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4:30 PM ET, July 15, 2011

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J.B. / Fusible.com:
New Microsoft social search service called Tulalip revealed on socl.com  —  Yesterday I discovered Microsoft was the new owner of the domain socl.com by chance, when I was trying to learn more about the mystery buyer of social.com.  —  A teaser landing page has been revealed online today …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook [Updated x2]  —  Earlier this week, part numbers for upcoming Apple hardware updates surfaced, with claims that the parts represented new MacBook Air and Mac Pro models.  While the MacBook Air part numbers …
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
MYSTERY SOLVED: Here's Why Google Sites Revenue Is Growing Faster Than Google Network Revenue  —  On yesterday's earnings call, Google revealed that ad revenue from its own sites — mainly search — was up 39%.  But ad revenue from partner sites — AdSense — was up only 20% from last year.
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Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Fox: Apple will adopt Ultraviolet cloud movie format  —  Ultraviolet, the cloud movie format championed by nigh-on all of the major studios, is “very close” to making its consumer bow.  It will undoubtedly be of massive benefit to film fans as it will offer cloud-stored versions of a movie …
Discussion: SplatF, ExtremeTech and Electronista
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 to address PDF security hole  —  Apple on Friday released an update to its iOS mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, addressing a potentially dangerous security flaw related to viewing PDF files in the Mobile Safari Web browser.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Phones Probably Incompatible With AT&T  —  Thinking of unlocking a Verizon Wireless LTE phone for use on AT&T's network, or vice versa?  Think again.  Verizon Wireless confirmed today that its LTE phones will not “be compatible on other LTE networks in the U.S.” because …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Facebook Working with Top News Brands on ‘Facebook Editions’  —  If you're a leading news brand, this guy wants to be your friend.  Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife  —  Facebook has a war on its hands, and Mark Zuckerberg knows it.  Practically overnight, Google+ has gone from a rumor …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Microsoft snatches up a pair of Sony related domains, internet runs amok with rumors  —  Companies snatching up domain names to protect their brand is nothing new, nor is it particularly interesting (unless that company happens to be Bank of America, and the domain in question is BrianMoynihanSucks.com).
Discussion: GeekWire and WinRumors
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: Speed matters: how Ethernet went from 3Mbps to 100Gbps... and beyond  —  Although watching TV shows from the 1970s suggests otherwise, the era wasn't completely devoid of all things resembling modern communication systems.  Sure, the 50Kbps modems that the ARPANET ran on were the size …
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung, Acer Google Chromebooks still strong on Amazon  —  Google software-based Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer are still vying with Apple MacBook Pros and Windows 7 laptops in an Amazon top-10 popularity contest.  —  As of Thursday evening, the $349 11.6-inch Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Millennial: Android tops mobile OS usage for 7th straight month, iPhone still top device  —  Millennial issued its June Mobile Mix report Friday morning, and it paints a picture that is very similar to May.  Android was once again the most popular smartphone operating system in the month …
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Justin Timberlake Invests In A Super Stealth Startup, Dekko  —  It looks like Justin Timberlake was just getting his feet wet when he invested in Myspace last week and Stipple in November.  —  He's also investing in a super stealth startup called Dekko, we heard from a single source directly involved in the startup's financing.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zillow Ups IPO Pricing To $16 To $18 Per Share With Nearly $500 Million Valuation  —  Real estate listings site Zillow has just upped the pricing of its IPO to $16 to $18 per share, from $12 to $14 per share.  This new pricing gives Zillow a valuation of nearly $500 million ($485 million to be exact).
Electronista:
Microsoft sells 507,000 Xbox 360s, blows past Nintendo  —  NPD June data give Xbox 507K units in huge lead  —  Microsoft kept up a year-long string of leads with new NPD data giving it the lead in June.  About 507,000 Xbox 360s shipped last month, making it not only the top selling game console but giving it a wide lead.
Natasha Mohanty / Google News Blog:
Shareable Google News badges for your favorite topics  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  On Google News, the average reader of political news has read 20 articles about politics in the last six months.  Where do you stand?  —  Starting today, in the U.S. edition of Google News …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
French copyright cops: we're swamped with “three strikes” complaints  —  Hadopi, the French agency charged with implementing France's stringent “three strikes” copyright enforcement program, has released new statistics that shed light on the logistical challenges of getting a nation …
Discussion: GMSV, OUT-LAW News, TechEye and thinq_
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Blaze Mobile awarded patent for NFC sticker  —  Blaze Mobile said today it had been awarded a patent for its mobile wallet and a sticker that would allow consumers to wave their phones in front of a checkout reader to pay for goods.  —  Blaze was one of the early proponents of mobile payments …
Discussion: Pulse2
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
With Google Gone (for Now), Twitter Tries to Come to Terms With Microsoft's Bing  —  After failing to strike an agreement to reup its “firehose” data stream licensing deal with Google, Twitter is now trying to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to a similar arrangement …
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
5 years ago today Twitter launched to the public  —  5 years ago, on July 15th, 2006, Twitter, then called Twittr, opened to the public.  Twittr was described as “a new mobile service that helps groups of friends bounce random thoughts around with SMS.”  The microblogging platform has grown …
Bob Sutor:
IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration  —  Six weeks ago I noted here that Oracle had to decided to offer the codebase for OpenOffice.org, the open source word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software suite to the Apache Software Foundation.
Variety:
Netflix preps Euro launch in 2012  —  UK, Spain eyed for 1Q bow  —  Exclusive: Netflix is preparing to launch in Europe even though the streaming service didn't include the continent in its recently announced international expansion plans.  —  Sources at leading European film distributors …
Discussion: Engadget and GigaOM
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Opposition Mounts Against Amazon's Acquisition Of The Book Depository  —  Fearing that Amazon's acquisition of UK-based online bookseller The Book Depository will give the company even more power than it already has, the UK Publishers Association and Independent Publishers Guild have banded together …
Discussion: The Bookseller
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Q3 2011 earnings preview  —  The analysts — both professional and amateur — are expecting another breakout quarter  —  Click to enlarge.  Revenue in billions, unit sales in millions.  The lower the analyst's rank numbers, the better his or her track record.
 
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Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
EBay Must Face Craigslist Fraud Claims in Californian Court, Judge Says
Ruth Brown / Willamette Week:
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Is the tablet computer a new PC or post-PC?
Discussion: Technology Review
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
The Rise and Fall of the Independent Developer
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Groupon's Coupon Expiration Examined by Connecticut Attorney General
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
TSMC initiates trial manufacturing of Apple's next-gen A6 chips - report
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google launches Photovine app for Apple's iPhone, not Android
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sprint Slashes Nexus S 4G Price To $99.99 On-Contract
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