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11:40 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
Discussion: PC World and PC Magazine
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and SocialTimes.com
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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.
The Atlantic Online:
Videochat: The Cupholder of Social Networking
Philip Su / Facebook Blog:
Call Your Friends Right From Facebook
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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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 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook & its double standard on sharing  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced the Skype-Facebook collaboration yesterday and showed off a great product built by the Skype team.  As he talked about the world, he amplified his long held belief that people love to share and sharing on Facebook will only keep growing.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg Explains His Law Of Social Sharing [Video]
Discussion: @cdixon
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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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
The Kids Are All Right...Running the Company  —  Young founders are nothing new for Silicon Valley companies.  But they are growing in number and prominence these days—another sign, tech-watchers say, of how the Internet is changing entrepreneurship.  —  The trend can be seen in the actions …
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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Walk in the Woods With Mark Zuckerberg  —  You might think a long quiet walk through the woods with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a treat only his closest friends and dearest family get to enjoy.  Yet a chummy stroll with one of the richest men in the world is actually reserved …
Discussion: The Business Insider and Gawker
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.
Google Mobile Blog:
“Download map area” added to Labs in Google Maps for Android  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  One way we bring you new product features is through Google Labs—a collection of fun, experimental features you can turn on if you're interested in the functionality.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's IAd Mobile Business Is Said to Trim Prices as Advertisers Defect  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iAd mobile-advertising business has cut rates by as much as 70 percent as some marquee clients are using rival services, two people with knowledge of the matter said, signaling the company …
Discussion: MacRumors and The Business Insider
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
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
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 …
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
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) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Buys Zong For $240 Million In Cash To Boost PayPal's Mobile Payments Technology  —  eBay has acquired mobile payments company Zong for $240 million in cash.  The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.  —  Zong has been one of the pioneers in the mobile payments space …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Motorola Droid 3 officially hits Verizon, coming July 14th for $199.99  —  Sure, after months of leaked videos and specs Verizon's announcement of the Droid 3 doesn't really come as a shock, but hey, that doesn't take the excitement away from some of us physical keyboard lovers.
 
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BlockPlus: A browser extension to block Google+ notifications
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
IBM Watson to replace salespeople and cold-calling telemarketers?
Discussion: CNET News, Slashdot and Neowin.net
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Researchers Improve BitTorrent Download Speeds
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Dell Sets Stage to Take On Apple's iCloud
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Facebook will build more data centers
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple to launch ‘iPad 2 Plus’ with better display this year, analyst claims
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Google Exec Marissa Mayer Explains Why There Aren't More Girl Geeks
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Amazon updates Cloud Drive and Cloud Player with unlimited music space, free storage for Amazon MP3s, iPad web player
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
One Week In, Google+ Users Are Growing Followers, Getting Traffic
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