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9:30 AM 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  —  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
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon says ebook sales to overtake paperbacks by next year
Discussion: MediaMemo and USA Today, Thanks:stuartmiles
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.
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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.
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.
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
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  —  Much has been made of a recent Facebook “leak” which allegedly disclosed information on over 100 million Facebook users.  What some reports have failed to highlight, however, is that the information was already public to begin with.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Roundtable, Thanks:atul
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola Shipped 2.7 Million Smartphones Last Quarter, Phone Sales Down 6% YoY  —  Motorola has just announced its financial results for Q2 2010, reporting total sales of $5.4 billion, which is slightly below what it recorded in the same period last year.  Earnings came in at $162 million …
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: Computerworld
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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 …
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 …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft argues for “neighborhood watch” approach to security  —  At the Black Hat security conference today, Microsoft championed a new approach to addressing security issues.  The new emphasis is on collaboration between software vendors and security researchers to ensure that customers are kept as safe as possible.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zynga and SoftBank in an Online Games Joint Venture in Japan-and Officially Confirm $150 Million Investment  —  Online games phenom Zynga and Japanese Internet and telecom giant SoftBank announced a joint venture to develop and distribute social games across Japan.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Just two Chinese ISPs serve 20% of world broadband users  —  If you need a reminder of just how big China is—and just how important the Internet has become there—consider this stat: between them, two Chinese ISPs serve 20 percent of all broadband subscribers in the entire world.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Libraries top Netflix, Redbox when it comes to loaning DVDs  —  Sure, Netflix and Redbox may rule the U.S. DVD rental market, but it turns out that the nation's public libraries are loaning more DVDs each day than Netflix rents to its by-mail subscribers.  —  So says a new survey …
Discussion: Inside Redbox and Gadgetell
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Groupon Launches Deal Personalization, Opens Door To (More) Explosive Growth  —  Local deal goliath Groupon is launching a major new feature today: deal personalization, giving the site the ability to send you the deals it thinks you'll be most interested in.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:codputer
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Mobile Advertising Heats Up, Millennial Media Prepares For An IPO In 2011
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
Thanks:atul
Erin White / Northwestern University News:
Not as Web Savvy as You Think  —  Young people give Google …
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Facebook CEO talks privacy on Hill
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Facebook To Pay $10 Million Cash For Hot Potato, Says Source
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Why the Facebook-Amazon.com integration is bigger than you think
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