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12:40 PM ET, July 28, 2010

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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Develops a Facebook Rival  —  Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Google has been in discussions …
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Google vs Facebook: Google fights back with gaming social network plan
Discussion: DailyFinance
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s iPad Problem Is Trouble for Every Magazine Publisher  —  Time Inc. likes to show off its iPad apps as a symbol of the company's future.  But inside the publisher, the digital editions have become a source of hair-pulling frustration.  —  That's because the magazine giant …
Apple:
Apple Updates Safari 5  —  Users Can Add New Features Through Extensions  —  Apple® today released Safari® 5.0.1, turning on Safari Extensions and introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery.  Apple introduced extensions support in Safari 5 in June so developers could begin creating extensions …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Safari 5.0.1 Lands, Comes With Extensions  —  Fresh off the heels of launching a slew of new products yesterday, Apple this morning debuted Safari 5.0.1, switching the flip on Safari Extensions and formally introducing the Safari Extensions Gallery, a directory of available extensions across categories.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Safari 5.0.1 and 4.1.1 Address AutoFill Security Flaw  —  As noted in the security documentation accompanying today's release, Safari 5.0.1 and 4.1.1 address an AutoFill security flaw disclosed last week that could allow a malicious site to obtain a user's Address Book information, including name …
Discussion: Apple, Web Browsers and Security Watch
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Leaked Facebook Movie Script Paints Zuckerberg as Vindictive and Naive  —  The origin of Facebook, as Mark Zuckerberg now tells it, came out of long talks in his dorm room with his college friends about how to make the world more open.  Given there are records from Zuckerberg's sophomoric blog at the time …
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:atul
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Ditches iPhone for Android
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Fortune, Thanks:vokidas
Taylor Buley / Forbes:   The Wannabe $19 Billion Facebook Man
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
First look: Apple's Magic Trackpad  —  Early Tuesday, Apple announced the Magic Trackpad, the company's new standalone, Bluetooth trackpad.  Using the same glass surface as the trackpad on Apple's current laptop line, the Magic Trackpad supports the same Multi-Touch gestures …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Magic Trackpad Signals The End Of The Mouse Era
Matt Hamblen / PC World:
AT&T to Be ‘Premier’ Windows Phone 7 Vendor  —  Say all you want about whether Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will succeed, but AT&T continues to back the platform wholeheartedly after endorsing it — and Microsoft 's mobile efforts — repeatedly over the last year.  —  “We'll be the premier carrier …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple Grapples With White iPhone Light Leak  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — There is new light on Apple's(AAPL) white iPhone 4 delay mystery.  Apparently, the back light from the iPhone display screen is leaking out around the edges of the glass and seeping through the back of the white phone …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google Sewage Factory, In Action: The Chocomize Story  —  Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has quite famously been on record many times talking about how the web is full of garbage.  It's a cesspool out there, he's said.  Today, a short fast look at how his own company pollutes the web.
Discussion: Chocomize Blog, CNN and Slashdot
Evan Selleck / SlashGear:
Amazon Kindle Sold Out: No Estimated Date of Availability  —  To our recollection, this actually hasn't happened in quite some time.  To be exact, in 2008, when it was the original Kindle.  And, even then, Amazon managed to make sure they told customers when the Kindle would be coming back around, or shipping to their doorsteps.
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Kindle Screen Maker Will Increase Capacity to Meet Demand
Discussion: eWeek, Fast Company and Kindle Review
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
Is Google Watching You?  New Plugin Will Let You Know [APPS]  —  Another rad browser plugin called Google Alarm hit the Internets this week, which alerts you every time your personal info is sent to Google's servers.  How?  Via notifications, a running tally of dangerous sites and, naturally, a super annoying, vuvuzela-like alarm.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Adobe buys Day Software for $240 million; Bolsters enterprise lineup  —  Adobe said Wednesday that it has acquired Day Software, which makes enterprise content management software, for $240 million.  —  The acquisition of Day, based in Switzerland, is designed to bolster Adobe's enterprise lineup, according to Adobe.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint adds 111,000 net subscribers courtesy of HTC Evo  —  For the first time in three years, Sprint is showing net subscriber growth.  —  Sprint's second quarter showed a gain of 111,000 net subscribers.  The company added 136,000 customers on its CDMA network and 285,000 for the Sprint brand overall.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google Ripe for a Stock Buyback or Dividend  —  A growing cash pile makes the Web search leader a prime candidate for issuing a dividend or buying back stock, investors say  —  Google (GOOG) is a prime candidate to return some of its $30.1 billion in cash to investors through a stock buyback or dividend …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Offers Servers and Hosting To Wikileaks  —  This week Wikileaks released more than 90,000 government documents related to the war in Afghanistan.  When added to the perceived damage caused by its earlier leaking of the ‘Collateral Murder’ video, Wikileaks is now undoubtedly a serious target for U.S. authorities.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Streak Update: Where We Are  —  Based on the strength of the number of pre-sales registrations for Dell Streak, we know there's a lot of you out there in the United States and beyond who are excited about the device.  You've made Dell Streak the most successful pre-sale we've ever offered, and we appreciate that.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Streak retailing for $299 with contract, $549 without …
 
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James Nixon / THINQ.co.uk:
100 million Facebook pages leaked on torrent site
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Amir Efrati / Digits:
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
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Robert Mullins / VentureBeat:
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Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
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Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
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 Earlier Items: 
Phillip Jaenke / Icrontic Tech:
Apple switches to ATI exclusively for iMac
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Privacy Lawsuit Targets Net Giants Over ‘Zombie’ Cookies
Discussion: jd/adobe and Slashdot
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Tiger Global Said to Invest in LinkedIn at $2 Billion Valuation
Discussion: Mashable! and Guardian, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Closing In On Acquiring Check-In Service Hot Potato