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1:30 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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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 …
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?  —  The shortage of AMOLED displays produced by Samsung has hit smartphone makers hard.  HTC, maker of many of the top Android phones, has seen phones like the Droid Incredible failing to meet demand due to the shortage.
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).
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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 Halliday / Guardian:
HMV hopes to rival iTunes with digital store launch
Discussion: Inquirer, THINQ.co.uk and Music Ally
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
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Varieties of Religious Experience: How Apple Stays Divine
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and kottke.org
 Earlier Items: 
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
RIP: Why the iPad ‘killers’ are already dead
Discussion: Gadget Lab, eWeek and RazorianFly, Thanks:jonnyrhere
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FourSquare's Crowley on Facebook, Check-in Fatigue & the Copy Cats
Discussion: Fast Company and parislemon, Thanks:atul
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: App Advice, PC World and Network World