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7:40 AM ET, July 7, 2010

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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  —  A man in Oslo brushing his teeth.  A preteen in Vancouver playing an acoustic guitar.  A woman in Zimbabwe sowing seeds in a garden near her hut.  —  These kinds of everyday moments are just the thing YouTube hopes to compile …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds on iTunes fraud, vaguely confirms said fraud (update)  —  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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, Erictric and PhoneDog.com
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Schmidt and Zuck Peel Away from the Pack in Sun Valley  —  It is night one at the Allen and Company conference in Sun Valley, and the moguls are trickling in.  —  They are also getting down to business.  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Explains What @EarlyBird Is: It's All About Distributing Advertiser Deals  —  ReadWriteWeb had a solid scoop last week when it uncovered Twitter was set to go live with an account called @EarlyBird.  Well, it has just gone live, with a tweet pointing to this page where the company explains what it's all about.
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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Random DROID X Orders Arriving Early?  —  We're not really even sure where to go with this because it might be the oddest Droid X news we've reported, but one of our readers just sent in photos of what appears to be a Droid X straight from Verizon Wireless Customer Care.
Tim O'Reilly:
Frustrated by flamebait NY reporting in Microsoft story  —  I was rather dismayed to find words put into my mouth in Ashee Vance's story http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/ technology/05soft.html?pagewanted= all The author wrote an opinion piece, but wrote it as if he were reporting comments I'd made.
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Verizon ad mocks iPhone 4's antenna woes  —  Add one more bullet point to the list of things Droid does: Taunt the iPhone in increasingly public displays of mockery.  Verizon placed a full-page ad in The New York Times this week to tease the imminent arrival of the next version …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider
 
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook Credits won't contribute to profits for “several years”
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Sony: Devs to help build the next PlayStation
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Alleged Wikileaks source charged with leaking classified files
Discussion: CNN and ZDNet
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Wants You to Know How its Ads Work
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google's Display Advertising Plans Include Gmail, YouTube
Discussion: The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Silicon Valley: D.C. doesn't get tech
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Regulators Prepare to Dig Into Google-ITA Deal
Discussion: WebProNews, Xconomy and Tnooz
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Android Helps HTC Sales Jump 63% in Second Quarter
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Is Capping Upload Data Speeds