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4:20 AM ET, July 4, 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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BGR: Apple Is Wrong, That Steve Jobs Email Exchange Was Real  —  Earlier this week, Boy Genius Report published an email exchange that reportedly took place between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a frustrated iPhone 4 customer named Jason Burford, who sent some heated messages to Jobs over the phone's antenna issues.
Discussion: eWeek and Appletell
Aaron Saenz / Singularity Hub:
Presentation for ‘Minority Report Interface’ That Blew People's Minds at TED (video)  —  Underkoffler's vision of a new user interface is coming true.  —  The movie Minority Report features one of the most discussed and influential user interfaces ever shown on the silver screen.
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 …
Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
Why the Cloud is Critical to Apple's TV Strategy  —  It's rumored once again Apple's next bold move is in the living room.  We've heard this for years, but now the scoop is Apple will redesign Apple TV around iOS (think iPhone without a screen).  This makes sense, since iOS and the A4 …
John Foley / InformationWeek:
The FBI's Challenge: Collaborate More, But Stay Secure  —  CIO Fulgham has made progress getting agents better tools, but some of the toughest fixes still lie ahead.  —  In his snoop-proof office, located down a long, locked corridor deep inside FBI headquarters, CIO Chad Fulgham signals me over to his desk.
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.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Guardian Takes Next Step in Open Content Strategy With Blog Plugin  —  In another groundbreaking move, The Guardian newspaper in Britain has launched a plugin for the popular blog-publishing tool WordPress (see disclosure below) that allows web sites to embed the full text of Guardian news stories and other content for free.
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.
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 …
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.
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Key net neutrality supporters hire former government officials to lobby
Discussion: Post Tech and Hillicon Valley
Network World:
Over 5 billion mobiles in 2010  —  Worldwide mobile subscriptions to exceed 5 billion
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mobile Media
New York Times:
Top World Cup Players on Facebook, Day by Day
Discussion: Mashable! and Brian Solis
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US largely ruling out NKorea in 2009 cyberattacks
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won't Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain
Michael Greene / InformationWeek:
Ray Kurzweil On ‘The Singularity’ Future
Discussion: MSDN Blogs
 Earlier Items: 
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
Roberto / PadGadget:
Will.I.Am Uses “Find My iPad” To Track Down Thief
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Web Apps Coming Along Quite Well. Some Already Work
Discussion: Download Squad