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11:40 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  —  Mozilla released the first beta of Firefox 4 yesterday.  In addition to offering a spiffy, new interface and a whole host of new features, including enhanced HTML5 and WebM video support, the latest version should be faster.
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 …
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.
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Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
The KIN-fusing KIN-clusion to KIN, and FY11 Microsoft Layoff Rumors
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola's New Android Phone Looks Like A BlackBerry (MOT, GOOG, RIMM)  —  Look out, RIM... Motorola's newest Android phone is going after the mid-to-low-end BlackBerry buyer, which has fueled a lot of RIM's growth in the last few years.  —  The new Motorola Charm will go on sale at T-Mobile this summer.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:   Motorola Charm official for T-Mobile: portrait QWERTY Android at long last
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.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple looking for ‘iTunes Fraud Prevention Specialist’ [Update: Apple yanks job post]  —  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.
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 and Softpedia News
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.
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 …
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.
Melissa Eddy / Associated Press:
Germany takes legal steps against Facebook  —  BERLIN — A German data protection official said Wednesday he launched legal proceedings against Facebook, which he accused of illegally accessing and saving personal data of people who don't use the social networking site.
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 …
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.
IDC:
Worldwide Semiconductor Revenues Will Increase to $295 Billion in 2011 and Surpass $340 Billion in 2014, According to IDC  —  International Data Corporation (IDC) expects global semiconductor revenue to reach $274 billion, $295 billion, and $344 billion in 2010, 2011, and 2014, respectively …
Discussion: Network World and EE Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Reuters:
Google's China webpage license under review: government
Discussion: eWeek
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”
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Sony: Devs to help build the next PlayStation
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AP Not Amused By The Woot Story, Tries To Play The Oil Spill Card
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Verizon ad mocks iPhone 4's antenna woes
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider