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1:45 AM ET, July 4, 2009

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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Apple, Acer and...Arrington?  —  Michael Arrington, founder of the influential tech blog TechCrunch, has been talking for a year about building a touch-screen tablet for Web surfing.  Now, it appears that the CrunchPad is about to become a reality.  —  The San Francisco Business Times reported Friday …
Discussion: Crunchpad Fans
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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.
Trooper P / Crunchpad Fans:
SF Business Times: CrunchPad Inc. Formed With 14 Employees In Singapore
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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads  —  Pesky monkey still creating (some) havoc  —  Join our expert panel in discussing application security  —  Mozilla Foundation notched up five million downloads in the first 24 hours after it released Firefox 3.5 earlier this week.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com
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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...
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Open Source and the Cloud: Where's the LAMP?  —  “My challenge to everyone competing with Amazon, Google and Microsoft is to remember that you're competing with Amazon, Google and Microsoft.  These are strong technology companies, and if you're going to compete with them, open source is the only way to do that.
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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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: Chris Abraham
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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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
EyeWonder malware incident affects popular web sites  —  During the last couple of hours, visitors of popular and high trafficked web sites such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, Gamespot, WorldOfWarcraft, Mashable, Chow.com, ITpro.co.uk, AndroidCommunity; Engadget and Chip.de …
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
Paul / GeekSmack:
CONFIRMED: Windows 7 RTM To Be Announced July 13th  —  UPDATE: ComputerGuy2010 from VinylZine has pointed out to me that Microsoft has issued a press release stating that the RTM code will be given out to partners on “the second half of July” which further backs and pretty much 100% validates the story that we have broke.
Financial Times:
Free fails to live up to its billing as economic model  —  Chris Anderson has built a career out of making bold pronouncements that the economics of Silicon Valley - the way in which software and digital technology are built and distributed - are likely to spread to, and ultimately conquer, the rest of the economy.
Discussion: GigaOM, Business Week and blogs.ft.com
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Andres Sehr / Spotify:
Chris Anderson's Free, the first audiobook on Spotify
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.
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:
Twitter's Back Alleys Threaten To Sully The Service
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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John Biggs / CrunchGear:   How to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS
 
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Blog Search, Now With Added Mediocrity
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Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
More Buttons, More Retweet  —  We never rest on our laurels …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
The ISG Top 25 Facebook Games for July 2009
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 Earlier Items: 
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
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