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4:55 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
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 …
Discussion: FM Blog
Hugo Miller / Industries:
RIM Said to Plan Tablet for November to Take on Apple's 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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Inside Story: Flipboard's Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media
Thanks:atul
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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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News
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Marc Parry / Wired Campus:
Who Cares About Facebook Privacy? Students Do
Discussion: UIC and ReadWriteWeb
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Facebook Missing an Opportunity by Saying No to an IPO?
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Facebook: No Plans To Give Search Engines Access To Facebook Questions
Discussion: WebProNews, All Facebook and The Next Web, Thanks:mattmcgee
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Ballmer on the iPad: The transcript