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4:20 AM ET, July 25, 2011


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John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Web's Stealth Presidential Race  —  Big names have quietly launched an Internet presidential race that will offer the winner a real election ballot spot in all 50 states.  Will this be 2012's spoiler?  —  Imagine what our election system might look like if it were designed today …
David Weigel / Slate:
F**kYouWashington  —  On Saturday night, aided by “a nice pinot noir,” the tech and business-of-news writer Jeff Jarvis started to tweet.  —  “Hey, Washington a**holes,” he wrote, “it's our country, our economy, our money.  Stop f**king with it.”  —  He started rolling.  Inspiration struck.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Make Way for the Radical Center
Felix Salmon:
The cost of patent trolls  —  I love This American Life's investigation into patent troll Nathan Myhrvold and his company Intellectual Ventures.  You should go read — or listen to — the whole thing, but in a nutshell, they explored what happened if they took Intellectual Ventures at its word.
Discussion: Technologizer
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Who Does Patent-Trading Firm Intellectual Ventures Work For, Anyway?
Discussion: GeekWire
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life exposé: ‘We fundamentally disagree’
Discussion: Slashdot
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb  —  This is a guest post by Jeff Jordan, General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz.  —  Talk about a business with humble roots.  Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia met at the Rhode Island School of Design and became roommates in San Francisco in 2007.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Bags $112 Million In Series B From Andreessen, DST And General Catalyst  —  The scrappy apartment sharing startup has just raised $112 million at a one billion plus valuation led by Andreessen Horowitz.  We're hearing that the split is around 60 million from Andreessen …
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Google Plus Has A Problem. Fear Not: I Have A Solution
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Moves Into Its New Campus [Photos]  —  Click to view slideshow.  —  Just like it told us it would back in February, Facebook has started to move its first group of employees into Building 10 of its new Menlo Park campus in the old Sun Building on the Bayfront Expressway.  —  How do we know this?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Looky Here, It's Me, In an Ad, On Facebook!  Is This Legal?  Allowed?  Who Knows?!  —  In the past 12 hours, about ten friends (and counting) have sent me a copy of this ad on Facebook for a company called “AppSumo.”  I have nearly 5000 “friends” on Facebook, a problem I've written about in the past, but seeing this ad threw me.
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
Mac malware ‘explosion’ missing in action  —  The appearance of the MacDefender trojan back in May provoked a lot of back-and-forth between various tech writers (including your humble correspondent).  Was this a sign that the good times were ending?  That the Mac platform would come under ever-fiercer attack from malware authors?
Discussion: Guardian and Daring Fireball, Thanks:penllawen
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.
Discussion: SlashGear, 9to5Google and Redmond Pie
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Flipboard Kicks Off Its First Advertising Program With Condé Nast  —  Users who follow The New Yorker magazine's Twitter and Facebook stream through iPad social reader Flipboard will start noticing advertising as part of the mix.  The ads, beginning with a campaign by American Express …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
WSJ, Kobo falling in line in Apple's App Store, Google Books is out  —  The WSJ is reporting that Apple is laying down the law on apps that try to link externally to other payment systems in the App Store.  The WSJ's own app and Kobo, another eBookseller were both forced to remove external links to payment stems from within their apps.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat, TechFlash and GeekWire
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s integrated Nuance Dictation speech-to-text feature detailed
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The Roku 2 Review  —  The original Roku media streamer launched …
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Africa's mobile economic revolution
Alex Hudson / BBC:
Podcasts: Who still listens to them?
Discussion: @asymco

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Curt Schilling is joining Breitbart to host political daily online radio show

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Gavin MacFadyen, founder and director of London's Centre for Investigative Journalism and a supporter of WikiLeaks, has died

Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
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