capping Upload Data Speeds  —  Uh, this better be temporary.  We gush about the iPhone 4's hot new upload speeds, and AT&T takes it away.  Upload speeds in several cities, like New York, are capped at 100kbps—1/10th of what iPhone 4's capable of.  —  That's the reportage …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome starts learning which way is up  —  Google has begun work on a new item on a long list of technologies designed to make applications running on the Web more competitive with those that run natively on a machine's operating system: an interface to know which way is up.
Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta 1: Tell us what you think!  —  Firefox 4 Beta 1 is now ready to download and test!  This first version gives an early look at what's planned for Firefox 4.  Stay tuned, because there is more to come and we plan to release new beta versions every two to three weeks.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle dual-screen e-reader patent granted, Barnes & Noble Nook potentially in trouble  —  Looks like the battle for e-reader dominance between Amazon and Barnes & Noble could soon expand beyond the recent spate of price drops and into the courtroom as well: the USPTO just granted …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AP Not Amused By The Woot Story, Tries To Play The Oil Spill Card  —  Oh those jokesters over at the AP — the fun never ends!  Last night, we wrote a post noting that Woot was (humorously) calling out the AP for not following their own ridiculous rules when quoting from content.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Android Helps HTC Sales Jump 63% in Second Quarter  —  Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has posted financial numbers for June and the company has realized a 63 percent gain in revenues for the second quarter over the previous year.  HTC is the largest producer of Android phones globally …
Dan Reed / USA Today:
Less than 10% of fliers are logging onto Wi-Fi in the air  —  Wi-Fi connections in the air may not be the magical service capability that some in the travel world had hoped.  —  Although airlines and providers of the service says they're pleased with consumer response …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
AppleCare: The iPhone 4 Update Won't Solve the Antenna Problem  —  AppleCare has confirmed what we already knew: The incoming software update won't fix the iPhone 4's transmission and reception problems.  They acknowledged the antenna problem exists, offering the same solution as before: Buy a case or hold the iPhone differently.
David / TmoNews:
Motorola Charm In The Wild, Material Arriving In Stores?  —  Well what have we here, the very first image of the Motorola Basil/Charm in the wild!  Sent via pony express our source was able to get a small hands on last week with the device and came away with one interesting worthy note …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Employees Challenged To Crack Facebook Security, Succeed (Updated)  —  Apparently Facebook noticed the slap down that the FTC gave Twitter in June because it “failed to prevent unauthorized administrative control of its system.”  Shortly afterwards one of the senior engineers at Facebook responsible for SRE …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Studies User Downloads to Hone Mobile Ads, Take on Google  —  Apple Inc., with a storehouse of billions of music, movie and software downloads, is studying the buying habits of many of its 150 million iTunes users to show more appealing mobile ads and fuel competition with Google Inc.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google's Display Advertising Plans Include Gmail, YouTube  —  Proprietary Properties, Third-Party Network and Efficiency Are Search Giant's Strategies for Success  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — For a company that has made a big business of indexing third-party websites, a substantial part …
Discussion: The Next Web
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Explains What @EarlyBird Is: It's All About Distributing Advertiser Deals  —  ReadWriteWeb had a solid scoop last week when it uncovered Twitter was set to go live with an account called @EarlyBird.  Well, it has just gone live, with a tweet pointing to this page where the company explains what it's all about.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Regulators Prepare to Dig Into Google-ITA Deal  —  Last week, Google announced a deal to acquire ITA, a Boston-based company that makes flight information software.  The move will give Google a large foothold in the online travel search market, and control over a critical data source used …
Discussion: WebProNews, Tnooz and Xconomy
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Sony Is Latest to Cut E-Reader Prices  —  Faced with competition from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Sony has slashed the prices of its U.S. Reader electronic e-book readers line.  The move comes after Amazon and Barnes & Noble cut the price for the Kindle and Nook, and is the second price cut from Sony this year.
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Verizon ad mocks iPhone 4's antenna woes  —  Add one more bullet point to the list of things Droid does: Taunt the iPhone in increasingly public displays of mockery.  Verizon placed a full-page ad in The New York Times this week to tease the imminent arrival of the next version …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Is Flattr the new Facebook Like, but this time with real money?  —  Flattr is a new startup with an inovative business model, coming out of Sweden.  In fact it's the brainchild of a group of people formerly associated with The [infamous] Pirate Bay, including Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi.
Discussion: Technology Review and blogs.ft.com
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Sony: Devs to help build the next PlayStation  —  SCE studio boss confirms work is underway on ‘future platform related activities’  —  One of the highest-ranking executives at Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed the company is hard at work on future platform developments.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad not eating Mac sales, says analyst  —  The slight cannibalization of iPods seen in NPD's data could actually be good for Apple  —  Piper Jaffray's (PJC) Gene Munster was the first Apple (AAPL) analyst to dissect the domestic retail sales data released Tuesday by the NPD Group.
Mark Hachman / AppScout:
Prince Declares the Internet Over  —  Well, that's that then.  —  Funk-rocker and current Jehovah's Witness The-Man-We're-Now-Calling-Prince- Again declared that the Internet is “completely over,” in an interview with the U.K. tabloid The Daily Mirror over the weekend.
 
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Twitter's Official BlackBerry App Exits Beta
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Alleged Wikileaks source charged with leaking classified files
Discussion: CNN and ZDNet
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Wants You to Know How its Ads Work
Nick Spence / Computerworld:
UK gov't criticised for spending thousands on iPhone apps
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Silicon Valley: D.C. doesn't get tech
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Bluetooth Version 4.0 to Feature Low Energy Technology
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Seeking Developers to Make Wave-Based Forum
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Should Start Amazon-Style Fulfillment Unit, RBC Says
Discussion: WebProNews
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Council to Counter Web ‘Content Mills’?
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Emily Brill / The Daily Beast:
Harvard vs. Steve Jobs
Discussion: Fortune
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nokia Slims Down, Sells Modem Business
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetUp Buys Android Twitter Client Twidroid And News Aggregator Popurls