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12:30 PM 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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NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Motorola, HTC drive Android to Smartphone OS lead in the U.S.  —  Android now installed in one of every three smartphones sold at retail.  BlackBerry OS share drops 9 points to 28 percent. … - Motorola Droid  — HTC Droid Incredible  — HTC EVO 4G  — HTC Hero
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NPD: Android is now top-selling OS in American smartphones  —  Step aside, BlackBerrys and iPhones, the American consumer has voted with his wallet and picked Android as his favorite flavor in the quarter just gone.  NPD's number crunchers have just announced their findings for Q2 2010 …
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Settles Charges of Anticompetitive Conduct Against Intel  —  The Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement with Intel Corp. that resolves charges the company illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips.  Intel has agreed to provisions that will open the door …
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael Kan / Network World:
iPad clears government hurdle in China  —  The popular device moves closer toward being cleared by the Chinese government for sale in the mainland market  —  Apple's iPad has received a safety certification mark from Chinese regulators, putting it on a path that could see the future release of the popular tablet computer in China.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Erictric, CrunchGear and MacNN
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
Bing Maps Re-Routed to Look Smarter and Calculate Your Cab Fare  —  Microsoft's Bing Maps, like Bing Search and Zune, is one of Microsoft's great underrated surprises.  It may seem like a ripoff of a better-known product (in this case, Google Maps), and that's not entirely inaccurate, but it's also unfair.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Now Displays Notification Count In Browser Tabs
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Richard Ziade / Basement.org:
The New Clutter  —  There's a new kind of clutter littering Web pages.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Forbes Sells Investopedia To ValueClick In $42 Million Deal
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
MySpace Preparing to Go Beyond Friends in Your News Feed
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Marco R. della Cava / USA Today:
Always-on technology: Are we adapting, or losing focus?
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Chrome users: you can now drag and drop Gmail attachments to your desktop!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
True Ventures Invests In 19 Year Old Entrepreneur Brian Wong
Discussion: Teens in Tech
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Earth Used To Fine People With Pools, Again
Discussion: broadstuff, Lifehacker and Gadgetell