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3:45 PM ET, July 4, 2010


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Zee / The Next Web:
App Store, Hacked.  (Updated: iTunes Accounts too.)  —  Editors Note: This article began with details of one specific app developer hacking iTunes users accounts and purchasing their own apps using those accounts - making it to the top of the iTunes charts.
Jakob Nielsen / Alertbox:
iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds … Many companies are betting big that electronic book readers will be one of the main ways people read long-form text in the future.  However, such products will succeed only if the reading experience is much better than the misery of reading from PC monitors.
Kindle Review:   Test comparing Kindle, Book, iPad reading speeds loses the plot
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The poison of arrogance  —  Arrogance is the most toxic waste-product of technology companies.  Past examples abound: IBM, AT&T, Microsoft... All their hauteur got them were expensive antitrust actions and customer backlash.  Last week, we got yet another example of the insufferable behavior still prevailing …
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
Google Apps vs. Google Accounts Parity Coming  —  Google Apps users who want access to all the same products that regular Google Accounts have won't have to wait much longer.  An anonymous tipster tells me a Google Trusted Tester program is underway right now, which “transitions” …
Discussion: Pulse2 and Google Operating System
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Adobe Flash from Android Ported to iPad [Video]  —  After porting preliminary release of Flash to iPhone, the guy behind Spirit untethered jailbreak tool for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has now managed to run “real” Flash content right on the jailbroken Apple iPad.
Discussion: Engadget, GeekSmack, I4U News, TiPb and biskero, Thanks:red_kimen
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
YouTube Hacked, Justin Bieber Videos Targeted.  —  Updates at foot of the post, including statement from Google.  —  In the past hour it appears YouTube has become the target of a hacker attack, specifically targeting videos of pop singer Justin Bieber.  —  Videos relating to the star …
Discussion: Techie Buzz, GeekSmack and Slashdot
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
Discussion: CNET News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Happy Fourth Of July From Google With Rube Goldberg Doodle  —  Google arguably has the most interesting logo for July 4th celebrations of all the search engines today.  Google put together a Doodle that celebrated the fourth of July and at the same time, commemorates the birthday of Rube Goldberg …
Larry Hardesty / MIT:
Computer automatically deciphers ancient language  —  A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.  —  Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office  —  In his 2002 book Lost Languages, Andrew Robinson …
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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Now Parents Can Hire a Hall Monitor for the Web  —  FEAR can be good for business.  Just ask the multibillion-dollar insurance industry, for example.  Or companies like LifeLock and TrustedID, which monitor people's credit reports for fraudulent transactions to protect against identity theft.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Why Carriers Still Hold the Key to Handset Sales  —  Microsoft last week was forced to pull the plug on the Kin, a two-phone lineup that debuted on Verizon Wireless just a few weeks ago.  As I discuss in my weekly column over at GigaOM Pro, the move is just the latest piece of evidence that …
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 …
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Arn / MacRumors:
ATI 5000 Series and GeForce GTX 480 Drivers Hint at Desktop Mac Updates
Discussion: Electronista and 9 to 5 Mac
John Foley / InformationWeek:
The FBI's Challenge: Collaborate More, But Stay Secure
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
Key net neutrality supporters hire former government officials to lobby
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Guardian Takes Next Step in Open Content Strategy With Blog Plugin
Network World:
Over 5 billion mobiles in 2010  —  Worldwide mobile subscriptions to exceed 5 billion
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mobile Media
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Foursquare Surpasses One Million Check-ins In A Single Day
Discussion: Screenwerk
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
MIT's Android optometry app could help you stop squinting all the time (video)
Discussion: Pulse2
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast increasing cable, Internet charges
Discussion: Pulse2