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12:00 PM ET, July 12, 2009

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Karen Wickre / The Official Google Blog:
Google accounts on Twitter  —  Like lots of you, we've been drawn into Twitter this year.  After all, we're all about frequent updates ourselves, and there's lots happening around here that we want to share with you.  Of course, we enjoy watching, and contributing to, the tweetstream (we hope you find our tweets useful, too).
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Does Google Like Twitter?  —  This much.  —  That's 44 accounts by my count.  Where are all those Jaiku accounts?  —  Still think they have no interest in the micro-messaging service?  Of course they do.  It just may cost them more than a billion dollars to satisfy their fixation.
Tim Greene / Network World:
How to use electrical outlets and cheap lasers to steal data  —  If attackers intent on data theft can tap into an electrical socket near a computer or if they can draw a bead on the machine with a laser, they can steal whatever is being typed into it.  —  How to execute these attacks …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Twitter Nabs a Legal Eagle from Google  —  Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, has stolen a prominent Google lawyer.  —  The startup has hired Alexander Macgillivray, associate general counsel for products and intellectual property at Google, to be its general counsel, according to a person with knowledge of the hiring.
Kfury / fox @ fury:
Google's Apple Moment  —  There's been a bit of commentary of late regarding Google's recently announced Chrome OS and how it relates to Android.  Specifically, Anil Dash and John Gruber question the wisdom of producing two distinct OSes.  —  Anil Dash writes, Google's Microsoft Moment:
Soulskill / Slashdot:
UK's National Portrait Gallery Threatens To Sue Wikipedia User  —  The National Portrait Gallery of London is threatening litigation against a Wikipedia user over his uploading of pictures of some 3,000 paintings, all 19th century or earlier and firmly in the public domain.  Their claim?
Discussion: Londonist
Ian Paul / PC World:
Does Google Know Too Much About You?  —  Do you trust Google?  If you use its multitude of online services on a daily basis you might, but is that assumption wise?  For some, Google is a wonderful company with a broad selection of useful online tools that make life easier …
Discussion: I4U News and digg.com
Anthony / Machine Shop:
The Interactive Twitter Music Chart  —  We've been frustrated by a few things about music charts recently.  One is the issue of chart integrity, the lines between manipulation & engagement and how to keep such a system honest while rewarding the right people.
Discussion: A VC, Mashable!, tinyComb and BackType
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   The Hype Machine's New Twitter Music Chart Is Too Easy To RickRoll
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
A major Windows 7 upgrade question gets an answer  —  On Monday, Microsoft is expected to announce that it's done with Windows 7, and the code will be dispatched to manufacturers of PCs and the factories that will burn it onto retail DVDs.  —  On Oct. 22, you'll be able to buy the fruits of Microsoft's more than three years of labor.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Editorial: Taking the iPhone 3GS off the job market  —  The other day, whilst sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office, awaiting the inevitable bad news to come down the pipeline (you're dead, you're dying, no that rash can't be treated), I attempted to do something daring with my iPhone 3GS.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Click by Click, Reviewers Gain Clout  —  If you value your spare time, don't start posting comments and reviews on Amazon, Mark Espinosa suggests.  It can be a hard habit to break.  —  Given his rank as the online retailer's No. 1 reviewer, he would certainly know.
Mark Trammell / Digg the Blog:
Much Ado About IE6  —  Here at Digg, like most sites, the designers, developers, and QA engineers spend a lot of time making sure the site works in IE6, an eight-year-old browser superseded by two full releases.  It consumes time that could be spent building the future of Digg.
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
 
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Michael J. Miller / Forward Thinking:
Google's Chrome OS: Maybe Not a “PC” OS After All
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Google Chrome netbook announcements could come later this year
Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
AP proposes new article formatting for the Web
Discussion: Techdirt
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The News Chronicle:
ImageShack hacked by Anti-sec movement
Discussion: Mashable!, SoftSailor and ThreatBlog
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Unlike Android, the iPhone can't scale, says Google
Steven Kotler / Fox News:
Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:
Followup on the State of iPhone Gaming: The $0.99 Economy
Discussion: VG247 and Joystiq
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can Michael Arrington Raise Enough Money To Make The CrunchPad?