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11:05 AM ET, August 2, 2010

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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.
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   Specter of Apple Looms Over Verizon, AT&T's Cell Phone Credit Cards Game
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 coming to Europe in October, US in November, according to Microsoft COO (video)  —  Here's something that seems to have slipped the net from Kevin Turner's recent presentation on Windows Phone 7 devices.  While discussing the move to Microsoft's next great hope in the mobile space …
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.
Microsoft:
Office for Mac 2011 Hitting Store Shelves This October  —  Qualifying new purchases of Office 2008 will include a full upgrade to Office 2011.  —  Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, the next version of the leading productivity suite for the Mac, will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October.
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 …
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MSDN Blogs:
Online privacy, Tracking, and IE8's InPrivate Filtering
Discussion: Inquirer and PC Magazine, Thanks:rawmeet
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Media Companies Try Getting Social With Tumblr  —  By now, plenty of traditional media companies have hopped on the social media bandwagon, pumping out news updates on Facebook and Twitter.  —  But do those companies have the time and resources to work yet another Web outlet into their daily routine?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
What Microsoft isn't saying about its iPad compete strategy  —  Some believe Microsoft is being coy about its slate plans.  Others simply think the company is being clueless.  I think the Redmondians are planting decoys, hoping they'll provide cover for missteps.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Technologizer, Thanks:rawmeet
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad
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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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: PlayOn brings Hulu and Netflix to the iPhone — without Apple's help  —  PlayOn, the service that allows you to view streaming media from the web and PCs on a variety of devices, is finally headed to the iPhone as of tomorrow.  It originally planned to release an iPhone app via …
Discussion: Technologizer and ITworld.com
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Would-Be Owner Says He Owes Claim to Arrest, Andrew Cuomo Lawsuit  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims in a lawsuit that he owns 84 percent of Facebook Inc., said his case wouldn't have been possible if state troopers hadn't come to his house in October to arrest him for fraud.
Dave Methvin / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Phone Idea Is Nuts  —  Over at Ars Technica, Peter Bright has proposed that if Microsoft really wants to succeed at Windows Phone 7, the company should build its own phone.  That idea is, in a word, nuts.  It doesn't address any of the real problems that Microsoft has in this market.
Thanks:rawmeet
Net Market Share:
Internet Explorer on a Roll - Gains Another .42%  —  Internet Explorer extended its usage share gains by another .42% in July, gaining about 1% global share since May.  This is the second month in a row of global gains for Internet Explorer and the third straight month of gains for Internet Explorer 8 in the United States.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feeding Frenzy As Delicious Founder Joshua Schachter Raises Round For New Startup
Thanks:atul
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Dell, HP to resell Oracle's operating systems
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Thanks:mathewi
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
M&A: Microsoft makes more from selling than it spends on buying
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Stuart Henshall:
Skype iPhone Multitasking Not Ready for Prime Time.
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Sex industry embraces FaceTime, world feigns surprise
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Delhi Police Use Facebook to Track Scofflaw Drivers
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The Facebook Questions Easter Egg
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers …