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6:30 PM ET, July 26, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Govt.-Approved iPhone Jailbreaking Won't Help Users
Discussion: GigaOM and Gizmodo
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Citi Discloses 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 …
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Electronista
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content
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” …
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 …
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?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
27-Inch LED Cinema Display Coming Tomorrow Alongside iMacs and Mac Pros?  —  Mockup of existing 24" LED display (left) next to 27" model (right)  —  In announcing the return of his podcast talk show, the plugged-in John Gruber slyly hints, as he is wont to do, that Apple may be set to release …
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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: Digits, CNET News and Google Watch
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Facebook Testing “Delete Account” Option.  —  Updated at foot of post.  —  This is still developing, as we're seeing mixed reports around the Internet.  However, it appears that Facebook has released a Delete Account option, in addition to the previous Deactivate Account.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Will phones and 3D Web boost new OpenGL?  —  Khronos Group, the industry consortium that develops OpenGL, announced a new version of the graphics interface on Monday that it hopes will compete better with Microsoft's DirectX—and that could get a boost from 3D Web technology.
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 …
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 …
Jim Moran / Yipit Blog:
Watch Out Groupon, Yelp Is Testing Daily Deals  —  Yelp has been quietly testing a Daily Deal offering in Sacramento for the past few weeks, according to a Yelp community manager, Olivia Loy, on their discussion thread (screenshot below).  —  The offer described is $45 worth of salon services for $20 …
Discussion: Screenwerk, TechCrunch and The Next Web, Thanks:yipit
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Britain's set-top box maker Pace acquires 2Wire for $420M  —  British set-top box firm Pace has agreed to acquire enterprise networking technology firm 2Wire for $420 million in cash.  —  Under the deal, Saltaire, UK-based Pace will buy 2Wire for $475 million in cash.
Discussion: alarm:clock
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
On Hold in South Korea  —  Apple Hears Static After Dropping Country From Next iPhone 4 Launch Markets  —  SEOUL—While Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 weathers a public-relations storm over reception issues in the U.S., it is facing a different tempest in South Korea: People are upset the country …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Launches BrashSports As It Hones In On Male Audience
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
UFC Demands Justin.tv and Ustream Give Up Pirates' IP Addresses
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Yahoo may fund hackers with good ideas
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Intel Close to Buying Infineon's Wireless Chip Biz
Discussion: VentureBeat
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
HMV hopes to rival iTunes with digital store launch
 Earlier Items: 
Angus / Project Gus:
The Sad State of Open Source in Android tablets
Discussion: ZDNet
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Hackers With Enigmatic Motives Vex Companies
Discussion: Bits, Gawker and 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)
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Sorry AirBnB Hipsters, I'll Take Health and Safety Over the Cult of Disruption
Thanks:alexia
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
RIP: Why the iPad ‘killers’ are already dead
Discussion: Gadget Lab, eWeek and TG Daily, Thanks:jonnyrhere
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Mystery HTC Windows Phone 7 device: in the wild and lacking any Sense