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3:58 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
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  —  Facebook is beta-launching its expected Q&A product today.  It's a way to ask friends, and friends of friends, for advice and recommendations on any topic.  What's surprising about this product is it's entirely public …
Discussion: The Web Life Blog, VentureBeat and Pop17, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
“Leaked” data of 100M Facebook users came from public info  —  Much has been made of a recent Facebook “leak” which allegedly disclosed information on over 100 million Facebook users.  What some reports have failed to highlight, however, is that the information was already public to begin with.
Discussion: Tech Eye
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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Rolling Out iAd Spots for App Developers  —  As noted by Ars Technica's Jacqui Cheng, Apple has updated its iAd developer page to invite app developers to advertise their applications through the company's new mobile ad platform. … Apple's iAd program launched at the beginning …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's Everything We Know So Far About Apple's New “iAd For Developers” Program
Erin White / Northwestern University News:
Not as Web Savvy as You Think  —  Young people give Google, other top brand search results too much credibility  —  Google it.  That's what many college students do when asked to read an excerpt of a play for class, write a resume or find the e-mail address of a politician.
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.
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Eric Schmidt on Google's Next Tricks  —  Google has long been cast by Wall Street analysts and some tech executives as a “one-trick pony” because it earns nearly all revenue from one source-online ads.  When asked for his response to that, Schmidt said in an interview: “I think that's probably true.”
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 …
Thanks:atul
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Age of Privacy Is Over  —  Mark Zuckerberg turned strangers' intimate moments into riches.  We turned the tables on the Facebook CEO, lurking outside his house, following him out with his girlfriend and pals, and to Chinese language lessons.  America's youngest billionaire got the paparazzi treatment.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Blekko: New Search Engine Lets You “Spin” The Web  —  Did you think the search engine wars had devolved into a fight between only Google and Bing?  Think again.  New challenger Blekko is stepping into the fray, opening to limited beta testing today.  It offers a compelling way to …
Discussion: Web X.0
Kellex / Droid Life:
New DROID X Ad Takes Another Shot at Apple  —  Another full page Droid X ad is hitting newspapers tomorrow and it takes a wonderful shot at the i*hone and its ridiculous free bumper giveaway...  Apple, we're laughing at you again.  —  If you missed the last one, check it here.  —  Via: Motorola Facebook
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 …
Fred Vogelstein / Epicenter:
Letter From Silicon Valley: Doing the Math on Android vs. Apple  —  If you live in the Silicon Valley echo chamber, nothing has been hotter lately than the Android/iPhone smackdown.  It's been an amazing year so far for Apple.  It introduced the iPad and a new iPhone, and the company …
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 …
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
Thanks:atul
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Facebook CEO talks privacy on Hill
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Libraries top Netflix, Redbox when it comes to loaning DVDs
Discussion: Inside Redbox
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Begins User Streams Testing.  Realtime Tech Should Help Ease API Strain
Discussion: TweetDeck's posterous
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Guy Suing For Ownership Of Facebook Was Once Convicted For Magic Mushrooms
Discussion: Forbes, Thanks:bcaulfield
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Facebook-Backer DST May Go Public Next Year
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Pay $10 Million Cash For Hot Potato, Says Source
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Fast-growing news site Business Insider raises $3M
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
No Personal Info in Google Wi-Fi Data, U.K. Group Says
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Brian Deagon / IBD Click:
Venture Capitalists See Tough Road Ahead
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Why the Facebook-Amazon.com integration is bigger than you think
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Ditches iPhone for Android