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10:25 AM ET, July 7, 2011

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Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 15 Billion  —  Apple® today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store™ by the more than 200 million iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide.  The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:   App Store hits 15 billion downloads, $2.5 billion paid by Apple to developers
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Facebook and Google+'s video chat tools compared  —  Video chat is the big thing again, at least according to Facebook, which let loose a new video chat service yesterday.  Powered by Skype, the new feature lets Facebook users start a video calls with one another while continuing to use the site.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It's No Contest  —  One of the questions I had when I broke the news last week about the Facebook/Skype partnership: Would group video chat be part of the product, and if so would it be free?  —  The answer is no, there's no group chat.
Philip Su / Facebook Blog:
Call Your Friends Right From Facebook
The Atlantic Online:
Videochat: The Cupholder of Social Networking
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple prepping major iPhone revamp for 2012 with “new way of charging the phone”  —  HP's Touchstone wireless charging technology as shown with the Pre  —  The Wall Street Journal follows up on their earlier report about the iPhone 5, once again calling for a thinner and lighter device …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint iPhone Deal Appears Likely, Says Citadel
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Amazon  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge denied Apple Inc's attempt to quickly stop online retailer Amazon.com Inc from using the “App Store” name, according to a court document.  —  Apple, the maker of best-selling iPhones and iPad tablets …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Remember When Twitter Was A Joke?  No One Is Laughing Anymore.  —  I recall a time a few years ago when Twitter was scoffed at.  It was the blogosphere's punching-bag.  It was the stupid little service that no one in their right mind would ever use.  It was for people who wanted to share …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
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Tom Anderson / Google+:
Mark Zuckerberg's first public response to Google+ -  —  Today at the Facebook news conference, +Ben Parr had the stones to ask Mark what he thought of Google+.  (He was polite about it.  I approve.)  Zuckerberg responded by saying that lots of companies are going to build things like video chat …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Associated Press:
Apple vows to fix security hole in iPhones, iPads  —  Apple vows to fix critical security hole in iPhones, iPads following Germany's warning  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  351.76  —  BERLIN (AP) — Apple says it is working on fixing a security hole …
Dan Taylor / The Next Web:
Airbnb takes on Europe.  Will it revolutionize the industry, again?  —  Three years ago, Airbnb was a tiny startup that no investor wanted to touch.  Whether not returning emails, or providing a flat out, “No” the San Francisco based firm had a “snowball's chance in hell” of getting out of the gate.
Discussion: The Business Insider and PSFK
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
What Apple's like in bed  —  A new sleep-tracking app for the iPhone from Lark offers a peek into life inside a retailing partnership with Apple.  —  FORTUNE — Julia Hu got into bed with Apple (AAPL) so she could sell gadgets that get people out of bed.  Hu is the CEO of Lark …
Discussion: TUAW
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Google: Hold Off On Creating Business Profiles On Google+, “Non-User Profiles” Will Be Shut Down  —  Tonight Christian Oestlien, the Ads Leads for the Google+ Project, posted a message along with a brief YouTube video about future Google+ plans on his Google+ account.
Bloomberg:
Nintendo Pares Gains After Company Rules Out Expansion Into IPhone Games  —  Nintendo Co. pared gains in Osaka trading after the company ruled out expanding into smartphone games, damping speculation triggered by affiliate Pokemon Co.'s development of software for Apple Inc. (AAPL) …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Patent trolling with Microsoft  —  Sometimes I really can't figure out Microsoft.  Does the left-side corporate brain not connect to the right?  —  Take this new business in Microsoft patents supposedly applied to Android.  HTC already coughs up five bucks per handset in licensing fees …
Discussion: Network World and ZDNet
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple to launch ‘iPad 2 Plus’ with better display this year, analyst claims  —  Apple is gearing up to launch an updated version of its popular iPad 2 tablet with a high-resolution display later this year, according to FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger.
Reuters:
Government facilities targets of cyber attacks  —  (Reuters) - Two U.S. government-funded research laboratories and a defense contractor were targets of a “highly sophisticated” cyber attack last week, the latest in a string of assaults on U.S. interests.  —  The attacks were targeted …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg Explains His Law Of Social Sharing [Video]  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg punctuated his “awesome” announcement today by revealing that users are now publicly sharing around 4 billion “things” (status updates, images, etc) on Facebook a day.
Discussion: @cdixon
Nik Cubrilovic Blog:
BlockPlus: A browser extension to block Google+ notifications  —  Google recently launched their much-publicized social network Google+.  I signed up early on, but found that having the new status bar across the top of all the other Google applications was becoming a distraction.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Amazon updates Cloud Drive and Cloud Player with unlimited music space, free storage for Amazon MP3s, iPad web player  —  Moments ago Amazon announced that it has made a number of enhancements to its Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services.  First — for a limited time — anyone who signs up will get unlimited space for music.
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Google Exec Marissa Mayer Explains Why There Aren't More Girl Geeks … Google , Marissa Mayer , Marissa Mayer Google , Marissa Mayer Women In Tech , Women In Tech , Marissa Mayer Gmail , Marissa Mayer Google News , Technology News  —  In 1999, Marissa Mayer, then a recent Stanford University graduate …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Say What?  Thanks To Digital Music, Album Sales Up For The First Time Since 2004  —  SoundScan, Nielsen's report that tracks point-of-purchase music sales across real and digital sources, was released today, and at long last contains a few rays of hope for the beleaguered music industry.
 
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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
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