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10:40 AM ET, July 9, 2010

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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google says China has renewed Web page license  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Friday that the Chinese authorities had renewed its license to operate a website, averting a potential shutdown of its flagship search page in the world's biggest Internet market.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google Search Compromise Earns China License Renewal  —  China's Ministry Of Information has renewed Google's license to operate in the country - but only after the search engine agreed not to redirect users to its uncensored Hong Kong site.  —  Instead, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) …
Paul Denlinger / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Is Still In Big Trouble In China
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
New Apple TV Will Push 99 Cent Streaming TV Rentals  —  Apple is about to get a lot more serious about its “hobby” with the next release of its Apple TV set-top box, as sources say that the software company will look to push a new streaming rental service that will offer up individual TV episodes for 99 cents.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Why Facebook Killed A $100 Million Baby  —  This evening Facebook announced that they will officially kill the company's gift shop on August 1st of this year.  Currently generating tens of millions of dollars for the company a year, one has to wonder why the company would take such dramatic steps.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Official Google Australia Blog:
We're sorry  —  A couple of years ago, Google started collecting WiFi network information via our Street View cars to improve location-based services like search and maps.  In May, we announced that we had also mistakenly been collecting publicly broadcast payload data (information sent over the network).
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Kristen Gelineau / Associated Press:
Australia: Google Street View broke privacy law
Discussion: Erictric and Mashable!
Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 4 bursts into flames, burns hand  —  One of our very close AT&T sources just sent us in these images.  Yes, it's a fried iPhone 4.  Apparently a customer brought the phone into the store to try and get help with it, although it's pretty evident that the phone is unrepairable.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple-backed SproutCore takes on Flash in race to deliver multitouch web apps  —  SproutCore, the open source “Rich Internet Apps” framework Apple adopted and invested in to construct its online MobileMe suite of web apps and its iWork.com service, is taking on a larger life of its own …
Discussion: Fast Company
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google's Street View ‘snoops’ on Congress members  —  Google's popular Street View project may have collected personal information of members of Congress, including some involved in national security issues.  —  The claim was made by leading advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog which wants Congress …
Mark Knichel / Gmail Blog:
Rich text signatures  —  Rich text signatures have long been one of our most widely requested features.  Some of you have tried your own solutions, including Greasemonkey scripts, browser plugins, and even using canned responses from Gmail Labs.  Others have simply lived with frustration …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
iPhone Developer Throws Cold Water On Talk Of iAd's Stellar Performance  —  iPhone Developer Kenneth Ballenegger has put Apple's iAd network into a bit more context today after a report came out earlier, saying that one app was able to generate a jaw-dropping $1,400 in revenue in its first day.
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David Galbraith / David Galbraith's Blog:
Tim Berners-Lee.  Confirming The Exact Location Where the Web Was Invented  —  I wrote to Tim Berners-Lee after exploring CERN last week, looking for the location where the web was invented, his replies regarding the exact locations are below.  [ I've put up photos of the excursion as an Oobject list, here ]
Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Netgear aims to make home storage hip  —  The concept of a home storage appliance is not exactly a sexy topic, but Netgear hopes its latest products will help change that.  —  On Thursday, the company is showing off a new line of pricey but powerful gear aimed at streaming content through the home and beyond.
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Apple Opens Access to iTunes Library on iOS?  DJ Apps to Follow, Flare Ships First  —  Developers for iPhone, iPod touch, and now the iPad have long complained about lack of access to the iTunes library, the file store and metadata for uploaded files.  While version 3. of the OS provided …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NTP Sues Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Over Wireless Email Patents  —  NTP, which claims to have founded the technology of which wireless emails are based, has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC Corp, LG Electronics, Microsoft Corporation, and Motorola, in the United States District Court …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
House votes to block Net porn on government PCs  —  A recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives seemed straightforward enough: government computers must block viewing or downloading porn.  —  After all, a series of news reports have highlighted, in scandalous detail …
Discussion: Maximum PC, Fudzilla and Nextgov.com
Smw / Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Droid Does Trillian: Trillian for Android is coming!  —  Because we can't handle any more blog comments or emails about it, we're tipping our hand - Trillian for Android is on the way!  Check out the awesome screenshots and detailed information after the jump, and be sure to tell all your friends so they stop emailing us.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
NextStop Deal Is All About Facebook's Unquenchable Thirst For Top Talent  —  Earlier today, Facebook acquired NextStop, a social travel recommendation service.  There's been some speculation as to why this deal went down.  Is Facebook getting into the travel space?  Is this about their unlaunched location offering?
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook acquires activity-recommendations startup Nextstop
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Hulu May Launch Ad-Free Premium App  —  The TV streaming service Hulu, which recently launched a paid subscription product, Hulu Plus is not averse to the idea of launching an even more expensive ad-free version, CEO Jason Kilar told me on Wednesday in a chat.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Hulu's Kilar: Ad-Free Hulu Plus Option Is ‘Theoretical’
 
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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Fring iPhone App Supports Video Calls Over 3G to Any Fring or Skype User
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Phony Twitter Profiles Aim to Outwit Spammers
European Public Policy Blog:
Street View driving update
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
AOL's MapQuest Looks to Wikipedia Model for Mapping
pluGGd.in:
Access Internet via SMS and Voice - HP Launches SiteonMobile
Discussion: Download Squad and PC World, Thanks:cnha
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
U.S. eavesdropping agency says Private Citizen is purely R&D
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The Lack Of Tech IPOs Is Holding Back Job Expansion Says Leading VC
Daniel Wallis / Reuters:
Venezuela arrests two for banking rumor Tweets
Discussion: The Next Web
Economist:
You bet  —  Attempts to ban online gaming are doomed to fail.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
OLPC to add multitouch screen to future XO-1.75 laptop
Discussion: Electronista, Maximum PC and CrunchGear
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Experian: Bing gains 7 percent, Google down 1 point in U.S.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Makes Another Major Product Exec Hire From Microsoft
Discussion: paidContent