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11:40 PM ET, July 24, 2010

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Will Zynga Become the Google of Games?  —  ORIENTATION for new employees of Zynga, the fast-growing maker of Facebook games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, can be a heady affair given the company's outsize ambitions — all of which are embodied in Mark Pincus, Zynga's 44-year-old founder.
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HTC to Put Sense on Windows Phone 7 Devices  —  As well as on Android 3.0-powered ones  —  Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system is set to arrive on the market with a great deal of changes when compared to the current versions, one of which would be the limitation to the number of UI changes handset vendors can apply.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
And Now Three Questions For Paul Ceglia — The Man Who Says He Owns 84% Of Facebook  —  Yesterday, we provided a quick analysis of the alleged contract between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and upstate New York wood-pellet salesman Paul Ceglia — the contract that Paul says gives him an 84% ownership stake in Facebook.
Discussion: Gothamist
John Fortt / Tech Check:
HP Using Own Software in Phone Wars with Apple, Google  —  In its bid to take on Apple and Google in smartphones, Hewlett-Packard won't use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.  Instead, HP [HPQ 46.15 .08 (+.17%)] Executive Vice President Todd Bradley told me that the PC giant will exclusively use …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Spam Filtering?  Patented!  36 Companies Sued  —  These kinds of lawsuits are coming fast and furious again these days.  Glyn Moody points us to the news that 36 companies have been sued for patent infringement in Marshall, Texas (of course) for supposedly violating a patent (6,018,761) on spam filtering.
Discussion: The Next Web
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Takes on Droid X With Latest Smartphone Antenna Video  —  After its iPhone 4 press conference last week, Apple posted a new smartphone antenna performance page on its site highlighting how several other smartphones experience similar decreases of signal bars to that of the iPhone 4.
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Threatens Perverts With Police  —  Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who expose themselves to minors with the police.  Site founder Andrey Ternovskiy said in a message published on the site Friday night …
Discussion: Dembot and WatchingTV Online
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
77% Of iPhone Owners Say They'll Buy Another — Versus Just 20% Of Android Owners  —  Customer loyalty is definitely one of Apple's advantages versus most of its rivals in the smartphone market.  —  The latest evidence: A Yankee Group survey summarized on CNNMoney (via Daring Fireball) …
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
State Department Sets Out to Figure Out Mobile Money  —  As part of its ongoing quest to figure out how it might apply modern technologies to the world's toughest problems, the U.S. State Department will bring together its employees, outside government staffers, and other interested parties …
Discussion: BoomTown
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Forum Site Lefora Gobbled Up By CrowdGather  —  Los Angeles based CrowdGather, which offers forums for online communities, has aquired the assets of Silicon Valley based Lefora.  The size of the all-stock transaction isn't being disclosed.  —  Lefora, founded by Paul Bragiel, first launched in 2008.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boston Sandwich Shop Testing iPad App For Orders — Fad Or The Future?  —  A Boston Au Bon Pain sandwich shop is testing an iPad app for lunchtime sandwich ordering, according to this tweet and photo from Carl Howe of research firm Yankee Group.  —  We've never tried this, but as geeks, it seems pretty neat.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
What's Behind the White iPhone 4 Delays?  —  Just a week after Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, promised that the already delayed white iPhone 4 would be available by the end of July, Apple said that the device would be delayed again.  —  Apple's explanation for the new delay is concise and scant on details.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Real Problem With The White iPhone 4 — Well, Potentially
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Prospect of Being Stalked, Burgled Just Doesn't Trouble Foursquare Users All That Much  —  “Louise has straight, auburn hair and, judging by the only photograph I have of her, she's in her 30s.  She works in recruitment.  I also know which train station she uses regularly …
Discussion: Guardian
 
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