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4:20 AM ET, July 22, 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.
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Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Where Facebook's half a billion users reside  —  Facebook announced this morning that they now reach 500 million active users (just five and half years after launching).  But where do these half a billion users reside?  Refreshing my post from February, the share of users from Asia continues …
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Diane Sawyer as Website Gets 500-Millionth Member  —  Zuckerberg Says New Movie is ‘Fiction;’ Claims He Never Agreed to Share Facebook Ownership If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest one in the world.
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
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 (update …
Demian Bulwa / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco's unluckiest thief  —  There are unlucky thieves, and then there is Horatio Toure.  —  According to San Francisco police, the 31-year-old city resident rode a bicycle up to a woman Monday afternoon in the South of Market neighborhood, snatched an iPhone out of her hands, and then pedaled away.
AppleInsider:
Apple appoints new Senior VP of Operations to address product quality  —  Apple has appointed a new Senior Vice President of Operations dedicated to ensuring that Apple products meet “the highest standards of quality, “AppleInsider has learned.  —  

Jeff Williams …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Galaxy Phones From Samsung Are Worthy iPhone Rivals  —  The war of the super-smartphones continues to heat up, and, at the moment, most of the combat seems to be between Apple's iPhone and the multiplying array of competitors running Google's Android operating system.
Jean-Paul Cozzatti / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Twitter & Performance: An update  —  On Monday, a fault in the database that stores Twitter user records caused problems on both Twitter.com and our API.  The short, non-technical explanation is that a mistake led to some problems that we were able to fix without losing any data.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Fred Wilson: Apple is evil and Facebook is just a photo-sharing site  —  Twitter and Foursquare investor Fred Wilson shrugged off Facebook's open graph, the social network's strategy for mapping the web via people's relationships and tastes, and called Apple evil for its increasing control over devices and the mobile ecosystem.
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Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
There's Money to be Made in “Premium Privacy” Says VC Fred Wilson
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft to employees: ‘everybody gets a Windows Phone 7!’  —  Microsoft guru extraordinaire Mary Jo Foley has retweeted a company employee boasting of a commitment to hand out Windows Phone 7 devices to each and every one of Redmond's 90,000-plus employees around the world.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Live-blog: Zuckerberg and David Kirkpatrick on the Facebook Effect  —  Mark Zuckerberg and “The Facebook Effect” author David Kirkpatrick met for an on-stage conversation this evening at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  —  Zuckerberg was much more relaxed …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
If True, the Ceglia Case Could Rewrite Part of Facebook's Early History
Discussion: Tech Eye, PC World and GMSV
Dan Zambonini:
A Case Study of “Designed By Developers”: Stack Overflow  —  Stack Overflow was set up by two successful high-profile businessmen, attracts over 7 million unique visitors a month, and has received $6 million in funding.  So I found it a little jarring when I visited the site to see this:
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome 6: What made the cut—and what missed it  —  Want the ability to print preview in Chrome?  Me, too.  But we'll have to wait, because it's one of the features that didn't make the Chrome 6 cut.  —  Typically in software development, there comes a point when programmers have to turn …
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Qualcomm Is Talking To Potential Acquirers For Struggling FLO TV Group  —  It's still early days, but Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs said during the company's third-quarter conference call today it has begun discussions with other companies regarding alternatives for its costly FLO TV business.
Marcia / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court: Violating Terms of Service Is Not a Crime, But Bypassing Technical Barriers Might Be  —  Good news: another federal judge has ruled that violating a website terms of service is not a crime.  But there's bad news, too — the court also found that bypassing technical or code-based barriers intended …
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 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Windows Phone 7: Bing only default search option  —  Bing will be the only default search engine on Windows Phone 7 devices, Microsoft has confirmed to Pocket-lint.  “The search engine has been heavily integrated into the OS, so it would be hard to offer an alternative”, Greg Sullivan …
Discussion: BlogsDNA and Boy Genius Report
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP confirms that Slate is still kicking, ‘next steps’ being determined  —  We were quite surprised (to say the least!) to see the original Windows 7 HP Slate 500 appear yesterday on the company's site, and HP officially confirmed this morning that the product is still very much in the works.
Jeremiah Grossman:
I know who your name, where you work, and live (Safari v4 & v5)  —  Right at the moment a Safari user visits a website, even if they've never been there before or entered any personal information, a malicious website can uncover their first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address.
 
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Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Baidu Forecast Beats Estimates as China Dispute Hurts Google; Shares Rise
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
The 70,000 Blogetery users could get blogs back
Jonah Lehrer / The Frontal Cortex:
Twitter Strangers  —  Over at Gizmodo, Joel Johnson makes …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Might The T-Mobile iPhone Preempt The Verizon iPhone?
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Netflix Says Subscriber Total Jumped 42 Percent
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
IP czar targets overseas pirate sites
Discussion: Reuters and NewTeeVee
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
AT&T's 3G Dropped Call Rate: 0.91 Percent (PDF)
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and 9 to 5 Mac
Lacey Rose / The Biz Blog:
Inside Yahoo!'s Attempt To Reinvent The Portal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lokast Brings Proximity Based Mobile Social Network To Android Phones
Discussion: VentureBeat
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Amazon Makes It Clear It Will Survive iPadmania
Discussion: paidContent and The eMarketer Blog
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
What Is Google Editions?  —  Someday soon—later this summer perhaps …
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
The Web Means the End of Forgetting
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