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4:00 PM ET, July 20, 2010


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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials Now Available  —  Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials.  Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Unveils Image Search Ads — Your Ads Now With Picture Thumbnails  —  At its search event today, Google launched a new product that's a part of Google Images: Google Image Search Ads.  Basically, this allows advertisers show up alongside Google Image searches.
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
Gawker Currently Under Successful Attack by 4chan  —  ​After yesterday's 4chan attack on Gawker didn't prove to do too much damage (following a memo sent out to the company regarding it), It looks like the scorecard for Round 2 of the  —  A speed test clocks Gawker's current loading …
Joann S. Lublin / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Conducting Search for New CEO  —  Mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. has launched a search for a new chief executive, people familiar with the situation said Monday.  —  The move comes as the current chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, struggles to find traction for the company …
Nokia Needs Silicon Valley Thinking, Investors Say
Discussion: Industries, Thanks:atul
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Lawyer ‘Unsure’ Whether Founder Mark Zuckerberg Signed Contract  —  A lawyer for Facebook Inc. said she was “unsure” whether company founder Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract that purportedly entitles a New York man to 84 percent of the world's biggest social-networking service.
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:   Facebook Claimant Must Answer ‘Where Have You Been?’ to Succeed
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With DECE's UltraViolet, We're About To See Just How Powerful Apple Really Is  —  When I hear the name UltraViolet as it pertains to Hollywood, good things don't come to mind.  Namely, I think about the 2006 Kurt Wimmer film of the same name that was awful.
Ryan Nakashima / The Huffington Post:
Digital movie locker ‘UltraViolet’ nears launch
Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Donates MacPaint Source Code To Computer History Museum  —  One of the earliest bits of software that made the original Macintosh computer so interesting to use and unusual for its time was a drawing program called MacPaint.  —  Released in 1984 with the Mac, it is fondly remembered …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Users Rate Facebook Slightly Above the Tax Man  —  Facebook plans to announce it has reached a milestone 500 million users this week — but that doesn't mean the masses are happy customers.  —  The American Customer Satisfaction Index, developed by the University of Michigan's Business School …
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone 4 Gyroscope Brings Silky Smooth Augmented Reality  —  When the iPhone 4 was unveiled in early June of this year, many were surprised by things like the antennae design or the high-resolution Retina Display.  Augmented reality fans, however, were excited to see the inclusion of a gyroscope …
Discussion: MacStories
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
World's First Pirate ISP Launches In Sweden  —  The Swedish Pirate Party, who are at the forefront of anti-copyright lobbying in Sweden, are planning to shake up the country's ISP market.  After taking over the supply of bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, Piratpartiet will now partner in the launch of Pirate ISP …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Asus Drops Windows for Android in Eee Pad Tablet  —  Asus is working on a 3G Eee Pad tablet computer, and it will run on Google's Android operating system.  Our friends from the German site Netbook News headed over to Asus HQ and got the details.  —  The Eee Pad was originally slated to use Windows CE …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Launches All-You-Can-Eat Music Service For iPhone And Android  —  After months of waiting, it's finally here.  Streaming music service MOG has launched its mobile applications for Android and iPhone, giving subscribers unlimited access to its library of 8 million songs, which can be streamed or downloaded over both 3G and WiFi.
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
FileMaker unveils FileMaker Go app for iPhone, iPad  —  The iPhone may fit and your pocket, and the iPad may not be much larger than a hardcover book, but FileMaker thinks it can squeeze an entire database application on both devices.  On Tuesday, FileMaker will roll out two mobile versions …
Adobe shows off P2P video calls on Android, calls it FlashTime … Adobe has demonstrated a peer-to-peer video calling system for Google's Android mobile operating system.  —  The technology, which mimics Apple's iPhone 4-based FaceTime, is cheekily dubbed FlashTime and is built using …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Simon Chester / MobileCrunch:
LightSquared, wholesale 4G-LTE + satellite network coming soon  —  A new data network arrived on the scene today.  LightSquared will be a wholesale only, net-neutral 4G-LTE network that combines with satellite to provide nation-wide broadband wireless access.
PR Newswire:
Founders Fund Raises $250 Million for Third Venture Fund  —  Founders Fund, the venture backer of companies including Facebook, Spotify, and SpaceX, has closed its third venture fund.  The Founders Fund III LP and its parallel funds were oversubscribed, reaching the firm's cap of $250 million in commitments …
Noah Kravitz /
Nobody knows what Android means and nobody cares … I go to this one cafe a lot.  Like any good neighborhood spot, it has its regulars.  I'm a morning regular and so are a bunch of other folks I recognize there, including these two guys who usually sit outside and I sometimes exchange “What's up?"s with.
Scott Merrill / CrunchGear:
New business version of PogoPlug coming soon  —  The plucky little PogoPlug, which I reviewed last December, has seen a number of modest updates in the months since.  All of these updates are rolled out automatically, so unless you're following the PogoPlug blog you might never know about them.
The Politico:
Bringing government up to data  —  Technology drove Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  And Obama's three tech “chiefs” drive his administration's technology.  —  Their goal: Create government websites that are more like an Apple app store than the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo promises LePad Android tablet for the end of the year  —  Liu Jun, Senior VP and President of Lenovo's Consumer Business Group, has revealed his company's intention to deliver an Android tablet by the end of this year.  To be known as LePad, this apparent resurrection …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Adobe Reader to block attacks with sandbox tech
Discussion: Computerworld, ZDNet and The Register
Antony Bruno / Adweek:
Online Video Consumption Rises
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Social travel planning service Kukunu launches, raises funding
Discussion: Tnooz and The Next Web
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Meet the Web Database Company Google Just Bought (Hint: Not Metaweb)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's Hard To Feel Sorry For AT&T
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft's Iron languages embrace ‘official’ open source
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Winamp: Official Supporter of WebM
Andrew Keen / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca: “The Obama Administration Didn't Fully Embrace …
Discussion: techPresident
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC DROID Incredible to be updated to Froyo end of July, early August
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales