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11:50 AM ET, July 31, 2011

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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.
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Laura Bly / USA Today:
Plot thickens in Airbnb vacation rental horror story  —  When a San Francisco blogger named “EJ” wrote a riveting account of how she returned from a week-long business trip last month to find that her home had been ransacked and trashed by a paying guest she'd connected with through …
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Robert Scoble / Google+:
What we can learn from AirBNB and #ransackgate  —  If you read Techmeme this morning you can see AirBNB is in a deep PR crisis: http://www.techmeme.com/110730/ p4#a110730p4  —  Photo credit, this is Airbnb's CEO, Brian Chesney speaking to Y Combinator's Startup School last year.
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Inside Match.com  —  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 Match.com is a bit like strutting into a disco.  Coloured lights flash from the ceilings, workers lounge on circular banquettes …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
@BarackObama's Lost Followers: A Tempest In A Twitter Teapot  —  Yesterday, President Barack Obama concluded his address to the nation by urging Americans to contact their representatives and urge action on a debt ceiling resolution.  “If you want to see a bipartisan compromise …
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
Apple wins dispute over iPods.com, domain name ordered transferred  —  WIPO Panelist David Cairns has ruled in favor of Apple in a dispute over the domain name ipods.com.  —  Apple filed the complaint at the end of May with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:fusible
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube embraces Google+ Hangouts for live streaming  —  YouTube is closely integrating Google's Hangouts group video chat platform with its live streaming in an effort to make video watching more social.  The site has already quietly begun to make live video feeds available to Hangouts users …
Charlie White / Mashable!:
Missouri Forbids Teachers and Students To Be Facebook Friends  —  If you're a student living in Missouri, you'd better not be Facebook friends with any of your teachers - that will soon be illegal.  —  According to Missouri Senate Bill 54 that goes into effect on August 28, any social networking …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Anyone Can Access Microsoft's Massive Location Database and See Where Your Laptop and Smartphone Have Been  —  Microsoft has been going around and building a database of publicly broadcast MAC addresses (along with their corresponding street address) for location services purposes.
BrothaTech / AppScout:
24symbols eBook app for iPad Offers Access to Online Public-Domain Titles  —  If you're a fan of public-domain content, than 24symbols helps you feed your hunger with free ebooks online.  You have to visit the 24symbols site and create an account; but, once you have signed up, you have free …
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30/10/10  —  We see a lot of metrics on web and mobile apps.
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Is Hulu considering ad-free subscriptions?
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