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3:40 AM ET, July 30, 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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Los Angeles earthquake chokes phone calls, not Twitter  —  A 5.4 earthquake hit Tuesday while Verdell Wilson was having an exam in her gynecologist's Los Angeles office.  —  Given it was her first earthquake experience, Wilson did what comes naturally—she twittered it.
Discussion: textually.org
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Stop Trusting the Internet!
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.
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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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Malicious attack takes down Scrabble on Facebook
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Scrabble’ app on Facebook crashes in wake of ‘Scrabulous’ takedown
Discussion: ReveNews and Technologizer
Triston McIntyre / Profy.Com:
Facebook, Scrabble and Scrabulous — Why all the Hulabaloo?
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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 and CNET News.com
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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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mobile's Sidekick 2008: Yes, it kicks ass and yes you can have ours  —  Good morning from CrunchGear.  We have the new Sidekick 2008, a svelter, sexier version of everyone's favorite messaging phone here in the office in a sexy shell from SidekickShells.com.
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Teen social network myYearbook is growing fast and it just raised $13M, but is it more than a teen site?  —  Teen social network myYearbook has raised $13 million, confirming rumors we were hearing last month.  The company has managed to grow in the face of more established competitors …
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The passionates vs. the non passionates  —  Every morning now I start out by reading FriendFeed.  This morning there was a post by Steve Spalding called “the Web's dirty little secret” which is about how small the audiences are here in the tech blogging world.
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
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head  —  VIA caused quite a stir a few months ago when the company first revealed initial details regarding their low-power Nano processor.  At the time, the product was referred to by its internal codename of Isaiah.
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Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
VIA Nano and Intel Atom Review - Battle of the Tiny CPUs
Discussion: IDG News Service
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Apple in a bind over its DNS patch?  —  Three weeks after the disclosure of a serious flaw within the Domain Name System (DNS), Apple has yet to patch its MAC OS X operating system, but the company may be able to look to a third party in defense.  —  In a posting to an Internet newsgroup on Monday …
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.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Trying to cut a slice of Google's search-ad billions  —  Google wouldn't be Google without its ownership of the estimated $10.4 billion annual search advertising market.  But other ad-technology hopefuls are still angling for ways to take a few million or billion dollars off the top for themselves—just like Microsoft and Yahoo.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
ESPN plans to launch online network dedicated to ‘action sports’
Discussion: last100 and paidContent.org
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NFL gives Internet a butt-pat, offers live streaming games
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
What a Difference a Cert Makes
Discussion: BerryReview.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint's Airave signal booster goes on sale nationwide
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Thx for the IView!  —  I Wud ♥ to Work 4 U!!
Discussion: Technosailor and Bleeding Edge
ct2:
Face Swapper Privacy
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Starting the campaign for The TechHub
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
MSNBC Honcho: There Are No TV Reporters Anymore
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
NYC to bypass muni Wi-Fi
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Peer Producing A Web 2.0 Keynote
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
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gearlog
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry
Discussion: The Open Road