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12:25 PM ET, July 8, 2010

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Mic Wright / Electricpig.co.uk:
New iPod Touch: 5MP camera and FaceTime incoming?  Britain's top sellers say so  —  The new iPod Touch will come packing a 5MP camera with HD video shooting skills, according to John Lewis which has just spilled the new specs at its Xmas in July event in central London.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Pirate Bay Hack Exposes User Booty  —  Security weaknesses in the hugely popular file-sharing Web site thepiratebay.org have exposed the user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million Pirate Bay users, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.com.
Adam Z Lein / pocketnow.com:
Actually KIN Sold More Than 503 Devices  —  There's a rumor being perpetuated by Daring Fireball that Microsoft only sold 503 KIN devices.  Many other sites are picking up this posting as though it were true.  What I find interesting is that the KIN registers its Facebook app on Facebook …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Only Sold 503 Kin Phones, John Gruber Hears
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 …
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Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes.com:
YouTube Mobile Reaches 100 Million Daily Video Plays; Launches Updated Site
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is It Time to Stop Blogging and Start an Email Newsletter?  —  When entrepreneur Jason Calacanis shut down his blog in 2008 and replaced it with a subscription-only email newsletter, his move seemed to be more of a personal response to abusive reader comments rather than a leading indicator of a trend …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Twitter Now the World's Fastest Growing Search Engine  —  What is your search engine of choice?  Google?  Yahoo?  Bing?  Try Twitter.  —  According to cofounder Biz Stone, who spoke yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Twitter now reaches some 800 million search queries per day.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Reality Check: Twitter's Huge Search Query Numbers Are Very Inflated
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Leanback offers effortless viewing  —  A click here, a search there, a browse on this page — sometimes it can take more than a few flicks of the wrist and finger taps to get your daily dose of video.  Luckily, YouTube Leanback wants you to conserve your energy for actually watching more videos.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype's Innermost Security Layers Claimed To Be Reverse-Engineered  —  Internet telephony giant Skype may well have a significant security issue on its hands, TechCrunch has learned.  —  Someone claims to have reverse-engineered the proprietary encryption protocols Skype has put in place …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Touts Selling Power of Friendship  —  In Bid to Boost Revenue, Site Pitches ‘Social Context’ Ads to Major Marketers  —  Facebook Inc. is trying to rev up its advertising business with a little help from your friends.  —  The social-networking site is aggressively pitching …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Borders Group's Entry in E-Books May Herald Discounts  —  Intent on catching up in the fast-evolving e-book arena, retailer Borders Group Inc. is launching an e-bookstore with titles provided by Kobo Inc., the Canadian e-book retailer in which it has an investment stake.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Can Borders Unseat Amazon in the E-Book Market?
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
CNN's Octavia Nasr Leaving Network After Controversial Hezbollah Tweet  —  In the latest case of new media (or oversharing) gone wrong, CNN's Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr is leaving the company following the controversy caused by her tweet in praise of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Facebook To Enter Into Partnership With Friendster Buyer MOL  —  We're hearing that Facebook and Malaysian payments company MOL Global will be holding a press conference shortly to announce a significant new partnership around gaming and payments in Asia.
Alex Smith / AndroidSPIN:
T-Mobile's End of the Year Road Map Leaked  —  Well, Folks, it looks like T-Mobile has some Android devices coming our way!  After the launch of the Motorola Charm and the Samsung Vibrant on July 21st, T-Mobile plans on launching 5 more Android devices before the years end.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New Laptop From Toshiba Is Lightweight and Speedy  —  For all the excitement about tablet computers, the traditional clamshell laptop still rules.  In fact, the computer industry is working hard to make it smaller, lighter and sleeker.  —  [ See post to watch video ]
Discussion: CNET News and Macsimum News
BBC:
BT and TalkTalk challenge Digital Economy Act  —  BT and TalkTalk are seeking a judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act, BBC News has learned.  —  The two internet service providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the act before it is implemented.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Apple Making New Push Into China  —  SHANGHAI — Although Apple is widely admired in China, most fans of its products here have been buying their iPhones, iPods and Mac computers from smugglers who operate through underground electronics markets.  The company has few sales outlets in the country …
Andy M. Zaky / AppleInsider:
Apple to enter a new golden age in 2010 with 70% earnings growth
  —  In the four years I've followed Apple (AAPL) grow from a mere mid-sized tech stock to becoming the second largest corporation in the United States in terms of market capitalization, I never imagined that it or any other company …
Discussion: Fortune
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How Facebook plans to get to its first billion users  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last month that it was almost guaranteed that Facebook would eventually hit 1 billion users.  But with developed countries largely tapped and the social network's growth slowing in both raw …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies … The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.
Michael Iams / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone Adds Spoken Street Names and Supports iOS 4  —  Last week we announced the new MapQuest.com and today we've got some big news for mobile: MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone version 2.0 debuts!  We listened to all your feedback and now this new version speaks street names aloud …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Jennifer Baker / Computerworld:
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The New Digg Is More Social But Less Unique
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Tech groups oppose Internet sales tax legislation
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Sarah Nahm / Google Chrome Blog:
100 Chrome Experiments and counting!
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft job cuts in hundreds, scattered across the company
Mahendra / Skeptic Geek:
Googler's Take on Social Networking Reveals Chinks in Facebook's Armor