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10:00 PM ET, July 31, 2011


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Airbnb Victim Tells His Story: “There Were Meth Pipes Everywhere”  —  This last week we've all watched in horror as the story unfolded about an Airbnb user who had her home ransacked a month ago.  —  Other than the sideshow of us getting dragged into the story, it seemed to be winding down yesterday.
Xinhua News Agency:
Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots in 3 years  —  Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
With the Bing Search Engine, Microsoft Plays the Underdog  —  MIKE NICHOLS has a poster on his office wall.  It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible — until Ali beat him, in 1964, in one of the biggest upsets …
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Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
What You Need to Know About the Internet Snooping Bill (and How You Can Protect Yourself)  —  On Thursday, the US House of Representatives approved an internet snooping bill that requires internet service providers (ISPs) to keep records of customer activity for a year so police can review them as needed.
Discussion: FM Blog
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP PCs breed rootkit infections  —  Three-fourths of all rootkits on decade-old OS, says antivirus firm  —  Computerworld - Machines running the decade-old Windows XP make up a huge reservoir of infected PCs that can spread malware to other systems, a Czech antivirus company said today.
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Inside  —  As president and key engineer, Mandy Ginsberg and Amarnath Thombre have taken the world's biggest dating site to a new level  —  Entering the offices of is a bit like strutting into a disco.  Coloured lights flash from the ceilings, workers lounge on circular banquettes …
J.B. /
Apple wins dispute over, domain name ordered transferred  —  WIPO Panelist David Cairns has ruled in favor of Apple in a dispute over the domain name  —  Apple filed the complaint at the end of May with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9to5Mac, and iPodNN, Thanks:fusible
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Jake Davis named as suspected hacker Topiary by UK police  —  British police have tonight named the teenager they arrested in Shetland last week, in relation to the LulzSec and Anonymous hacking groups.  —  Jake Davis, 18, will appear in court tomorrow.  —  Davis, reportedly …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple lawsuit forces Amazon to stop accepting new “Appstore” apps in Germany  —  Apple's efforts to get Amazon to stop using the word “Appstore” to describe its app store have not been successful yet.  —  But Apple has caused Amazon some trouble in Germany: Amazon has recently stopped accepting …
Louis Gray:
Topify to Go Dark as Twitter Claims Another Dev Victim  —  Back in 2009, Topify emerged with detailed Twitter follower notifications, which made the service useful at a time when Twitter's own notifications were text only and didn't provide any information about the user.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Former Bush NSA director calls for ‘digital Blackwater’  —  The man who headed the NSA and CIA under President George W. Bush suggested Friday that mercenaries were needed to deal with growing cyber threats.  —  Gen. Michael Hayden told the Aspen Security Forum that in the near future …
Jillian York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Case for Pseudonyms  —  pseu  ·do  ·nym  —noun a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name.  —  There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with.  They may be concerned about threats …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The end of easy growth in smartphones  —  At the end of last year I was saying that the smartphone boom was a tide that lifted all boats.  That is no longer the case.  —  But the big story is that there has been a clear non-seasonal counter-cyclical decline in Nokia and RIM's smartphone performance.
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Fred / A VC:
30/10/10  —  We see a lot of metrics on web and mobile apps.
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
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