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8:50 PM ET, July 3, 2009

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Patrick Hoge / bizjournals:
Tech blog titan Michael Arrington's next big thing: Hardware  —  In four years, Michael Arrington has gone from knowing relatively little about the Internet or journalism to presiding over the hugely popular, influential and profitable Palo Alto-based TechCrunch network of blogs.
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Trooper P / Crunchpad Fans:
SF Business Times: CrunchPad Inc. Formed With 14 Employees In Singapore
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:crunchpadfans
George Hotz / On the iPhone:
I make it ra1n  —  Yes, this is what you've all been waiting for.  A jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS.  And it's awesome.  To get started right now, go to purplera1n.com.  Download it.  Make sure you have windows(but not 7), the latest iTunes installed, and an iPhone 3GS with 3.0 firmware.
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Derek Kravitz / Washington Post:
Woman Shot in Apple Store at Clarendon's Market Common  —  An employee of an Apple store in Arlington was shot and wounded this morning during an attempted armed robbery in a back storeroom as more than three-dozen shoppers and other employees milled about the showroom.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Seattle data center fire knocks out Bing Travel, other Web sites  —  A fire last night at Seattle's Fisher Plaza data center has knocked out service to some top Web sites, including Bing Travel and Authorize.net.  —  We first got word of the fire early this morning from the online real estate service Redfin …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Authorize.net Goes Down, E-Commerce Vendors Left Hanging  —  Talk about a serious outage.  Payment gateway service provider Authorize.net has been down and out for several hours, a number of tipsters inform us.  That has big implications: since the service is used by tens of thousands …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch50: You Want Advertising?  We'll Give You Advertising  —  Despite our best intentions, it looks like the DEMO v. TechCrunch50 war will continue, even with DEMO under new management.  —  In 2007 we launched the first TechCrunch50 event - a place where companies can launch to rabid fans and tech press.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Anil Dash:
Free Criticism, Science After Data, and Airport Books  —  When I saw Malcolm Gladwell doggedly dissecting Chris Anderson's upcoming “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” (see Chris' response here) my first reaction was: Brilliant!  Chris Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired …
Discussion: Andrew Lark
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Andres Sehr / Spotify:
Chris Anderson's Free, the first audiobook on Spotify
Schneier on Security:
The Pros and Cons of Password Masking  —  Usability guru Jakob Nielsen opened up a can of worms when he made the case for unmasking passwords in his blog.  I chimed in that I agreed.  Almost 165 comments on my blog (and several articles, essays, and many other blog posts) later, the consensus is that we were wrong.
Discussion: Security Watch
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Needs a Spam Filter?  No, We Need a Marketer Filter  —  Has Twitter spam gotten a little out of hand?  According to today's top story on Techmeme, it has.  Apparently, marketers are calling for Twitter to filter out spam and other adult content from the microblogging service.
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Marketers Call For Twitter To Filter Content For Pornography, Spam
Paul / GeekSmack:
CONFIRMED: Windows 7 RTM To Be Announced July 13th  —  Through our sources close to Microsoft, we can now confirm that the Windows 7 RTM build that will be chosen over the next few days will be officially announced on July 13th, 2009, the same day as the WPC09 (Worldwide Partner Conference) will take place in New Orleans.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Are “deleted” photos really gone from Facebook?  Not always  —  In an age where your boss, coworkers, parents, and even (*gasp*) grandparents are finally joining social networks, we are all more aware than ever that we had better keep things relatively clean.
Andrew Thomas / TG Daily:
Firefox, IE.  Tech journalists are a disgrace  —  Opinion: Let's imagine for a moment that we're in a strange parallel universe.  Many things appear the same, but there are subtle differences.  Today, for example, Microsoft launched the new version of its web browser, Internet Explorer 8...
Samsung mobile:
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ABCNEWS:
Gotta Go? iPhone App Tells Moviegoers When to Pee  —  RunPee Tells Moviegoers the Best Times to Duck Out to Go to the Bathroom  —  Soda.  Coffee.  Water.  Next time to you go to the movies, chug 'em all down.  —  As long as you have a new iPhone app by your side, you'll know when you can escape …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ads Spotted on Twitter.com - Did You Notice?  —  Three months ago we reported that Ads Had Come to Twitter and it was a pretty big deal - until Twitter promptly said the word “sponsored” was only appearing on the site in error.  Now the “sponsored definitions” of certain Twitter “concepts” …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Chris Abraham
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Nvidia denies Apple dropping them  —  Jensen loves them too much  —  We spoke to industry sources close to Nvidia and got clear confirmation that the Nvidia-Apple relationship is doing just fine.  —  Apple is still buying Nvidia notebook chips and chipsets and nothing has changed in the last few weeks.
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
More Buttons, More Retweet  —  We never rest on our laurels here at TweetMeme HQ and have been beavering away on a range of improvements.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak at a few new buttons launching next week.  —  Firstly one big change we have already made is to remove the (via @tweetmeme) from the end of any retweets.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Blog Search, Now With Added Mediocrity  —  Google has updated the homepage to Google Blog Search, but it seems more like a knee jerk reaction to other web sites, than true innovation.  —  Take for example the new “Hot queries” section.  It highlights the search terms currently most active on Google Blog Search.
Discussion: Gadgetell and Geekword
 
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 More Items: 
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
Video Companies Raised $64M in Q2 '09, Notching Another Stellar Quarter
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
The ISG Top 25 Facebook Games for July 2009
Paul Carr / Guardian:
Did Techcrunch really kill Blognation?  Time - and the courts - will tell
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Singing A New Tune: The Imeem Music Store.
Discussion: Electronista
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Interview: Pirate Bay Bidders Hope To Make $40 Million A Month From Ads
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Review: Borders eBook - finally a rival to the Sony Reader
Thanks:muradahmed
Wall Street Journal:
States Plot New Path to Tax E-Retailers
Discussion: VentureBeat
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple May Be Exempt From China's Web Filter Mandate
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Makes Hashtags More #Useful
Discussion: Geekword and Bloggers Blog, Thanks:saishankarc