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3:55 PM 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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: The iPhone is No. 1 in Japan  —  Gauging the iPhone's popularity in Japan is not easy.  —  Just ask Brian X. Chen.  He wrote a piece for Wired.com last April called Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone suggesting that despite the long lines that greeted the iPhone 3G last summer, the device was a big flop in Japan.
Fred / A VC:
Freemium and Freeconomics  —  This week we saw the release of Chris Anderson's book Free and reviews from the New Yorker (Malcolm Gladwell) and the Financial Times.  I'd like to talk a bit about the firestorm that freeconomics (fed by Chris' book) has unleashed but first we need to clarify something.
Discussion: Webmetricsguru and GigaOM
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Firefox 3.5 and the potential of Web typography  —  In addition to new features such as support for HTML 5, geo-location, and a noticeably faster engine, Firefox 3.5 added a new CSS rule that makes Web typography much more attractive.  —  @font-face is a CSS rule that allows Web designers …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads
Discussion: GeekSmack and Pocket-lint.com
TechFlash:
Web sites creep back after Seattle fire, but Bing Travel still down  —  Many of the Web sites knocked offline Friday due to the Fisher Plaza data center fire were back up as of early this morning.  However, Bing Travel — the high-profile online travel site of Microsoft …
Discussion: LiveSide and Adhost Blog
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Seattle data center fire knocks out Bing Travel, other Web sites
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sony Ericsson's first Android handset “Rachael” and the transparent display-rocking “Kiki” get pictured  —  It's July 4th — America is celebrating its independence at the grill, policemen across the country are turning a blind eye to fireworks, liquor store owners are swimming in the day's take …
Mary Branscombe / h-online.com:
Mozilla CEO: The browser has a long way to go  —  The future of Firefox  —  Now that Firefox 3.5 is out, The H talked to Mozilla CEO John Lilly about HTML 5, Chrome, the mobile Web and the future of Firefox and he says the war is far from won  —  Firefox 3.5 is one of the self-proclaimed …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PC Invader Costs Ky. County $415,000  —  Cyber criminals based in Ukraine stole $415,000 from the coffers of Bullitt County, Kentucky this week.  The crooks were aided by more than two dozen co-conspirators in the United States, as well as assistance from a family of malicious software capable …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Why is #moonfruit trending on Twitter?  It's the rebirth of a startup  —  It's not often that Internet companies last 10 years, but Moonfruit in the UK has proved pretty resilient.  It survived the dotcom boom the first time round, launching with VC-backing, growing to 65 staff and cutting …
Discussion: Stop Twitter Spam and ReadWriteWeb
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
As turnaround continues, June chip sales point to tech economy recovery  —  While the U.S. unemployment dashed stock market hopes of a recovery in the national economy, the bellwether semiconductor industry seems like it's on its way to a recovery.  —  Chips are a leading indicator for sales …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Short Is Sweet: Postcards Begat SMS Begat Twitter  —  Recently, I've noticed something.  If you send me an email, the likelihood that I'm going to respond is pretty small.  But if you send me a message on Twitter, the likelihood that I'll respond is much higher.  Certainly, part of it is that I get fewer messages on Twitter.
 
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