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6:25 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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Woot To The AP: Nice Story About Our Sale — You Now Owe Us $17.50  —  Gotta love those guys at Woot.  They just sold to Amazon for $110 million, but that's not stopping them from calling anyone out as they see fit.  In this case, we particularly love it because they're calling out the AP …
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 …
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.
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Bluetooth Version 4.0 to Feature Low Energy Technology  —  Low energy technology in the latest core specification of Bluetooth Version 4.0 is intended to spread Bluetooth's applicability to watches, medical devices and mobile phones, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) said.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Records Edges Into Digital Release: James Taylor, Yes; Beatles, No  —  Digital news today from EMI and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) 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
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: 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
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Relativity + Netflix Stream Pact Pushes Pay TV  —  In a deal that may change the landscape of pay television deals, Relativity Media and Netflix are gearing up to announce an alliance in which the online streaming service will exclusively release Relativity movies in what would otherwise …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetUp Buys Android Twitter Client Twidroid And News Aggregator Popurls  —  Twitter search and advertising platform operator TweetUp this morning announced that it had acquired Twidroid, creator of the popular Twitter client for Android phones.  The new owner will rename the app Twidroyd …
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.
Thanks:atul
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Seeking Developers to Make Wave-Based Forum  —  The idea has been batted around before, but now it looks like Google is ready to throw some effort in the direction of creating a Google Wave powered forum.  —  According to a post on the Google Wave Developer Blog …
DigiTimes:
iPad monthly orders surpass 2 million units in July, says Digitimes Research  —  Apple's monthly iPad orders to Taiwan makers surpassed two million units for July and the volume are expected to maintain above the level in the future, according to Mingchi Kuo, senior analyst for Digitimes Research.
Nick Spence / Computerworld:
UK gov't criticised for spending thousands on iPhone apps  —  A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that the Government has spent tens of thousands of pounds developing iPhone applications, which critics say are a costly waste of money.  —  A Freedom of Information (FOI) …
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 …
 
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Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Verizon ad mocks iPhone 4's antenna woes
Discussion: AppleInsider
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Should Start Amazon-Style Fulfillment Unit, RBC Says
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Council to Counter Web ‘Content Mills’?
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nokia Slims Down, Sells Modem Business
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony wedding content with its hardware
 Earlier Items: 
Government Technology News:
California Launches News Aggregator Website
Discussion: BaltTech and The Next Web
Rob Arcamona / MediaShift:
What the Viacom vs. YouTube Verdict Means for Copyright Law
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The Andy Grove essay
Discussion: Inc.com and madisonian.net
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
What's It Like to Work at Google?
Discussion: Mashable!
CrunchGear:
How Steam stopped me from pirating games and enjoy the sweet DRM kool-aid
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:bobcaswell