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3:30 PM ET, July 9, 2010

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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google says China has renewed Web page license  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Friday that the Chinese authorities had renewed its license to operate a website, averting a potential shutdown of its flagship search page in the world's biggest Internet market.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google Search Compromise Earns China License Renewal
Paul Denlinger / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Is Still In Big Trouble In China
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Larry Page: Jobs is rewriting history  —  According to the Google founder, Steve Jobs' assessment of Google's Android entering into the iPhone's market is revisionist history.  —  In a briefing Thursday at the Allen & Co's Sun Valley conference, Google (GOOG) co-founders Larry Page …
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Reuters:
Google's Schmidt undaunted by Apple or Facebook
Discussion: MediaFile and MacNN
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
YouTube Starts $5 Million Fund to Finance Original Videos  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In a cautious move into the original content business, search titan Google announced that its YouTube property has created a $5 million fund to help finance more original videos.
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Investing in the Future of Video: YouTube Announces Partner Grant Program  —  The YouTube ecosystem is vibrant and growing fast.  We have over 10,000 partners, and 94 of Ad Age's top 100 advertisers have run campaigns on YouTube and the Google Display Network.  We've made great progress in the last five years.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Why Facebook Killed A $100 Million Baby  —  This evening Facebook announced that they will officially kill the company's gift shop on August 1st of this year.  Currently generating tens of millions of dollars for the company a year, one has to wonder why the company would take such dramatic steps.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Want More Followers?  Twitter May Help You Buy Some  —  Want more people reading your tweets?  Twitter may offer you a hand - for a price.  —  People familiar with the company's plans say it has been discussing yet another revenue generator: Think of it as a “Promoted Tweeter” …
Discussion: Technologizer and Techie Buzz
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
An In-Depth Look at How People Are Using the iPad  —  Resolve Market Research has just completed a comprehensive study that looks at how the iPad is being used, and how the iPad is impacting other technology devices like e-readers, portable gaming consoles and netbooks.
Discussion: USA Today, Y! Mobile Blog and Gamasutra
Smw / Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Droid Does Trillian: Trillian for Android is coming!  —  Because we can't handle any more blog comments or emails about it, we're tipping our hand - Trillian for Android is on the way!  Check out the awesome screenshots and detailed information after the jump, and be sure to tell all your friends so they stop emailing us.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Google Maps now comes at you at a 45 degree angle  —  Google Maps has rolled out a feature to the main map that has been previously available to developers and through Google Map Labs - viewing locations at a 45 degree angle.  —  The new satilitte imagery is available for select US cities …
Arn / MacRumors:
What is Apple Planning on Making with this 3x3cm Touch Screen?  —  Tw.apple.pro posts a few images of an Apple-branded touch screen that only measures 3x3 centimeters.  The site has been a source of early parts for Apple products in the past, including white iPhone 4 parts and MacBook Pro enclosures.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Cavs Owner Goes Online To Rip LeBron A New One... In Comic Sans  —  The national distraction is over.  NBA star LeBron James has chosen the team he's going to play for: the Miami Heat.  Of course, this means that he won't be returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert is not too happy about that.
Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 4 bursts into flames, burns hand  —  One of our very close AT&T sources just sent us in these images.  Yes, it's a fried iPhone 4.  Apparently a customer brought the phone into the store to try and get help with it, although it's pretty evident that the phone is unrepairable.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Massive NYC Billboard Nets Gowalla A Whopping 84 Checkins From 64 People  —  So much for the idea that a giant New Jersey Nets billboard was going to move the needle for Gowalla, the mobile/location/social startup that is losing badly to Foursquare.  —  As you may have heard …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google's Street View ‘snoops’ on Congress members  —  Google's popular Street View project may have collected personal information of members of Congress, including some involved in national security issues.  —  The claim was made by leading advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog which wants Congress …
Mia / YouTube Blog:
What's bigger than 1080p?  4K video comes to YouTube  —  Today at the VidCon 2010 conference, we announced support for videos shot in 4K (a reference resolution of 4096 x 3072), meaning that now we support original video resolution from 360p all the way up to 4096p.
Discussion: Fortune and Techie Buzz
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Googler And White House Staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton Heads To Twitter  —  Twitter has made another key hire today: former Google vet and White House and State Department staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton.  According to Stanton's Tweet stream, she will be leaving her role at the State Department for greener pastures at Twitter.
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Fring iPhone App Supports Video Calls Over 3G to Any Fring or Skype User  —  I just had a videochat over 3G and it was the most amazing thing I've experienced all day.  There was some lag, voice quality wasn't perfect, and video was sometimes jittery.  But I loved every minute of it.
Official Google Australia Blog:
We're sorry  —  A couple of years ago, Google started collecting WiFi network information via our Street View cars to improve location-based services like search and maps.  In May, we announced that we had also mistakenly been collecting publicly broadcast payload data (information sent over the network).
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
House votes to block Net porn on government PCs  —  A recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives seemed straightforward enough: government computers must block viewing or downloading porn.  —  After all, a series of news reports have highlighted, in scandalous detail …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NTP Sues Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Over Wireless Email Patents  —  NTP, which claims to have founded the technology of which wireless emails are based, has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC Corp, LG Electronics, Microsoft Corporation, and Motorola, in the United States District Court …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel aims to phase out Celeron processors in 2011  —  Intel has informed its notebook partners about plans to gradually reduce the production of Celeron processors and will replace the product line with its Pentium and the dual-core Atom N-series.  The schedule for a complete phase …
David Galbraith / David Galbraith's Blog:
Tim Berners-Lee.  Confirming The Exact Location Where the Web Was Invented  —  I wrote to Tim Berners-Lee after exploring CERN last week, looking for the location where the web was invented, his replies regarding the exact locations are below.  [ I've put up photos of the excursion as an Oobject list, here ]
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Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
No HTC iPad rival anytime soon
Discussion: AndroidSPIN, SlashGear and Androinica
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
VeriSign Loses Big in Court on .Com Domains
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Developer Told Posted Code Infringes Patents
Discussion: p2pnet and Techdirt
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
No Easy Answers in the Copyright Debate
Discussion: Techdirt
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Mobile Connections: Over 5 Billion Served
Discussion: BBC and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Conversation: Hulu CEO on Netflix, Hulu Plus and Broadband
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple-backed SproutCore takes on Flash in race to deliver multitouch web apps
Discussion: Fast Company and Engadget
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