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11:45 PM ET, July 30, 2011

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Jillian York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Case for Pseudonyms  —  pseu  ·do  ·nym  —noun a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name.  —  There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with.  They may be concerned about threats …
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
@BarackObama's Lost Followers: A Tempest In A Twitter Teapot  —  Yesterday, President Barack Obama concluded his address to the nation by urging Americans to contact their representatives and urge action on a debt ceiling resolution.  “If you want to see a bipartisan compromise …
Discussion: Mashable! and Reuters
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Anyone Can Access Microsoft's Massive Location Database and See Where Your Laptop and Smartphone Have Been  —  Microsoft has been going around and building a database of publicly broadcast MAC addresses (along with their corresponding street address) for location services purposes.
Fred / A VC:
30/10/10  —  We see a lot of metrics on web and mobile apps.  Our portfolio companies share their metrics with us, which we keep confidential and do not share with anyone outside of our firm.  And companies that are seeking investment from USV also share their metrics with us.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube embraces Google+ Hangouts for live streaming  —  YouTube is closely integrating Google's Hangouts group video chat platform with its live streaming in an effort to make video watching more social.  The site has already quietly begun to make live video feeds available to Hangouts users …
Charlie White / Mashable!:
Missouri Forbids Teachers and Students To Be Facebook Friends  —  If you're a student living in Missouri, you'd better not be Facebook friends with any of your teachers - that will soon be illegal.  —  According to Missouri Senate Bill 54 that goes into effect on August 28, any social networking …
Discussion: Examiner and Hack Education
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Is Hulu considering ad-free subscriptions?  —  A couple of interesting messages just appeared from the Hulu Support Twitter account.  In several recent responses to subscribers complaining about ads that Hulu plays as part of its premium subscription service, the account tweeted:
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Agnes Valdimarsdottir / Agence France Presse:
Icelanders hand in draft of world's first ‘web’ constitution  —  REYKJAVIK — A group of 25 ordinary citizens on Friday presented to Iceland's parliamentary speaker a new constitution draft, which they compiled with the help of hundreds of others who chipped in online.
Discussion: Deutsche Welle, Mashable! and Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Brief History of Apple Not Buying Things  —  And so it begins again.  BGR has an exclusive scoop from an “unproven” (ooh!) source: Apple is in talks to buy Barnes & Noble, the country's last remaining national bookseller.  As BGR points out, the acquisition would get Apple B&N's digital books …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can't Be Dodged  —  Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded — even when users block cookies, turn off storage in Flash, or use browsers' “incognito” functions.
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Why game developers hate the Facebook-Zynga marriage, and how Google+ can benefit
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