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11:50 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  —  By granting ICP (Internet Content Provider) license renewal for one year to Google, the Chinese government showed political savvy to the world, defusing a thorny issue.  Many China observers were expecting the worse to happen …
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 and Switched
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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 …
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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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 …
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, Maximum PC, Fudzilla and Nextgov.com
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.
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 ]
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
AOL's MapQuest Looks to Wikipedia Model for Mapping  —  MapQuest, the No. 2 Internet-mapping service after Google's, is taking the first steps toward a Wikipedia-like model — in which users would generate the maps themselves and combine the results for everyone to use.
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.
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 …
 
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Mobile Connections: Over 5 Billion Served
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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: AppScout and 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: Maximum PC
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
RPT-MySpace sale reports are “fabrications” - News Corp exec
Discussion: Pulse2, Guardian and ZDNet
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Makes Another Major Product Exec Hire From Microsoft
Discussion: paidContent