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7:55 PM ET, July 3, 2010


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Boy Genius Report:
The entire Steve Jobs email story... It's real  —  I obviously wanted to be 100% sure about this before I posted a follow up post, but before I go into the details, I'd like you all to know about how we operate over here...  Yes, BGR runs rumors and information that is not always completely confirmed.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes  —  The halcyon days of tax-free Internet shopping will, if Rep. Bill Delahunt gets his way, soon be coming to an abrupt end.  —  Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would rewrite the ground rules for Internet …
AppStoreHQ Blog:
iOS vs Android?  Over 1,000 Developers (Including Some Top Names) Are Having it Both Ways  —  Apple vs Google! iPhone vs Android!  —  Journalists, bloggers and fanboys love to take sides, and there *is* a real fight underway for the future of mobile computing.
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast increasing cable, Internet charges  —  Comcast Corp. said it is raising rates for California cable and Internet customers by an average of 3.8 percent starting Aug. 1.  —  The average video customer will see their monthly bill increase by $2.49 from $60.76 to $63.25 a month.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Christopher Jung / Blog of Metrics:
Firefox Main Window Study: A Heatmap Visualization  —  Last month, Mike Beltzner shared an early product plan for the next version of Firefox with the Mozilla community and presented our vision for Firefox 4.  A big upgrade coming with Firefox 4 is the new theme project: creating a new, sleek, and simpler default theme for the browser.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
MIT's Android optometry app could help you stop squinting all the time (video)  —  Remember Bokodes, MIT's tiny replacement for barcodes and the like?  Their holographic nature enabled them to represent different information from different angles, and it's this property that allows the tech behind …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Foursquare Surpasses One Million Check-ins In A Single Day  —  Foursquare is enjoying huge growth and getting a lot of good press as of late.  —  Just days after securing $20 million series B round of capital, the location service has announced another big milestone - 1 million check-ins in one day.
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Ticketmaster's Terms of Service Cannot Make You a Criminal  —  Newark, New Jersey - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of academics and public policy groups are urging a federal judge to dismiss a criminal indictment that could give websites extraordinary power to dictate what behavior becomes a computer crime.
New York Times:
Top World Cup Players on Facebook, Day by Day  —  Millions of people around the world have been actively supporting - or complaining about - their favorite teams and players.  Below, players are sized according to the number of mentions on Facebook during each day of the World Cup.
Discussion: Mashable! and Brian Solis
Network World:
Over 5 billion mobiles in 2010  —  Worldwide mobile subscriptions to exceed 5 billion  —  There will be over five billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, with an approximate 4.8 billion connections having been reached by the end of the year's first quarter.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mobile Media
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won't Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain  —  In a speech at the American University last Thursday, President Obama highlighted the incredible economic rewards that America has gained from its immigrants.  He spoke of new waves of immigrants …
Nate Lanxon / Epicenter:
The Secret To Apple's FaceTime Success Will Be The PC  —  Apple's iPhone 4 video calling stands a good chance at becoming a widely adopted system.  But it'll rely on a catalyst, and I believe it's the PC.  —  I'll just wait for the day I get asked to do a video podcast appearance and I whip out my iPhone to do it.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US largely ruling out NKorea in 2009 cyberattacks
Michael Greene / InformationWeek:
Ray Kurzweil On ‘The Singularity’ Future
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Reports: BlackBerry, Skype, Google face India data demand
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why You'll Pay to Watch Ads on the iPhone and iPad
Aliya Sternstein /
GSA unveils overhaul of, featuring mobile apps
Roberto / PadGadget:
Will.I.Am Uses “Find My iPad” To Track Down Thief
Discussion:, The Next Web and CNN
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Web Apps Coming Along Quite Well. Some Already Work
Discussion: Download Squad
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Steven Levy On Mark Zuckerberg And The Hacker Spirit
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt talks about threats to Google, paywalls and the future
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Why Did Comedy Central Remove EyePhone Reference from Futurama Online Clip?
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and Gizmodo
Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
iPhone 4's supposed signal woes aren't unique, and may not be serious