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4:40 PM ET, July 7, 2010

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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Android 2.2 demolishes iOS4 in JavaScript benchmarks  —  Google's Android mobile operating system got some significant performance improvements in version 2.2, codenamed Froyo.  A high-performance JIT was introduced in Android's Dalvik runtime environment and the browser got some very deep optimizations.
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
The KIN-fusing KIN-clusion to KIN, and FY11 Microsoft Layoff Rumors  —  Get out of the way Microsoft Bob, you have a replacement that Microsoft's Gen-Y employees can claim for their own!  It's spelled K-I-N.  —  KIN's demise can't surprise anyone.  When I looked at the phone's features …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Rank And File Felt “Embarrassment All Over Campus” From Kin Failure (MSFT)
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T identifies Alcatel-Lucent as slow upload culprit, fix in the works  —  As we'd suspected, AT&T isn't intentionally limiting upload speeds on iPhone 4s in some markets where things suddenly got slow over the weekend.  Or that's the company's claim, anyhow — and seeing how they're actually calling …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Mobile Goes HTML5, Video Quality Beats Native Apps Hands Down  —  If you've got a phone with an HTML5 compliant browser, you'll probably want to check out YouTube's new mobile site, which is rolling out over the next few hours at m.youtube.com.  It's a major upgrade from the old mobile web app …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, AppScout and Mashable!
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google Makes the iPhone YouTube App Obsolete  —  What's the difference between the new version of YouTube's mobile Web site and the Apple-created YouTube application that is installed on every iPhone?  The Web site is a lot better.  At least that's the subtext of a video that YouTube released …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Asks Russian Police to Get Smartphone Back From Blogger  —  By Diana ben-Aaron and Anastasia Ustinova  —  Nokia Oyj, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, asked the Russian police to help retrieve a smartphone prototype from a Moscow-based blogger who riled the company by posting information it calls confidential.
Discussion: The Next Web and Pulse2
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Tim Partridge / YouTube Blog:
Life in a Day  —  Every day, 6.7 billion people view the world through their own unique lens.  Imagine if there was a way to collect all of these perspectives, to aggregate and mold them into the cohesive story of a single day on earth.  —  Today, we're excited to announce the launch of …
Apple MobileMe News:
Preview the New MobileMe Calendar Beta  —  A completely new version of MobileMe Calendar is now available as a beta on me.com.  —  To sign up, go to me.com/calendar and click “Request an invitation.”  You will receive an email notification when you have been added to the beta …
Rachael King / Bloomberg:
Apple's IPad Wins Corporate Converts at Wells Fargo, SAP  —  Wells Fargo & Co. spent two years studying the iPhone before letting bankers use the device at work.  Apple Inc.'s iPad, released in April, took just weeks to get cleared.  —  This time around, safeguards against security breaches …
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
Fast Company Influence Project Pisses Off Online Influencers  —  BECAUSE THAT'S HOW INFLUENCE IS MEASURED.  Nowadays.  Apparently.  By tricking one's friends into pimping generic product.  What is this, Amway?  —  Hope you used protection.  —  Radian6's Amber Naslund fell for it …
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Amber Naslund / Brass Tack Thinking:
How Fast Company Confused Ego with Influence
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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Source: No broad job cuts planned at Microsoft
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chris Morrison / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's June 2010 US Traffic by Age and Sex: Users Aged 18-44 Take a Growth Break  —  [Editor's Note: The data cited in this article is excerpted from Inside Facebook Gold, our membership service tracking Facebook's business and growth around the world.  Please see Inside Facebook Gold …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Dominates Third-Party Logins For All But News  —  More and more, we're logging into websites using our credentials from sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo.  But which one is leading in the battle of the third-party login?  What login do we chose when it comes to entertainment sites like MTV?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Facebook Movie Will Not Be Using Facebook to Market the Facebook Movie  —  You might think a huge target audience and golden marketing opportunity for a high-profile Hollywood movie on Facebook, titled “The Social Network,” would be the 500 million members of Facebook.  —  Maybe not so much.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter search queries up 33 percent from April to 800 million per day  —  Twitter is supporting 800 million queries a day, or 33 percent more than it said it was handling back in April, according to co-founder Biz Stone, who spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival today.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Xbox Live Sales Probably Topped $1 Billion for the First Time  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox Live online video-game service probably broke the $1 billion revenue mark for the first time in the year that just ended, helped by sales of movies, avatar accessories and extra game levels.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola's New Android Phone Looks Like A BlackBerry (MOT, GOOG, RIMM)  —  Look out, RIM... Motorola's newest Android phone is going after the mid-to-low-end BlackBerry buyer, which has fueled a lot of RIM's growth in the last few years.  —  The new Motorola Charm will go on sale at T-Mobile this summer.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Magazine Walls Off Its Web Site: Will You Pay Up?  —  Want to read the cover story of this week's Time magazine?  Whip out your wallet: You can only get all of Steve Brill's piece on lobbying and financial reform via Time's print edition or its new iPad app.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple looking for ‘iTunes Fraud Prevention Specialist’ [Update: Apple yanks job post]  —  What a coincidence; just days prior to the July 4th App Store fraud incident, Apple set out to find a specialist to deal with fraud in the iTunes store and its components.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Next Big Play After Travel - Gaming?  —  In a bit of a “told you so” moment, HitWise's Heather Hopkins wrote this morning that Google's acquisition of ITA was something they had been waiting for since 2006, when they first predicted Google's move into the travel industry.
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Google Should Ban Its Own Help Pages — But Also Shouldn't
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
AT&T Seeks a Piece of the $633B Mobile Payment Pie
Discussion: PR Newswire
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
Threat of ‘cyberwar’ has been hugely hyped
Discussion: Danger Room and Schneier on Security, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Almost 65 Million Facebook Users “Like” Things Daily
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