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1:40 AM ET, August 1, 2010

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cookie Madness!  —  I just don't understand Julia Angwin's scare story about cookies and ad targeting in the Wall Street Journal.  That is, I don't understand how the Journal could be so breathlessly naive, unsophisticated, and anachronistic about the basics of the modern media business.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:arjo
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks  —  LAS VEGAS—A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday …
Discussion: Guardian
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Blind Item: Which Editor of Valleywag Needs to Resign?  Right Now.  —  Criticising Valleywag in 2010 is something of a pointless exercise, like offering diplomatic counsel to the Ottoman Empire ten years after the Treaty of Lausanne.  More pointless still, attacking the site's titular editor Ryan Tate …
Clive Thompson / Wired:
Clive Thompson on the Death of the Phone Call  —  My phone bills are shrinking.  Not, unfortunately, in cost.  I mean they're getting shorter.  I recently found an old bill from a decade ago; it was fully 15 pages long, because back then I was making a ton of calls—about 20 long-distance ones a day.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
A Peek Inside the M&A Playbooks of Technology's Top Acquirers  —  Last night a group of M&A gurus from the corporate development teams at top tech acquirers Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco, Facebook and Twitter gathered to share insights into their business with a group of startups at a fancy-pants Los Altos Hills, Calif. mansion.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Fred / A VC:
Dave McClure's Investment Thesis  —  I've been a fan of Dave McClure since I met him some time ago.  He has strong opinions, he shares them liberally, spices them up with foul language, and finds himself involved with a lot of interesting entrepreneurs and companies.  In a nutshell, he's my kind of investor.
Twitter Status:
Planned Network Maintenance Saturday July 31st @ 11PM PDT  —  Twitter's hosting provider, NTT America, is upgrading a portion of our internal network starting July 31 at 11PM Pacific.  —  ( August 1 at 600 UTC)  —  This maintenance will last approximately five hours.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Erictric
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Sluggish iOS 4 performance on the iPhone 3G?  We have the fix  —  After information surfaced yesterday that Apple is investigating sluggish performance on the iPhone 3G when running iOS 4, a Neowin reader posted what could be a quick and easy fix and the best part is, it actually works.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In School Systems, Slow Progress for Open-Source Textbooks  —  INFURIATING Scott G. McNealy has never been easier.  Just bring up math textbooks.  —  Mr. McNealy, the fiery co-founder and former chief executive of Sun Microsystems, shuns basic math textbooks as bloated monstrosities …
Priya Ganapati / Epicenter:
American iPad Users Pay Among the Highest for Data Worldwide  —  iPad users in the United States are getting ripped off in how much they are paying for data on the device, says a company that has compared monthly data plans for the magical Apple device across different wireless carriers worldwide.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How North Korea could build a cyber army to defeat the U.S.  —  It wouldn't be that hard for North Korea to build a cyber army to take on the U.S. in a war fought only in cyberspace.  North Korea has an estimated cyber war budget of $56 million, and the cheap way it could attack the U.S …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rival Smartphone Attenuation Videos Vanish From Apple's Website  —  Well this is interesting.  One of the key points at Apple's recent press conference to discuss the iPhone 4′s antenna, was that the problem (called “attenuation") is not unique to the iPhone 4.
 
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Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com:
Flipboard: The product is great, the hyperbole is grating
Discussion: AdAge
Marc Flores / IntoMobile:
Exclusive: Verizon 4G LTE Launching This Year; LTE Roadmap Detailed
Emily Lambert / Forbes:
High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay
Discussion: Salon
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Tighter security coming in Firefox 4
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' Secret Porn Experience
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
8 future Gmail features/changes revealed with a single image
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Software released for attacking Android phones
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Geek.com