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7:15 PM ET, July 30, 2010

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Carolyn / Twitter Blog:
Discovering Who To Follow  —  With more than a hundred million users on Twitter, there are sure to be at least dozens of accounts out there that will reflect your interests.  The trouble is finding all of them.  Today we're beginning to roll out a simple, but powerful new feature to help address that — “Suggestions for You”.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like Facebook, Twitter Starts Using Algorithms To Bulk Up Social Graph
Thanks:marting
Antonio Wells / Android Tapp:
Android Wallpaper Apps Falsely Accused of Spyware and Stealing Sensitive User Data [FUD]  —  Wow!  A recent VentureBeat article put the blogosphere and smartphone industry on its heels when a reported score of wallpaper Android apps were accused of being malicious by mobile security software maker Lookout …
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Kevin / The Official Lookout Blog:
Update and Clarification of Analysis of Mobile Applications at Blackhat 2010  —  This week at Blackhat, we released the first findings from the App Genome Project.  Our goal with this research is to help make people aware of the capabilities of mobile apps so that they can be vigilant while downloading.
Hugo Miller / Industries:
RIM Said to Plan Tablet for November to Take on Apple's IPad  —  Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Put Off IPO Until 2012 to Buy Time for Growth  —  Facebook Inc. will probably put off its initial public offering until 2012, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg more time to gain users and boost sales, three people familiar with the matter said.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Facebook Missing an Opportunity by Saying No to an IPO?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Ballmer on the iPad: The transcript  —  “We'll talk about about slates and tablets and blah, blah, blah, blah.”  Ballmer at the financial analysts meeting.  No, those aren't the notes of a reporter who couldn't keep up.  That “blah, blah, blah, blah” — taken from the official transcript …
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets  —  A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers.  First in a series.  By Julia Angwin  —  Hidden inside Ashley Hayes-Beaty's computer, a tiny file helps gather personal details …
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.  —  My apologies... this is a long piece (~2500 words).  Not for the faint of heart.  If you want the short story, read the abstract below & 3 core assumptions, then cut to the conclusions at the bottom.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:davemcclure
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dave McClure Files For $30 Million Venture Fund: 500 Startups
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Bloomberg:
New York Subway Stations Will Go Wireless, Catching Up With Tokyo, Berlin  —  After an almost three-year delay, work is set to begin on a $200 million plan to bring mobile- phone and Wi-Fi service to New York's subway stations.  The project was rejuvenated after the group that won …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Flipboard Won't Help Publishing's Smoldering Model  —  Sure, Smart Publishers Want to Be on Flipboard, But Let's Stop Pretending Why  —  Good news!  Flipboard is ready to log me in via Twitter and Facebook.  It took a while because demand for the new iPad app — a visual …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Inside Story: Flipboard's Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media
Thanks:atul
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
An Open iPhone App Market That Doesn't Require Jailbreaking... And Which Apple Can't Stop  —  In all of the fuss, hype and obsession over the iPhone/iPad app store, people seem to forget that when the iPhone first launched, it had no app store and no ability for third party developers to create native apps.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Droid getting Android 2.2 next week  —  We've just been dropped a brief note from Verizon that the original Droid will be getting the full Froyo treatment at some point next week.  Considering the brevity of the announcement, it's entirely possible that this was thrown together …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
EVO 4G's Android 2.2 update starts trickling out tomorrow …
Elizabeth Woyke / Velocity:
Sony's Response To New Kindle: Not Chasing “Cheapest E-Reader” Title  —  All the chatter about Amazon's new, $139 e-reader isn't forcing competitor Sony to lower its prices—at least not yet.  —  On July 29, the day after Amazon's new Kindle was unveiled, Sony released a statement proclaiming …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Did we pronounce privacy dead this week?  —  PHILADELPHIA—Does privacy exist anymore?  Do we even know what it is?  A conversation between digital academics Jeff Jarvis and Danah Boyd on Friday morning at the Supernova conference capped off a week in which many peoples' perceptions …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Who Cares About Facebook Privacy? Students Do
Discussion: UIC and ReadWriteWeb
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Will Take Steps To Block The Google-Yahoo Japan Partnership  —  Microsoft is going to try and block the Yahoo Japan - Google partnership, a company rep told us late last night.  —  “We plan to present evidence to the Japanese FTC explaining why we believe that this deal is substantially …
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple starts patenting mobile app ideas  —  By now most of must us have heard about the problems U.S. patent system is facing.  With software and business model patents, patent trolls and lawsuits, and patented things like one-click buying online.  —  Well, if Apple has it's way, things are about to get much worse.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
First, Give Away the Game  —  Sony, Warner Bros. Drop Subscription Fees as They Try to Sell Virtual Goods  —  More videogame companies, angling for larger audiences for big-budget online games, are making their products free to play in the hopes they can make more money by charging players for virtual goods.
 
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