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11:10 AM ET, August 4, 2010

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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
It's official: Saudi Arabia bans BlackBerrys  —  The rumors are true: Saudi Arabia has become the second country inside of a week to block access to Research in Motion's BlackBerry devices on grounds of national security.  —  The ban goes into effect on August 6 after a “grace period” …
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Reuters:
U.S. authorities able to tap Blackberry messaging  —  (Reuters) - The BlackBerry — renown for the security of its messaging — doesn't offer 100 percent protection from eavesdropping.  At least not in the United States.  —  U.S. law enforcement officials said they can tap into emails …
Michael's Minute:
Apple Quietly Enables Online Streaming To iPhones, iPad and iTouch  —  Buried in the release notes of an updated iPhone app is significant new functionality which lets Apple devices stream music from its online storage in a useful manner for the first time.  This is in defiance …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR!  It's Patton v. Rommel: Vic Gundotra Will Lead Google To Victory In Social War With Facebook  —  Google has chosen a General in their War With Facebook - VP Engineering Vic Gundotra, we've heard from multiple sources.  This is the person who will control overall product strategy …
Discussion: Scripting News
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Financial Times:
Motorola and Verizon team up for TV tablet  —  Motorola is developing a digital tablet device that will allow users to watch television on it, as the US mobile phone group attempts to chip away at a market established by Apple's popular iPad.  —  The device, which will have a 10-inch screen …
Josh Nguyen / Flickr Blog:
Welcome to your new photo page  —  After a few weeks in public preview, we're rolling out the new Flickr photo page to 100% of the Flickrverse.  Our effort in this release focuses on two areas that will continue to make Flickr the very best place for your photos.
Mike Schackwitz / The Windows Blog:
The new Hotmail is now available to everyone!  —  Here at Hotmail, we've had quite a busy week!  All of our customers are now upgraded.  The majority of you got the new Hotmail just this past week, as we completed the rollout to over 350 million people in more than 220 countries around the world.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Tim Mayer, Who Worked For Practically Every Search Engine, Leaves Yahoo  —  Earlier I wrote about the depature of Yahoo's Srinija Srinivasan.  Yahoo's lost another person, and another big figure in search, that of Tim Mayer.  —  Tim just tweeted, as shown above, that he's enjoying his first “post-Yahoo” day.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
Bing's Bringing Sexy Maps  —  Over the last few weeks a few of you lucky ducks got to experience a new map type we were flighting.  Around 10% of users were seeing our new maps in all its aesthetic glory.  Today, we're releasing it to everyone.  The new map type has two experiences …
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Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
Bing Maps Re-Routed to Look Smarter and Calculate Your Cab Fare
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Acquires mSpoke For Its Recommendation Technology, Team  —  Professional social network provider LinkedIn has acquired mSpoke, a small startup that aims to make content more relevant through recommendation technology.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 4 unlock available now (update: video!)  —  It's the moment that many of you have been waiting for: the Dev-Team's ultrasn0w carrier unlock for iPhone 4 is out.  You'll find version 1.0-1 of ultrasn0w in Cydia on jailbroken devices.  If not, just add the repo666.ultrasn0w.com repository.
Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the new Search History link on Google  —  Have you ever tried to remember how to get back to a website that you found from a recent search?  Today in the US, we're launching a new search history feature which helps you quickly get back to sites you've been to and see items …
MrK / AlienBabelTech:
[ABT Exclusive]TMobile's “Project Emerald” is HTC Glacier, has a dual-core Snapdragon CPU, three times faster than EVO 4G and benchmarks!  —  With the evidence that we present to you below we can safely say now that TMobile's fabled “Project Emerald” is in fact the rumored HTC Glacier.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Advertisers Boost Spending 10-Fold, Sandberg Says  —  Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.'s biggest advertisers have boosted spending by at least 10-fold in the past year as the social network crossed the half- billion user mark, becoming more alluring to marketers that want to reach a broad online audience.
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung thinks about putting touchscreen on a tablet's back  —  Now that Apple showed how a real tablet device should look and work, everyone else is scrambling to make their own tablet that will be at least on par with the iPad.  —  Samsung is no stranger here, and has already confirmed …
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Vonage Mobile App Lets You Call Facebook Friends From iPhone or Android For Free  —  Vonage, the VoIP company with the head-whacking commercials, has a new app for Android and iOS that lets users make free calls to Facebook friends over 3G and Wi-Fi.  Finally, your reward for cultivating that extensive friends list.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Facebook Gains an Android Facelift  —  Facebook for Android (s goog) got a long overdue update tonight (perhaps the final push was Mark Zuckerberg's installing the Android app himself last week?), after playing second fiddle to the iOS version for far too long.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Chrome users: you can now drag and drop Gmail attachments to your desktop!  —  For quite some time, Gmail users in Chrome and Firefox have been able to drag and drop multiple attachments into the window to be sent, but that's where the fun stopped.  If you wanted to download attachments …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FOIA Denial All But Confirms FTC Probe of Apple's Anti-Adobe Rules  —  The Federal Trade Commission has nearly 200 pages of records related to a purported complaint by Adobe against Apple for banning iPhone developers from using its authoring tools to make iPhone apps.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Forbes Sells Investopedia To ValueClick In $42 Million Deal  —  Online marketing services company ValueClick is buying financial information and investing education website Investopedia from Forbes for approximately $42 million in cash.  —  The reasons for the purchase: content, traffic …
Joseph Radford / Reuters:
Sharp plans to launch 3D smartphone this year  —  (Reuters) - Sharp Corp plans to take on Apple's iPhone by the end of the year, with the international launch of a smartphone featuring a 3D panel that can be viewed without special glasses, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Wilson Rothman / msnbc.com:
Underwhelming BlackBerry spells doom for RIM  —  Looks like the smart phone industry's 800-pound gorilla is losing weight  —  On Tuesday, Research In Motion needed a miracle.  It needed a fresh-faced BlackBerry and an operating system that made people say “whoa.”
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Skyhook Will Take the Location Battle to Court
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Microsoft teases something ‘flat’ and ‘touchy’