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7:00 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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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.
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
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 …
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: Softpedia News and Pulse2
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.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Facebook and Twitter's New Rival  —  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?
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.
Chris White / TUAW:
Sex industry embraces FaceTime, world feigns surprise  —  When I first saw the iPhone 4 FaceTime demo, I knew it wouldn't take much time before rule 34 took effect.  It was inevitable that Apple's video chat tech would be used by the sex industry as a new way to deliver live adult content to customers.
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
 
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Stuart Henshall:
Skype iPhone Multitasking Not Ready for Prime Time.
Benny Evangelista / SFGate:
Study: Americans spending more time on Facebook; online gaming overtakes e-mail
Discussion: USA Today, Fudzilla and Business Week
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The Facebook Questions Easter Egg
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Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Why Apple Should Buy Infineon: To Own Mobile And Screw Intel
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and 9 to 5 Mac