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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 …
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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.
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 …
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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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Vic Gundotra On How Google+ Handled Brands: “It Was Probably A Mistake”
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
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Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Google Says It Rejected $100 Million Java Deal From Sun in Patent Trial
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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  —  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 …
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.
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.
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Apple:
Lion Downloads Top One Million in First Day
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 …
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zillow IPO sparks bubble worries, but here's what the pundits are missing  —  Zillow started out its second day as a publicly-traded company with continued momentum as shares gained another four percent to $37.  The company is now valued at $651 million — which means investors now value …
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Google Alexander Calder doodle demos HTML5 Canvas
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gartner: 141 Million Consumers Will Spend $86.1 Billion Using Mobile Payments In 2011
Discussion: Gartner, MediaPost and ReadWriteWeb
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FTC chairman backs national data security standard
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Researcher Says That 8% of Android Apps Are Leaking Private Information
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring multilayer displays for three-dimensional computing
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
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