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2:55 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 …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
How Low Will E-Reader Prices Go?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Video: Amazon's Kindle boss demos new model
Discussion: TechFlash
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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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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 …
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% …
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 …
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
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.
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
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” …
Aaron Baar / MediaPost:
J.D. Power: Carriers Improve Customer Service  —  Wireless consumers are more likely to work with their service providers either through retail channels or via the Web than they have been in the past, and they're more satisfied with the experience, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates.
Discussion: DSLreports and PR Newswire
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
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