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1:35 AM ET, July 26, 2009

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man  —  A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself.  Computer viruses that no one can stop.  Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity and TECH.BLORGE.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Mozilla and Google, Group Hugs Get Tricky  —  BOXES lined the cubicles and hallways in the offices of Mozilla on a recent afternoon, and its chief executive, John Lilly, seemed a bit disoriented as he looked for a place to sit.  Mozilla, which makes the Firefox Web browser …
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Is the party over for Microsoft?  —  Everyone knew the day would come when the fortunes of Microsoft Corp. would reverse.  The company might now be in actual decline.  If it's true, it brought it on itself by ignoring its core competencies, because it exhibits signs of what can only be described …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone's Latest Hit App: A Sex Offender Locator  —  Looking over the top 10 paid iPhone apps list today, the list appeared pretty typical: A bunch of games, a camera app, etc.  Then I noticed one called Offender Locator [iTunes link], mostly because it has a creepy icon.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Wants To Know If You'd Mind Sharing All Of Your Information  —  Facebook wants really wants to make as much information as possible on Facebook public.  It recently changed the privacy controls on the site to make it easier to share with everyone.  It wants to know how much users …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:melodylida69
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Full Disclosure: Sponsored Conversations on Twitter Raise Concerns, Prompt Standards  —  In light of the FTC's recent scrutiny of Social Media practices and the activity that connects brands to influencers and ultimately consumers, we will soon see guidelines and corresponding penalties to serve as governance for future engagement.
Fred / A VC:
Monetize The Audience, Not The Content  —  There's a lot of discussion out there about how online content should be monetized.  —  In particular, the newspaper industry is doing a lot of soul searching for the right revenue model.  For many publications, particularly legacy publications …
Thanks:atul
Richard Stallman / The GNU Operating System:
How the Swedish Pirate Party Platform Backfires on Free Software  —  The bullying of the copyright industry in Sweden inspired the launch of the first political party whose platform is to reduce copyright restrictions: the Pirate Party.  Its platform includes the prohibition …
Discussion: Slashdot
Ina Fried / CNET News:
HP plans electronic whiteboarding tool  —  PASADENA, Calif.—HP CEO Mark Hurd said on Friday that his company plans in the coming months to introduce an electronic collaboration tool that combines video conferencing with electronic whiteboarding.  —  Speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm …
Thanks:hpnews
Bloomberg:
Barry Diller Calls Free Web Content a ‘Myth,’ Joining Effort for User Fees  —  Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp, said Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, joining the refrain of media moguls who say an era of free Internet content is ending.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
FreeYourID Gives Up On Trying To Monetize OpenID  —  In an e-mail to its user base and with a short notice on its main website, FreeYourID has announced that it will be shutting down its service after nearly two years and a half in business.  After August 15, the web service will be discontinued without …
Thanks:kiranpatch
Christine Gallen / ABI Research:
Mobile Handset Inventories Bulk Up, Operators and Distributors Go Shopping for 269 Million Handsets  —  The handset vendors are still telling us it is a frosty market out there but there is a spring in their step as 2Q-2009 results start to pour in.  —  “269 million handsets were shipped in 2Q-2009 …
Discussion: mocoNews and GigaOM
Ericsson:
ERICSSON TO ACQUIRE MAJORITY OF NORTEL'S NORTH AMERICAN WIRELESS BUSINESS  —  Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the parts of the Carrier Networks division of Nortel relating to CDMA and LTE technology in North America.
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PC World:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Buy.com, Orbitz linked to controversial marketers
Discussion: Technologizer
Paul Meller / Macworld:
Microsoft's EU offer gets cautious welcome from rivals
Discussion: WebProNews and eWeek
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