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12:55 AM ET, July 26, 2010

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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Mystery HTC Windows Phone 7 device: in the wild and lacking any Sense  —  A candybar slate from HTC with a 3.7-inch SLCD and 1GHz Snapdragon processor — sounds about right for the Desire, but this little puppy is actually running Windows Phone 7 (presumably a developer build, given the apps catalog).
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Simon Rogers / Guardian:
Wikileaks Afghanistan files: download the key incidents as a spreadsheet  —  Key incidents from the Wikileaks Afghanistan war logs selected by Guardian writers.  As a spreadsheet, with co-ordinates  —  • Get this data  —  • INTERACTIVE: These key incidents mapped  —  • Glossary of military terms
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
In Disclosing Secret Documents, WikiLeaks Seeks ‘Transparency’  —  WikiLeaks.org, the online organization that was to post tens of thousands of classified military field reports about the Afghan war on Sunday, says its goal in disclosing secret documents is to reveal “unethical behavior” by governments and corporations.
Fred / A VC:
The AngelList  —  There are a growing number of resources for entrepreneurs on the web, but certainly one of the very best is Venture Hacks.  And their AngelList service is particularly useful for entrepreneurs trying to get angel rounds done.  I found myself recommending it to at least a half dozen entrepreneurs this past week.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Mimicking Apple an imperative for PC makers  —  PC makers are beginning to bear an uncanny resemblance to Apple.  —  So, what does Apple look like these days?  Apple is not as much about the Mac anymore (in case anyone didn't notice).  And it's not just about a successful gadget sideshow, i.e., the iPod.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FourSquare's Crowley on Facebook, Check-in Fatigue & the Copy Cats  —  I was in New York this week, and as part of my visit, I decided to check-in (pun intended) with Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley.  He showed off the company's massive new office that is still under construction …
Discussion: parislemon, Thanks:atul
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone 4 Antennas: The Fun Side  —  We'll leave serious industry matters aside this week.  (If you must, you can wade into Apple's Q3 numbers here, or luxuriate in the impending ouster of Nokia CEO OPK and consider the list of possible replacements.)  —  Instead, we'll look into the fun side …
Discussion: Network World
Elie Mystal / Above The Law:
The Facebook Lawsuit: Everybody Calm Down and Remember Your 1L Contracts Class  —  The internet is on fire today.  The purported contract between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and random New York resident Paul Ceglia has hit the worldwide web.  We've written about Ceglia's claims to 84% of Facebook before.
Discussion: broadstuff and All Facebook
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   And Now Three Questions For Paul Ceglia — The Man Who Says He Owns 84% Of Facebook
Joanie Wexler / Network World:
WPA2 vulnerability found  —  ‘Hole 196’ means malicious insiders could spoof WI-Fi packets, compromise WLAN … Perhaps it was only a matter of time.  But wireless security researchers say they have uncovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, which is the strongest form …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Now Target Private Trackers  —  Mass lawsuits against alleged file-sharers, such as those from the US Copyright Group and lawyers ACS:Law and Gallant MacMillan in the UK, are generally accepted to have been generated from evidence gathered from big public BitTorrent sites.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Android Market purchases soon billable to more carriers?  —  Changes to the developer agreement may signal a new means of paying for apps in Google's mobile OS.  —  On Friday, Internet legend Tim Bray announced on the Android developer blog big changes to the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA):
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
RIP: Why the iPad ‘killers’ are already dead  —  iPad is huge, big, massive hit, an echo of the iPod effect on the MP3 player market and the iPhone effect on the mobile world.  Apple has stolen the tablet/netbook industry to the extent competitors face a pretty tough time in even manufacturing their ‘iPad killers’.
Discussion: iThinkDifferent and Geek.com, Thanks:jonnyrhere
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Dell drops Ubuntu PCs from website... for now  —  Dell has stopped selling consumer PCs preloaded with Ubuntu from its website, and doesn't know when they're coming back.  —  A search for Ubuntu on the Dell UK website returns only one laptop - the Dell Latitude 2100 from the company's business range.
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Tech News Sites Tout Misleading BitTorrent Piracy Study
Andy Brett / TechCrunch:
GitHub Hits One Million Hosted Projects
Sylvia Hui / Associated Press:
British royals expand online presence with Flickr
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
MSFT earnings up, stock down. What do investors want?
Discussion: Bob Caswell and WMPoweruser.com
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State Department Sets Out to Figure Out Mobile Money
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boston Sandwich Shop Testing iPad App For Orders — Fad Or The Future?