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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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New York Times:
Google to Stop Directing China Users to Hong Kong  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In an effort to appease Beijing as it seeks to renew its license to operate in mainland China, Google plans to stop automatically redirecting Chinese users to its Hong Kong site.  —  For the last three months …
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  —  Yesterday, Digg CEO Kevin Rose tweeted that he'd heard a “huge rumor” that Google was planning to launch a Facebook competitor called “Google Me”, sparking off a wave of speculative reports (Rose has since removed the tweet).
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Tech Eye
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
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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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.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Bezos's mission: Compelling small publishers to think big  —  In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before.
Vincent Chan / Power of Scale:
Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?  Answered by Insiders  —  Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?  I long have been fascinated by the extraordinary achievement from the ex-Paypal team and wonder about the reasons behind their success.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Mapquest Introduces New Look, New Capabilities  —  You might not have thought of it this way but the old MapQuest was mostly about driving directions.  The new Mapquest (launching today) is about local search and an expanded range of capabilities and use cases.
Michael Chang / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone passes one million downloads!  —  In just 5 days, over one million people downloaded the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone that launched last week!  This early momentum is fantastic, and we really appreciate the feedback we've been getting from many of you.
Electronista:
Seagate unveils first-ever 3TB external drive  —  Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk hits 3TB  —  Seagate claimed a record in storage today by launching a 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk drive.  The first of its kind packs a single, 3TB disk inside and is large enough to need a 64-bit OS to work …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Rumblefish Launches Friendly Music: Tunes For YouTube Videos At $1.99 A Pop  —  Music licensing company Rumblefish last week announced a new music program for YouTube users, enabling them to buy a lifetime, worldwide music license on a selected music track at $1.99 a pop and fully edit the music into their videos.
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: The Register, WebProNews and CBS News
Brett Terpstra / TUAW:
Icons and World Clock created with CSS3 magic, courtesy of Webkit  —  Recent versions of Webkit, the browser engine that Safari and Chrome are based on, have allowed for extensive use of CSS3, as well as some proprietary CSS tricks.  The result has been some very innovative art created entirely using CSS.
Discussion: Graphicpeel
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Social game firm Crowdstar embraces Facebook Credits in five-year agreement  —  Crowdstar is giving a big endorsement to Facebook Credits by making a five-year commitment to using Facebook's virtual currency in Crowdstar's social games.  —  The introduction of Facebook Credits this summer …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Velocity
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Gets Green Light From Apple For Upcoming iPhone App, Lands Deal With Roku  —  Good news, MOG fans.  The online music streaming service, which allows users to listen to as many songs as they want for a flat monthly fee, has had its iPhone application approved by Apple after spending well over a month in App Store purgatory.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Ops: In the Belly of the Whale  —  Twitter's infrastructure has been under a lot of scrutiny in the wake of its capacity problems during World Cup Tweetstorms, where the service has struggled to keep pace with up to 3,000 messages per second.  Seventy five percent …
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
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.
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:
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Baidu to hire U.S. engineers to work in China
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Groupon's Brazilian Site ClubeUrbano Loaded With Fake Deals
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Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
PayPal to take your credit card, no account needed
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AT&T Says They've Beefed Up NYC 3G (Again) …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
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