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5:30 AM ET, August 1, 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.
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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Farewell Flash?  Adobe Launches HTML5 Web Animations Tool “Adobe Edge”  —  Today, Adobe is launching a new tool called Adobe Edge which will allow creative professionals to design animated Web content using Web standards like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.  Not Flash.
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Windows Phone revenue “abysmal”, still better than Android  —  The Seattle PI has done some sleuthing in Microsoft's annual report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and found out that by subtracting a few figures, you get a rough $600 million dollars in revenue for fiscal year 2011 for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone.
Discussion: All New Musings and Neowin.net
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 …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, Neowin.net, GeekWire and TechFlash, Thanks:theromit
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Best Buy moves into the connected TV business with Tivo's user interface  —  Internet connected TVs are becoming a lot more mainstream.  The latest sign of that is that Best Buy is announcing its own house label model, dubbed the Insignia Connected TV.  —  Best Buy, the nation's largest …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google Chrome overtakes Firefox to become UK's second most popular web browser  —  Internet browser passes Firefox, with speed and a nationwide advertising campaign credited for the rise in popularity  —  Google's Chrome is Britain's second most popular browser, a sign of the internet giant's increasing grip on the UK search market.
Discussion: The Next Web and T3.com News
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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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 …
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
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells  —  Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers.  —  Some of the same vulnerabilities …
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Former VeriSign CEO to take top job at Palo Alto Networks  —  Palo Alto Networks on Monday is set to name former VeriSign chief Mark McLaughlin its new CEO after an eight-month search.  —  “We've been patient, but Mark has got a spectacular background in security,” said Jim Goetz …
 
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John Markoff / New York Times:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP PCs breed rootkit infections
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Former Bush NSA director calls for ‘digital Blackwater’
Louis Gray:
Topify to Go Dark as Twitter Claims Another Dev Victim
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Discussion: The Next Web