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10:35 AM ET, July 31, 2010

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Cpen / 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”.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like Facebook, Twitter Starts Using Algorithms To Bulk Up Social Graph
Discussion: Skeptic Geek, Thanks:marting
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
8 future Gmail features/changes revealed with a single image  —  An image uploaded to the Chromium OS bug tracker shows a pre-release version of Gmail sporting a number of new features and changes to the layout.  In total, we've spotted 8 differences compared to the Gmail we all use today.
Emily Lambert / Forbes:
High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay  —  Computer jockeys setting up own shops in bids to make millions.  —  Pity the programmers toiling away at Wall Street's secretive high-frequency trading shops—places like Goldman Sachs ( GS - news - people ), Citadel and Getco.
Discussion: Salon
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
WikiLeaks Posts Mysterious ‘Insurance’ File  —  In the wake of strong U.S. government statements condemning WikiLeaks' recent publishing of 77,000 Afghan War documents, the secret-spilling site has posted a mysterious encrypted file labeled “insurance.”  —  The huge file, posted …
Discussion: Telegraph
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: 99designs and PE Hub Blog
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets  —  A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers.  First in a series.  By Julia Angwin  —  Hidden inside Ashley Hayes-Beaty's computer, a tiny file helps gather personal details …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung's 4-inch Windows Phone 7 handset gets named: Cetus (SGH-i917)  —  You'd probably assume that Samsung would have a difficult time overshadowing the Galaxy S right now, but all it really takes is a salacious Bluetooth SIG entry that leaves only the most important parts to the imagination.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Tighter security coming in Firefox 4  —  LAS VEGAS—A new JavaScript engine, HTML5, tabs on top, and a new add-on framework are not the only improvements that users can expect in Firefox 4.  At Black Hat on Wednesday, a trio of security representatives from Mozilla detailed how the company plans …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Droid getting Android 2.2 next week  —  We've just been dropped a brief note from Verizon that the original Droid will be getting the full Froyo treatment at some point next week.  Considering the brevity of the announcement, it's entirely possible that this was thrown together …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' Secret Porn Experience  —  Steve Jobs has championed “freedom from porn,” because, he suggests, pornography harms kids.  But a technology broadcaster said he spent a porny weekend with Jobs—and Jobs' young family.  —  Podcasting impresario Leo Laporte embarked …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Yelp CEO: “There is real tension” between Google Places and Yelp  —  Today at TechCrunch's Cruchup in Palo Alto, CA, Jeremy Stoppelman , Yelp's CEO and John Hanke , VP of Product Management at Google talked about the strain that is building up between Yelp and Google Places.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:scobleizer
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.
Marc Flores / IntoMobile:
Exclusive: Verizon 4G LTE Launching This Year; LTE Roadmap Detailed  —  Watch out Sprint, Verizon is prepping its 4G network to go live this year with data cards and LTE handsets confirmed for the 2010 and 2011 roadmap to compete against your 4G WiMAX network.
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
News Corp's Next Digital News Venture  —  News Corp [NWSA Loading...  () ] is seriously considering what could be a game change in the digital news industry.  —  Sources close to the company tell me that the company is considering creating a new purely digital news play that would be designed …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Before There Can Be An IPO, First Comes A New CFO For Zynga  —  Social gaming company Zynga is growing at a rapid clip.  More importantly, their revenue is growing at a rapid clip.  And they need a big gun to handle that.  They believe they've just got him: Dave Wehner, formerly a managing director at Allen & Company LLC.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Software released for attacking Android phones  —  (Reuters) - Two security experts said on Friday they released a tool for attacking smartphones that use Google Inc's Android operating system to persuade manufacturers to fix a bug that lets hackers read a victim's email and text messages.
Discussion: Geek.com and AppleInsider
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Like a Robot Struck by Lightning: Gowalla to Launch Write API …
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and The Next Web
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Has No Plans to Continue fbFund
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet — But Not Your Phone
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
First, Give Away the Game
Michael Coates / ...Application Security:
The Irony - Black Hat Video Stream Hack
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Copyright Group ‘Steal’ Competitor's Website
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Did we pronounce privacy dead this week?