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4:55 PM ET, July 19, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 in-depth preview  —  It's been a long road, hasn't it?  Well, in some respects, it hasn't — in fact, it's only been about two years since development of Windows Phone 7 as we know it today kicked off — but when you consider that this product will be replacing Windows Mobile 6.5, that put things in proper perspective.
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Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview  —  Welcome back into the smartphone arena Microsoft, it looks like you have a serious challenger entering the ring and I will definitely be purchasing a device as soon as I can.  I spent an hour with the Windows Phone 7 team …
Fred Vogelstein / Wired:
Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown  —  For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true.  A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009.  The audience loved it.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Foursquare ‘in talks with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!’ about search partnerships  —  Exclusive: Foursquare is in talks with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! about a search partnership which could let people look up the most popular bar or restaurant in their area in real-time.
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Redbox Plots Web Strategy in Challenge to Netflix  —  Redbox, which became the fastest- growing U.S. video retailer with DVD kiosks and a $1-a-day rental price stores couldn't match, is developing an online strategy to stay competitive with larger rival Netflix Inc.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon leaks another Droid 2, getting BlackBerry Storm 3, Curve 3, 10.1-inch tablet later this year?  —  Now that the Droid 2 has officially reached “leaking like a sieve” status, we thought we'd toss you another couple shots of the Droid X's QWERTY-equipped cousin, which we're being told is locked for an August release on Verizon.
Apple:
iPad Available in Nine More Countries This Friday  —  Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore this Friday, July 23. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo, Others Eyeing Bit.ly  —  Yahoo and some of the other web giants have been kicking the tires on New York-based URL shortening service Bit.ly, according to a few people in the know.  The interest in the company has increased over the past 60 days or so.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Maximum PC
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Apple's Magic Trackpad gets FCC approval?  —  We're admittedly using our Jump To Conclusions Mat a little bit here, but we're pretty sure Apple's Magic Trackpad (or whatever they'll end up calling it) just got FCC approval — and considering how tightly Apple usually manages its FCC dealings …
Andy M. Zaky / Fortune:
Apple closes in on Microsoft in revenue race  —  After living in the shadows of Microsoft for 30 years, Apple is just a hair behind Microsoft in sales.  Will this quarter be the one?  —  by Andy M. Zaky, contributor  —  Whether it deserves it or not, Apple has held onto its lead …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Nokia, RIM, HTC, Samsung and Motorola: Shut Up, Apple  —  There's nothing wrong with the iPhone 4 that isn't wrong with its rivals.  That claim, made by Steve Jobs at the special iPhone 4 press conference Apple held last Friday, drew a loud round of catcalls from the smartphone industry …
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Edible Apple:
Nokia's claim of superior antenna performance falls flat
Discussion: Macworld and NBC Bay Area, Thanks:edibleapple
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Policing the Web's Lurid Precincts  —  Ricky Bess spends eight hours a day in front of a computer near Orlando, Fla., viewing some of the worst depravities harbored on the Internet.  He has seen photographs of graphic gang killings, animal abuse and twisted forms of pornography.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
White iPhone 4 delay: the challenges faced by Apple's glass supplier  —  This almost goes without saying, but it's truly been a wild ride for the iPhone 4 over the last three weeks.  While most of us will just happily open our hands to Stevie J's freebies, there's one question that's still bugging us …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple responds to lawmakers' questions about location data collection  —  Apple Inc. answered congressional questions about the ways it collects users' precise location information from its mobile devices and computers, highlighting users' ability to opt out of data collection …
Discussion: CNET News, App Advice and PC Magazine
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Is On Fire.  Now Over 6 Million Users, 1.5 Billion Pageviews A Month  —  One year ago, in July 2009, Tumblr was going strong.  They had 255 million pageviews that month.  By November of last year, that was up to 420 million pageviews.  But some new stats which Tumblr is releasing today show an explosion in growth since then.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Times' Paid Model: The Unofficial Numbers Come In  —  The Times' paid model is just two weeks old but, still, a number of stats came through this weekend - none of them from the horse's mouth...  First, the meat - some potentially significant first numbers on how successful the paper's paid websites have been in their first two weeks.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Sharp Unveils 100GB Blu-ray Disc  —  Sharp recently announced that it will be the first Blu-ray disc maker to launch a recordable triple layer Blu-ray format with 100GB of storage capacity—twice the capacity of current Blu-ray discs.  —  The new write-once disc can store up to 12 hours …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Bomb-making tips, hit list behind Blogetery closure  —  More details are surfacing about why Blogetery.com, a blogging platform that claimed to service more than 70,000 blogs, was mysteriously booted from the Internet by its Web-hosting company.  —  The site was shut down after FBI agents …
Peter Sayer / Computerworld:
Nokia Siemens buys Motorola wireless network unit for $1.2B  —  Motorola has found a buyer for its wireless network equipment unit: Nokia Siemens Networks will pay US$1.2 billion for most of that business, the companies announced Monday.  —  Motorola has found a buyer for its wireless network …
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Few neutrals in debate over “third way” net neutrality plan
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
DST's Alexander Tamas Talks About New Investors, New Investments …
Ellen Messmer / Computerworld:
Dell offers free Web browser security tool
Mike Clendenin / InformationWeek:
Baidu Mulling Mobile OS
DigiTimes:
Four out of five cell phones to integrate GPS by end of 2011, says iSuppli
Discussion: The Next Web and Maximum PC
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
In-depth FaceTime for iPod touch details
Discussion: TiPb and BlogsDNA, Thanks:markgurman
TechCrunch:
Android Poised For Dominance In China, With Global Implications
Mike Riley / Dr.Dobb's DDJ_Windows/.NET Articles:
3M's Multi-touch Monitor
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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