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1:50 PM 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 to no longer automatically redirect users to its uncensored Hong Kong site.
Paul Denlinger / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Is Still In Big Trouble In China
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.
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Reuters:
Google's Schmidt undaunted by Apple or Facebook  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt rejected any notion that Apple Inc or Facebook presented a threat to the web search leader's business.
Discussion: MacNN
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Larry Page: Jobs is rewriting history  —  According to the Google founder, Steve Jobs' assessment of Google's Android entering into the iPhone's market is revisionist history.  —  In a briefing Thursday at the Allen & Co's Sun Valley conference, Google (GOOG) co-founders Larry Page …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
YouTube Starts $5 Million Fund to Finance Original Videos  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In a cautious move into the original content business, search titan Google announced that its YouTube property has created a $5 million fund to help finance more original videos.
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Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:   Investing in the Future of Video: YouTube Announces Partner Grant Program
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.
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
An In-Depth Look at How People Are Using the iPad  —  Resolve Market Research has just completed a comprehensive study that looks at how the iPad is being used, and how the iPad is impacting other technology devices like e-readers, portable gaming consoles and netbooks.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Massive NYC Billboard Nets Gowalla A Whopping 84 Checkins From 64 People  —  So much for the idea that a giant New Jersey Nets billboard was going to move the needle for Gowalla, the mobile/location/social startup that is losing badly to Foursquare.  —  As you may have heard …
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.
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: Mashable!
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
What is Apple Planning on Making with this 3x3cm Touch Screen?  —  Tw.apple.pro posts a few images of an Apple-branded touch screen that only measures 3x3 centimeters.  The site has been a source of early parts for Apple products in the past, including white iPhone 4 parts and MacBook Pro enclosures.
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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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.
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Fring iPhone App Supports Video Calls Over 3G to Any Fring or Skype User  —  I just had a videochat over 3G and it was the most amazing thing I've experienced all day.  There was some lag, voice quality wasn't perfect, and video was sometimes jittery.  But I loved every minute of it.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Googler And White House Staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton Heads To Twitter  —  Twitter has made another key hire today: former Google vet and White House and State Department staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton.  According to Stanton's Tweet stream, she will be leaving her role at the State Department for greener pastures at Twitter.
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: GMSV, Fudzilla, Maximum PC and Nextgov.com
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zillow taking over Yahoo's real estate listings  —  Zillow and Yahoo Real Estate just announced a partnership where the popular real estate startup will take over Yahoo's home for-sale listings and also work with Yahoo on advertising.  —  This follows a number of similar announcements from Yahoo …
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 ]
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
 
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Developer Told Posted Code Infringes Patents
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Mobile Connections: Over 5 Billion Served
Discussion: BBC and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Jim Wolf / Reuters:
U.S. eavesdropping agency says Private Citizen is purely R&D
Discussion: Techdirt
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The Lack Of Tech IPOs Is Holding Back Job Expansion Says Leading VC