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7:00 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
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  —  Facebook is beta-launching its expected Q&A product today.  It's a way to ask friends, and friends of friends, for advice and recommendations on any topic.  What's surprising about this product is it's entirely public …
Discussion: The Web Life Blog, VentureBeat and Pop17, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolling Out iAd Spots for App Developers  —  As noted by Ars Technica's Jacqui Cheng, Apple has updated its iAd developer page to invite app developers to advertise their applications through the company's new mobile ad platform. … Apple's iAd program launched at the beginning …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Everything We Know So Far About Apple's New “iAd For Developers” Program
Discussion: Computerworld and MacStories
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.
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.
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.
iSuppli:
Internet-Enabled TV Trumps 3-D TV in 2010  —  While the consumer electronics headlines this year have been dominated by 3-D television news, the real story in 2010 is about Internet-Enabled TVs (IETVs), according to iSuppli Corp.  —  Global shipments of IETVs—i.e., TV sets with built …
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 …
Thanks:atul
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Mobile Advertising Heats Up, Millennial Media Prepares For An IPO In 2011  —  Mobile advertising is currently a billion dollar market and we've witnessed tech giants like Google and Apple move into the space with the acquisitions of mobile ad networks AdMob and Quattro Wireless, respectively.
Discussion: Millennial Media
Erin White / Northwestern University News:
Not as Web Savvy as You Think  —  Young people give Google, other top brand search results too much credibility  —  Google it.  That's what many college students do when asked to read an excerpt of a play for class, write a resume or find the e-mail address of a politician.
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 …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Eric Schmidt on Google's Next Tricks  —  Google has long been cast by Wall Street analysts and some tech executives as a “one-trick pony” because it earns nearly all revenue from one source-online ads.  When asked for his response to that, Schmidt said in an interview: “I think that's probably true.”
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Age of Privacy Is Over  —  Mark Zuckerberg turned strangers' intimate moments into riches.  We turned the tables on the Facebook CEO, lurking outside his house, following him out with his girlfriend and pals, and to Chinese language lessons.  America's youngest billionaire got the paparazzi treatment.
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
Thanks:atul
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Facebook CEO talks privacy on Hill
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Libraries top Netflix, Redbox when it comes to loaning DVDs
Discussion: Inside Redbox
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Letter From Silicon Valley: Doing the Math on Android vs. Apple
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Begins User Streams Testing.  Realtime Tech Should Help Ease API Strain
Discussion: TweetDeck's posterous
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Guy Suing For Ownership Of Facebook Was Once Convicted For Magic Mushrooms
Discussion: Forbes, Thanks:bcaulfield
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko: New Search Engine Lets You “Spin” The Web
Discussion: Web X.0
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Facebook-Backer DST May Go Public Next Year
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Pay $10 Million Cash For Hot Potato, Says Source
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Why the Facebook-Amazon.com integration is bigger than you think
Discussion: MediaPost and TechCrunch
Kellex / Droid Life:
New DROID X Ad Takes Another Shot at Apple
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Ditches iPhone for Android