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4:10 PM ET, July 3, 2010

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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 …
Discussion: rila.org, Dispatches, NCSL and BetaNews
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
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.
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Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
iPhone 4's supposed signal woes aren't unique, and may not be serious  —  The debate over the iPhone 4's supposed reception problems continues, including a new class-action suit.  Underplayed in the discussion is the fact that all phones are subject to interference from the human who is using them.
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.
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.
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Steven Levy On Mark Zuckerberg, Hacking Heroes  —  Twenty-five years after his landmark book, hacker historian Levy revisits the tech revolution he chronicled.  —  Before the Romanian cybercriminals, before Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller breached the Gibson mainframe …
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 …
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
Michael Greene / InformationWeek:
Ray Kurzweil On ‘The Singularity’ Future  —  The noted futurist has released a movie, The Singularity is Near, exploring how technology may reshape the fabric of our physical reality and life experiences. … Tech professionals have become somewhat inured to descriptions of the exponential rise …
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter to Publish Shopping Deals Through @EarlyBird Account  —  Twitter has rolled out several different advertising systems in recent weeks and we're hearing that the next one will take a page from the Dell Computers playbook.  In December, Dell famously reported $6.5 million …
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US largely ruling out NKorea in 2009 cyberattacks
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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
Nate Lanxon / Epicenter:
The Secret To Apple's FaceTime Success Will Be The PC
Discussion: TechCrunch
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
GSA unveils overhaul of USA.gov, featuring mobile apps
Roberto / PadGadget:
Will.I.Am Uses “Find My iPad” To Track Down Thief
Discussion: SOHH.com, The Next Web and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Web Apps Coming Along Quite Well. Some Already Work
Discussion: Download Squad
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt talks about threats to Google, paywalls and the future
Discussion: SteveOuting.com and broadstuff
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life:
Why Did Comedy Central Remove EyePhone Reference from Futurama Online Clip?
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: The Sexy Russian Spy's Business Plan (And A Video Interview)
Discussion: VentureBeat and Associated Press