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12:30 PM ET, July 29, 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
Discussion: TechFlash
Lauren Goode / Digits:
How Low Will E-Reader Prices Go?
Discussion: Computerworld and Macworld
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
What Weeks Of Real Usage Tells About New iPhone  —  When I reviewed Apple's new iPhone 4 last month, I said that, overall, it was still the best of the super-smartphones.  But I warned that, in my tests, its performance in making voice calls on AT&T's network in the U.S. was decidedly mixed.
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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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Android wallpaper app that steals your data was downloaded by millions  —  A questionable Android mobile wallpaper app that collects your personal data and sends it to a mysterious site in China, has been downloaded millions of times, according to data unearthed by mobile security firm Lookout.
ifixit.com:
Magic Trackpad Teardown  —  Have you ever wondered what makes a trackpad magical?  Well wonder no more.  Join us as we delve into the deep abyss of Apple's ocean of magical peripherals to explore the mysterious Magic Trackpad.
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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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Goes (Very) Public With Questions Product
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 …
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Microsoft should cut out the middlemen, build its own phones  —  Microsoft has a long and illustrious history of operating system sales.  The model has served the company well on the PC, but if it wants to make money in the phone market, it needs to start thinking like a consumer electronics company.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Upload limit increases to 15 minutes for all users  —  We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video.  Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes.  We've heard you, and today we're pleased to announce that we've increased the upload limit to 15 minutes.
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
YouTube to increase upload limit from 10 to 15 minutes
Discussion: MediaMemo, Gizmodo and The Next Web
Daniel Emery / bbc.co.uk:
Facebook data harvester speaks out  —  The torrent is attracting hundreds of downloads  —  The man who harvested and published the personal details of 100m Facebook users has spoken out about his motives.  —  Ron Bowes, a security consultant, used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
“Leaked” data of 100M Facebook users came from public info
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling  —  WASHINGTON — With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.  —  On Wednesday, the House Financial Services …
Technology Review:
Our Rotting Video-Game Heritage  —  Diverse technologies, missing or secret documentation, and hostile copyright laws threaten video-game preservation.  —  Not long ago a film buff turned up a 90 year old film of Charlie Chaplin.  It had not shown since 1914, and was utterly forgotten by film historians …
Discussion: gamrFeed and Blue's News
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Chrome 6 now includes Web Timing for a truer view of page load times  —  Chrome 6 has joined the third developer's preview of IE9 to include the Web Timing specification, which provides a truer view of how long a webpage loads.  —  Fast webpage load times are becoming increasingly important …
Discussion: Chromium Blog and Softpedia News
John Pozadzides / ReadWriteWeb:
Analysis: What are the Web's Top Sources of Referral Traffic?  —  If there's one thing we know about Web authors it's that they are constantly seeking new sources of traffic for their content.  It doesn't matter if you're a blogger, a marketing manager or a small business owner …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Everything We Know So Far About Apple's New “iAd For Developers” Program  —  Apple's iAd mobile advertising program continues its rollout: The newest feature, iAd for Developers, will allow iPhone developers to buy iAds to promote their apps within other apps.
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and TiPb
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolling Out iAd Spots for App Developers
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity  —  The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
Discussion: DSLreports and p2pnet, Thanks:atul
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
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Erin White / Northwestern University News:
Not as Web Savvy as You Think  —  Young people give Google …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Facebook CEO talks privacy on Hill
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Libraries top Netflix, Redbox when it comes to loaning DVDs
Discussion: Tech Eye, Inside Redbox and Gadgetell
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Letter From Silicon Valley: Doing the Math on Android vs. Apple