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4:55 PM ET, July 21, 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
500 Million Stories  —  As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them.  —  This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world.
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
iPhone update: now supports multitasking, no additional charges for calling over 3G  —  In May, we upgraded our iPhone app to allow users to make calls over 3G data connections.  Today, I'm pleased to introduce a brand new version of the app.  It allows you to make calls with high quality sound, and supports multitasking.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:   Skype updated for iOS 4, background VoIP is a go
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look at “revolutionary” social news iPad app: Flipboard  —  You've seen Twitter clients like TweetDeck or Seesmic, but you've never seen one like this.  —  You've seen news readers like NewsGator, Google Reader, or, even, newer ones for iPad like Pulse, but you've never seen one like this.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet Flipboard: Mike McCue Talks About Stealth “Social Magazine” …
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
The Web Means the End of Forgetting  —  Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption “Drunken Pirate.”
Discussion: MediaPost, Bits and Inc.com, Thanks:poplifegirl
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Erez Zukerman / Download Squad:
[UPDATED] Months after deleting your account, Facebook still publishes …
Thanks:leemathews
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon confirms Droid X screen issues, but says they're not widespread  —  We just got word back from Verizon regarding those flickering Droid X screens, and sure enough, the ghastly images are not a side effect of your assimilation into the Droid collective.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Joke iPhone Sticker Turns Into a Business  —  After Apple's iPhone 4 press conference last week, Szymon Weglarski and Jon Dorfman, two designers from Brooklyn, decided they would have a little fun with the iPhone 4's antenna problem.  —  They designed tiny bandages that fit perfectly around …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon switching to AT&T-style limited data plans later this month?  —  Hang on to your megabytes, folks, because it looks like the Brave New World of limited data is truly upon us.  AT&T and Verizon tend to follow each others' moves pretty closely — the two carriers regard each …
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
What Is Google Editions?  —  Someday soon—later this summer perhaps—there will be a major new development in the evolution of e-books: the launch of Google Editions.  The initial success of Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iPad, and the e-book runners-up like Barnes & Noble's Nook and the Sony Reader …
Discussion: The Next Web and Go Rumors
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google takes the FTC to school  —  Google just issued a response to the Federal Trade commission's staff discussion draft on potential recommendations to support the reinvention [read: preservation] of journalism [read: newspapers].  (here was my reaction).
Discussion: MediaPost and Tech Eye
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Pablo Chavez / Google Public Policy Blog:
Business problems need business solutions
Vikram / Inside BlackBerry:
Inside BlackBerry 6: Multimedia Experience  —  Our team has been working hard to enhance the overall multimedia experience in BlackBerry® 6, and we've packed a lot of changes into the upcoming release.  I'm very excited to be able to provide some more details about this aspect of BlackBerry 6 today.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
If True, the Ceglia Case Could Rewrite Part of Facebook's Early History  —  The first few years of Facebook's existence has already been closely scrutinized in court and in the media.  This fall, there's even a feature-length movie coming out about one version.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Trada Raises $5.75M From Google Ventures To Crowdsource Search Engine Marketing  —  Google's AdWords may be one of the most successful products in Internet history, but it's fair to say that most small and medium-sized business owners aren't exactly experts when it comes to writing their ad copy …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Netflix Says Subscriber Total Jumped 42 Percent  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) reported yet another big jump in subscribers.  The company says it now has 15 million subscribers, up 42 percent from a year ago and up from 13 million during the first quarter of the year.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Lacey Rose / The Biz Blog:
Inside Yahoo!'s Attempt To Reinvent The Portal  —  With sites like Twitter and Facebook increasingly vying with portals for people's time online, Yahoo! Media Vice President Jimmy Pitaro knows the role of aggregator is not enough.  —  That's why his 600 million-plus monthly users visit a site that is 10% original content today.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
AT&T's 3G Dropped Call Rate: 0.91 Percent (PDF)  —  On slide 11 from AT&T's Q4 2009 financial results presentation, they claim a dropped call rate for 3G calls of 0.91 percent for December 2009, down from 1.18 percent the year prior.  We don't know whether the iPhone 3GS already exceeded this average, though.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Boy Genius Report
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Dell warns of malware on server motherboards  —  Dell is apparently warning customers that “a small number” of its PowerEdge R410 server motherboards may contain malicious software.  —  Dell is apparently warning customers that “a small number” of its PowerEdge R410 server motherboards may contain malicious software.
Discussion: ZDNet
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
IP czar targets overseas pirate sites  —  U.S. President Barack Obama isn't the only government official who wants to smack down copyright infringement and counterfeiting.  —  During a hearing before the House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs, some congressional lawmakers …
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Amazon Makes It Clear It Will Survive iPadmania  —  This is a phenomenal week to be covering the publishing industry.  Tuesday, Apple released its quarterly earnings.  Big surprise, another record-breaking quarter for the folks in Cupertino.  A few billion here, a few billion there, blah, blah.
Softpedia News:
Google Maps Gets Improved Border Data for 60 Countries and Regions  —  Including regions with disputed borders  —  The technical challenges of maintaining a detailed map of the world are hard enough, but things get even more complicated when you factor in political issues like border disputes.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Spent $1.34 Million On Lobbying In Q2, Up 41 Percent From Last Year
Discussion: PR Newswire
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lokast Brings Proximity Based Mobile Social Network To Android Phones
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple: The iPad Isn't Cannibalizing the Mac, But We Sure Hope …
Discussion: eWeek
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenHeatMap: Custom Heat Maps for Geo Data
Bloomberg:
Apple Climbs as Revenue Forecast Tops Analysts' Predictions
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Scott Webster / Crave: The gadget blog:
Droid 2 could be first phone to launch with Froyo
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Twitter's tech problems take a toll on developers
Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Google to End Technical Support for Two China Tianya Products
Discussion: V3.co.uk and WebProNews
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP Lists HP Slate 500, Requests PalmPad Trademark
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads
Discussion: Maximum PC
 

 
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