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12:55 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 …
Discussion: pluGGd.in and PC World
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Live-blog: Zuckerberg and David Kirkpatrick on the Facebook Effect  —  Mark Zuckerberg and “The Facebook Effect” author David Kirkpatrick are engaged in a live conversation right now at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  —  He was much more relaxed, less sweaty and nervous …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
If True, the Ceglia Case Could Rewrite Part of Facebook's Early History
Discussion: Computerworld and GMSV
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: MacRumors, TiPb, Electronista and Gizmodo
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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 …
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, Download Squad and Inc.com, Thanks:poplifegirl
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
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Netflix Says Subscriber Total Jumped 42 Percent  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) reported yet another big jump in subscribers—and in instant streaming.  The company says it now has 15 million subscribers, up 42 percent from a year ago and up from the 13 million it reported during the first quarter.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Windows Phone 7: Bing only default search option  —  Google who?  —  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 Sandoval / CNET News:
The 70,000 Blogetery users could get blogs back  —  The U.S. war on terror may have inadvertently stripped perhaps as many as 70,000 people of their blogs, but those bloggers may get their work returned to them.  —  Blogetery.com, a small blogging platform based in Toronto …
Bloomberg:
Motorola Accuses Huawei of Stealing Mobile-Phone Trade Secrets  —  Motorola Inc., the U.S. maker of mobile phones and two-way radios, sued rival Huawei Technologies Co. for allegedly conspiring with former employees to steal trade secrets.  —  Huawei began receiving the information as early as 2001 …
 
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Marcia / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court: Violating Terms of Service Is Not a Crime, But Bypassing …
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?
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)
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Inside Yahoo!'s Attempt To Reinvent The Portal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Spent $1.34 Million On Lobbying In Q2, Up 41 Percent From Last Year
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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
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
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