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8:05 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: VentureBeat and CNET News, Thanks:johnhcook
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Records Edges Into Digital Release: James Taylor, Yes; Beatles, No  —  Digital news today from EMI and Apple Records.  No, it's not the Beatles.  That would make too much sense and deprive us of writing the same story repeatedly.  But fans of James Taylor, Billy Preston …
Discussion: CNET News, MediaMemo and Computerworld
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.
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
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple releases MobileMe iDisk for iPad, adds multitasking to iPhone version  —  Today, Apple has released an update to their popular MobileMe iDisk application to include iPad compatibility.  The free app is now a single universal binary that works to its full potential across all iOS devices running iOS 3.1.3 or above.
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.
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Wants You to Know How its Ads Work  —  When advertisements first started appearing on Facebook, the most popular online social network in the world, users immediately recognized advertisements targeted at them based on their personal information and interests.
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
Emily Brill / The Daily Beast:
Harvard vs. Steve Jobs  —  Harvard Law star Jonathan Zittrain is an influential critic of Apple—so why doesn't he talk about donations to his research center from Steve Jobs' competitors?  Emily Brill investigates.  —  Professors at Harvard Law School's influential Berkman Center …
Discussion: Fortune
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Twitter's Official BlackBerry App Exits Beta  —  A couple of months after the BlackBerry Twitter app debuted in beta, device manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is announcing its full launch and one update.  —  BlackBerry users will be able to access any user's profile via an autocomplete function.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Alleged Wikileaks source charged with leaking classified files
Discussion: CNN and ZDNet
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google's Display Advertising Plans Include Gmail, YouTube
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
Softpedia News:
McAfee Signs OEM Deals to Install Antivirus Technology on USB Devices
Discussion: McAfee Newsroom and Tech Eye
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Bluetooth Version 4.0 to Feature Low Energy Technology
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Seeking Developers to Make Wave-Based Forum
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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
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nokia Slims Down, Sells Modem Business
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetUp Buys Android Twitter Client Twidroid And News Aggregator Popurls
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California Launches News Aggregator Website
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