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8:35 PM 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.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Are Google and Zynga Working on a Gaming Deal?  —  Google has invested $100 million or more in game developer Zynga — the company behind popular Facebook games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars — and is planning a new offering called Google Games, according to a widely circulated report by TechCrunch.
Thanks:mathewi
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Elon Musk: “Why Owen Thomas Is Silicon Valley's Jayson Blair”  —  Tesla Motors Founder and CEO Elon Musk isn't a man that backs down when facing the press.  When the New York TImes wrote an error-filled article, Musk lashed out at the author, saying “What is he doing picking on an electric car company?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:   Tesla Motors CEO can't handle the truth
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC broadband plan will put US in “second tier of countries”  —  Even the oldest US Senators have gotten the message—the US wants fast broadband.  And they have started to ask FCC Chair Julius Genachowski some hard questions about why the new National Broadband Plan sets such apparently modest goals …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I can't kick the Apple iPhone habit  —  Louis Gray just wrote an interesting post about how he kicked iPhones out of his life and went with Android.  I could write that post too.  After all, I agree with it in principle, even if I can't take the step and cross over the iPhone/Android barrier.
Discussion: Webomatica and Pat Phelan, Thanks:miguelrios
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Louis Gray:
Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Facebook apologizes for censoring doll's nipples  —  It has been established for some time that the folks at Facebook are not overly fond of nipples.  Or, at least, of their public display.  Or, at least, of their public display on Facebook.  —  Some time ago, there was much consternation …
Kevin Lisota / TechFlash:
How Google's buy of ITA signals where it's headed in real estate  —  Kevin Lisota: A few months ago, I wrote about a game plan for Google in online real estate, suggesting how and why they may actively enter the real estate market and use acquisitions to get there.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
AT&T handing out free 3G MicroCells to loyal customers?  —  While we've no clue how widespread AT&T's generosity is, or how you might get one, it appears that the company's “most valuable customers” are now receiving free range-boosting femtocells.  Today, loyal reader Jason got …
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
How To: Use iPhone 4 data plan with iPad 3G  —  I love my iPad 3G, almost unnecessarily so.  I use it as my primary computer for a multitude of tasks.  The only thing that I dislike about my iPad is that I have to pay AT&T even more money to use their data network, even though I'm already paying for it with my new iPhone 4.
Scripting News:
Guy would have enjoyed this  —  Facebook does some really smart stuff and, in trying to be really smart, sometimes they're really really dumb.  Dumb bordering on bad taste.  —  Give you an example.  —  I've been reading David Weinberger's blog lately because he's newly interested in OPML.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality  —  MIDDLE SCHOOL students are champion time-wasters.  And the personal computer may be the ultimate time-wasting appliance.  Put the two together at home, without hovering supervision, and logic suggests that you won't witness a miraculous educational transformation.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's As If Apple Has Hired Don Draper  —  The other day I was talking to an old friend.  Not only is this friend outside the tech sphere, he's just about as opposite of tech savvy as a person can be.  He's basically a luddite.  In fact, I was surprised he was even IMing with me, he's so seldom online.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Wikileaks on closure rumors: “Do not feed the Troll”  —  Earlier today we reported on rumors that controversial whistleblower site Wikileaks was to be abandoned.  A Wikileaks spokesperson has just got back to us denying the claims made in what he calls a “bulls**t campaign”.
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Cryptome:
WIKILEAKS WEBSITE TO BE ABANDONED
Paul Denlinger / Silicon Alley Insider:
China: Google Backed Down Over Censorship Laws  —  Beijing's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that license approval and renewal had been granted to Google China after the company had agreed to respect Chinese laws.  —  If true, this would amount to a climbdown …
Discussion: Reuters
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