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12:00 PM ET, July 4, 2008

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BBC:
Google ‘faces Street View block’  —  Google's plans to launch a mapping tool in the UK could be referred to the Information Commissioner.  —  Street View matches photos of locations to maps, including passers-by who were captured as the photograph was taken.
Discussion: broadstuff and LEWIS 360°
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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
What comes next in this series?  13, 33, 53, 61, 37, 28...  Late one night in the summer of 2000, I found myself answering user support emails in response to two new features we had just released, Advanced Search and Preferences (at the time catchily called “Language, Display, and Filtering Options” :)).
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Homepage Now Links to Privacy Policy  —  The Google homepage saw a little change: instead of “©2008 Google” the footer now reads “©2008 - Privacy”, with the word “privacy” being linked to Google's privacy policy help center (which contains videos, legal texts, explanations and so on).
Discussion: WinBeta
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS:
Google, privacy and Street View  —  As soon as Google launched Street View, its innovative photo-mapping tool, people began complaining that their privacy had been compromised.  —  From the man walking out of a sex shop, to the sun-bathing girls - had Google compromised their privacy …
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google, You Can Eat My Cookies Anytime
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Matias Duarte, designer behind Sidekick and Helio, now developing Palm's next-gen UI  —  So we heard from a very reliable source that mobile user interface guru Matias Duarte — who you may know as the man behind the Sidekick and Helio UI / user experiences — actually left Helio late last year to join up with Palm.
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Zhanyong Wan / Google Testing Blog:
Announcing: New Google C++ Testing Framework  —  We all know the importance of writing automated tests to cover our code.  To make it easier for everyone to write good C++ tests, today we have open-sourced Google C++ Testing Framework (Google Test for short), a library that thousands of Googlers have been using in our C++ programs.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Download Squad
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BSA slams EC's ‘narrow-minded’ interoperability vision  —  EIF 2.0 draft ruffles some proprietary software feathers  —  An open standards row is brewing between the EC and a lobbying group for software multinationals over a proposed European framework on interoperability - a draft of which is due to be published on 15 July.
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
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Mark Blafkin / ACT:   European Commission's Own Goal on Standards
John Oates / The Register:
eBay Australia ditches PayPal scheme  —  eBay Australia has given up on its attempt to force virtually all payments through its subsidiary PayPal.  —  The move proved hugely unpopular with users and had to be put on hold while it was investigated by the Australian Competition …
Discussion: Inquirer
Karion / RADAR:
GAWKER CUTS STAFF PAY RATE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE QUARTER  —  Who ever said the future of media was going to feel great?  With the current traffic success of Gawker—70+ posts a day, amazing SEO results, and relentlessly hammered-home top stories to maximize numbers—comes a downside.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The (evil?) genius of Nick Denton
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
I Can Has Cheezburger CEO allergic to cats  —  Consider this: Ben Huh runs a site that takes submissions of stupid cat pictures with pidgin English captions written across them.  That site, I Can Has Cheezburger, pulls about 2.2 million pageviews a day.  Like the HotOrNot guys …
Associated Press:
YouTube ordered to reveal its viewers  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Department of Civil Disobedience: Google Should Deliver Its YouTube …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What's in the Works at Strike.TV  —  Looking for more details on Strike.TV, the network of 40-plus online video series from the Hollywood pros?  We're not sure exactly what's happening tomorrow, the supposed launch date, but we dug up some more goodies to give you a hint of what's to come.
Yahoo! News:
Firefox Browser Share Tops 19 Percent as Record Set  —  The Mozilla Foundation has set a world record and achieved new heights in its battle for browser market share.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 Web browser set a record for the most downloads in a day.
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linspire Chairman Frustrated By Futility Of Desktop Linux, Rebuts Carmony  —  Michael Robertson says Microsoft's imposing lead in the desktop market means Linux should look to next-gen devices for growth.  —  Michael Robertson, chairman of Linspire, said the assets of his company were sold to Xandros after …
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best Windows Maintenance Tools
Discussion: Digg
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Study: US broadband access up overall, but down among the poor
Discussion: Lockergnome
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Only Looks Like an iPhone
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Offer Eee PC With Built-in 3G Wireless
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Company Ban Retailers From Selling Its Products On eBay?
Discussion: Times of London
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meraki brings free WiFi to 100,000 San Franciscans
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Bidzos is back as VeriSign chief, at least for now
Discussion: The Register
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Gannett Buying ShopLocal Outright
 Earlier Items: 
mobilesyrup.com:
Bell & Telus launching the Samsung Instinct!
Tennille Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Take-Two Trade Reflects Doubt Of EA's Ability to Close a Deal
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
BoingBoing: It's our blog, and our rules
Discussion: Valleywag, PSFK and Web Scout
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Napolean Q9: Verizon's World Phone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did the “Enron of Norway” …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Should people in glass Facebook offices throw stones?
Discussion: Startup Meme
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Closing Dallas, Denver Office