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4:05 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.
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 …
Louis Gray:
Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android  —  For such a long-time Apple believer and Mac/iPhone customer, the idea of turning my back on Steve Jobs and crew, stopping my app store and media buying preferences almost entirely and choosing a divergent path is not one taken lightly.
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
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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: Pat Phelan and ZoliErdos, Thanks:miguelrios
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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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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WIKILEAKS WEBSITE TO BE ABANDONED
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 …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wired City: Josh Harris' Plan To Make Us All Live In Public (Video)  —  Josh Harris lived through a version of the future—a future where TV is replaced by constant, live video chat/surveillance over the Internet—and it almost made him go insane.  His experiments from a decade ago …
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.
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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 …
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Reuters:   China confirms renews Google's China license
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.
Eric Calouro / Erictric:
Google Maps Now Shortens Your Maps URLs  —  The scenario: you've just found exactly what you were looking for on Google Maps, and now you're trying to send it over to a friend.  —  The problem: the URL to the map is about as long as Gone With The Wind.  You waste precious seconds heading …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Free Spy Novel  —  A spy thriller from the DOJ...for free!  —  Instead of spending your hard-earned dollars loading your Kindle or iPad with fictional potboilers, head over to Scribd and download the Department of Justice Complaint vs. Russian spies (June 2010).  —  Why submit yourself to the tedium of ponderous DOJ prose?
Discussion: TeleRead
 
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Tesla Motors CEO can't handle the truth
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Poof! After Wireless, the Computer Mouse Turns Invisible
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Intel Supercomputer Tracks Oil Spill
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