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10:40 PM ET, July 29, 2008

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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter As News-wire  —  Twitter is increasingly being described as a personal news-wire—shared world events like this morning's earthquake near Los Angeles support the definition.  This chart illustrates the beginning of this morning's earthquake followed seconds later by the first Twitter update from Los Angeles.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Stop Trusting the Internet!
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Los Angeles earthquake chokes phone calls, not Twitter
Discussion: earthquake.usgs.gov
Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook  —  Facebook says the decision to block Scrabulous for U.S. and Canadian users was made by the Scrabulous developers, not Facebook.  —  Scrabulous has been shut down on Facebook.  —  If you try to pull up the popular Scrabble-like game …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Scrabble’ app on Facebook crashes in wake of ‘Scrabulous’ takedown  —  When Scrabulous, a popular game on Facebook's developer platform, was shut down earlier on Tuesday because of copyright infringement issues with the manufacturer of the Scrabble board game, word game fans weren't totally left in the dark.
Discussion: ReveNews
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Malicious attack takes down Scrabble on Facebook
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed  —  Microsoft is incubating a componentized non-Windows operating system known as Midori, which is being architected from the ground up to tackle challenges that Redmond has determined cannot be met by simply evolving its existing technology.
CNN:
Sprint Loses Early Termination Fee Case, May Pay $73 Million  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was dealt a major blow in its early-termination-fee case when a California judge ruled it would have to pay $ 73 million.  —  The decision could bode poorly for the various trials …
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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Judge ruling on Sprint fees is blow to industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The fees that cell phone carriers charge customers who break service contracts took a big hit in a California courtroom when a judge said such charges by Sprint Nextel Corp. likely violate state law.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and mocoNews.net
Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
New, blue, and better than ever  —  Less is more.  —  Before  —  After  —  With the new look for Google Maps, you can do all of the same things, but without the extra clutter.  Find businesses (creamery near palo alto), addresses (6605 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO), and more (root beer in sf) from one search box.
Chris / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Mac client now available for download - officially this time!  —  No announcement yet but Microsoft has now made the Live Mesh client for Mac available for download from mesh.com.  Check it out at at the  —  Mac download page and see for yourself.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and jkOnTheRun
Business Wire:
HP, Intel and Yahoo! Create Global Cloud Computing Research Test Bed  —  Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Lead the Way as Global Centers of Excellence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SANTA CLARA …
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BBC:
HP, Intel, Yahoo in cloud tie-up
Discussion: TechCrunch and Engadget
Dell:
Look Beyond the Rack for Style this Fall - Dell's New Studio and Inspiron Systems Redefine PC Design  — Puts the PC back on the desktop, or the countertop, or the bookshelf, or the entertainment center  —  Dell's smallest, most personalized and most environmentally responsible consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, launches today.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch  —  The hype cycle now lasts less than a day.  Take yesterday's over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods.  This was entirely the company's own fault.
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog and Bits
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Viral Vista: The ‘Mojave Experiment’  —  If the competition were Apple, which surged to 8.5 percent U.S. PC market share in the second quarter, the answer would be yes.  But Microsoft faces its toughest competitor ever: Itself.  —  I spent some time this morning reviewing the candid …
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows ‘Mojave’ Video Posts
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss  —  Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens excoriated Yahoo's management for failing to reach an agreement to sell all or part of the Web portal to Microsoft Corp.  —  Pickens, who bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May in hopes …
Dria / Mozilla Developer News:
about:mozilla - Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1, Localization news, AMO, Canvas text, and more...  In this issue...  - Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available  — Reviewing l10N goals  — Becoming an AMO editor  — Canvas text goes bidirectional  — Mozilla funds SA translation team
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:   Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) on Logitech Squeezebox—with other devices likely to follow  —  Pandora's streaming music service is now free—albeit with ads—on the Logitech Squeezebox family of devices  —  Add Pandora to the list of free online music services you can access through the Logitech Squeezebox.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA's ‘Spore’ a week from being finished … After more than three years of anticipation, Spore is almost finished.  —  Electronic Arts' evolution game, from legendary designer Will Wright's Maxis studio, is about a week from going “gold,” I was told Tuesday by Thomas Vu, a producer on the game who gave me a demo Tuesday morning.
Discussion: TechSpot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
5% Layoffs Rumored At MySpace (Updated - MySpace Clarifies, Says Performance Driven)  —  MySpace has starting laying people off, we've heard from a source close to the company.  The final tally may be 5% or more of total staff, with engineering, sales and customer service taking the biggest hits.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million  —  Will BT Make Ribbit Work?  — Yes.  Better To Look For Help Outside  — Not a chance, $105 million wasted  — BT, Ribbit... what? who?  —  BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Amazon Payment Services Debut  —  Amazon on Tuesday launched hosted e-commerce payment services for merchants who want to outsource all or some of their online transaction processing tasks.  —  The two new offerings, called Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay, are the latest services …
Discussion: New York Times
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Starting the campaign for The TechHub
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
MSNBC Honcho: There Are No TV Reporters Anymore
Discussion: Beet.TV
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Is Money Useless to Open Source Projects?
Microsoft:
New Alliances Continue Momentum for Windows Live OneCare
Discussion: LiveSide and One Microsoft Way
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Apple in a bind over its DNS patch?
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
NYC to bypass muni Wi-Fi
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
As Juniper CEO, Kevin Johnson to get $5 million signing bonus
Discussion: paidContent.org
Fred / A VC:
Peer Producing A Web 2.0 Keynote
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Online Viewing Leads 20 Percent To Skip Primetime Shows On TV: Report
Tim Peek / MediaShift:
Penguin Story Goes from Web to ‘Nightly News’
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch:
Google's Sergey Brin on Local Mobile Search
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Calif. AG urged to probe Yahoo-Google ad deal
InfoWorld:
Microsoft shows off datacenter monitoring system
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Cooler than Cuil, True Knowledge takes a sniper's approach to search
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry
Discussion: The Open Road
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting