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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM (Twice the iPad and 3GS)  —  Since the launch of the original iPhone, Apple has made efforts to hide some of the actual tech specs of the device from consumers.  Apple has never advertised or even published the processor speed or amount of RAM found in the iPhone.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Co-President Jason Hirschhorn Out  —  Less than a month ago I asked the MySpace Co-Presidents, Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn (pictured left), if it was possible to effectively run a company with two equal leaders.  Their answer - they've made it work.  I asked if they were both there for the long term.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Story Behind MySpace Co-Prez Jason Hirschhorn Quitting (NWS)  —  We just got off the phone with sources close to the situation.  —  Here's the scoop on MySpace co-president Jason Hirschhorn's departure...  - Jason wasn't fired.  He quit.  — In fact, Jason wanted to quit in February …
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Statement from Jon Miller, Chief Digital Officer, News Corporation …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Demystifying Microsoft's mobile operating system roadmap  —  When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently criticized Google at the D8 conference for having two different mobile operating systems, it's surprising so few challenged the pot for calling the kettle black.
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Announces Mobile OS for Enterprise Devices  —  Microsoft will soon release a new mobile OS for embedded and enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5, to be followed by an enterprise-focused version of Windows Phone 7 in 2011, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said by video …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Launch MobileMe Enhancements: Push Web-Based Mail, Universal ‘Find My iPhone’ iOS Application, and More  —  Apple has noted on its MobileMe support page and the me.com login page that access to MobileMe Web applications will be down from 10:00 PM to midnight Pacific Time this evening for …
Matt Mullenweg / WordPress:
WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”  —  Filed under Releases.  —  Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard).
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Behind the scenes: Windows Phone 7  —  Editor's note: this is the first in an occasional series of stories on the behind-the-scenes efforts by Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to market.  —  REDMOND, Wash.—The first Windows Phone 7 devices won't hit the market until the holidays.
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Steve Ballmer Is Right: The PC Market Is Getting Bigger  —  At The Wall Street Journal's D8 conference in June, Apple CEO Steve Jobs compared the PC to a farm truck, saying that when America was an agrarian economy: “All cars were trucks because that's what you needed on the farm.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Commerce Search 2.0 Gets Refinements, $25K Price Point  —  Google on June 17 upgraded its Commerce Search product in the United States and United Kingdom, adding a full merchandising dashboard to let retail merchants better control promotions, product ranking rules and filtering.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis: Okay, Fine, Here's What I Really Think Of TechCrunch And Mike Arrington  —  A few months ago, TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington threw his TechCrunch50 conference business partner Jason Calacanis under the bus.  —  Specifically, he told Jason that TechCrunch no longer wanted …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Bebo - The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle?  Or AOL's screw-up?  —  In January last year we predicted that AOL was listing a sale of Bebo as an option for the social network it had acquired for $850 million in 2008 and then effectively let languish.  At the time three other sources intimately acquainted …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Criterion Capital Partners Acquires Bebo From AOL
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Iceland Hasn't The Bandwidth To Site Large Media Servers  —  Iceland's parliament has unanimously agreed to pass the strongest media freedom laws called the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.  —  Nieman Journalism Lab reports: … Placing your media servers in Iceland would be good for the environment.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Iceland and Wikileaks Try to Make the World Safe for Secrets
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Paramount to end delay in providing DVDs to Redbox  —  Movies on DVD will be available to rent the same day they go on sale.  Three other studios had recently signed deals with Redbox to block rentals of DVDs until 28 days after their release.  —  Setting up opposing camps among …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Apple iPhone to Verizon drumbeat picks up (again)  —  A version of Apple's iPhone that would be compatible with Verizon Wireless' network will reportedly start shipping in the fourth quarter.  —  According to DigiTimes, contract equipment manufacturer Pegatron Technology is using its plants in Shanghai to manufacture CDMA iPhones.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
A Google Paid Content System For Publishers May Be Coming By Year-End  —  Updated: Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which had hinted for nearly a year now that it was working on building some sort of paid content system for publishers, is reportedly set to launch such a system by year-end.
Montana Low / RescueTime Blog:
Google is eating Microsoft's lunch, one tasty bite at a time.  —  Microsoft just launched Office 2010 to great fanfare, and quietly slipped in a new free online version.  It looks like they may have finally realized that if they don't cannibalize their core business with a web based offering, Google will.
Discussion: The Next Web
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Working at Google - the first 6 months  —  So, what is it like working at Google?  How is it different than working at Microsoft?  I have answered that question at least 500 times in the past 6 months, so I thought I should write a more detailed answer.  Google still feels like a startup.
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
First replicating creature spawned in life simulator  —  IF YOU found a self-replicating organism living inside your computer, your first instinct might be to reach for the antivirus software.  If, however, you are Andrew Wade, an avid player in the two-dimensional, mathematical universe known …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The Droid X gets real on Verizon (update: 720p video capture, not display)  —  Looks like Verizon and Motorola are coming clean with the Droid X a little earlier than planned — it just appeared on the official Droid page, complete with comfirmation of that 4.3-inch screen size.
Vikki Chou / Docs Blog:
Sharing in Google Docs just got easier  —  The ability to share my Google Docs is crucial to my productivity.  My teammates and I often add comments to docs, collaboratively organize our feature-planning spreadsheet, and send links of interesting company presentations to each other.
Christos / Chromium Blog:
Bringing improved PDF support to Google Chrome  —  Millions of web users rely on PDF files every day to consume a wide variety of text and media content.  To enable this, a number of plug-ins exist today which allow users to open PDF files inside their browsers.
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
An iPhone-Controlled Drone Will Cost You $300  —  This iPhone-controlled drone may be rather awesome and look like one of the coolest flying toys in a while, but it turns out that once it's available in September it'll cost you a hefty $300.  Youch.  [Parrot]
Discussion: Singularity Hub, I4U News, PC World and TUAW
Michelle Donegan / Light Reading:
AT&T Enforces Data Cap on Femtos  —  In the aftermath of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s announcement of new mobile data price plans, the operator reveals that data used on its Microcell femtocell will be included in subscribers' newly capped monthly data allowance.  (See AT&T Intros Mobile Data Caps …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter ‘OAuthcalypse’ Moved To August Thanks To The World Cup
Discussion: Mashable!
Larissa Zimberoff / Flickr Blog:
“Request to License” via Getty Images is here!
Discussion: BBC and A Whole Lotta Nothing, Thanks:chrismessina
Scott Austin / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Get Free Chance to Pitch to Angel Investors
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Also Said To Have A Deal With Localeze For Facebook Places
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Federal Officials Continue AT&T iPad Investigation
Nick Bilton / Gadgetwise:
Who Needs a Mirror When You Have a Cellphone?
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