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7:50 PM ET, July 29, 2010

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Reuters:
Google says China Web search fully blocked  —  Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Web search and mobile services in China were fully blocked on Thursday, according to a message on the company's website.  It was unclear whether access had been blocked by the Chinese government or if it was a temporary service disruption.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Users Say Google Is Not Blocked In China, Google Says Otherwise  —  According to Google's Mainland China service availability page it looks like Google Web Search, Google Images and Google News are down in China, again.  In fact if you parse the chart it looks like just about the only thing still up is Gmail.
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.
John R. Quain / Fox News:
For Apple Followers, It's a Matter of Faith, Academics Say  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs, with the Apple iPad displayed over his shoulder, delivers the keynote address during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday, June 7, 2010, in San Francisco.  —  Its tablet computer can't play …
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Google: The search party is over  —  Yes, the company is still growing at rates that would be the envy of the rest of the Fortune 500.  But its core business is slowing, its stock is down, its Android mobile platform generates scant revenue, and competition (hello, Facebook) is fierce.
Discussion: Daily Patricia and TechFlash, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer says Microsoft at work to rival iPad  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Acknowledging Apple's early success with the iPad, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer insisted Thursday that the software maker is hard at work on Windows-based tablets.  —  “They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready,” Ballmer said …
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.
Lauren Goode / Digits:
How Low Will E-Reader Prices Go?  —  As Amazon prepares to release a $139 Kindle e-reader next month, could even cheaper e-readers be close behind?  —  A small manufacturer already plans to introduce a $99 device this fall.  Copia, a subsidiary of DMC Worldwide, is set to offer a $99 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: We are focusing on eight core businesses  —  Microsoft critics tend to knock the company for being either too reliant on its cash cows (Windows and Office) or too scattered, chasing too many nonprofitable businesses.  —  At the kick-off of the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting …
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe:
MacWorld iPhone 4 Cover Shot With iPhone 4  —  The cover of the newest issue of MacWorld not only has a gorgeous picture of an iPhone 4, it was taken with one — and all the editing was done in-phone too.  —  In order to accomodate the loss of resolution from his usual rig …
Discussion: Macworld
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Macworld iPhone 4 cover
Discussion: RazorianFly and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:   Internet Betting Gets Bigger as Online Gambling Companies Merge
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In April, Apple Ditched Google And Skyhook In Favor Of Its Own Location Databases  —  As you're undoubtedly aware, location is one of the hottest fields out there right now.  Startups, services, devices, and advertisers are all hovering around it.  As you're also likely well aware, Apple likes to be in control of their own devices.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington; Facebook faces more privacy concerns  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made his first trip to the Hill on Tuesday, meeting with Republican members of the Senate's high-tech task force and others to talk about Internet privacy and other tech issues.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Mobile Search Market Share: An Estimated, Whopping 98.29%  —  How's this for absolutely dominating an increasingly lucrative and fast-growing segment?  —  Google currently boasts a mobile search market share of 98.29%, with it closest competitor Yahoo taking up just over .8% …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September  —  Microsoft is readying a beta of its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser that it will roll out in September, according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.  —  Turner shared the beta date during his morning keynote …
Joel Schectman / Associated Press:
Adult industry sees iPorn potential in new phone  —  NEW YORK — It's a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget and the porn industry will find a way to cash in.  —  So when Apple Inc. launched the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime videoconference feature, it didn't take long …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Introduces Location-Aware Mobile Display Ads  —  Google's mobile ads are becoming more location-aware.  Today, Google is introducing mobile display ads for both the iPhone and Android phones which can be geo-targeted.  Advertisers will be able to check a “location extension for display” …
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 …
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