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1:25 PM ET, July 11, 2010

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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.
Louis Gray:
Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android  —  For such a long-time Apple believer and Mac/iPhone customer, the idea of turning my back on Steve Jobs and crew, stopping my app store and media buying preferences almost entirely and choosing a divergent path is not one taken lightly.
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 …
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.
Cryptome:
WIKILEAKS WEBSITE TO BE ABANDONED  —  The website has been effectively down in terms of document submissions for many weeks, and as we speak there is no way for the general public or potential whistleblowers to upload documents to the site.  —  We have been told that WIKILEAKS will be launching a completely new site hosted in Iceland.
Discussion: Maximum PC
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 …
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Reuters:   China confirms renews Google's China license
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg Got Served—but Why?  —  Boom!  Mark Zuckerberg was served legal papers relating to a mysterious lawsuit at a fancy lunch in Sun Valley, Idaho yesterday.  The sneaky server pretended to ask for Mark Zuckerberg's autograph before dropping the bomb.  More »  —  01:35 PM
Discussion: ZDNet and New York Post
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Motorola WX445 leaked, offers low-end Android for Verizon  —  So this little number just rolled into our tips inbox — and at a glance, it appears to be the anti-Droid X, if that makes any sense.  We're being told this is the Motorola WX445 for Verizon (street name unknown) …
Eric Calouro / Erictric:
Google Maps Now Shortens Your Maps URLs  —  The scenario: you've just found exactly what you were looking for on Google Maps, and now you're trying to send it over to a friend.  —  The problem: the URL to the map is about as long as Gone With The Wind.  You waste precious seconds heading …
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 AndroLib.com, the Android Market now offers users more than 90,000 apps, and is on pace to end the month in six figures.
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
Reddit Solicits Donations to Keep Site Afloat  —  News recommendation site Reddit on Friday released a puzzling blog post in which it announced plans to implement a subscription-based service—sort of.  —  The subscription service, known as Reddit Gold, will help Reddit earn some extra cash …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Free Spy Novel  —  A spy thriller from the DOJ...for free!  —  Instead of spending your hard-earned dollars loading your Kindle or iPad with fictional potboilers, head over to Scribd and download the Department of Justice Complaint vs. Russian spies (June 2010).  —  Why submit yourself to the tedium of ponderous DOJ prose?
 
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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
The iChatr App Brings Chatroulette-Style Mischief to Your iPhone 4
Discussion: TechCrunch, Cult of Mac and Go Rumors
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Intel Supercomputer Tracks Oil Spill
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Microsoft Mining The App Store To Find iOS Developers & Win Them Over
Discussion: Dr. Touch
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Geohot Jailbreaks Apple iPhone 4 !
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay and MegaUpload Escape Domain Seizure by US
Discussion: Geekosystem
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Fring Overwhelmed by Video Calling, Temporarily Suspends Access to Skype
 

 
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