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9:35 AM ET, August 2, 2010

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Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Said to Target Visa, MasterCard With Smartphones  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile carriers, are planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones, posing a new threat to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., three people with direct knowledge of the plan said.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   Specter of Apple Looms Over Verizon, AT&T's Cell Phone Credit Cards Game
New York Times:
Bing and Google in a Race for Search Features  —  Edwin Perello discovered that Bing, the Microsoft search engine, could find addresses in his rural Indiana town when Google could not.  Laura Michelson, an administrative assistant in San Francisco, was lured by Bing's flight fare tracker.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Official: iPhone 4 jailbreak hits from iPhone Dev Team (updated with video)  —  The Library of Congress made it legal, MuscleNerd showed us it was a go, and now Comex and company have delivered the long-awaited jailbreak to the fourth rendition of iPhone.  According to their new page JailbreakMe …
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Media Companies Try Getting Social With Tumblr  —  By now, plenty of traditional media companies have hopped on the social media bandwagon, pumping out news updates on Facebook and Twitter.  —  But do those companies have the time and resources to work yet another Web outlet into their daily routine?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 coming to Europe in October, US in November, according to Microsoft COO (video)  —  Here's something that seems to have slipped the net from Kevin Turner's recent presentation on Windows Phone 7 devices.  While discussing the move to Microsoft's next great hope in the mobile space …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy  —  The online habits of most people who use the world's dominant Web browser are an open book to advertisers.  That wasn't the plan at first.  —  In early 2008, Microsoft Corp.'s product planners for the Internet Explorer 8. browser intended …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad  —  “The operating system is called Windows,” claimed Steve Ballmer when asked about Microsoft's plans for the tablet/slate/pad form factor at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting on Thursday.  He expressed dismay …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
What Microsoft's slate interface should — and could — look like
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:atul
Net Market Share:
Internet Explorer on a Roll - Gains Another .42%  —  Internet Explorer extended its usage share gains by another .42% in July, gaining about 1% global share since May.  This is the second month in a row of global gains for Internet Explorer and the third straight month of gains for Internet Explorer 8 in the United States.
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Would-Be Owner Says He Owes Claim to Arrest, Andrew Cuomo Lawsuit  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims in a lawsuit that he owns 84 percent of Facebook Inc., said his case wouldn't have been possible if state troopers hadn't come to his house in October to arrest him for fraud.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Delhi Police Use Facebook to Track Scofflaw Drivers  —  NEW DELHI — This city is famous for its snarled traffic and infamous for its unruly drivers — aggressive rule-breakers who barrel through red lights, ignore crosswalks and veer into bicycle or bus lanes to find open routes.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pulse2
Microsoft:
Office for Mac 2011 Hitting Store Shelves This October  —  Qualifying new purchases of Office 2008 will include a full upgrade to Office 2011.  —  Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, the next version of the leading productivity suite for the Mac, will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
M&A: Microsoft makes more from selling than it spends on buying  —  Microsoft this morning filed its annual Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a treasure trove for anyone digging for nuggets of information about the company.  The first one that jumped out at me …
 
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Jim Taylor / BBC:
UK soldiers use iPad app to train for Afghan operations
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BBC:
Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions
 

 
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