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3:35 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Jailbreaking Your iPhone Is Now Legal  —  Many of the most vocal critics of jailbreaking — a group which includes Apple itself — have been quick in the past to cite the fact that hacking your smartphone is a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and thus illegal.
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Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Artists, Cell Phone Jailbreakers, and Unlockers  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions today, carving out new legal protections …
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
New gov't rules allow unapproved iPhone apps  —  WASHINGTON - Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally break electronic locks on their devices in order to download software applications that haven't been approved by Apple Inc., according to new government rules announced Monday.
Apple:
iPhone 4 Arrives in 17 More Countries This Friday  —  Apple's iPhone® 4 will be available in 17 more countries this Friday, July 30. iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, Apple's new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Google Music takes a step closer to reality  —  Google's plan to challenge Apple's dominance in the music marketplace is advancing more rapidly than expected, say music industry sources.  —  The search giant's Android whiz, VP Andy Rubin, is said to be having “accelerated” …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Citi Admits Security Flaw in Its iPhone App  —  Citigroup Inc. told its U.S. mobile banking customers they should upgrade to a new application designed for Apple Inc.'s iPhone after the bank's original version was found to have a security flaw.  —  In an incident that highlights …
AppleInsider:
Limited iMac retail inventory precedes anticipated update  —  Some Apple retail stores have run out of stock of both 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models, ahead of an expected refresh to the desktop Mac hardware.  —  An AppleInsider reader sent word Sunday that the 21.5-inch iMac …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC makes Super LCD screens for Desire and Nexus One official  —  Welcome back to our “worst kept secrets” hour, where HTC has seen fit to release a PR blast informing the world of what it already knew: the Desire and Nexus One are getting Super (duper) LCD displays to fill demand that Samsung's AMOLED division cannot.
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:   HTC Says No to AMOLED: Nexus One Lives On?
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google launches Apps for Government, announces federal security certification  —  Google today announced Google Apps for Government, a new offering that has the look and feel of the Google Apps enterprise offering but now with some enhancements intended to address security concerns specific to government agencies.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches ‘Apps For Government’, With Servers On US Soil
Discussion: CNET News and Google Watch
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).
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google May Not Have Bought Yelp, But They Sure Are Trying To Own Them With Places  —  Perhaps you recall that late last year, Google was in discussions to buy Yelp.  Despite a supposed offer of $550 million plus earn-outs, Yelp walked away from the deal.  But that isn't stopping Google for entering Yelp's business.
Electronista:
Ruling on DMCA could allow breaking DRM for fair use  —  A new court ruling on Friday could set a legal precedent that allows bypassing digital rights management (DRM) for fair use purposes.  New Orleans circuit Judge Emilio Garza found that GE hadn't violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
New York Times:
BlackBerry's Era May Be Ending  —  Research In Motion's future looks bleak.  R.I.M., which makes the popular BlackBerry devices, has had a traditional stronghold in sales to American companies.  But that has been cracked open.  —  Apple said last week that more than 80 percent …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC Vision headed to T-Mobile in new spy shot, dubbed G1 Blaze?  —  While high-end QWERTY sliders loaded with Android aren't nearly as uncommon now as when HTC's Vision first leaked onto the scene, it appears this particular handset may be destined for T-Mobile with its (alleged) 1GHz processor …
Angus / Project Gus:
The Sad State of Open Source in Android tablets  —  This year a slew of companies have launched competing Android tablet devices.  A lot of rhetoric has been spun about how Android's open source ecosystem gives manufacturers and consumers an advantage.
Discussion: ZDNet
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Yahoo may fund hackers with good ideas  —  IDG News Service - Yahoo is considering investing in hackers with good ideas and technologies, a company executive said on Saturday.  —  “We are open to many ways of having a stake in creative young companies,” said Jeff Kinder …
Electronista:
AT&T expands outdoor Wi-Fi to Charlotte, Chicago  —  AT&T this morning tripled the size of its outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots.  Beyond the Times Square access, it now has an access point in Charlotte, North Carolina that covers the area between the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza and East Trade Street.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Intel Close to Buying Infineon's Wireless Chip Biz  —  Intel has a contract to acquire the wireless division of German chip maker, Infineon, according to brokerage Rodman & Renshaw's Ashok Kumar, who said so in a note to his clients today.  Intel has been long rumored to be in talks with Infineon …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
AT&T Begins Fix for Glitch That Slowed Some IPhones  —  AT&T Inc. said it began a fix for a glitch in software supplied by Alcatel-Lucent SA that was causing slower download speeds in some areas of the U.S. for customers using Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 and other devices.
 
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
HMV hopes to rival iTunes with digital store launch
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Hackers With Enigmatic Motives Vex Companies
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Sean Michael Kerner / Developer.com:
Inside Facebook's Open Source Infrastructure
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yelp's Stoppelman Talks About Geo-Location, International Expansion (And Not Google)
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Application Bookmarks Now Drop Below The Fold If Unused For 30 Days
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Sorry AirBnB Hipsters, I'll Take Health and Safety Over the Cult of Disruption
Discussion: New York Magazine, Thanks:alexia
 Earlier Items: 
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Varieties of Religious Experience: How Apple Stays Divine
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and kottke.org
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
RIP: Why the iPad ‘killers’ are already dead
Discussion: Gadget Lab, eWeek and TG Daily, Thanks:jonnyrhere
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FourSquare's Crowley on Facebook, Check-in Fatigue & the Copy Cats
Discussion: Screenwerk, Fast Company and parislemon, Thanks:atul
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Mimicking Apple an imperative for PC makers
Simon Rogers / Guardian:
Wikileaks Afghanistan files: download the key incidents as a spreadsheet