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5:20 PM ET, July 11, 2010


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Elon Musk: “Why Owen Thomas Is Silicon Valley's Jayson Blair”  —  Tesla Motors Founder and CEO Elon Musk isn't a man that backs down when facing the press.  When the New York TImes wrote an error-filled article, Musk lashed out at the author, saying “What is he doing picking on an electric car company?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Tesla Motors CEO can't handle the truth  —  Elon Musk, the CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors and rocket-launcher SpaceX, should be applauded for the mighty challenges he's taken on and the powers of persuasion he has deployed to build his companies.  But along the way …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Secretly Invested $100+ Million In Zynga, Preparing To Launch Google Games  —  Google has quietly (secretly, one might say) invested somewhere between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming behemoth Zynga, we've confirmed from multiple sources.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
AT&T handing out free 3G MicroCells to loyal customers?  —  While we've no clue how widespread AT&T's generosity is, or how you might get one, it appears that the company's “most valuable customers” are now receiving free range-boosting femtocells.  Today, loyal reader Jason got …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I can't kick the Apple iPhone habit  —  Louis Gray just wrote an interesting post about how he kicked iPhones out of his life and went with Android.  I could write that post too.  After all, I agree with it in principle, even if I can't take the step and cross over the iPhone/Android barrier.
Discussion: Pat Phelan and ZoliErdos, Thanks:miguelrios
Louis Gray:
Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Wikileaks on closure rumors: “Do not feed the Troll”  —  Earlier today we reported on rumors that controversial whistleblower site Wikileaks was to be abandoned.  A Wikileaks spokesperson has just got back to us denying the claims made in what he calls a “bulls**t campaign”.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's As If Apple Has Hired Don Draper  —  The other day I was talking to an old friend.  Not only is this friend outside the tech sphere, he's just about as opposite of tech savvy as a person can be.  He's basically a luddite.  In fact, I was surprised he was even IMing with me, he's so seldom online.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook apologizes for censoring doll's nipples  —  It has been established for some time that the folks at Facebook are not overly fond of nipples.  Or, at least, of their public display.  Or, at least, of their public display on Facebook.  —  Some time ago, there was much consternation …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wired City: Josh Harris' Plan To Make Us All Live In Public (Video)  —  Josh Harris lived through a version of the future—a future where TV is replaced by constant, live video chat/surveillance over the Internet—and it almost made him go insane.  His experiments from a decade ago …
Chuck Falzone / AndroidGuys:
Android Market Will Hit 100,000 Apps This Month  —  Accumulated number of Application and Games in the Market  —  The graph speaks for itself.  According to Android Market web interface, the Android Market now offers users more than 90,000 apps, and is on pace to end the month in six figures.
Paul Denlinger / Silicon Alley Insider:
China: Google Backed Down Over Censorship Laws  —  Beijing's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that license approval and renewal had been granted to Google China after the company had agreed to respect Chinese laws.  —  If true, this would amount to a climbdown …
Discussion: Reuters
Reuters:   China confirms renews Google's China license
Scripting News:
Guy would have enjoyed this  —  Facebook does some really smart stuff and, in trying to be really smart, sometimes they're really really dumb.  Dumb bordering on bad taste.  —  Give you an example.  —  I've been reading David Weinberger's blog lately because he's newly interested in OPML.
Anita Chang / Associated Press:
China group says US uses Facebook to sow unrest  —  BEIJING - A Chinese government-backed think tank has accused the U.S. and other Western governments of using social networking sites like Facebook to spur political unrest and called for stepped-up scrutiny of the wildly popular sites.
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