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6:40 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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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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Yahoo! Tech and digg.com
geeksmack.net:
Windows 7 RTM on Track, Compiled  —  We previously reported that the RTM build was delayed due to show-stopper bugs, however, WZor reports that they have managed to meet the compile target date of July 10th, and have compiled the RTM build, which, unlike what we previously suspected, is build 7600.16384.090710-1945, and not 7300.
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Specs Re-Imply Blackberry Storm 2 Will Probably Forgo Clicky Touchscreen  —  Additional BlackBerry Storm 2 specs out this morning would appear to all but re-confirm our earlier news that the soon-to-be-released smartphone is ditching the problematic click touchscreen, and will add some much-desired wi-fi goodness.
Justin Mullins / New Scientist:
Memristor minds: The future of artificial intelligence  — For similar stories, visit the Robots and The Human Brain Topic Guides  —  EVER had the feeling something is missing?  If so, you're in good company.  Dmitri Mendeleev did in 1869 when he noticed four gaps in his periodic table.
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
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: eWeek, I4U News and digg.com
Virginia Postrel / New York Times:
What You Pay For  —  Fifteen years ago — before Google or Wikipedia or blogging or Craigs­list or podcasts or YouTube — the technology investor and pundit Esther Dyson wrote an article analyzing the business of “creative content” in a future where the Internet made distribution essentially free.
Discussion: CinemaTech and TeleRead
Todd Lewan / Associated Press:
Electronic identification sparks privacy debate  —  Government pushes technology despite hacking, tracking fears  —  Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with one objective …
Tech-On! : tech news:
Chinese Firm Exhibits Kindle Look-alike  —  “Huh?  Is this the Kindle?”  —  I found an electronic book (e-book) reader similar to the Kindle 2, which Amazon.com Inc released in February 2009, at Digital Publishing Fair 2009, an exhibition taking place from July 9 to 12, 2009, at Tokyo Big Sight.
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
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
New Chief Defends U.S. Base for Agency That Manages Internet  —  PARIS — The U.S.-based agency that regulates Internet addresses, facing criticism that it is too America-centric, remains the best guardian of a “single, unified, global Internet,” according its new chief executive.
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!, BackType and tinyComb
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   The Hype Machine's New Twitter Music Chart Is Too Easy To RickRoll
 
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Michael's Minute
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Much Ado About IE6
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