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10:05 AM ET, July 7, 2010

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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Android 2.2 demolishes iOS4 in JavaScript benchmarks  —  Google's Android mobile operating system got some significant performance improvements in version 2.2, codenamed Froyo.  A high-performance JIT was introduced in Android's Dalvik runtime environment and the browser got some very deep optimizations.
Tim Partridge / YouTube Blog:
Life in a Day  —  Every day, 6.7 billion people view the world through their own unique lens.  Imagine if there was a way to collect all of these perspectives, to aggregate and mold them into the cohesive story of a single day on earth.  —  Today, we're excited to announce the launch of …
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Sarah Boesveld / Globe and Mail:
YouTube, Ridley Scott embark on global film experiment
Mike Beltzner / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 4 Beta 1: Tell us what you think!  —  Firefox 4 Beta 1 is now ready to download and test!  This first version gives an early look at what's planned for Firefox 4.  Stay tuned, because there is more to come and we plan to release new beta versions every two to three weeks.
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Simon Mackie / WebWorkerDaily:
This Just In: Firefox is Still Slow
Discussion: Computerworld and Maximum PC
Apple MobileMe News:
Preview the New MobileMe Calendar Beta  —  A completely new version of MobileMe Calendar is now available as a beta on me.com.  —  To sign up, go to me.com/calendar and click “Request an invitation.”  You will receive an email notification when you have been added to the beta …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
AppleCare: The iPhone 4 Update Won't Solve the Antenna Problem  —  AppleCare has confirmed what we already knew: The incoming software update won't fix the iPhone 4's transmission and reception problems.  They acknowledged the antenna problem exists, offering the same solution as before: Buy a case or hold the iPhone differently.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft pruning more jobs  —  Microsoft is preparing to make a new round of job cuts as early as tomorrow, according to people with knowledge of the situation, but the unconfirmed numbers we're hearing are relatively small in the scheme of things — far less than the thousands of jobs cut by the company last year.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple looking for ‘iTunes Fraud Prevention Specialist’, did they know an incident was looming?  —  What a coincidence; just days prior to the July 4th App Store fraud incident, Apple set out to find a specialist to deal with fraud in the iTunes store and its components.
Discussion: Faster Forward and Engadget
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Chris Morrison / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's June 2010 US Traffic by Age and Sex: Users Aged 18-44 Take a Break  —  [Editor's Note: The data cited in this article is excerpted from Inside Facebook Gold, our membership service tracking Facebook's business and growth around the world.  Please see Inside Facebook Gold to learn …
Discussion: Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Foursquare Launches Location Layers - This is Big  —  Looking at life through rose-colored glasses?  How about walking through your town and seeing it as the Huffington Post or the Independent Film Channel sees it?  IFC announced a new campaign this morning with leading location-based social …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Best Buy Connect wireless service is official, offers contract-free plans  —  We'll admit that we never took Best Buy as the kind of company to sell its own wireless service, but you know what Best Buy does sell?  Laptops with unlocked WWAN modems, and to that end, the retailer's Best Buy …
Mike Hanlon / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
Canon Wonder Camera Concept displayed at Expo 2010  —  One of the more remarkable technological innovations amongst hundreds currently on display at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai can be found in the Japanese Pavilion where major sponsors Canon, Panasonic and Toyota are all showing their visions of the future.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft takes aim again at Web developers with new WebMatrix tool suite  —  Back in 2003, Microsoft had a plan to attract Web site developers to the Microsoft platform with a skunkworks project called WebMatrix.  On July 7, 2010, Microsoft brought back that discontinued effort …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter search queries up 33 percent from April to 800 million per day  —  Twitter is supporting 800 million queries a day, or 33 percent more than it said it was handling back in April, according to co-founder Biz Stone, who spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival today.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Angry Researchers Disclose Windows Zero-day Bug  —  An anonymous group of security researchers last week published information about an unpatched Windows bug, saying that they were disclosing the vulnerability because of the way Microsoft treated a colleague.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle dual-screen e-reader patent granted, Barnes & Noble Nook potentially in trouble  —  Looks like the battle for e-reader dominance between Amazon and Barnes & Noble could soon expand beyond the recent spate of price drops and into the courtroom as well: the USPTO just granted …
Amber Naslund / Brass Tack Thinking:
How Fast Company Confused Ego with Influence … ambercleveland  —  Amber, I am really sorry that it wasn't what you expected today.  Just thought you might like to know that from a listener perspective, I heard a lot of great things.  Some of them I have heard before …
Dan Reed / USA Today:
Less than 10% of fliers are logging onto Wi-Fi in the air  —  Wi-Fi connections in the air may not be the magical service capability that some in the travel world had hoped.  —  Although airlines and providers of the service says they're pleased with consumer response …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome starts learning which way is up  —  Google has begun work on a new item on a long list of technologies designed to make applications running on the Web more competitive with those that run natively on a machine's operating system: an interface to know which way is up.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Magazine Walls Off its Web Site: Will You Pay Up?  —  Want to read the cover story of this week's Time magazine?  Whip out your wallet: You can only get all of Steve Brill's piece on lobbying and financial reform via Time's print edition, or its new iPad app.
Reuters:
Google's China webpage license under review: government  —  (Reuters) - Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday.  —  “Google's annual check-in is under way,” Wang Lijian …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Wikipedia to Add Meaning to Its Pages  —  The online encyclopedia is exploring ways to embrace the semantic Web.  —  As a global resource built from the spare time of millions of volunteers, Wikipedia may be the epitome of Web 2.0.  But the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AP Not Amused By The Woot Story, Tries To Play The Oil Spill Card  —  Oh those jokesters over at the AP — the fun never ends!  Last night, we wrote a post noting that Woot was (humorously) calling out the AP for not following their own ridiculous rules when quoting from content.
 
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Borders launches e-bookstore and new smartphone apps
Discussion: Fast Company
Tim O'Reilly:
Frustrated by flamebait NY reporting in Microsoft story
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook Credits won't contribute to profits for “several years”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Schmidt and Zuck Peel Away from the Pack in Sun Valley
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Sony: Devs to help build the next PlayStation
 Earlier Items: 
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google's Display Advertising Plans Include Gmail, YouTube
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Verizon ad mocks iPhone 4's antenna woes
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Silicon Valley: D.C. doesn't get tech
Discussion: ZDNet
Brad Stone / Bits:
Regulators Prepare to Dig Into Google-ITA Deal
Discussion: WebProNews, Xconomy and Tnooz
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Is Capping Upload Data Speeds