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6:40 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.
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Stop Trusting the Internet!
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: CNET News.com
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Offers Other Sites Use of Its Payment Service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon wants its customers to take their wallets with them when they leave the giant Web store.  —  The Seattle-based online retailer unveiled on Tuesday a new payment service that it will offer other online retailers to use on their Web sites.
Discussion: Techdirt and TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)  —  MySpace COO Amit Kapur apparently meant it when he told me earlier today that MySpace is continuing to hire despite letting 5% or so of staff go in the coming days.  He introduced five new senior executives …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   5% Layoffs Rumored At MySpace (Updated - MySpace Clarifies, Says Performance Driven)
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 …
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.
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 and Digg
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle  —  Music Device Is Key To Broader Strategy  —  Dell Inc. failed once to move into Apple Inc.'s digital-music turf.  Now, it is plotting another foray.  —  In recent months, Dell has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, said several Dell officials.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Gizmodo and Engadget
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Says It Will Cut Off P2P Wireless Users; But What About Pandora Users?  —  from the be-careful-on-that-iPhone dept  —  While those who like to claim that the US broadband market is more competitive than it really is like to point to the rise of 3G wireless networks as proof …
Discussion: Voices and IP Democracy
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites  —  The Motion Picture Association of America is suing two websites accused of acting as a for-profit, “one-stop shop” for allegedly infringing copies of Hollywood's copyrighted works.  —  The sites, fomd.com, known as “Free Online Movie DataBase …
Discussion: TechSpot
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
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
VIA Nano and Intel Atom Review - Battle of the Tiny CPUs … VIA Nano and Intel Atom hit the labs  —  Introduction  —  Many of you will probably be reading your first review of a VIA CPU; even though the C7 processor has made VIA a name in the world of mobile internet devices and mini-notes …
Discussion: IDG News Service and Slashdot
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Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head
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.
Christopher Palmeri / Business Week:
Gores' Siemens Buy: One Big Bet  —  Buyout specialist Alec Gores sees promise in Siemens' troubled telecom business  —  Billions in losses.  Thousands of layoffs.  No other buyers in sight.  Sounds like a deal to Alec Gores.  —  The low-profile Los Angeles billionaire has entered …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Tim Peek / MediaShift:
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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) …
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Live Mesh Mac client now not available for download [Updated]
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Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
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