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9:30 AM ET, July 20, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  CUPERTINO, California—July 19, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended June 25, 2011.  The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Key Subtle Notes From Apple's Earnings Call  —  When Apple announces their earnings, they typically do so with much pomp and circumstance.  You get a superlative-laden press release, which in recent years have been more than backed up by massive numbers.  But it's the earnings call itself that is often even more interesting.
Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Air With Next Generation Processors, Thunderbolt I/O & Backlit Keyboard  —  Apple® today updated the MacBook Air® with next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS® X Lion, the world's most advanced operating system.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The MacBook Is Dead.  Long Live The (New) MacBook Air.  —  “At this point, I'm thinking Apple should just replace the standard MacBook with the Air.”  —  Yes, I just quoted myself.  But I have a good reason.  I wrote that on October 21 of last year, after one day of playing with the just-released new MacBook Air.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now The Top Free App In The Apple App Store  —  After less than 24 hours of being live, the Google+ iPhone app has hit the number one free spot in the Apple app store, beating out “Draw ‘n’ Go: Awesomeness!” for the top slot.  —  This is quite impressive considering that the app …
Discussion: App Advice, eWeek and Softpedia News
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Apple:
Mac OS X Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store  —  CUPERTINO, California—July 20, 2011—Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features, is available today as a download from the Mac® App Store™ for $29.99.
Discussion: This is my next, MacRumors and TiPb
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Apple:
Apple Updates Mac mini  —  Apple® today updated the Mac® mini with next generation Intel core processors, new discrete graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and Lion, the world's most advanced operating system.  The new Mac mini delivers up to twice the processor …
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Apple Updates The Mac Mini: Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, Thunderbolt, And Even A OS X Lion Server Model
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Next Web
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Lenovo announces Android-based ThinkPad Tablet and IdeaPad K1, forgets to cancel Windows 7 P1  —  Well, Lenovo is certainly making up for lost time today.  After first revealing its IdeaPad U1 about a year and a half ago at CES 2010 and some juicy ThinkPad tablet leaks …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix to stream natively from HDMI-equipped tablets (updated)
Discussion: Engadget, GottaBeMobile and Engadget
Paul Ford / New York Magazine:
Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?  —  I do not enjoy Facebook — I find it cloying and impossible — but I am there every day.  Last year I watched a friend struggle through breast cancer treatment in front of hundreds of friends.  She broadcast her news with caution …
Apple:
Apple Introduces World's First Thunderbolt Display  —  Apple® today unveiled the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, the world's first display with Thunderbolt I/O technology and the ultimate docking station for your Mac® notebook.  With just a single cable, users can connect …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Internet Activist Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft  —  Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, was indicted Tuesday in Boston on charges that he stole over four million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Who's on pace to sell 1M phones a day?  (Hint: Not Apple)  —  Nokia has long held the top spot for handset sales, but Samsung is charging from behind.  The company expects to sell 300 million mobile phones in 2011, reports Mobile Business Briefing, up from 280 million last year.
Discussion: ITProPortal
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
China not only fakes iPhones... but Apple Stores, too!  —  China might be known as the home of the fake iPhone, but what about whole stores?  Surprising almost no one, China is indeed home to the fake Apple Store.  These pictures from BirdAbroad (via IFOAppleStore), show a fake Apple Store complete …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile to Offer Lower Rate Plans to Those Who Bring Own Phone (or Pay Full Price)  —  T-Mobile is rolling out a set of new “value” rate plans that cut the monthly costs for people that either have their own phone or are willing to pay full price in exchange for the lower service fees.
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise and Fall of the Cisco Empire  —  Yesterday Cisco announced that it will lay off 6,500 employees and sell a manufacturing plant in Juarez, Mexico to Foxconn to shave off an additional 5,000 employees.  This follows Cisco's decision to discontinue its Flip camera products and its Eos video/social platform.
Discussion: BGR and Fast Company
Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ Update: Membership May Pass 18 Million Mark Today  —  The viral growth of Google+ has slowed somewhat over the past few days, but my new-and-improved 1,000 surname model shows that more than 750,000 people joined the site on Monday, bringing the total user base to just under 18 million.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com:
Meet the ‘Keyzer Soze’ of Global Phone-Tracking  —  Chances are you've never heard of TruePosition.  If you're an AT&T or T-Mobile customer, though, TruePosition may have heard of you.  When you're in danger, the company can tell the cops where you are, all without you knowing.
The United States Department of Justice:
Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks … WASHINGTON - Fourteen individuals were arrested today by FBI agents on charges related to their alleged involvement in a cyber attack on PayPal's website as part of an action claimed by the group “Anonymous …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Hacker Arrests May Have Included Core Member Of LulzSec  —  The law enforcement crackdown on the hacker group Anonymous may have reached its most active sub-group: LulzSec.  —  According to a report from Fox News, the hacker who goes by the name “Tflow,” a core member of LulzSec, was arrested in South London Tuesday.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Twitter's new plan: Commerce?  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo discusses the company's business model, the departure of its co-founders, and its future in advertising.  —  By Dan Primack, senior editor  —  Dick Costolo  —  FORTUNE —Almost from the moment the first 140 characters were tweeted …
 
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Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Twitter's Costolo: private markets a “distraction”
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Myhrvold: Tech Giants Discover Value of Patents
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Disables URL Removals After Bug Allows Anyone To Remove Any Site
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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Baidu Browser tips hat to old Steve Jobs quote, copies Chrome's special sauce
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With $5 Million In Their Pockets, Ness Has Quietly Built A Subjective Search Engine
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Google warns users of widespread Windows-only malware infection
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Mayor Bloomberg Reveals His Plan For New York To Overtake Silicon Valley
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Google Spending Millions to Find the Next Google
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