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10:10 PM ET, July 7, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Rank And File Felt “Embarrassment All Over Campus” From Kin Failure (MSFT)  —  Microsoft's Kin failure sank morale at the company's Redmond campus according to an employee who emailed us after the news broke.  —  “Embarrassment all over campus from the rank and file about the Kin announcement,” says this Microsoftie.
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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Only Sold 503 Kin Phones, John Gruber Hears (MSFT)
Discussion: Electronista and Velocity
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.
Phil / Nokia Conversations:
Legal action against Eldar Murtazin - official statement  —  ESPOO, Finland - Various rumours have been circulating regarding the Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin.  This is to clarify the current situation.  Nokia takes all matters relating to the security of its products …
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Bloomberg:
Nokia Asks Russian Police to Get Smartphone Back From Blogger
Discussion: The Next Web and Pulse2
Alex Smith / AndroidSPIN:
T-Mobile's End of the Year Road Map Leaked  —  Well, Folks, it looks like T-Mobile has some Android devices coming our way!  After the launch of the Motorola Charm and the Samsung Vibrant on July 21st, T-Mobile plans on launching 5 more Android devices before the years end.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Leanback offers effortless viewing  —  A click here, a search there, a browse on this page — sometimes it can take more than a few flicks of the wrist and finger taps to get your daily dose of video.  Luckily, YouTube Leanback wants you to conserve your energy for actually watching more videos.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft job cuts in hundreds, scattered across the company  —  As expected, Microsoft today is proceeding with job cuts in targeted areas of its global workforce, delivering layoff notices in selected groups as part of the strategic realignment that the company traditionally makes at the beginning of its fiscal year.
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 …
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 …
Mahendra / Skeptic Geek:
Googler's Take on Social Networking Reveals Chinks in Facebook's Armor  —  Paul Adams, lead for User Research for Social at Google, shared a presentation a few days back that was picked up by Venture Beat among others.  I am sharing it here along with my own thoughts as I think it deserves a closer look.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Twitter Now the World's Fastest Growing Search Engine  —  What is your search engine of choice?  Google?  Yahoo?  Bing?  Try Twitter.  —  According to cofounder Biz Stone, who spoke yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Twitter now reaches some 800 million search queries per day.
Rob Glaser / VentureBeat:
The Superphone is unstoppable  —  Rob Glaser is chairman of RealNetworks and a venture partner at Accel.  He will be moderating a mobile investing panel at our MobileBeat 2010 conference on July 12 — the conference theme, not coincidentally, is “The Year of the Superphone.”
Discussion: TechStartups.com, Thanks:atul
Wall Street Journal:
Console Makers in Talks to Add 3G  —  TOKYO—Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc. is in talks with videogame-device makers about adding 3G network connections to the next generation of hand-held consoles in a push to expand connected-game play.  —  “Videogame makers know that in order …
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?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The New Digg Is More Social But Less Unique  —  For more than a year, Digg has been working on a major redesign of the popular link-sharing site, one that makes the social features of the site much more obvious, encouraging users to “follow” their friends and subscribe to preferred sources.
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.
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 …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Crack the Code in Cyber Command's Logo  —  The U.S. military's new Cyber Command is headquartered at Ft. Meade, Maryland, one of the military's most secretive and secure facilities.  Its mission is largely opaque, even inside the armed forces.  But the there's another mystery surrounding the emerging unit.
Sarah Nahm / Google Chrome Blog:
100 Chrome Experiments and counting!  —  Last year we launched Chrome Experiments, a website showcasing innovative web experiments built with open standards like JavaScript and HTML5.  Today we're pleased to announce that the site now points to 100 experiments — each one made, hosted …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hulu's Jason Kilar Talks About Plus, IPO, Renovations and More!  —  This week on BoomTown's grand summer tour of digital Los Angeles, I popped into the Santa Monica, Calif., offices of Hulu, the premium online video distributor that has been one of the few big and innovative hits for Hollywood in the digital sector.
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Can Borders Unseat Amazon in the E-Book Market?  —  Borders today launched both an electronic book store and two handset clients — for BlackBerry and Android 2.0 devices — as it tries to compete against offerings from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple.  According to Reuters …
 
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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