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1:00 AM ET, August 2, 2010

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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Official: iPhone 4 jailbreak hits from iPhone Dev Team (updated with video)  —  The Library of Congress made it legal, MuscleNerd showed us it was a go, and now Comex and company have delivered the long-awaited jailbreak to the fourth rendition of iPhone.  According to their new page JailbreakMe …
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Jailbreak iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G on iOS 4 / 4.0.1 and iPad on iOS 3.2.1 with JailbreakMe 2.0  —  JailbreakMe 2.0 Star is the name!  - The userland jailbreak for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3G on iOS 4 / 4.0.1, iPod touch on iOS 4, and iPad on iOS 3.2.1 is out !!.  It is a browser based jailbreak …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad  —  “The operating system is called Windows,” claimed Steve Ballmer when asked about Microsoft's plans for the tablet/slate/pad form factor at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting on Thursday.  He expressed dismay …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
What Microsoft's slate interface should — and could — look like  —  Using Microsoft's new Windows Phone interface feels at times like placing a small frame on wide landscape, and then moving it around to get a sense for the larger picture.  People accustomed to self-contained mobile screens will find this jarring at first.
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:atul
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Delhi Police Use Facebook to Track Scofflaw Drivers  —  NEW DELHI — This city is famous for its snarled traffic and infamous for its unruly drivers — aggressive rule-breakers who barrel through red lights, ignore crosswalks and veer into bicycle or bus lanes to find open routes.
Discussion: Pulse2
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy  —  The online habits of most people who use the world's dominant Web browser are an open book to advertisers.  That wasn't the plan at first.  —  In early 2008, Microsoft Corp.'s product planners for the Internet Explorer 8. browser intended …
Discussion: Digits and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Says It Employed Wikileaks Informant  —  A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic …
New York Times:
Bing and Google in a Race for Search Features  —  Edwin Perello discovered that Bing, the Microsoft search engine, could find addresses in his rural Indiana town when Google could not.  Laura Michelson, an administrative assistant in San Francisco, was lured by Bing's flight fare tracker.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and LiveSide.net, Thanks:steverubel
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:
The Facebook Questions Easter Egg  —  How is babby formed?  —  It's a timeless question that launched a meme and a life of its own.  For those not aware of such Internet history please take a moment to familiarize yourself.  —  For Internet troublemakers like myself this question is a great way to test any new Q&A service.
BBC:
Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions  —  Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone, claiming security concerns.  —  The United Arab Emirates is to block sending emails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets.
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Said to Target Visa, MasterCard With Smartphones  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile carriers, are planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones, posing a new threat to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., three people with direct knowledge of the plan said.
Thanks:rawmeet
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Hacker shows how he can intercept cell phone calls with $1,500 device (video)  —  A security researcher showed in a live demo today how he can intercept cell phone calls on 80 percent of the world's phones with just about $1,500 worth of equipment.  —  Chris Paget, who also showed yesterday …
 
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Jim Taylor / BBC:
UK soldiers use iPad app to train for Afghan operations
Discussion: Edible Apple and App Advice
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Researchers Combat Camera Blur with Sensor Package
Discussion: Microsoft Research
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Opportunities In The Patent-Free Zone
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Why Apple Should Buy Infineon: To Own Mobile And Screw Intel
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and 9 to 5 Mac
Clive Thompson / Wired:
Clive Thompson on the Death of the Phone Call
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks
Discussion: Guardian and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rival Smartphone Attenuation Videos Vanish From Apple's Website
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
A Peek Inside the M&A Playbooks of Technology's Top Acquirers
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In School Systems, Slow Progress for Open-Source Textbooks
Discussion: InformationWeek
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Blind Item: Which Editor of Valleywag Needs to Resign? Right Now.
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com:
Flipboard: The product is great, the hyperbole is grating
Discussion: Scripting News