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11:45 AM ET, July 26, 2010

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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 …
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).
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 …
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
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.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
UAE says BlackBerry data handling violates the law  —  The offshore storage of data by Research In Motion for its BlackBerry smartphones conflicts with a 2007 law passed in the United Arab Emirates, the country's telecommunications regulator has said.  —  The offshore storage of data …
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 …
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” …
Discussion: Fortune, 9 to 5 Mac and MacStories
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 …
Sean Michael Kerner / Developer.com:
Inside Facebook's Open Source Infrastructure  —  Facebook connects its 500 million users using an array of open source software to enable social networking as well as data intelligence.  Facebook's open source Web serving infrastructure has a lot more than just the traditional LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack behind it.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Hackers With Enigmatic Motives Vex Companies  —  The world of hackers can be roughly divided into three groups.  “Black hats” break into corporate computer systems for fun and profit, taking credit card numbers and e-mail addresses to sell and trade with other hackers, while the “white hats” …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yelp's Stoppelman Talks About Geo-Location, International Expansion (And Not Google)  —  Earlier this week, BoomTown headed to downtown San Francisco to the hip HQ of Yelp to talk to its CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, about a range of issues related to the local business review site.
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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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
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: eWeek and Gadget Lab, Thanks:jonnyrhere
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FourSquare's Crowley on Facebook, Check-in Fatigue & the Copy Cats
Discussion: Fast Company and parislemon, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Mimicking Apple an imperative for PC makers
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Android Market purchases soon billable to more carriers?
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone 4 Antennas: The Fun Side
Discussion: Network World and displayblog