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8:10 PM ET, July 24, 2010

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Will Zynga Become the Google of Games?  —  ORIENTATION for new employees of Zynga, the fast-growing maker of Facebook games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, can be a heady affair given the company's outsize ambitions — all of which are embodied in Mark Pincus, Zynga's 44-year-old founder.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Takes on Droid X With Latest Smartphone Antenna Video  —  After its iPhone 4 press conference last week, Apple posted a new smartphone antenna performance page on its site highlighting how several other smartphones experience similar decreases of signal bars to that of the iPhone 4.
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HTC to Put Sense on Windows Phone 7 Devices  —  As well as on Android 3.0-powered ones  —  Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system is set to arrive on the market with a great deal of changes when compared to the current versions, one of which would be the limitation to the number of UI changes handset vendors can apply.
John Fortt / Tech Check:
HP Using Own Software in Phone Wars with Apple, Google  —  In its bid to take on Apple and Google in smartphones, Hewlett-Packard won't use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.  Instead, HP [HPQ 46.15 .08 (+.17%)] Executive Vice President Todd Bradley told me that the PC giant will exclusively use …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
And Now Three Questions For Paul Ceglia — The Man Who Says He Owns 84% Of Facebook  —  Yesterday, we provided a quick analysis of the alleged contract between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and upstate New York wood-pellet salesman Paul Ceglia — the contract that Paul says gives him an 84% ownership stake in Facebook.
Discussion: Gothamist
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
77% Of iPhone Owners Say They'll Buy Another — Versus Just 20% Of Android Owners  —  Customer loyalty is definitely one of Apple's advantages versus most of its rivals in the smartphone market.  —  The latest evidence: A Yankee Group survey summarized on CNNMoney (via Daring Fireball) …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Threatens Perverts With Police  —  Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who expose themselves to minors with the police.  Site founder Andrey Ternovskiy said in a message published on the site Friday night …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boston Sandwich Shop Testing iPad App For Orders — Fad Or The Future?  —  A Boston Au Bon Pain sandwich shop is testing an iPad app for lunchtime sandwich ordering, according to this tweet and photo from Carl Howe of research firm Yankee Group.  —  We've never tried this, but as geeks, it seems pretty neat.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Forum Site Lefora Gobbled Up By CrowdGather  —  Los Angeles based CrowdGather, which offers forums for online communities, has aquired the assets of Silicon Valley based Lefora.  The size of the all-stock transaction isn't being disclosed.  —  Lefora, founded by Paul Bragiel, first launched in 2008.
Electronista:
Sony, university make blue-violet laser for 1TB Blu-ray disc  —  Researchers at Sony together with those at Japan's Tohoku University said they have developed a blue-violet laser that can create 1TB Blu-ray discs.  The ultrafast pulsed semiconductor laser has a laser wavelength of 405 nanometers …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
What's Behind the White iPhone 4 Delays?  —  Just a week after Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, promised that the already delayed white iPhone 4 would be available by the end of July, Apple said that the device would be delayed again.  —  Apple's explanation for the new delay is concise and scant on details.
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Prospect of Being Stalked, Burgled Just Doesn't Trouble Foursquare Users All That Much  —  “Louise has straight, auburn hair and, judging by the only photograph I have of her, she's in her 30s.  She works in recruitment.  I also know which train station she uses regularly …
Discussion: Guardian
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Fake femme fatale shows social network risks  —  Researcher Thomas Ryan says fictitious Robin Sage character fooled many holding security, military and intelligence posts … A security researcher created a fake online profile for a fictional cyberthreat analyst named “Robin Sage.”
 
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New hands-free technology lets motorists use Twitter while driving
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