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9:15 AM ET, July 28, 2010

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Develops a Facebook Rival  —  Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Google has been in discussions …
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Google vs Facebook: Google fights back with gaming social network plan
Discussion: DailyFinance
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
First look: Apple's Magic Trackpad  —  Early Tuesday, Apple announced the Magic Trackpad, the company's new standalone, Bluetooth trackpad.  Using the same glass surface as the trackpad on Apple's current laptop line, the Magic Trackpad supports the same Multi-Touch gestures …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Magic Trackpad Signals The End Of The Mouse Era  —  Easily the most interesting thing Apple unveiled today is the new Magic Trackpad.  Essentially, it's a larger version of the trackpads that ship with each MacBook and MacBook Pro.  But it's a stand-alone product, meant to be used with desktop computers.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google Sewage Factory, In Action: The Chocomize Story  —  Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has quite famously been on record many times talking about how the web is full of garbage.  It's a cesspool out there, he's said.  Today, a short fast look at how his own company pollutes the web.
Discussion: Digits, Chocomize Blog, CNN and Slashdot
Phillip Jaenke / Icrontic Tech:
Apple switches to ATI exclusively for iMac  —  Cupertino has spoken, and NVIDIA is no longer the preferred GPU supplier of One Infinite Loop's polished white and aluminum desktops.  Apple's newly introduced 21.5" and 27" iMacs based on the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors will be the exclusive realm of ATI's Radeon family.
Discussion: ChannelWeb, Ars Technica and TidBITS, Thanks:primesuspect
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Safari 5.0.1 Lands, Comes With Extensions  —  Fresh off the heels of launching a slew of new products yesterday, Apple this morning debuted Safari 5.0.1, switching the flip on Safari Extensions and formally introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery, a directory of available extensions across categories.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
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Apple Updates Safari 5
Discussion: SlashGear
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Leaked Facebook Movie Script Paints Zuckerberg as Vindictive and Naive  —  The origin of Facebook, as Mark Zuckerberg now tells it, came out of long talks in his dorm room with his college friends about how to make the world more open.  Given there are records from Zuckerberg's sophomoric blog at the time …
Discussion: Fast Company and Sony Insider, Thanks:atul
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Streak Update: Where We Are  —  Based on the strength of the number of pre-sales registrations for Dell Streak, we know there's a lot of you out there in the United States and beyond who are excited about the device.  You've made Dell Streak the most successful pre-sale we've ever offered, and we appreciate that.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Streak retailing for $299 with contract, $549 without …
Royal Pingdom:
The top 20 countries on the Internet, and what the future might bring  —  The world is a big place, but so is the Internet.  We know which countries are the largest in the real world, but what about on the Internet?  —  This article examines which countries are the largest in terms of Internet users …
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Amazon Kindle Sold Out: No Estimated Date of Availability  —  To our recollection, this actually hasn't happened in quite some time.  To be exact, in 2008, when it was the original Kindle.  And, even then, Amazon managed to make sure they told customers when the Kindle would be coming back around, or shipping to their doorsteps.
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:   Kindle Screen Maker Will Increase Capacity to Meet Demand
Matt Hamblen / PC World:
AT&T to Be ‘Premier’ Windows Phone 7 Vendor  —  Say all you want about whether Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will succeed, but AT&T continues to back the platform wholeheartedly after endorsing it — and Microsoft 's mobile efforts — repeatedly over the last year.  —  “We'll be the premier carrier …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Tiger Global Said to Invest in LinkedIn at $2 Billion Valuation  —  Tiger Global Management LLC, a hedge fund founded by Chase Coleman, paid $20 million for a stake in LinkedIn Corp., valuing the professional-networking website at more than $2 billion, said two people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Mashable! and Guardian, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Adobe buys Day Software for $240 million; Bolsters enterprise lineup  —  Adobe said Wednesday that it has acquired Day Software, which makes enterprise content management software, for $240 million.  —  The acquisition of Day, based in Switzerland, is designed to bolster Adobe's enterprise lineup, according to Adobe.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Taps Into Facebook For Social Product Recommendations  —  It appears that Amazon has rolled out a new social feature integrating Facebook into your recommendations.  If you go your recommendations, Using Facebook Connect, Amazon will now serve you social recommendations based on information in your Facebook profile.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Turn Your Blog Into An iPad Native With PadPressed  —  Created by Jason Baptiste, PadPressed is a WordPress plugin that makes any WordPress blog look like a native iPad app when accessed from iPad.  PadPressed bestows upon your humble blog the iPad features we've come to know and love such as …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google Ripe for a Stock Buyback or Dividend  —  A growing cash pile makes the Web search leader a prime candidate for issuing a dividend or buying back stock, investors say  —  Google (GOOG) is a prime candidate to return some of its $30.1 billion in cash to investors through a stock buyback or dividend …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Walt Disney Buys Playdom For Up To $763.2 Million  —  As had been widely expected, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) is making a big move into social games, with the purchase of social game developer Playdom for up to $763.2 million.  The deal includes a “total consideration” of $563.2 million …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 4.1 Beta 2 fixes iPhone 4 proximity sensor?  —  It's known that some iPhone 4 users are experiencing issues with its proximity sensor, including myself.  People find themselves inadvertently ending and muting calls, punching in keys, and sending FaceTime requests.
Robert Mullins / VentureBeat:
Anybots launches “telepresence robots” to handle your business travel  —  Silicon Valley startup Anybots is entering the increasingly competitive field “telepresence robot” market today with the release of its first robot.  Telepresence robots work as stand-ins for people who operate them remotely.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued Over Claims IPad Tablet Overheats in Sunlight, Warm Conditions  —  Apple Inc., the world's most valuable technology company, was sued over claims its iPad tablet overheats and fails to operate properly in warm conditions.  The complaint, filed July 23 in federal court in Oakland …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s iPad Problem Is Trouble for Every Magazine Publisher
Discussion: AppleInsider and RazorianFly, Thanks:beet_tv
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Cable to double internet capacity out of Australia
Discussion: Tech Eye
Joi Ito / Joi Ito's Web:
The issue of license proliferation
Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
37signals buys Apple iPhone app for Campfire; makes it free
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Privacy Lawsuit Targets Net Giants Over ‘Zombie’ Cookies
Discussion: jd/adobe and Slashdot
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Closing In On Acquiring Check-In Service Hot Potato
Discussion: VentureBeat
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
The Wannabe $19 Billion Facebook Man
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Readies Audio Ads For Streaming Music Service
Discussion: Epicenter, CNET News and Gadgetell
 Earlier Items: 
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet
Discussion: The Register, Guardian, BBC, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Students trust high Google search rankings too much
Esther Shein / InformationWeek:
Verizon Users Consume Most Smartphone Data
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Curated computing is no substitute for the personal and handmade
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel demos silicon photonics chips to transfer an HD movie in 1 second
Paul Graham:
The Acceleration of Addictiveness
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Kindle Review, Thanks:atul
 

 
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