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9:50 PM ET, July 28, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Amazon Kindle announced: $139 WiFi-only version and $189 3G model available August 27th in the US and UK  —  Let's be honest — you saw this one coming, didn't you?  Today Amazon is introducing a new reading device for e-book aficionados dubbed simply... the Kindle.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Kindle to Go ‘Mass Market’  —  Amazon Digs in Heels by Introducing New, Cheaper Version of E-Book Reader  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a cheaper Kindle e-reader next month, said Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, laying out a strategy to go “mass market” with an inexpensive gadget designed …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Video: Amazon's Kindle boss demos new model  —  Here's a video of Ian Freed, vice president of Kindle at Amazon.com, demonstrating the new version of the e-reader the company's announcing Thursday.  He showed it yesterday at the company's new South Lake Union headquarters.
Discussion: TechFlash
Blake Ross / Facebook Blog:
Searching for Answers?  Ask Facebook Questions  —  Millions of people ask their friends questions on Facebook every day.  What new music should I listen to?  Where's the best sushi place in town?  How do I learn to play the piano?  —  Today we're introducing Facebook Questions …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Q&A Service ‘Questions’ Begins Rolling Out, Could Be Massive  —  Facebook's worst-kept secret is finally ready for its closeup: the company is starting to roll out Facebook Questions, a Q&A service that allows users to poll all of Facebook.  Facebook has been inviting users to apply …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s iPad Problem Is Trouble for Every Magazine Publisher  —  Time Inc. likes to show off its iPad apps as a symbol of the company's future.  But inside the publisher, the digital editions have become a source of hair-pulling frustration.  —  That's because the magazine giant …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Eric Schmidt on Google's Next Tricks  —  Google has long been cast by Wall Street analysts and some tech executives as a “one-trick pony” because it earns nearly all revenue from one source-online ads.  When asked for his response to that, Schmidt said in an interview: “I think that's probably true.”
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Amir Efrati / Digits:   Google Chief: Facebook Not a Competitor
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Apple Probes Complaints About iOS4 on iPhone 3G  —  Apple is investigating reports that the latest iPhone operating system causes problems for users of the iPhone 3G, after a series of complaints on Apple support forums and technology blogs.  Apple is aware of the reports and is looking into the matter, a spokeswoman told Digits.
Nicole Mordant / Reuters:
RIM seen unveiling “iPhone killer” next week  —  British Columbia (Reuters) - Shares of BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion Ltd (RIM.TO) (RIMM.O) jumped early on Wednesday on speculation it is set to unveil a long-awaited touchscreen handset designed to battle Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) popular iPhone.
James Nixon / THINQ.co.uk:
100 million Facebook pages leaked on torrent site  —  Who forgot their security settings, then?  —  Facebook  —  Print Favourite Zoom Out Font Zoom In Font  —  A directory containing personal details about more than 100 million Facebook users has surfaced on an Internet file-sharing site.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
“Leaked” data of 100M Facebook users came from public info
Discussion: The Consumerist
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Age of Privacy Is Over  —  Mark Zuckerberg turned strangers' intimate moments into riches.  We turned the tables on the Facebook CEO, lurking outside his house, following him out with his girlfriend and pals, and to Chinese language lessons.  America's youngest billionaire got the paparazzi treatment.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple Grapples With White iPhone Light Leak  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — There is new light on Apple's(AAPL) white iPhone 4 delay mystery.  Apparently, the back light from the iPhone display screen is leaking out around the edges of the glass and seeping through the back of the white phone …
Kellex / Droid Life:
New DROID X Ad Takes Another Shot at Apple  —  Another full page Droid X ad is hitting newspapers tomorrow and it takes a wonderful shot at the i*hone and its ridiculous free bumper giveaway...  Apple, we're laughing at you again.  —  If you missed the last one, check it here.  —  Via: Motorola Facebook
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Letter From Silicon Valley: Doing the Math on Android vs. Apple  —  If you live in the Silicon Valley echo chamber, nothing has been hotter lately than the Android/iPhone smackdown.  —  It's been an amazing year so far for Apple.  It introduced the iPad and a new iPhone …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Best Buy to offer free invisibleSHIELD 4fix to aggravated iPhone 4 owners  —  It's hard to say for certain what exactly this flyer means, but it sure looks as if at least some iPhone 4 owners will be able to snatch a free invisibleSHIELD 4fix (valued at $9.99 or so) from their local Best Buy.
Apple:
Apple Updates Safari 5  —  Users Can Add New Features Through Extensions  —  Apple® today released Safari® 5.0.1, turning on Safari Extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery.  Apple introduced extensions support in Safari 5 in June so developers could begin creating extensions …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Why the Facebook-Amazon.com integration is bigger than you think  —  Facebook and Amazon.com partnered Tuesday in what could be one of the social network's most important integrations yet.  Amazon.com now offers a personalized page, where consumers can see product recommendations influenced by friends and their own tastes.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pocket-lint
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko: New Search Engine Lets You “Spin” The Web  —  Did you think the search engine wars had devolved into a fight between only Google and Bing?  Think again.  New challenger Blekko is stepping into the fray, opening to limited beta testing today.  It offers a compelling way to …
Discussion: Web X.0
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring  —  The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.  —  The company is called Recorded Future …
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Mac Mojo:
Office for Mac 2011 Behind-the-Scenes: Conversations, Templates and more!  —  Today we have the first in a series of behind-the-scenes looks at Office for Mac 2011.  And who better to show the new tools and features than the people who created them.  We want to introduce Eric Schuchman …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
RIM Buys “BlackPad.com”, Presumably As A Home For The BlackBerry Tablet  —  Unless someone at Research In Motion is taking the time to screw with all of us, it looks like we might have an official name for their long-rumored BlackBerry tablet project: BlackPad.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Pay $10 Million Cash For Hot Potato, Says Source  —  We broke the news yesterday on Facebook's most recent acquisition - social activity service Hot Potato.  Like most of Facebook's acquisitions, this deal looks to be mostly about getting a great team of engineers on board, not about the product.
 
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Facebook-Backer DST May Go Public Next Year
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No Personal Info in Google Wi-Fi Data, U.K. Group Says
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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Ditches iPhone for Android
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iMac or Mac Pro?
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Google Develops a Facebook Rival
 

 
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