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4:50 PM ET, July 30, 2010

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Antonio Wells / Android Tapp:
Android Wallpaper Apps Falsely Accused of Spyware and Stealing Sensitive User Data [FUD]  —  Wow!  A recent VentureBeat article put the blogosphere and smartphone industry on its heels when a reported score of wallpaper Android apps were accused of being malicious by mobile security software maker Lookout …
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Kevin / The Official Lookout Blog:
Update and Clarification of Analysis of Mobile Applications at Blackhat 2010  —  This week at Blackhat, we released the first findings from the App Genome Project.  Our goal with this research is to help make people aware of the capabilities of mobile apps so that they can be vigilant while downloading.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Researchers: Android Wallpaper App Shows “No Evidence Of Malicious Behavior”
Discussion: Lifehacker and Neowin.net
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Ballmer on the iPad: The transcript  —  “We'll talk about about slates and tablets and blah, blah, blah, blah.”  Ballmer at the financial analysts meeting.  No, those aren't the notes of a reporter who couldn't keep up.  That “blah, blah, blah, blah” — taken from the official transcript …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer says Microsoft at work to rival iPad
Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Put Off IPO Until 2012 to Buy Time for Growth  —  Facebook Inc. will probably put off its initial public offering until 2012, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg more time to gain users and boost sales, three people familiar with the matter said.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Facebook Missing an Opportunity by Saying No to an IPO?
Carolyn / Twitter Blog:
Discovering Who To Follow  —  With more than a hundred million users on Twitter, there are sure to be at least dozens of accounts out there that will reflect your interests.  The trouble is finding all of them.  Today we're beginning to roll out a simple, but powerful new feature to help address that — “Suggestions for You”.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
An Open iPhone App Market That Doesn't Require Jailbreaking... And Which Apple Can't Stop  —  In all of the fuss, hype and obsession over the iPhone/iPad app store, people seem to forget that when the iPhone first launched, it had no app store and no ability for third party developers to create native apps.
Bloomberg:
New York Subway Stations Will Go Wireless, Catching Up With Tokyo, Berlin  —  After an almost three-year delay, work is set to begin on a $200 million plan to bring mobile- phone and Wi-Fi service to New York's subway stations.  The project was rejuvenated after the group that won …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Flipboard Won't Help Publishing's Smoldering Model  —  Sure, Smart Publishers Want to Be on Flipboard, But Let's Stop Pretending Why  —  Good news!  Flipboard is ready to log me in via Twitter and Facebook.  It took a while because demand for the new iPad app — a visual …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, more at Mediagazer », Thanks:atul
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Inside Story: Flipboard's Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media
Thanks:atul
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple starts patenting mobile app ideas  —  By now most of must us have heard about the problems U.S. patent system is facing.  With software and business model patents, patent trolls and lawsuits, and patented things like one-click buying online.  —  Well, if Apple has it's way, things are about to get much worse.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Hardware 2.0 Blog
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
MoneyBall for Startups: Invest BEFORE Product/Market Fit, Double-Down AFTER.  —  My apologies... this is a long piece (~2500 words).  Not for the faint of heart.  If you want the short story, read the abstract below & 3 core assumptions, then cut to the conclusions at the bottom.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dave McClure Files For $30 Million Venture Fund: 500 Startups
Discussion: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Major Corporations Are Downloading Those 100 Million Facebook Profiles off BitTorrent  —  Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information off of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles?  I thought it was strange that the guy didn't sell this information, since many companies would be interested.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Did we pronounce privacy dead this week?  —  PHILADELPHIA—Does privacy exist anymore?  Do we even know what it is?  A conversation between digital academics Jeff Jarvis and Danah Boyd on Friday morning at the Supernova conference capped off a week in which many peoples' perceptions …
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Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Who Cares About Facebook Privacy? Students Do
Discussion: UIC and ReadWriteWeb
Elizabeth Woyke / Velocity:
Sony's Response To New Kindle: Not Chasing “Cheapest E-Reader” Title  —  All the chatter about Amazon's new, $139 e-reader isn't forcing competitor Sony to lower its prices—at least not yet.  —  On July 29, the day after Amazon's new Kindle was unveiled, Sony released a statement proclaiming …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Will Take Steps To Block The Google-Yahoo Japan Partnership  —  Microsoft is going to try and block the Yahoo Japan - Google partnership, a company rep told us late last night.  —  “We plan to present evidence to the Japanese FTC explaining why we believe that this deal is substantially …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Said to Plan Tablet for November to Take on IPad  —  Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPad, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.
Michael Coates / ...Application Security:
The Irony - Black Hat Video Stream Hack  —  Free access to the Black Hat Video Stream?  Yep, that was the case.  Read on for the whole story.  —  I was unable to attend Black Hat in person this year.  Instead, I decided I would closely monitor twitter, blogs and the Black Hat page itself to stay up to date.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
EVO 4G's Android 2.2 update starts trickling out tomorrow, loads of new features and fixes in store? (update: official for August 3rd!)  —  We're not certain that this date is going to hold — things like this have an uncanny tendency to slip at the last possible moment …
 
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
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Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Playdom Signs Five-Year Contract With Facebook, Will Exclusively Use Credits
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:rawmeet
John Cook / TechFlash:
The art of startup names
Discussion: The Name Inspector and Seattle 2.0
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Rain or Snow, Now You Can See Weather in Google Earth