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5:55 AM ET, July 22, 2011

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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 …
Discussion: @jowyang
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Christian Oestlien / Google+:
Here is a quick update on Google+ and businesses:  —  A few weeks ago we mentioned we would be doing a test of business profiles and asked people interested to apply.  Believe it or not we actually had tens of thousands of businesses, charities, and other organizations apply to take part from all over the world.
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Jul. 21, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, an 8% increase from the same period of the prior year.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Anybody Who Thinks Microsoft Is Going Out Of Business Is Nuts — Here's Why  —  Windows is under attack.  PC sales are tepid at best.  But Microsoft keeps turning in solid — if unspectacular — quarters.  —  How?  —  By selling long-term software contracts to big companies and government agencies.
Apple:
Lion Downloads Top One Million in First Day  —  CUPERTINO, California—July 21, 2011—Apple® today announced that in just one day, over one million users bought and downloaded Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Google Chrome Built For OS X Lion Is Coming — But It Will Take Time  —  Like just about every other Mac user in the world, yesterday I upgraded my machines to OS X Lion.  It's great.  But perhaps the most annoying quirk is that Google Chrome, my browser of choice, isn't so great on it.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge criticizes Google and Oracle at hearing  —  (Reuters) - Both Oracle Corp and Google Inc have taken unreasonable positions on the scale of damages involved in a high stakes patent battle over the Android operating system, a U.S. judge said in court.  —  “You're both asking for the moon …
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Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Google execs discussed Java license before Oracle filed suit
Discussion: mocoNews and Electronista
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Google Says It Rejected $100 Million Java Deal From Sun in Patent Trial
Discussion: PC World and eWeek
iFixit:
MacBook Air 13" Mid 2011 Teardown  —  July 21 brought us a bountiful harvest of Apple produce!  Today, Apple released updates to the 11" and 13" MacBook Airs, as well as an updated Mac mini.  Although today is an exciting day for consumers, it is a sad day for consumer repair.
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AppleInsider:   Teardown of Apple's new MacBook Air finds SSDs are replaceable
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues Rovio over Angry Birds for iPhone and Android  —  Today Lodsys has amended its complaint against mobile app developers and modified the list of defendants, leaving out one of the seven developers sued on May 31 (Vietnamese company Wulven Games) but adding five famous games companies:
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.
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Scoble: Twitter Is A Mess, And Jack Needs To Fix It Fast  —  After news broke that Twitter had fired four product employees, connected tech blogger Robert Scoble added more fuel to the fire saying the company is a “mess.”  —  On Google+ he detailed four problems he's regularly hearing from people near the company:
Discussion: Robert Scoble
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.
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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Winklevosses lash out at Larry Summers over remarks  —  The Winklevosses are taking their grievances over a public tongue lashing from Larry Summers to Harvard University President Drew Faust.  —  In a letter to Faust that lashes back at Summers, the Winklevosses and their partner …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Tried To Buy Color For $200 Million.  Color Said No.  —  If that headline looks familiar to you, you're probably remembering our story about Google offering to buy Path for $100+ million from earlier this year.  Path turned that deal down.  —  About the same time …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Soon-to-Debut Google+ Games Will Hit Facebook Where it Hurts: The Pocketbook  —  Google is close to launching a social game network that could make Facebook very, very nervous.  —  Perhaps the biggest difference between the two platforms will be cost.  —  According to multiple sources …
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
More Than Two-Thirds of Google+ Activity Is Private  —  While following the activity of tech industry folks and celebrities on Google+ might lead you to believe that Google's new social network is a sort of long-form Twitter, where users pontificate for a public audience, Google says that's not the case.
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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Anonymous & Lulz Security Statement  —  Hello thar FBI and international law authorities, We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/20/ 138555799/fbi-arrests-alleged-anonymous - hackers The statements …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Google+'s Circle Logic  —  Will the search giant's easy way to organize one's life in “circles” allow it to catch archrival Facebook?  —  In the beginning, there was Friendster, which captivated the early Web'ites before it was smitten by slow servers and exiled to the Far East.
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
FTC chairman backs national data security standard  —  Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said there should be a national data breach notification standard Thursday but declined to take a position on the SAFE Data Act that passed a House subcommittee Wednesday.
 
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