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12:40 AM ET, July 11, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Secretly Invested $100+ Million In Zynga, Preparing To Launch Google Games  —  Google has quietly (secretly, one might say) invested somewhere between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming behemoth Zynga, we've confirmed from multiple sources.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Motorola WX445 leaked, offers low-end Android for Verizon  —  So this little number just rolled into our tips inbox — and at a glance, it appears to be the anti-Droid X, if that makes any sense.  We're being told this is the Motorola WX445 for Verizon (street name unknown) …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg Got Served—but Why?  —  Boom!  Mark Zuckerberg was served legal papers relating to a mysterious lawsuit at a fancy lunch in Sun Valley, Idaho yesterday.  The sneaky server pretended to ask for Mark Zuckerberg's autograph before dropping the bomb.  More »  —  01:35 PM
Discussion: New York Post
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Poof!  After Wireless, the Computer Mouse Turns Invisible  —  In a magic trick that only geeks can pull off, researchers at MIT have found a method to let users click and scroll exactly the same way they would with a computer mouse, without the device actually being there.
Discussion: Crave
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
Reddit Solicits Donations to Keep Site Afloat  —  News recommendation site Reddit on Friday released a puzzling blog post in which it announced plans to implement a subscription-based service—sort of.  —  The subscription service, known as Reddit Gold, will help Reddit earn some extra cash …
Chuck Falzone / AndroidGuys:
Android Market Will Hit 100,000 Apps This Month  —  Accumulated number of Application and Games in the Market  —  The graph speaks for itself.  According to Android Market web interface AndroLib.com, the Android Market now offers users more than 90,000 apps, and is on pace to end the month in six figures.
Discussion: AndroidSPIN
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
The iChatr App Brings Chatroulette-Style Mischief to Your iPhone 4  —  The iChatr iPhone app is as exciting as it is terrifying.  Why?  Because it's basically Chatroulette for your iPhone.  —  The app is free, but does require an iPhone 4.  All you do is connect to your Wi-Fi network …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Targets Searchers For ‘Dell Streak’, ‘HP Slate’ With Google Ads For The iPad  —  In a move that suggests a tad of insecurity on Apple's behalf, the iPad maker is apparently buying Google AdWords ads targeting potential buyers of the Dell Streak, the Android-powered micro-tablet or netpad …
Bryan Rhoads / Inside Scoop:
Intel Supercomputer Tracks Oil Spill  —  As the catastrophic April 20 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico grows worse by the day, there's one question everyone in the region is asking: Where is all that oil going to go?  —  Now, thanks to a complex ocean current model simulated on a supercomputer housed …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mike Rohde / Rohdesign:
PlayMesh Fishies App Story: iTunes Password Caching  —  My article about issues the iPhone app Fishies has brought up some good discussion about in-app purchases and what turns out to be an opaque iTunes system that caches usernames and passwords when users may not realize it.
Discussion: TUAW
New York Times:
Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot  —  LOS ANGELES — The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion.  —  Engaging the Pupil  —  Articles in this series are examining the recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics and their potential impact on society.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Geohot Jailbreaks Apple iPhone 4 !  —  After months of silence, Geohot has finally published a new blog post in which he talks about iPhone 4 jailbreak situation, limera1n, and Pwned4life exploit which he recently talked about at the Nuit Du Hack conference in Paris.
 
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Microsoft Mining The App Store To Find iOS Developers & Win Them Over
Discussion: Dr. Touch
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay and MegaUpload Escape Domain Seizure by US
Discussion: Geekosystem
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric:
Fring Overwhelmed by Video Calling, Temporarily Suspends Access to Skype
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
HP in potential $3.4 billion U.S. Navy network deal
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot and Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:hpnews
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Access Hulu from Outside the U.S. Without a Proxy Server
Discussion: Techie Buzz
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Changes Tweet Storage Strategy, Confirms Realtime Analytics Product
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Turning the Page on the Page Turn
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's new Hawaiian codenames are all about mobile
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Google launches Android app to help you find empty parking spots
Discussion: Gadgetell, Internet2Go, eWeek, Mashable! and TechCrunch, Thanks:bradtnw