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3:40 PM ET, July 22, 2011

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Google's screwup on Google+ brand pages is a big deal  —  There's been a lot of sound and fury about the way Google has approached branded (i.e., non-personal) pages on its new Google+ social network.  Much of it is a symptom of internecine warfare among the big tech blogs …
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Danny Sullivan / Google+:
Open Letter To Google+ On The Subject Of Brand Pages  —  Hey Google, I'd say I know you're all new to the social game and should be forgiven that you have messed up with how to handle brands here so badly.  Except, you're not new.  —  For one, you know that Twitter and Facebook both support brands …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google+ Pulls In 20 Million In 3 Weeks  —  When Google Inc. launched its Google+ social-networking site three weeks ago, executives handed out sailor hats to the hundreds of employees working on the project, symbolizing their year-long journey to that point.  —  So far, the sailing has been mostly smooth.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Don't Hold Your Breath on That Apple Hulu Deal  —  If you stop by a Subaru dealer and end up kicking the tires on a new Outback, are you in early talks to consider a bid on a new Outback?  —  Well, sure.  But if you drive off the lot and never come back, no one's going to be shocked.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Consider Making an Offer for Hulu Online Television Service  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is considering making a bid for the Hulu online video service, according to two people with knowledge of the auction.  —  Apple is in early talks that may lead to an acquisition offer for Los Angeles-based Hulu …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google+ Games Stream confirmed  —  Google's help pages for Google+ have officially confirmed the upcoming Games Stream, a place where results from what will presumably be social-style gaming on the new network will be pulled together.  “If you're looking for updates shared from games …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Soon-to-Debut Google+ Games Will Hit Facebook Where it Hurts: The Pocketbook
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Customers angry, staff defiant at China's fake Apple Store  —  (Reuters) - Customers at an Apple Store in the Chinese city of Kunming berated staff and demanded refunds on Friday after the shop was revealed to be an elaborate fake, sparking a media and Internet frenzy.
David Yach / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM Welcomes JayCut!  —  Today we are pleased to announce that JayCut has joined Research In Motion (RIM).  We're excited that the JayCut team is bringing their expertise in video editing and cloud-based services to the BlackBerry platform.  —  JayCut is based out of Sweden and operates …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle gets to depose Google CEO Larry Page for two hours on willful patent infringement, value of Android  —  Late on Thursday by local time, magistrate judge issued an order according to which “Oracle may depose [Google co-founder and CEO] Mr. Page for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Facebook wins dismissal of second Winklevoss case  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc won a dismissal of a second lawsuit by the Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who have sought to increase their $65 million settlement with the social media company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Desire Athow / ITProPortal:
iPhone 5 To Use Bluetooth 4.0 Rather Than NFC?  —  Two months after Apple joined the board of the Bluetooth special interest group, the company launched the first truly mainstream Bluetooth 4.0 devices in the world yesterday, namely the new Macbook Air & Mac Mini 2011 edition.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Justin Bieber Takes A Picture Of Traffic, Instagram Usage Explodes  —  A few minutes ago, the Instagram team noticed their servers blowing up.  What happened?  Were they under attack?  DDoS?  No.  —  Bieber happened.  —  Yes, Justin Bieber just signed up for Instagram.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Hack That Kills Or Corrupts Batteries  —  A pile of dead Apple laptop batteries, victims of Charlie Miller's research.  —  Your laptop's battery is smarter than it looks.  And if a hacker like security researcher Charlie Miller gets his digital hands on it, it could become more evil than it appears, too.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Out Of The Blue, Instacolor Forced To Change Name By The “True” Color  —  Something of a black comedy involving white hot startup Color and still-green-behind-the-ears Instacolor.  Red in the face, the developer behind the latter app, which combines the key functions of Instagram and Color …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Dell quietly pulls the Streak to perform an update, might bring it back next month?  —  What Dell can give, it can taketh away.  That's the story with the Streak, which has quietly vanished from retail as well as the outfit's online storefront.  We first got wind of this when a tipster wrote …
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Oslo Terrorists Allegedly Claim Responsibility Via Jihadi Forums, YouTube  —  Reports indicate that a shadowy terrorist group called Assistants of the Global Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Norwegian Prime Minister's office and a massacre at a children's day camp via the Internet.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad's Dominance of the Tablet Market  —  So this new report from the consulting firm Strategy Analytics, “Global Tablet OS Market Share: Q2 2011”, came out yesterday and made some news today:1 … Clearly, Strategy Analytics are talking about unit shipments, not sales.
Electronista:
Acer insists return to profit in Q3, plans MacBook Air rival  —  Acer vows bounce back in summer  —  Acer chairman JT Wang at a presentation Thursday argued his belief that the company would return to profit in 2011.  After posting two successive losses in the first half due …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon: 2.3 million iPhone 4 activations; strong Q2; McAdam CEO  —  Verizon delivered strong second quarter results, named Lowell McAdam CEO, added 1.3 million postpaid customers and activated 2.3 million iPhone 4 units.  —  The company reported second quarter earnings of $3.6 billion …
Sue Megrund / App Advice:
T-Mobile Now Selling iPhone And iPad Compatible SIM Cards  —  Could T-Mobile USA be hinting at a future iPhone and iPad on their network?  There are rumors surfacing that suggest the devices are being tested on Sprint and T-Mobile, and this may be further proof that T-Mobile users may be in luck.
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft deal to buy Skype to close by October: CEO  —  ASPEN, Colorado — Skype chief executive Tony Bates said he expects Microsoft's purchase of the Internet voice and video leader to close by October, once it gets the green light from European regulators.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AP Finally Learns That On The Internet, You Can Link To Other Sites  —  Well, look at that.  The Associated Press has reached 1993 or so, and realized that they can (and probably should) link to other sites when reporting on a story that those other sites reported first.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Places Stops Stealing Reviews  —  Google Places looks different.  It is cleaner, and there is a much bigger emphasis on user reviews and photos.  And not just any reviews from all over the Web, but reviews written by Google users themselves.  This should be a welcome change …
 
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