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5:00 PM ET, July 14, 2011

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Spotify:
Hello America.  Spotify here.  —  We're excited to let you know that today we're bringing Spotify to the US.  —  This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify.  I'm proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly …
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Sean Parker / The Business Insider:
Spotify Signals A Golden Age Of Music
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Service Offers Music in Quantity, Not by Song
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Tablet Is No Threat To Apple, It's A Huge Threat To Google  —  Last September, we got a tip from a source that Amazon was preparing a tablet that would run Google's Android operating system.  The source was a good one — they had also correctly called Amazon releasing their own Android app store.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Amazon's Tough Decisions on Its Android Tablet  —  Waiting for Amazon to sell a full-fledged tablet feels like waiting for the grass to grow: we know it's going to happen, but it's taking an awfully long time.  —  As we have reported over the last year, Amazon has been readying a color screen tablet …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Microsoft says it will have a ‘single ecosystem’ for PCs, tablets, phones, and TVs... and is ‘Windows’ dead?  —  So here's an interesting coincidence: Tuesday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Andy Lees said that the Redmond would eventually have just a “single ecosystem” for PCs, phones, tablets, and even the TV.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
One big Windows world. It's coming, but when and how?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Back On Track In Q2, Beats The Street With Over $9 Billion In Revenue  —  Google has just released their Q2 2011 numbers, and after a slightly-off Q1, it looks like Q2 is right back on track for the search giant.  They beat the number The Street was expecting across the board.
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Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:
GOOGLE: 550,000 Android Activations Per Day  —  During Google's Q2 earnings call, Larry Page just announced that 550,000 Android devices are being activated every day.  —  It was just over two weeks ago that Android boss Andy Rubin annnounced 500,000 Android devices were being activated per day.
Washington Post:
24,000 Pentagon files stolen in major cyber breach, official says  —  The Defense Department lost 24,000 files to “foreign intruders” in the spring in what appears to be one of the most damaging cyberattacks to date on the U.S. military, a top Pentagon official acknowledged Thursday.
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David Alexander / Reuters:   Pentagon to treat cyberspace as operational domain
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Shuts Down OS X Downloads Page  —  As announced back in December 2010, Apple has shut down [thanks, Daylen] the OS X Downloads page that used to list applications, widgets and utilities users could download for their Macs.  Instead, Apple is now featuring the Mac App Store at the same URL …
Discussion: MacNN, TUAW, The Next Web and RazorianFly
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google+ Improves on Facebook  —  Google, the most popular Web site on earth, is worried about the second-most popular site.  That, of course, would be Facebook.  —  Why else would Google keep trying, over and over again, to create a social network of the same type?
Charles Newark-French / Flurry:
iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone Take Some Wind Out of Android's Sail  —  In this new age of mobile computing, Apple and Google's long-term success depends largely on their ability to amass third-party developer support.  Developer innovation improves the way consumers connect with others …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hastens Google+ corporate account launch  —  Google is accelerating a test of corporate accounts on Google+ after “thousands upon thousands” of businesses applied for a place in the program, a Google executive said.  —  The company plans next week to choose who'll get into the test …
The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: This Is What Microsoft Is Getting For Its Big Bing Investment  —  After spending billions of dollars over the last two years fighting Google with Bing, what does Microsoft have to show for it?  —  Not much from a marketshare perspective.  The latest comScore data shows Bing's share …
Jonathan / awe.sm:
Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does  —  Over the last few weeks, TechCrunch has run a couple posts using their own referrer logs to measure how sharing on various social services drives traffic.  In these and other analyses based solely on referrer information …
Discussion: AllThingsD and TechCrunch, Thanks:jhstrauss
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Preparing New Reader to Challenge Kindle  —  Sony Corp. (6758), Japan's largest exporter of consumer electronics, plans to introduce a line of upgraded digital book readers in the U.S. as early as next month to challenge Kindle-maker Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Zynga Bid $1 Billion In Cash For PopCap Games, Source Says  —  The social gaming company Zynga offered $1 billion in cash to acquire PopCap Games, but was turned down in favor of a more complex and potentially more lucrative offer from Electronic Arts, according to a source close to the deal.
Luke Westaway / CNET News:
Job posting points to iPhone 5 launch on 16 August … A job posting for iPhone sales specialists on employment website Reed could indicate that the iPhone 5 will be released in mid-August.  —  The post, which was sent to us by a tipster, asks for “full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soars to Third Place in U.S. PC Market With 10.7% Share  —  Research firms Gartner and IDC today released their preliminary quarterly personal computer shipment data, offering up a picture of market performance during the second quarter of 2011.  Overall, the PC industry exhibited small growth …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Gogo launches in-air multimedia platform, details international expansion plans  —  It's at least six months behind schedule at this point, but we guess late's better than even later.  We'd known that [Aircell] Gogo (yeah, it's officially changed!) was aiming to get into the in-flight entertainment business …
 
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Larry Page On Google+: Over 10 Million Users, 1 Billion Items Shared
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Upgrades Image Search: New Recent Image Filter & Old Filters Return
Discussion: WebProNews
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple pays $945 to settle iOS location tracking suit
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Boom Drives Turnover At Popular SoMa Address
BBC:
China: 1.3 million websites shut in 2010
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook denies killing third-party app for its own Video Calling service
Discussion: All Facebook
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crittercism Raises $1.2 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Google Ventures For App Support
Discussion: VatorNews and alarm:clock
Evan Hansen / Threat Level:
Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Revealed
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Hermione Way / The Next Web:
The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself
 

 
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