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9:05 AM ET, July 12, 2010

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google's Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software  —  Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.  —  The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Android Gets a Build-Your-Own-App App  —  Got an idea for a smartphone app?  If you've got an Android phone you might be able to build it yourself, thanks to App Inventor for Android, a new Google Labs program for Windows, OS X, and Linux that's designed to make building Android programs as easy as piecing blocks together.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Techmeme Offers Tech News at Internet Speed  —  SAN FRANCISCO — News lovers in Washington can't live without Mike Allen at Politico.  Hollywood squabbles over the relative merits of Sharon Waxman's TheWrap versus Nikki Finke's Deadline.  The newspaper industry reads the news collected by Jim Romenesko.
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Niraj Sheth / Wall Street Journal:
Shortages of Phone Hindering Sprint 4G  —  Sprint Nextel Corp.'s big bet on its super-fast 4G network is running into stronger-than-expected head winds, Chief Executive Dan Hesse said in an interview.  —  Sprint is still the only U.S. carrier with a 4G network, which offers users faster speeds for data and video.
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Facebook unveils child safety ‘panic button’  —  Facebook has announced it will allow a “panic button” application on its social networking site.  —  The button, aimed at children and teenagers, will report abuse to the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) and Facebook.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Working On Secret New Ad Format: “Interactive Video Ads”  —  Google is still casting around trying to find another revenue stream that will carry the company now that search is maturing.  —  The latest idea?  —  “Interactive video ads.”  —  Eric Schmidt pitched the idea …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Boom!  Foursquare Crosses 2 Million Users  —  It appears that Foursquare has just crossed the 2 million users mark this morning.  The location based social network has been growing fast, adding 100,000 users per week.  Only three months ago, Foursquare passed one million users after taking a year to accumulate one million members.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Rolls Out Four More iPhone 4 Ads — Each About FaceTime  —  Yesterday, I broke down Apple's minute-long FaceTime commercial for iPhone 4, noting how it seemed almost as if Don Draper from the hit AMC show Mad Men had created it.  Now Apple has four other 30-second spots for the iPhone 4 …
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.
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
So, Why is Twitter Really Not Using Cassandra to Store Tweets?  —  A firestorm of accusations circled around recently saying that Cassandra, the elected-by-major-adopters emperor of the NoSQL movement, has no clothes.  It was said Twitter was dumping Cassandra; Reddit outages were linked to Cassandra …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
Steve Souders / High Performance Web Sites:
Diffable: only download the deltas  —  There were many new products and projects announced at Velocity, but one that I just found out about is Diffable.  It's ironic that I missed this one given that it happened at Velocity and is from Google.  The announcement was made during a whiteboard talk, so it didn't get much attention.
Michael Cooney / Network World:
Researchers tout new weapon in Internet censorship arms race  —  Georgia Tech School researchers will demo content hiding “ Collage” at next month's Usenix security conference  —  Trying to get out in front of what they call a censorship arms race, a team of researchers has come up with technology …
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?
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
FBI Raids ‘Elektronic Tribulation Army’ Over Witness Intimidation
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
Stimulus Projects Bring Broadband to Disconnected
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Innovation: Shrewd search engines know what you want
Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
The era of simplified computing
Discussion: BetaNews
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Germans Embrace Socializing Online Despite Government Efforts to Protect Them
Kevin Lisota / TechFlash:
How Google's buy of ITA signals where it's headed in real estate
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC broadband plan will put US in “second tier of countries”
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality
Anita Chang / Associated Press:
China group says US uses Facebook to sow unrest
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Wikileaks on closure rumors: “Do not feed the Troll”
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Guy would have enjoyed this  —  Facebook does some really smart stuff …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wired City: Josh Harris' Plan To Make Us All Live In Public (Video)