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4:30 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!
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.
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 and New York Times
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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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.
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.
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 …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Malicious attack takes down Scrabble on Facebook  —  After their word game was shut down this morning, many of the Scrabulous faithful on Facebook turned to the official Scrabble game for some action.  But they found no relief.  It didn't work.  —  Electronic Arts, which created online Scrabble …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
What a Difference a Cert Makes  —  Digital certificates are one way we know to trust someone online.  Most of us use them without even realizing it; every time we visit a secure web site, our browser checks a certificate that's been signed and dated by a trusted third party.
Discussion: BerryReview.com
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
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
How to Sync Any Desktop Calendar with Google Calendar
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle
Discussion: paidContent.org and Engadget
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
ESPN plans to launch online network dedicated to ‘action sports’
Discussion: last100 and paidContent.org
Chris Morris / Forbes:
PlayStation 4 And More
Discussion: Kotaku, Engadget and Joystiq
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
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
MSNBC Honcho: There Are No TV Reporters Anymore
Discussion: Beet.TV
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
5% Layoffs Rumored At MySpace (Updated - MySpace Clarifies, Says Performance Driven)
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
NYC to bypass muni Wi-Fi
Fred / A VC:
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
Chris / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Mac client now not available for download [Updated]