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5:00 PM ET, July 24, 2011

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Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Google Plus Deleting Accounts En Masse: No Clear Answers  —  A striking number of Google+ accounts have been deleted in the last 24 hours as the new social network struggles with its community standards policy around real names - alienating and frightening the people it aims to serve.
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Jay Freeman / Google+:
In the last couple days, Google has taken to quite actively enforcing its “real name” rule  —  , banning or suspending accounts (with many reports of users getting locked out of all of Google, as opposed to just +) with names that “look funny” (such as including symbols, “including period") …
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Google Plus Has A Problem.  Fear Not: I Have A Solution  —  Google Plus is terrific.  I don't think it will ever be more than the Pepsi to Facebook's Coke, alas, but it's much slicker and better designed.  It's too bad that the service has sacrificed a pile of goodwill over the last week …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life exposé: ‘We fundamentally disagree’  —  Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding firm and invention house founded by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, was already-well known in technology circles.
Discussion: The Business Insider and Slashdot
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NPR:
Intellectual Ventures And The War Over Software Patents
Discussion: GeekWire
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Smartphone Sales May Pass Apple  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest handset maker, may have surpassed Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) in smartphone sales in the second quarter, driven by the popularity of Android-based models, according to Boston- based Strategy Analytics.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
NoSQL is What?  —  I found myself reading NoSQL is a Premature Optimization a few minutes ago and threw up in my mouth a little.  That article is so far off base that I'm not even sure where to start, so I guess I'll go in order. … Uhm... WHAT?!  —  I've spent more than a few years using MySQL …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:   NoSQL is a Premature Optimization
Andy Ihnatko / Andy Ihnatko's Celestial Waste …:
Making Desktop Webapps in Lion  —  “By the sainted mustache of Charles Foster Kane!  Is it ever hot out there!  I should write an app that keeps my city's Current Weather data from Weather Underground within easy view at all times!”  —  “Holy rosemary vinaigrette!  Today promises to be a huge day of news for Apple!
Discussion: MacGazette.net and Lifehacker
Killian Fox / Guardian:
Africa's mobile economic revolution  —  Half of Africa's one billion population has a mobile phone - and not just for talking.  The power of telephony is forging a new enterprise culture, from banking to agriculture to healthcare  —  Earlier this month, on a short bus ride through the centre of Kampala …
Discussion: textually.org
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Winklevosses Vs. Silicon Valley  —  The Winklevoss twins had their original case against Facebook dismissed yesterday, causing tech media to write another slew of “The Winklevosses' Case Against Facebook Is Over But Wait Actually It Isn't” headlines.  The seven-year battle is indeed not over …
Discussion: @winklevoss, Quora, Digits and paidContent
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ takes swipe at EFF over encryption passphrases  —  The U.S. Department of Justice took a thinly veiled swipe at an online civil liberties group that's arguing a Colorado woman can't be forced to decrypt her laptop for police inspection.  —  In a legal brief filed yesterday in what is likely …
Alex Hudson / BBC:
Podcasts: Who still listens to them?  —  Since becoming a buzzword more than five years ago, the term “podcasting” has largely disappeared from view as attention has increasingly turned to social media.  So why has such a popular technology received such a small amount of attention?
Discussion: @asymco
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Qunar Baidu Deal Closes.  How This Could Ripple Through Chinese Startups.  —  Chinese search giant Baidu's investment in Qunar officially closed this week, and the two teams are working on integrating Qunar's search results into Baidu's travel vertical now.
 
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Cinthia Murphy / Hot Topics:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over
Discussion: Fortune and Beyond Search
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s Siri-like system navigation is called ‘Assistant’, uses device-info to handle actions