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5:30 AM ET, July 9, 2010

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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.
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.
Discussion: Kenneth Ballenegger and yardley.ca, Thanks:atul
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone Developer Brags: $1,400 In iAd Revenue In One Day At $150 eCPM  —  Apple's iAds have started rolling out, and at least one iPhone developer is enjoying early returns, boasting of making $1,400 in ad revenue on the first day.  —  San Diego-based Jason Ting started selling an app yesterday …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's Location Feature Gets More Hands on Deck With Acquisition of Ex-Googler Startup NextStop  —  Facebook will unveil its entry into the location-based social networking space someday and today's acquisition of innovative trip-sharing service NextStop will undoubtedly influence what Facebook users eventually get to see.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Close Its Virtual Giftshop August 1st  —  Those goofy ninja drawings, multicolored troll things, and birthday cakes adorning your Facebook wall are about to become collector's items.  Facebook has just announced that it is closing Facebook Gifts — a feature that launched …
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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.
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.
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 …
European Public Policy Blog:
Street View driving update  —  In May we announced that we had mistakenly included code in our software in Street View cars that collected WiFi payload data.  As soon as we discovered our error, we not only stopped collecting WiFi data entirely, but also grounded our fleet of cars globally …
Discussion: Associated Press and Inside Google
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:   Google's Street View ‘snoops’ on Congress members
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Phony Twitter Profiles Aim to Outwit Spammers  —  Approach could help software learn how to identify fake accounts with less honorable intentions.  —  It's not unusual to have user profiles on multiple social networks, or even separate accounts on sites like Twitter—one for work and one for play.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Hulu's Kilar: Ad-Free Hulu Plus Option Is ‘Theoretical’
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.
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.
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Jim Wolf / Reuters:   U.S. eavesdropping agency says Private Citizen is purely R&D
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Experian: Bing gains 7 percent, Google down 1 point in U.S.  —  This may not be enough to improve Microsoft morale after the Kin debacle and stealthy layoffs, but the company's search effort showed a healthy gain in the latest report from Experian Hitwise.  —  Bing share of U.S. searches grew 7 percent …
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.
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Microsoft Lays Claim To iPad's Page Curling Feature  —  The Courier may be dead, but we are still getting to see the innovations built by Microsoft back when development on Courier was still in its prime.  A patent application filed by Microsoft back in January 2009 describes the page curl feature …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe: Flash to take 3D graphics plunge  —  In a move that could keep ties with online games programmers strong, Adobe Systems is adding 3D graphics support to a coming version of its widely used browser plug-in.  —  The move is an important advancement for Flash, a software foundation …
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.
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.
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pluGGd.in:
Access Internet via SMS and Voice - HP Launches SiteonMobile
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:cnha
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 and CrunchGear
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
RPT-MySpace sale reports are “fabrications” - News Corp exec
Discussion: Guardian, ZDNet and Media Maverick
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Makes Another Major Product Exec Hire From Microsoft
Discussion: paidContent
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Toronto law firm preps Facebook privacy suit
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
NexTag Buys Product Reviews Site Wize
Discussion: PRWeb, alarm:clock and VatorNews
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Does It Matter How Many Kins Microsoft Sold?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Continues To Gain Smartphone Market Share
Tom Wilde / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu, Google TV, And The Brewing TV “Desktop” Storm
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac