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4:16 PM ET, July 8, 2010

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Mic Wright / Electricpig.co.uk:
New iPod Touch: 5MP camera and FaceTime incoming?  Britain's top sellers say so  —  The new iPod Touch will come packing a 5MP camera with HD video shooting skills, according to John Lewis which has just spilled the new specs at its Xmas in July event in central London.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Purported next-gen iPod touch parts suggest forward-facing camera
Discussion: Computerworld
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook acquires local, travel recommendations startup NextStop  —  Facebook is adding another talent acquisition to the mix.  It has acquired Nextstop, a San Francisco-based startup for recommending things to do or places to go.  —  “This was a difficult decision for us,” the company said in a statement.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Location Feature Gets More Hands on Deck With Acquisition of Ex-Googler Startup NextStop  —  Facebook will unveil its entry into the location-based social networking space someday and today's acquisition of innovative trip-sharing service NextStop will undoubtedly influence what Facebook users eventually get to see.
Discussion: nextstop.com and Inside Facebook
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Pirate Bay Hack Exposes User Booty  —  Security weaknesses in the hugely popular file-sharing Web site thepiratebay.org have exposed the user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million Pirate Bay users, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.com.
Adam Z Lein / pocketnow.com:
Actually KIN Sold More Than 503 Devices  —  There's a rumor being perpetuated by Daring Fireball that Microsoft only sold 503 KIN devices.  Many other sites are picking up this posting as though it were true.  What I find interesting is that the KIN registers its Facebook app on Facebook …
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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:   Does It Matter How Many Kins Microsoft Sold?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Developer Brags: $1,400 In iAd Revenue In One Day At $150 eCPM  —  Apple's iAds have started rolling out, and at least one iPhone developer is enjoying early returns, boasting of making $1,400 in ad revenue on the first day.  —  San Diego-based Jason Ting started selling an app yesterday …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies … The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Touts Selling Power of Friendship  —  In Bid to Boost Revenue, Site Pitches ‘Social Context’ Ads to Major Marketers  —  Facebook Inc. is trying to rev up its advertising business with a little help from your friends.  —  The social-networking site is aggressively pitching …
Discussion: Digits and Go Rumors
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   How did your name get on a Facebook ad?
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is It Time to Stop Blogging and Start an Email Newsletter?  —  When entrepreneur Jason Calacanis shut down his blog in 2008 and replaced it with a subscription-only email newsletter, his move seemed to be more of a personal response to abusive reader comments rather than a leading indicator of a trend …
Discussion: Inc.com, Thanks:lippard
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Microsoft Lays Claim To iPad's Page Curling Feature  —  The Courier may be dead, but we are still getting to see the innovations built by Microsoft back when development on Courier was still in its prime.  A patent application filed by Microsoft back in January 2009 describes the page curl feature …
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.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reality Check: Twitter's Huge Search Query Numbers Are Very Inflated
Discussion: The Huffington Post and GigaOM
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CNN's Octavia Nasr Leaving Network After Controversial Hezbollah Tweet  —  In the latest case of new media (or oversharing) gone wrong, CNN's Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr is leaving the company following the controversy caused by her tweet in praise of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Hulu May Launch Ad-Free Premium App  —  The TV streaming service Hulu, which recently launched a paid subscription product, Hulu Plus is not averse to the idea of launching an even more expensive ad-free version, CEO Jason Kilar told me on Wednesday in a chat.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Continues To Gain Smartphone Market Share  —  ComScore just released its smartphone market share numbers for March through May, and unsurprisingly the trend continues from previous months.  Android phone saw the most significant growth in market share in May …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype's Innermost Security Layers Claimed To Be Reverse-Engineered  —  Internet telephony giant Skype may well have a significant security issue on its hands, TechCrunch has learned.  —  Someone claims to have reverse-engineered the proprietary encryption protocols Skype has put in place …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Tom Wilde / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu, Google TV, And The Brewing TV “Desktop” Storm  —  The last twelve months has been one of the most remarkable times I can remember in terms of sheer innovation and disruption in the digital video market.  The long awaited “watch what you want , where you want, when you want” …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Michael Iams / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone Adds Spoken Street Names and Supports iOS 4  —  Last week we announced the new MapQuest.com and today we've got some big news for mobile: MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone version 2.0 debuts!  We listened to all your feedback and now this new version speaks street names aloud …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo CFO Aims to End Buy-High, Sell-Low Track Record on Deals  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse, aiming to boost profitability while adding Internet content and services, says he plans to reverse the company's pattern of overpaying for acquisitions.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iSuppli: OLED panel shortage a concern for Android smartphone makers  —  Everyone wants an OLED display on their cellphone, right?  Ok, maybe not everybody, especially when compared to regular AMOLED, but we certainly want, no demand, a 4-plus inch Super AMOLED on our next Android smartphone.
Discussion: iSuppli, Electricpig and ZDNet
Andy M. Zaky / AppleInsider:
Apple to enter a new golden age in 2010 with 70% earnings growth
  —  In the four years I've followed Apple (AAPL) grow from a mere mid-sized tech stock to becoming the second largest corporation in the United States in terms of market capitalization, I never imagined that it or any other company …
Discussion: Fortune
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
U.S. Venture Capital Fundraising Up 13 Percent In First Half Of 2010 To $7.5B  —  There's good news for venture fundraising this morning.  Following the recessionary drought of fundraising for venture funds in 2009, the amount raised has increased by 13 percent in the first quarter of 2010 …
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
NexTag Buys Product Reviews Site Wize
Discussion: VatorNews, alarm:clock and PRWeb
Jennifer Baker / Computerworld:
EU court rules that Adwords do not infringe trademark laws
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Borders Group's Entry in E-Books May Herald Discounts
David Barboza / New York Times:
Apple Making New Push Into China
Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
YouTube Mobile Reaches 100 Million Daily Video Plays; Launches Updated Site
Nick Farrell / Tech Eye:
Aussies to push ahead with web censorship
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Is Yahoo Dead?  I Don't Think So.  Who Else With This Scale Can Be Neutral?
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iPhone 4 LED Flashlight Apps Begin To Light Up The App Store
Michelle Donegan / Light Reading:
T-Mobile HSPA+ Smartphone Due in September
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New Laptop From Toshiba Is Lightweight and Speedy
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Viacom acquires developer Social Express as MTV Networks dives …
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Breaking: Facebook To Enter Into Partnership With Friendster Buyer MOL
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