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12:35 PM ET, July 25, 2008

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Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Apple beta testing iPhone 2.1 firmware, adding more GPS features  —  We just got word that Apple has released a beta version of iPhone OS 2.1 to developers.  Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can't be used for submitting applications to the App Store at the moment.
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple releases iPhone 2.1 beta to registered developers only  —  Apple has posted a beta of iPhone OS 2.1 to its iPhone Dev Center.  The beta firmware also has a new SDK, allowing developers start working with the new functionality.  However, according to several developers …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:   IPhone 2.1 Update to Bring Turn-by-Turn GPS?
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple seeds iPhone 2.1 with directional GPS, push notification
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Full Text Of AOL Email: XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down  —  Below is the full text of the email AOL EVP Kevin Conroy sent out to staff on July 14, outlining the reorganization of his product groups and announcing the “sunsetting” of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile and Bluestring.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Reports: AOL cuts XDrive, Pictures, some blogs
Discussion: Technologizer and TechCrunch
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
AOL Trimming Up For Sale; Sun Sets On XDrive, AOL Pictures, Mobile And Others
Denver Post:
Missing ‘spam king’ kills self, family  —  BENNETT — Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, “Spam King” Eddie Davidson shot his wife and child and wounded a teen-age girl before turning the gun on himself.  —  Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunfire …
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Lester Haines / The Register:
Inquirer celebrates spammer murder-suicide  —  ‘Yay.  No, YAY!’  —  Comment There's an air of celebration down at The Inquirer at the news that fugitive spammer Eddie Davidson decided to do the decent thing and kill himself.  —  Here's our take on the story, but check out the opposition's view on the whole sorry affair.
Discussion: WebProNews
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:   Escaped spammer kills himself
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:   Escaped ‘spam king’ allegedly kills self, family
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft tries to one-up Google PageRank  —  Though a distant third place to Google, Microsoft thinks it can teach its rival a thing or two about searching the Internet.  —  A big part of Google's rise to search engine leadership was an algorithm called PageRank that assesses …
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Is For The Masses, iPhone For The Rich  —  Our network blog last100 has an interesting interview with Nicolas Gramlich, founder of anddev.org - an online community for Android developers.  As editor Steve O'Hear notes in his intro, there have been issues with Google's mobile OS of late …
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Engadget
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org:
Italian Prosecutors To Charge Google Execs Over Third-Party Content  —  Four Google (NSDQ: GOOG) executives may be standing trial over failing to adequately monitor third-party content posted to their Italian language site.  Italian prosecutors are preparing to file charges in a two-year old case …
Discussion: eWeek, Startup Meme and Beyond Search
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Alessandra Galloni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy Is to File Charges Against Google Executives  —  Italian prosecutors are preparing to file charges in a 2006 case against four Google Inc. executives over a video uploaded onto the Internet provider's Italian-language site showing a disabled teen taunted by peers, people close to the probe say.
Discussion: Techdirt
Neha Singh / Reuters:
Eight small blasts hit Indian IT city of Bangalore  —  BANGALORE, India (Reuters) - Eight small bombs exploded in quick succession across the south Indian IT city of Bangalore on Friday, killing a woman and wounding at least 15 people, police said.  —  “In all these cases they have created …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
Doom'ing The iPhone  —  While he's best known for creating graphics engines that push systems to their limits, game designer John Carmack is spending a lot of time with mobile gaming these days.  —  The co-founder of id Software is considered one of the creators of the first-person shooter genre …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Touch Arcade
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Here We Go Again: Yahoo! Music Throws Away the DRM Keys  —  Just over a month after consumer backlash caused MSN Music to rescind its decision to deactivate the digital rights management ("DRM") servers that allowed MSN Music purchasers to “reauthorize” music files after upgrading operating systems …
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Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Yahoo: Burn Your DRMed Tracks to CD Now
PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q2 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 8.4 million Revenue - $337.6 million GAAP Net Income - $26.6 million GAAP EPS - $0.42 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
Daniel AJ Sokolov / heise Security UK:
Speculation over back door in Skype  —  According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged.  The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations.  At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception …
Discussion: Memex 1.1, open and Zero Day
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Coding Without Comments  —  If peppering your code with lots of comments is good, then having zillions of comments in your code must be great, right?  Not quite.  Excess is one way good comments go bad: … I'm constantly running across comments from developers who don't seem to understand …
Discussion: webmonkey
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Redlasso Sued By NBC Universal And Fox For Making It Easy For People To Promote NBC Universal And Fox  —  from the you-must-pay-us-to-promote-us dept  —  Redlasso is an interesting company.  Something of an online “clipping” service for television content, it has a nice web feature …
 
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Musical Chairs: How Bloggers, Mainstream Press, and Analysts Start to Look Alike
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BBC:
Prisons to ban adult-rated games
Discussion: Joystiq and GamesIndustry.biz
Dan Goodin / The Register:
World's biggest ISPs drag feet on critical DNS patch
Jim Kerstetter / CNET News.com:
Report: MySpace could work with Amazon on music service
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Users can automatically encrypt Gmail traffic
Holly Jackson / CNET News.com:
Software makers threaten to sue eBay over counterfeits
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James Quinn / Telegraph:
Thomson Reuters to venture into television
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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