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10:10 AM ET, July 29, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Amazon Kindle announced: $139 WiFi-only version and $189 3G model available August 27th in the US and UK  —  Let's be honest — you saw this one coming, didn't you?  Today Amazon is introducing a new reading device for e-book aficionados dubbed simply... the Kindle.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Kindle to Go ‘Mass Market’  —  Amazon Digs in Heels by Introducing New, Cheaper Version of E-Book Reader  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a cheaper Kindle e-reader next month, said Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, laying out a strategy to go “mass market” with an inexpensive gadget designed …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Video: Amazon's Kindle boss demos new model  —  Here's a video of Ian Freed, vice president of Kindle at Amazon.com, demonstrating the new version of the e-reader the company's announcing Thursday.  He showed it yesterday at the company's new South Lake Union headquarters.
Discussion: TechFlash
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon says ebook sales to overtake paperbacks by next year
Discussion: MediaMemo and USA Today, Thanks:stuartmiles
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Apple Probes Complaints About iOS4 on iPhone 3G  —  Apple is investigating reports that the latest iPhone operating system causes problems for users of the iPhone 3G, after a series of complaints on Apple support forums and technology blogs.  Apple is aware of the reports and is looking into the matter, a spokeswoman told Digits.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
What Weeks Of Real Usage Tells About New iPhone  —  When I reviewed Apple's new iPhone 4 last month, I said that, overall, it was still the best of the super-smartphones.  But I warned that, in my tests, its performance in making voice calls on AT&T's network in the U.S. was decidedly mixed.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Android wallpaper app that steals your data was downloaded by millions  —  A questionable Android mobile wallpaper app that collects your personal data and sends it to a mysterious site in China, has been downloaded millions of times, according to data unearthed by mobile security firm Lookout.
Blake Ross / Facebook Blog:
Searching for Answers?  Ask Facebook Questions  —  Millions of people ask their friends questions on Facebook every day.  What new music should I listen to?  Where's the best sushi place in town?  How do I learn to play the piano?  —  Today we're introducing Facebook Questions …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Goes (Very) Public With Questions Product
Daniel Emery / bbc.co.uk:
Facebook data harvester speaks out  —  The torrent is attracting hundreds of downloads  —  The man who harvested and published the personal details of 100m Facebook users has spoken out about his motives.  —  Ron Bowes, a security consultant, used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
“Leaked” data of 100M Facebook users came from public info
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
RIM Buys “BlackPad.com”, Presumably As A Home For The BlackBerry Tablet  —  Unless someone at Research In Motion is taking the time to screw with all of us, it looks like we might have an official name for their long-rumored BlackBerry tablet project: BlackPad.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring  —  The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.  —  The company is called Recorded Future …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Groupon Launches Deal Personalization, Opens Door To (More) Explosive Growth  —  Local deal goliath Groupon is launching a major new feature today: deal personalization, giving the site the ability to send you the deals it thinks you'll be most interested in.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:codputer
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Chrome 6 now includes Web Timing for a truer view of page load times  —  Chrome 6 has joined the third developer's preview of IE9 to include the Web Timing specification, which provides a truer view of how long a webpage loads.  —  Fast webpage load times are becoming increasingly important …
John Pozadzides / ReadWriteWeb:
Analysis: What are the Web's Top Sources of Referral Traffic?  —  If there's one thing we know about Web authors it's that they are constantly seeking new sources of traffic for their content.  It doesn't matter if you're a blogger, a marketing manager or a small business owner …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling  —  WASHINGTON — With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.  —  On Wednesday, the House Financial Services …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Everything We Know So Far About Apple's New “iAd For Developers” Program  —  Apple's iAd mobile advertising program continues its rollout: The newest feature, iAd for Developers, will allow iPhone developers to buy iAds to promote their apps within other apps.
Discussion: TiPb and Computerworld
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola Shipped 2.7 Million Smartphones Last Quarter, Phone Sales Down 6% YoY  —  Motorola has just announced its financial results for Q2 2010, reporting total sales of $5.4 billion, which is slightly below what it recorded in the same period last year.  Earnings came in at $162 million …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft argues for “neighborhood watch” approach to security  —  At the Black Hat security conference today, Microsoft championed a new approach to addressing security issues.  The new emphasis is on collaboration between software vendors and security researchers to ensure that customers are kept as safe as possible.
Mac Mojo:
Office for Mac 2011 Behind-the-Scenes: Conversations, Templates and more!  —  Today we have the first in a series of behind-the-scenes looks at Office for Mac 2011.  And who better to show the new tools and features than the people who created them.  We want to introduce Eric Schuchman …
Nicole Mordant / Reuters:
RIM seen unveiling “iPhone killer” next week  —  British Columbia (Reuters) - Shares of BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion Ltd (RIM.TO) (RIMM.O) jumped early on Wednesday on speculation it is set to unveil a long-awaited touchscreen handset designed to battle Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) popular iPhone.
Technology Review:
Our Rotting Video-Game Heritage  —  Diverse technologies, missing or secret documentation, and hostile copyright laws threaten video-game preservation.  —  Not long ago a film buff turned up a 90 year old film of Charlie Chaplin.  It had not shown since 1914, and was utterly forgotten by film historians …
Discussion: gamrFeed
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Just two Chinese ISPs serve 20% of world broadband users
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Mobile Advertising Heats Up, Millennial Media Prepares For An IPO In 2011
Discussion: Millennial Media
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Internet-Enabled TV Trumps 3-D TV in 2010
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
Thanks:atul
Erin White / Northwestern University News:
Not as Web Savvy as You Think  —  Young people give Google …
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Facebook CEO talks privacy on Hill
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Libraries top Netflix, Redbox when it comes to loaning DVDs
Discussion: Inside Redbox and Gadgetell
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Letter From Silicon Valley: Doing the Math on Android vs. Apple
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Guy Suing For Ownership Of Facebook Was Once Convicted For Magic Mushrooms
Thanks:bcaulfield
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko: New Search Engine Lets You “Spin” The Web
Discussion: Web X.0
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Facebook-Backer DST May Go Public Next Year
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Pay $10 Million Cash For Hot Potato, Says Source
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Why the Facebook-Amazon.com integration is bigger than you think
Discussion: MediaPost