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4:30 PM ET, July 29, 2010

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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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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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Lauren Goode / Digits:
How Low Will E-Reader Prices Go?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Kindle to Go ‘Mass Market’
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Video: Amazon's Kindle boss demos new model
Discussion: TechFlash
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 …
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.
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.
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 and RazorianFly
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Peter Belanger:
Macworld iPhone 4 cover
Discussion: 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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Telegraph, TG Daily and Guardian
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Daniel Emery / bbc.co.uk:
Facebook data harvester speaks out
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix delights studios with big checks  —  LOS ANGELES—Netflix probably won't get a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame anytime soon, but the Web's top video-rental service has recently become a blockbuster hit with film-industry chieftains.  —  Just nine months ago, sources …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
Discussion: Woopra and SmoothSpan Blog
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.
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% …
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Google has two times more malware than Bing, Yahoo! and Twitter combined  —  Barracuda released its Barracuda Labs 2010 Midyear Security Report, revealing data from two key areas: search engine malware and Twitter use and crime rate.  —  Searching for malware
Discussion: Download Squad and Network World
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Secrets of the Boy Genius  —  The once-anonymous blogger is out now, with a logo, a PR agent and plans to build a brand  —  Jonathan Geller.  Photo: PED  —  The shadowy figure who calls himself the Boy Genius racked up an impressive run of scoops — internal AT&T (T) documents …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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: Local Onliner and Screenwerk, Thanks:codputer
 
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Aaron Baar / MediaPost:
J.D. Power: Carriers Improve Customer Service
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Joel Schectman / Associated Press:
Adult industry sees iPorn potential in new phone
Technology Review:
Our Rotting Video-Game Heritage
Discussion: gamrFeed and Blue's News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola Shipped 2.7 Million Smartphones Last Quarter, Phone Sales Down 6% YoY
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Chrome 6 now includes Web Timing for a truer view of page load times
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Just two Chinese ISPs serve 20% of world broadband users
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
Discussion: p2pnet and DSLreports, Thanks:atul
Erin White / Northwestern University News:
Not as Web Savvy as You Think  —  Young people give Google …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
RIM Buys “BlackPad.com”, Presumably As A Home For The BlackBerry Tablet