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7:35 PM ET, August 1, 2010

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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.
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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 …
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.
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  —  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, all you have to do is to browse to http …
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 …
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.
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 and Slashdot
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Researchers Combat Camera Blur with Sensor Package  —  Microsoft researchers presented a novel new anti-blurring technology at the recent SIGGRAPH 2010 conference in Los Angeles.  The solution is fundamentally simple—using a hardware attachment on a camera to measure the movement produced …
Discussion: Microsoft Research
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Opportunities In The Patent-Free Zone  —  China may overtake Japan to become the world's second-largest economy this year.  On its heels is India, and countries such as Brazil and Russia are not far behind.  What does this mean for entrepreneurs?  That, increasingly, the big opportunities lie outside …
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.
Jim Taylor / BBC:
UK soldiers use iPad app to train for Afghan operations  —  For the first time, UK troops are using a special app developed for the iPad to learn how to handle a fire mission.  —  That's when artillery is being fired at the enemy from several miles away.  —  In early trials at the Royal School …
 
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Priya Ganapati / Epicenter:
American iPad Users Pay Among the Highest for Data Worldwide
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How North Korea could build a cyber army to defeat the U.S.
Fred / A VC:
Dave McClure's Investment Thesis
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Sluggish iOS 4 performance on the iPhone 3G? We have the fix
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com:
Flipboard: The product is great, the hyperbole is grating
Discussion: Scripting News and AdAge