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12:30 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.
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
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 …
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.
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  —  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 …
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 …
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Bloomberg:   Nokia Asks Russian Police to Get Smartphone Back From Blogger
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
Discussion: ZDNet and SoftSailor
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: All Facebook
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
EU Regulators Taking “Very Careful” Look At Google  —  Just after Google announced the widely anticipated acquisition of travel data and software company ITA I was told by Google PR that European authorities weren't going to get a chance to approve or disapprove the deal because ITA's EU revenues were …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Dominates Third-Party Logins For All But News  —  More and more, we're logging in to websites using our credentials from sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo.  But who's leading in the battle of the third-party login?  What login do we chose when it comes to entertainment sites like MTV?
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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 …
 
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IDC:
Worldwide Semiconductor Revenues Will Increase to $295 Billion …
Discussion: Network World and EE Times
Reuters:
Google's China webpage license under review: government
Discussion: eWeek
Mike Hanlon / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
Canon Wonder Camera Concept displayed at Expo 2010
Discussion: Gizmodo and Obsessable, Thanks:imtimhanlon
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Wikipedia to Add Meaning to Its Pages
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Tim O'Reilly:
Frustrated by flamebait NY reporting in Microsoft story
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Schmidt and Zuck Peel Away from the Pack in Sun Valley
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Foursquare Launches Location Layers - This is Big