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12:15 PM ET, July 6, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Employees Challenged To Crack Facebook Security, Succeed  —  Apparently Facebook noticed the slap down that the FTC gave Twitter in June because it “failed to prevent unauthorized administrative control of its system.”  Shortly afterwards one of the senior engineers at Facebook responsible for SRE …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Relativity + Netflix Stream Pact Pushes Pay TV  —  In a deal that may change the landscape of pay television deals, Relativity Media and Netflix are gearing up to announce an alliance in which the online streaming service will exclusively release Relativity movies in what would otherwise …
Gizmodo:
AT&T Is Capping Upload Data Speeds  —  Uh, this better be temporary.  We gush about the iPhone 4's hot new upload speeds, and AT&T takes it away.  Upload speeds in several cities, like New York, are capped at 100kbps—1/10th of what iPhone 4's capable of.  —  That's the reportage …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds on iTunes fraud, vaguely confirms said fraud  —  Over the weekend we saw reports of what appeared to be fraud occurring in the iTunes system — namely, a rogue developer had somehow managed to snag 42 of the top 50 sales positions in the App Store's “book” category with seemingly bogus content.
Wall Street Journal:
MySpace Ads Up for Grabs  —  News Corp. is in discussions with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. about replacing MySpace's crucial search-advertising partnership with Google, which expires next month, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Under the existing deal …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TweetUp Buys Android Twitter Client Twidroid And News Aggregator Popurls  —  Twitter search and advertising platform operator TweetUp this morning announced that it had acquired Twidroid, creator of the popular Twitter client for Android phones.  The new owner will rename the app Twidroyd …
Government Technology News:
California Launches News Aggregator Website  —  California has launched a news hub that, in real time, compiles and updates its many agencies' Twitter, RSS and YouTube news feeds.  —  The news aggregator site, unveiled Friday, July 2, collects in one place content from more than 200 department and agency sources.
Discussion: BaltTech and The Next Web
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Sony Is Latest to Cut E-Reader Prices  —  Faced with competition from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Sony has slashed the prices of its U.S. Reader electronic e-book readers line.  The move comes after Amazon and Barnes & Noble cut the price for the Kindle and Nook, and is the second price cut from Sony this year.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
What's It Like to Work at Google?  —  Over at Reddit, people who work at Google are invited to tell what it's really like there.  Knowing that some replies posted in such threads may be fake, here are three comments, from the negative to the positive.  CinoBoo writes: I've been there for about 5 years.
Discussion: Mashable!
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Android Helps HTC Sales Jump 63% in Second Quarter  —  Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has posted financial numbers for June and the company has realized a 63 percent gain in revenues for the second quarter over the previous year.  HTC is the largest producer of Android phones globally …
BBC:
Government spends thousands on iPhone apps  —  BBC News has learnt that the Government has spent tens of thousands of pounds developing iPhone applications.  —  A Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that development costs ranged from £10,000 - £40,000.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nokia Slims Down, Sells Modem Business  —  Nokia today announced plans to sell its wireless modem business to Renesas Electronics for approximately $200 million.  Assets included in the transfer — planned for the fourth quarter of 2010 pending any regulatory approvals …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Is Flattr the new Facebook Like, but this time with real money?  —  Flattr is a new startup with an inovative business model, coming out of Sweden.  In fact it's the brainchild of a group of people formerly associated with The [infamous] Pirate Bay, including Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
IBM's Hot-Water Supercomputer Goes Live  —  A close-up of the IBM Aquasar server blade shows the piping and processor enclosures supporting the water-cooling system.  —  IBM has delivered a supercomputer cooled by hot water to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Global chip sales rise 47.6 percent from a year ago as electronics sales recover  —  Global chip sales continued to recover in May with sales up 4.5 percent from April and 47.6 percent from a year ago, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.  —  Sales in May were $24.7 billion …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Maximum PC
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Studies User Downloads to Hone Mobile Ads, Take on Google  —  Apple Inc., with a storehouse of billions of music, movie and software downloads, is studying the buying habits of many of its 150 million iTunes users to show more appealing mobile ads and fuel competition with Google Inc.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker Lawsuit Doesn't Affect BitTorrent Downloads  —  In recent years copyright holders have been trying to find creative ways to turn piracy into profit, with some success.  One way to make money from file-sharers is to collect the IP-addresses of the people sharing a particular file …
David / TmoNews:
Motorola Charm In The Wild, Material Arriving In Stores?  —  Well what have we here, the very first image of the Motorola Basil/Charm in the wild!  Sent via pony express our source was able to get a small hands on last week with the device and came away with one interesting worthy note …
 
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Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony wedding content with its hardware
Rob Arcamona / MediaShift:
What the Viacom vs. YouTube Verdict Means for Copyright Law
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The Andy Grove essay
Discussion: madisonian.net
CrunchGear:
How Steam stopped me from pirating games and enjoy the sweet DRM kool-aid
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:bobcaswell
Times of India:
Sify Technologies plans to lay global undersea cable
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Pulse2 and Computerworld
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Prank leaves Justin Bieber facing tour of North Korea
Discussion: Fast Company, AppScout and Boing Boing, Thanks:titforrat
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Um, Why Exactly Is The NBA Paying Twitter To Promote LeBron James?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
5 reasons why “leaked” HTC Vision is utter baloney
Aaronontheweb:
.NET Culture Shock: Why .NET Adoption Lags Among Startups
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Overbite Project brings Gopher protocol to Android
Discussion: TeleRead
Decca Aitkenhead / Guardian:
Clay Shirky: ‘Paywall will underperform’
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
UberCab Takes The Hassle Out Of Booking A Car Service
Discussion: Newlaunches.com