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5:15 PM 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.
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
The KIN-fusing KIN-clusion to KIN, and FY11 Microsoft Layoff Rumors  —  Get out of the way Microsoft Bob, you have a replacement that Microsoft's Gen-Y employees can claim for their own!  It's spelled K-I-N.  —  KIN's demise can't surprise anyone.  When I looked at the phone's features …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Rank And File Felt “Embarrassment All Over Campus” From Kin Failure (MSFT)  —  Microsoft's Kin failure sank morale at the company's Redmond campus according to an employee who emailed us after the news broke.  —  “Embarrassment all over campus from the rank and file about the Kin announcement,” says this Microsoftie.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T identifies Alcatel-Lucent as slow upload culprit, fix in the works  —  As we'd suspected, AT&T isn't intentionally limiting upload speeds on iPhone 4s in some markets where things suddenly got slow over the weekend.  Or that's the company's claim, anyhow — and seeing how they're actually calling …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Mobile Goes HTML5, Video Quality Beats Native Apps Hands Down  —  If you've got a phone with an HTML5 compliant browser, you'll probably want to check out YouTube's new mobile site, which is rolling out over the next few hours at m.youtube.com.  It's a major upgrade from the old mobile web app …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, AppScout and Mashable!
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google Makes the iPhone YouTube App Obsolete  —  What's the difference between the new version of YouTube's mobile Web site and the Apple-created YouTube application that is installed on every iPhone?  The Web site is a lot better.  At least that's the subtext of a video that YouTube released …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Asks Russian Police to Get Smartphone Back From Blogger  —  By Diana ben-Aaron and Anastasia Ustinova  —  Nokia Oyj, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, asked the Russian police to help retrieve a smartphone prototype from a Moscow-based blogger who riled the company by posting information it calls confidential.
Discussion: The Next Web and Pulse2
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Phil / Nokia Conversations:
Legal action against Eldar Murtazin - official statement  —  ESPOO, Finland - Various rumours have been circulating regarding the Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin.  This is to clarify the current situation.  Nokia takes all matters relating to the security of its products …
Rachael King / Bloomberg:
Apple's IPad Wins Corporate Converts at Wells Fargo, SAP  —  Wells Fargo & Co. spent two years studying the iPhone before letting bankers use the device at work.  Apple Inc.'s iPad, released in April, took just weeks to get cleared.  —  This time around, safeguards against security breaches …
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 …
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
Fast Company Influence Project Pisses Off Online Influencers  —  BECAUSE THAT'S HOW INFLUENCE IS MEASURED.  Nowadays.  Apparently.  By tricking one's friends into pimping generic product.  What is this, Amway?  —  Hope you used protection.  —  Radian6's Amber Naslund fell for it …
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Amber Naslund / Brass Tack Thinking:
How Fast Company Confused Ego with Influence
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Dominates Third-Party Logins For All But News  —  More and more, we're logging into websites using our credentials from sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo.  But which one is leading in the battle of the third-party login?  What login do we chose when it comes to entertainment sites like MTV?
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Source: No broad job cuts planned at Microsoft  —  Microsoft may eliminate some jobs as it begins a new fiscal year, however the company is not expected to undergo massive layoffs along the lines of what it did last year, when thousands of jobs were eliminated, according to a source.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Microsoft Blog
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft pruning more jobs
Chris Morrison / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's June 2010 US Traffic by Age and Sex: Users Aged 18-44 Take a Growth 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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Facebook Movie Will Not Be Using Facebook to Market the Facebook Movie  —  You might think a huge target audience and golden marketing opportunity for a high-profile Hollywood movie on Facebook, titled “The Social Network,” would be the 500 million members of Facebook.  —  Maybe not so much.
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.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Xbox Live Sales Probably Topped $1 Billion for the First Time  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox Live online video-game service probably broke the $1 billion revenue mark for the first time in the year that just ended, helped by sales of movies, avatar accessories and extra game levels.
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Console Makers in Talks to Add 3G  —  TOKYO—Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc. is in talks with videogame-device makers about adding 3G network connections to the next generation of hand-held consoles in a push to expand connected-game play.  —  “Videogame makers know that in order …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hulu's Jason Kilar Talks About Plus, IPO, Renovations and More!
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Next Big Play After Travel - Gaming?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Google Should Ban Its Own Help Pages — But Also Shouldn't
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
AT&T Seeks a Piece of the $633B Mobile Payment Pie
Discussion: Computerworld and PR Newswire
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
Threat of ‘cyberwar’ has been hugely hyped
Discussion: Schneier on Security and Danger Room, Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Almost 65 Million Facebook Users “Like” Things Daily
Discussion: Technologizer and Macworld
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Eddy / Associated Press:
Germany takes legal steps against Facebook