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4:15 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.
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS:
Google, privacy and Street View
Discussion: Inquirer, Google Maps Mania and WinBeta
San Francisco Chronicle:
Merchants angry over getting yanked by Yelp  —  Four years ago, Geri Rebstock started using Yelp, a popular site for consumers to review local businesses and services.  She critiqued her favorite veterinarian, a neighborhood print shop and an acupuncturist who took care of her bad wrist.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Developers Wary Of iPhone  —  Developers of location-based services should be clamoring to make applications for Apple's 3G iPhone, which features built-in global positioning system technology—but they're not.  —  Instead, many are steering clear of the new device, which will go on sale July 11 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Changes Home Page, Adding Link to Privacy Policy  —  The word “privacy” now appears on Google's home page, with a link to the company's privacy policy.  —  With that one word, the Web search giant heads off the growing controversy over whether its previous practice ran afoul of a California law …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google, You Can Eat My Cookies Anytime
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
German publishing giant Axel Springer switching to Mac  —  Here's an unexpected Independence Day gift for Apple.  —  Axel Springer AG, one of Europe's largest newspaper publishers, with 10,000 employees and more than 150,000 papers in 30 countries, including its flagship Die Welt …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Problem With Identi.ca Is That It Is Not Twitter  —  The launch of Twitter clone Identi.ca earlier this week caused a bit of a blogstorm because it appears to have a solution to Twitter's all-too-regular downtime.  (That problem has reached comical proportions, with the familiar Twitter Fail Whale …
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Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Let the microblogs bloom
Margaret Ho / New York Sun:
‘Mac Guy’ Buys Into Lower East Side's Blue  —  Actor Justin Long, best-known for his starring role in a series of Macintosh computer commercials, has purchased an apartment at the high-rise Blue luxury complex at 105 Norfolk St., on the Lower East Side.  —  The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Indiana Gregg to The Pirate Bay: The Internet Police Are Coming  —  A little while ago we wrote about the exchange of emails between artist Indiana Gregg and The Pirate Bay.  Indiana wanted The Pirate Bay to remove torrents linking to her work, which they refused to do.
Discussion: Digg
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best Windows Maintenance Tools  —  You download, create, delete, and move around countless files and endless piles of data on your PC every day.  While your PC would ideally handle all of this data for you, it doesn't take long before you end up with a disorganized, cluttered computer.
Discussion: Digg
Ryan Hayward / Inside AdSense:
Earning revenue from YouTube videos just got easier  —  We'd like to let you know about two recent improvements to video units that make them more easy and appealing to place on your sites.  First, we've partnered with some new content providers that we'd like to highlight.
Discussion: Quick Online Tips and Startup Meme
Mark Blafkin / ACT:
European Commission's Own Goal on Standards  —  Last week, we put out a statement on the European Commission's most recent draft of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), which is focused on the noble goal of improving data sharing between national governments and the European Union itself.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BSA slams EC's ‘narrow-minded’ interoperability vision
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
 
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Apple:
How to replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G
Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Hello: Macs Are About to Get Interesting Again
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
John Oates / The Register:
eBay Australia ditches PayPal scheme
Discussion: Inquirer
Associated Press:
YouTube ordered to reveal its viewers
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Study: US broadband access up overall, but down among the poor
Discussion: Lockergnome
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What's in the Works at Strike.TV
Discussion: Reel Pop
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Offer Eee PC With Built-in 3G Wireless
Discussion: TeleRead
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
I Can Has Cheezburger CEO allergic to cats
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
Yahoo! News:
Firefox Browser Share Tops 19 Percent as Record Set
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linspire Chairman Frustrated By Futility Of Desktop Linux, Rebuts Carmony
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Bidzos is back as VeriSign chief, at least for now
Discussion: The Register