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5:20 AM ET, July 8, 2010

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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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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 …
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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Only Sold 503 Kin Phones, John Gruber Hears (MSFT)
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.
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft job cuts in hundreds, scattered across the company  —  As expected, Microsoft today is proceeding with job cuts in targeted areas of its global workforce, delivering layoff notices in selected groups as part of the strategic realignment that the company traditionally makes at the beginning of its fiscal year.
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 ]
Casey Tschida / App Advice:
iPhone 4 LED Flashlight Apps Begin To Light Up The App Store  —  As we reported a week ago, developers have noticed and taken advantage of the LED flash feature on the iPhone 4 to create updated flashlight apps.  At the time of that post, these apps had just begun the App Store approval process …
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mahendra / Skeptic Geek:
Googler's Take on Social Networking Reveals Chinks in Facebook's Armor  —  Paul Adams, lead for User Research for Social at Google, shared a presentation a few days back that was picked up by Venture Beat among others.  I am sharing it here along with my own thoughts as I think it deserves a closer look.
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
Discussion: Tech Eye, The Next Web and Pulse2
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.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Crack the Code in Cyber Command's Logo  —  The U.S. military's new Cyber Command is headquartered at Ft. Meade, Maryland, one of the military's most secretive and secure facilities.  Its mission is largely opaque, even inside the armed forces.  But the there's another mystery surrounding the emerging unit.
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 …
Rob Glaser / VentureBeat:
The Superphone is unstoppable  —  Rob Glaser is chairman of RealNetworks and a venture partner at Accel.  He will be moderating a mobile investing panel at our MobileBeat 2010 conference on July 12 — the conference theme, not coincidentally, is “The Year of the Superphone.”
Discussion: TechStartups.com and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Is Yahoo Dead?  I Don't Think So.  Who Else With This Scale Can Be Neutral?  —  I'm sure you've noticed, but there's a major battle underway for the hearts and minds of what we, in this industry, broadly call “developers.”  Often the term is used quite strictly, to mean actual coders …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Viacom acquires developer Social Express as MTV Networks dives into social games (exclusive)  —  Viacom's MTV Networks has acquired social game developer Social Express as part of its inaugural entry into the hot social gaming market, VentureBeat has learned.
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The New Digg Is More Social But Less Unique  —  For more than a year, Digg has been working on a major redesign of the popular link-sharing site, one that makes the social features of the site much more obvious, encouraging users to “follow” their friends and subscribe to preferred sources.
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Michelle Donegan / Light Reading:
T-Mobile HSPA+ Smartphone Due in September  —  T-Mobile USA plans to launch the first smartphone for its newly upgraded evolved High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) network in September.  —  The device will be manufactured by High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) and will run on Google …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Hulu's Jason Kilar Talks About Plus, IPO, Renovations and More!  —  This week on BoomTown's grand summer tour of digital Los Angeles, I popped into the Santa Monica, Calif., offices of Hulu, the premium online video distributor that has been one of the few big and innovative hits for Hollywood in the digital sector.
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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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Tech groups oppose Internet sales tax legislation
Sarah Nahm / Google Chrome Blog:
100 Chrome Experiments and counting!
Discussion: Softpedia News
Robert J. Moore / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Is Five Times Larger Than Gowalla And Growing 75 Percent Faster Every Day
Discussion: TechStartups.com
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
For ‘Hurt Locker’ sharers, good and bad news
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Next Big Play After Travel - Gaming?
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pew: More Americans Access The Internet Than Play Games On Mobile Phones
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Facebook Movie Will Not Be Using Facebook to Market the Facebook Movie
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Google Should Ban Its Own Help Pages — But Also Shouldn't
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T identifies Alcatel-Lucent as slow upload culprit, fix in the works
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Xbox Live Sales Probably Topped $1 Billion for the First Time