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4:15 AM ET, July 23, 2011

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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
A Norwegian National Tragedy That Unfolded on the Web (Updated)  —  What's being described as the most violent day in Norway since the Second World War unfolded today for so many via social media.  —  Having seen early reports concerning an afternoon bombing attack outside government offices in Oslo …
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Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
A Bomb in Oslo?  What Google Lost by Ending Real-Time Search  —  I had a sense that something was wrong pretty quickly.  In between checking my email and finishing up a story for the site you're reading right now, I was casually watching some tweets stream in through TweetDeck — as I almost always am.
Discussion: Technology Review
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On Succeeding Steve Jobs  —  On Wednesday, less than 30 minutes before Apple announced another record-breaking quarter of financial results, the Wall Street Journal published a story by Yukari Iwatani Kane, Joann S. Lublin, and Nick Wingfield regarding the issue of Apple CEO succession.
Discussion: parislemon, Joel Housman and Webomatica
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.
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 4 With Over-the-Air Updates  —  Apple has proved once again that Fridays are still work days by dropping iOS 5 Beta 4.  Developers can now download the latest iOS 5 beta in Apple's dev channel, and, for the first time, through the miracle of over-the-air updates.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iOS 5 Over-the-Air Update Video, Documents on iCloud, and Other Notes  —  InsanelyGreatMac posts the above video showing the new iOS 5 Beta 4 over the air (OTA) updating in action.  As we noted the OTA update also saves bandwidth as it only sends changes rather than the entire OS image.
Discussion: MacHackPC, 9to5Mac, 9to5Mac, Redmond Pie and TiPb
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Scoop: Oracle scrubs site of embarrassing Java blog  —  The beginning of Sun's Jonathan Schwartz's 2007 blog post praising Google's use of Java in Android.  —  In the midst of its nasty legal battle with Google, Oracle seems to have resorted to a bit of Web site scrubbing.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s Siri-like system navigation is called ‘Assistant’, uses device-info to handle actions  —  Apple's purchase of Siri in early 2010 and their partnership with Nuance in 2011 has many hoping that Apple has something like speech-to-text or voice-navigation up its sleeve for iOS 5.
Discussion: MacRumors, Electronista and iClarified
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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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google+ business profiles to include analytics & more
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Facial Recognition Software Company PittPatt  —  Google has just acquired facial recognition software company PittPatt (Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition), according to an announcement on the startup's site.  —  PittPatt, a project spawned from Carnegie Mellon University …
Discussion: Digits, Computerworld and Pulse2
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Recalls Some iMac Seagate 1TB Hard Drives  —  Apple has begun sending emails about a new hard drive recall, called the iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program: … Apple encourages owners with affected computers to go to an Apple Retail Store, an Apple Authorized Service Provider or contact 800-APL-CARE.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The next-generation iPod touch's white front revealed?  —  We've received photos of a purported white iPod touch front panel.  Specifically, this panel is the digitizer component, according to the iFixYouri iPhone repair shop.  We obviously cannot confirm the legitimacy of these photos …
David Barboza / New York Times:
Former China Mobile Official Sentenced in Bribery Case  —  SHANGHAI — A former executive at China Mobile, one of this country's biggest state-owned telecommunications companies, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve Friday for accepting bribes, according to Xinhua, the state-run news agency.
Discussion: PC Magazine and ITworld.com
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Music publishers file copyright suit against Grooveshark  —  Grooveshark just can't seem to shake its copyright woes.  —  A group of songwriters and music publishers filed a lawsuit on July 15 in Tennessee against the digital-music service, claiming Grooveshark enables users to obtain music illegally …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Bows to Web Rivals  —  Internet Giant Removes Outside Customer Reviews From Search Results  —  Google Inc. has made changes to the way its search engine displays information about local businesses, a move that follows the disclosure of a U.S. antitrust investigation of its business practices.
Discussion: eWeek
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple expands the App Store to 33 new countries and territories  —  As Apple expands its businesses, with the iPhone and iPad reaching more nations, and their upcoming iCloud service, Apple has opened up the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in 33 new countries.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Engadget
Zach Epstein / BGR:
T-Mobile says G-Slate is 200% faster than iPad 2, 300% faster than XOOM  —  A new page on T-Mobile USA's website makes some fairly bold claims about the carrier's premier Honeycomb tablet, the LG G-Slate.  In comparing the sleek device to its steepest competition at AT&T and Verizon Wireless …
Discussion: PadGadget and 9to5Mac
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Bing Tests Ads Within Organic Search Results  —  The RKGBlog blog posted a screen shot of Bing testing search ads directly in the organic results.  Honestly, I almost cannot believe it - but more on that later.  Here is a cropped picture of the screen shot.  —  Why is this so shocking?
Discussion: RKGBlog
Music. And its business:
Reason to Believe the @Spotify Hype  —  In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the same number: that @Spotify has right in the ballpark of 70,000 paid Stateside subscribers after only one week in business.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
What's next for Kinect?  Next week, avatar meetings; Later, PC and phone integration  —  During this week's Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie confirmed what was already largely suspected: Avatar Kinect will be available worldwide as of next week.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Farewell Front Row  —  Mac media center app dies in Lion, but will anyone care?  —  A quick glance at our home page reveals that this Lion thing is a Big Deal.  And when such Big Deals come along, they're invariably followed by Big Complaints.  In the case of Lion, these complaints …
Discussion: SlashGear
 
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