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4:05 AM ET, July 7, 2010

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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.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Is Capping Upload Data Speeds  —  Uh, this better be temporary.  We gush about the iPhone 4's hot new upload speeds, and AT&T takes it away.  Upload speeds in several cities, like New York, are capped at 100kbps—1/10th of what iPhone 4's capable of.  —  That's the reportage …
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 …
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.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google's Display Advertising Plans Include Gmail, YouTube  —  Proprietary Properties, Third-Party Network and Efficiency Are Search Giant's Strategies for Success  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — For a company that has made a big business of indexing third-party websites, a substantial part …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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: AppleInsider
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad not eating Mac sales, says analyst  —  The slight cannibalization of iPods seen in NPD's data could actually be good for Apple  —  Piper Jaffray's (PJC) Gene Munster was the first Apple (AAPL) analyst to dissect the domestic retail sales data released Tuesday by the NPD Group.
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
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Android Helps HTC Sales Jump 63% in Second Quarter  —  Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has posted financial numbers for June and the company has realized a 63 percent gain in revenues for the second quarter over the previous year.  HTC is the largest producer of Android phones globally …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple releases MobileMe iDisk for iPad, adds multitasking to iPhone version  —  Today, Apple has released an update to their popular MobileMe iDisk application to include iPad compatibility.  The free app is now a single universal binary that works to its full potential across all iOS devices running iOS 3.1.3 or above.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook Credits won't contribute to profits for “several years”  —  Facebook's emerging virtual currency Credits may look like the cornerstone of a significant new source of profits for the social network, but the virtual currency won't add to the company's bottom line for awhile …
 
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
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Rob Crossley / Develop:
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Twitter's Official BlackBerry App Exits Beta
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
Tony Romm / The Politico:
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Bluetooth Version 4.0 to Feature Low Energy Technology
Emily Brill / The Daily Beast:
Harvard vs. Steve Jobs
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Is Flattr the new Facebook Like, but this time with real money?
David / TmoNews:
Motorola Charm In The Wild, Material Arriving In Stores?