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10:30 AM ET, July 8, 2008

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Robby Stein / Gmail Blog:
Remote sign out and info to help you protect your Gmail account  —  Your email account can contain a lot of personal information, from bank alerts to love letters.  Email that, I'm sure, you don't always want other people to see.  We understand how important your Gmail accounts are to you …
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MK&C:
Apple just gave out my Apple ID password because someone asked  —  I tried to log in to Apple Developer Connection this morning to find out that my password had been changed and the email associated with my account was now a yahoo.com address that wasn't mine.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google Lets You Monitor Access To Your Gmail Account
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Who Has Access to Your Gmail Account
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV
Corvida / SheGeeks:
I Requested That Verizon Drop Their Deal With 1938media  —  I don't think it's a secret as to why I did it, but in case you don't know, Loren Feldman of 1983media did a video last year entitled “Techn****”, which basically put black people in a bad light.  He asked where were the African …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Maple Leaf 2.0
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Chad Lakkis / Ripten.com:
Bend Over Dude, You're Getting A Dell  —  Manufacturers strive to create innovative products and we as consumers work day and night to afford them.  We exit our vehicles and are greeted by the open arms of big box retailers housing shelf after shelf of electronic excess.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Lockergnome and Digg
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure, Disabling Sound Recording?  —  from the can't-really-be-true,-could- it?  dept  —  A whole bunch of people are submitting this, though, the explanation is not passing the sniff test.  The story is that a bunch of laptop owners …
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser leads police to body, believed to be his wife  —  (07-07) 18:50 PDT OAKLAND — Convicted murderer Hans Reiser led police today to what is believed to be the body of his wife, Nina, near Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills, authorities said.
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Google Open Source Blog:
Protocol Buffers: Google's Data Interchange Format  —  At Google, our mission is organizing all of the world's information.  We use literally thousands of different data formats to represent networked messages between servers, index records in repositories, geospatial datasets, and more.
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   Cool: Google Releases Protocol Buffers Into the Wild
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Exclusive: Sneak Peek of the 3G iPhone OS  —  I can't tell you how we got a hold of a first gen iPhone loaded with 3G software; just that if I do, homicidal ninjas will come to my house and kill my family.  But never the less we do have one and were able to take a look inside and find a few minute yet pretty cool changes.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digg
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter gets its sexy back.  And by “sexy” I mean users.  —  The third party site traffic analytic tools were unanimous: usage of Twitter went down fairly substantially during the middle of June.  That tends to happen when you service simply doesn't work.  This lead many to proclaim …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Summize, Twitter To Buy a Clue  —  The big buzz of the evening is that Twitter, a San Francisco-based start-up that allows anyone to post short up to 140 character messages to its platform and thus broadcast them to one or many using different media such as web and mobile …
Discussion: The Next Web and Scripting News
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Josh Chandler / Josh Chandler's Blog:
Twitter to buy Summize.com!
Arn / MacRumors:
MobileMe Launching on July 9th Between 6pm-12am PT  —  Apple has announced the launch date and time for their MobileMe service.  The revamped .Mac service will offer web-based email, calendar, addressbook, photo gallery and storage capabilities as well as “Push” sync services.
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 System Software Update (v2.41)  —  Hi, everyone.  As many of you know, we released PS3 firmware update v2.40 last week, but had to take it offline temporarily because, for a limited number of users, the XMB wouldn't display after the update was installed.
louisgray.com:
The Importance Of Blog Linking Seems to Be Declining  —  I am a strong believer in the power of linking between blogs, and I still go out of my way to link, especially to peers, to smaller blogs, and to developers of services I write about.  At one time, I thought being linked …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Equity Kicker
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter and XMPP: Drinking from The Fire Hose  —  Last year, the folks over at Technorati approached us about building something unique to suit their needs regarding search.  We created a special real-time feed of every single public Twitter update to be delivered over the open XMPP protocol.
Discussion: Scripting News
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:   Deconstructing Twitter  —  Today we get the latest full ongoing …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Vivaty Brings The 3D Web to Your Browser, Starting With AIM and Facebook  —  Move over Second Life.  The 3D Web is starting to make inroads into the plain old browser.  By “plain,” I mean only Internet Explorer on Windows machines—which for now is what you need to experience Vivaty Scenes.
Tim Anderson / The Register:
MobileMe steals Live Mesh thunder  —  Exchange power for individuals?  —  Recently I viewed Apple's presentation for MobileMe.  Here's my quick take.  —  Live Mesh is a true platform, whose scope extends well beyond MobileMe.  Yet Apple's marketing message is so close to Microsoft's that most users will not see that difference.
Discussion: Macworld and GottaBeMobile
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom won't soon shed image as corporate bully
Discussion: DailyTech and InformationWeek
Datamation:
Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and the Linux Desktop
Discussion: The Open Road and Open Source
Georg Szalai / Reuters:
Activision's merger with Vivendi will shake gaming biz
Brad Stone / Business News, ASX Stock Market News:
Facebook worth a guessing game
Discussion: The Register and Memex 1.1
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Crosses A Line
BBC:
Online risk due to browser flaws
Discussion: Lockergnome
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Involver wants to help companies market themselves to social network users
Discussion: Mashable! and bub.blicio.us
PR Newswire:
Averatec Announces the New All-In-One Desktop PC
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Spider bot?  —  Robot that climbs up walls and crawls across windows
Maggie Shiels / BBC NEWS:
The box in the corner revamped
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Unlocking Cell Phones May Get Easier
SmoothSpan Blog:
Is Less Always More? (Simplify More, It's Better)
silicon.com:
Five ways Microsoft could change after Gates
Discussion: Slashdot
User 21:
FriendFeed's Top 250 Most Followed Users
Lynn Neary / NPR:
Taking Kindle To The Pool
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and TeleRead
Dan Moren / MacUser:
The tyranny of “free”
Discussion: The Macalope