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7:20 AM ET, July 6, 2010

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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot, Erictric and CrunchGear
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!
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) …
Aaronontheweb:
.NET Culture Shock: Why .NET Adoption Lags Among Startups  —  One of the other things I took away from Code Camp was a bit of .NET culture shock.  As you can tell by glimpsing around on this blog, I am somewhat enamored with the idea of starting my own business.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The Andy Grove essay  —  Many of you have sent me this, and requested comment, thanks for the pointer.  Read the essay, here are a few remarks for perspective:  —  1. The current results on trade, wages, and jobs do not support his basic claims.  Those results are not definitive …
Discussion: madisonian.net
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Pending EU Law Could Force Apple to Allow Flash, Rivals to Sync With iTunes  —  Change in antitrust laws could have serious implications for many other companies as well  —  The European Union's European Commission, under the guidance of commissioner Neelie Kroes, has had no qualms with slamming U.S firms with massive antitrust fines.
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 …
CrunchGear:
How Steam stopped me from pirating games and enjoy the sweet DRM kool-aid  —  Note: A reader sent us this interesting take on Steam and DRM, but requested to stay anonymous due to the nature of the article.  We of course obliged.  —  Up until a few weeks ago, the last PC game I purchased …
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:bobcaswell
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Um, Why Exactly Is The NBA Paying Twitter To Promote LeBron James?  —  It's already fairly impossible to escape hearing about basketball star LeBron James these days.  It seems that no matter what TV channel you put on, what website you read, or what social media site you're on …
Discussion: Softpedia News and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
 
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Times of India:
Sify Technologies plans to lay global undersea cable
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Pulse2 and Computerworld
David Barboza / New York Times:
IPhone Supply Chain Highlights Rising Costs in China
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Prank leaves Justin Bieber facing tour of North Korea
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:titforrat
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
5 reasons why “leaked” HTC Vision is utter baloney
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jason L. Baptiste:
Email Newsletters Are Still A Serious Business
Discussion: StartupDigest
Royal Pingdom:
What it takes to be a top 100 website (charts)
Discussion: Pulse2
Zee / The Next Web:
Apple's app store, filled with “App farms” being used to steal.  [Examples]
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Brizzly CEO Shoots Down Foursquare Acq-Hire Speculation
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG confirms Android tablet for Q4 2010 launch, Froyo for Optimus Z