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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
An update on China  —  Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law.  This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement …
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Brad Stone / Bits:   Google Will Stop Bumping Chinese Searchers to Hong Kong
Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
Windows 8 Plans Leaked: Numerous Details Revealed  —  A big thanks to @floo1989 for the heads-up!  Over the weekend, the Italian Windows site “Windowsette” got a hold of some super secret squirrel Microsoft presentations apparently laying around on the internet somewhere.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts sharing Windows 8 plans with PC partners  —  Windows 8 (which my sources claim recently hit Milestone 1) is starting to take shape.  —  Microsoft's next version of Windows client is far enough along that the Windows team seems to have begun sharing details about its goals with Microsoft's PC partners.
Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
The Anatomy of a Leak: Windows 8 Documentation
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Thanks:xstephenchapman
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Windows 8 leaks point to facial recognition, app store, Mac envy
Discussion: Computerworld and Beyond Binary
Google Nexus One:
New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones  —  Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones.  This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Former Facebook Executive Adam D'Angelo Confirms New Google Social Networking Effort  —  Google is making a new move into social networking, following past efforts like Orkut, Google Profiles and Buzz, according to a tweet by Digg founder Kevin Rose.  He said so last weekend, but his tweet has since been deleted.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook CTO: ‘Google Me’ Is Real, And It's Gunning For Facebook … This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: Tech Eye
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch TV Launches... Now.  —  It's finally here.  After months of planning and building and learning and fixing and hiring and spending, TechCrunch TV goes live right... NOW.  —  Broadcasting daily from our fully-featured San Francisco studio, TechCrunch TV will be packed …
Discussion: I4U News, The Next Web and Techie Buzz
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
An Unexpected Apple Ally: Porn Industry to Drop Flash  —  Article Navigation  —  It may seem that Steve Jobs is on a lonely crusade against Adobe's Flash format with the rest of the industry simply waiting who this battle will turn out.  While Adobe is rallying support for Flash …
Discussion: Gizmodo, AppleInsider and Slashdot
Mickey Kataria / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Docs viewer on Mobile Browsers  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Docs Blog)  —  Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments.  Today we're also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
An iPhone Class Action Suit Is in the Works  —  The California law firm that sued Facebook and Zynga over scammy gaming ads is setting its sights on Apple, investigating a possible class action over reception problems with the new iPhone.  —  Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP is looking for people who …
eSecurity Planet Features:
SSL Certificates In Use Today Aren't All Valid  —  It should be no surprise that the SSL security certificate business is big business, considering how SSL certificates are seen as being on the frontlines of securing Web transactions against fraud.  But new data suggests that SSL certificates are not all being configured correctly.
Discussion: Tech Eye and internetnews.com
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Alleged Russian agents used high-tech tricks  —  A clandestine network of Russian spies in the United States used private Wi-Fi networks, flash memory sticks, and text messages concealed in graphical images to exchange information, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Discussion: WebProNews and CBS News
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In Faulty Computer Suit, Window to Dell's Fall  —  After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines.  The company came up with a unusual reason for the computers' demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Server Count: 60,000 or More  —  It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Sometimes a PowerPoint slide can tell the story of thousands of servers.  —  That was the case with a presentation from Facebook's Tom Cook at last week's Velocity 2010 conference …
Discussion: Softpedia News and All Facebook
Chris Boyd / Sunbelt Blog:
A little free (bad)vertising goes a long way  —  Today I saw a Youtube account with an array of random World Cup moments cobbled together.  Nothing particularly unusual about that, but what did leap out at me was the likely reason the reason the account exists at all - the World Cup stuff looks like a lure to get them to watch this:
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Alcatel-Lucent acquires ProgammableWeb, pushes deeper into developer ecosystem  —  There's a puzzle being built by Alcatel-Lucent, one where an application development ecosystem will eventually reside on the network.  Slowly, the company is putting together pieces of this puzzle to drive toward that goal.
Discussion: ReadWriteCloud and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google: Chrome OS Still On Track For This Year Thanks To “Deep Bench Of Talent”  —  Perhaps you've heard the news by now that Matthew Papakipos, the key architect of Chrome OS, is leaving Google to go to Facebook.  While it's not entirely clear what Papakipos will be doing yet …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook grabs Chrome OS engineering director, VMWare VP
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
A Look at Who's Getting What on Apple's IAds  —  Though Complexity, Delays Mean Most Won't Hit July 1 Rollout, Marketers Appear Excited by the Prospects  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The first of Apple's iAds are expected to start popping up on iPhones later this week, but don't expect …
Jaime Casap / The Official Google Blog:
Two more states open Google Apps for teachers and students  —  We recently announced that Oregon is the first state to begin offering Google Apps to public schools.  Today, Colorado and Iowa are joining the movement.  Google Apps for Education will now be available to more than 3,000 schools across the two states.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Droid 2 will launch with Android 2.2 on August 23rd  —  A trustworthy source has just informed us that Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid 2 on August 23rd.  We recently got to go hands on with the device and the hardware was finalized so we believe that Verizon planned …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What iPhone?  Here Come FOUR MORE Android Phones From Samsung (AAPL, GOOG)  —  One of Google Android's strengths relative to Apple's iPhone — at least from a market share and platform adoption perspective — is that it's quickly getting sprayed everywhere.
Larry Hardesty / PhysOrg.com:
An Internet 100 times as fast: A new network design could boost capacity  —  In today's Internet, data traveling through optical fibers as beams of light have to be converted to electrical signals for processing.  By dispensing with that conversion, a new network design could increase Internet speeds 100-fold.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Trouble installing iOS 4?  This may help  —  Are you still having trouble trying to upgrade your iPhone or iPod Touch to Apple's new iOS 4?  If so, here's a workaround that could help.  —  After Apple released iOS 4 on June 21, a small but significant number of folks anxious …
Discussion: CenterNetworks, PC World and MacStories
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Baidu to hire U.S. engineers to work in China
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Over 20 million VoIP subscribers in the United States
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Says They've Beefed Up NYC 3G (Again) …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, Macworld and Fortune
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft identity guru questions Apple, Google on mobile privacy
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt: smartphones are the future for Google and the world
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia muses on grip styles, says you can hold your phone ‘any way you like’
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Pandora's Guide to Mobile App Platforms
Discussion: Digg Blog
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Still Image Capture, iPhone 4 v. DROID X (Updated)
Discussion: Daily Mobile and nikf.org
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum: Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Google Maps To Undergo Minor UI Upgrade
CNET News:
Supreme Court sidesteps software patent issue
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social Networks
Discussion: VentureBeat, FM Blog and Screenwerk, Thanks:the_spinmd