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2:30 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.
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
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
NoSQL is a Premature Optimization  —  There's been a lot of back and forth lately from the NoSQL crowd around Michael Stonebreaker's contention that reliance on relational technology and MySQL has trapped Facebook in a ‘fate worse than death.’ This was reported in a GigaOm post by Derrick Harris.
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: 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 …
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 …
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
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
Jacqueline Wong / Reuters:
China inspects electronics stores after fake Apple shops report  —  Chinese industrial and commercial authorities in Kunming have started to inspect all of the southwestern city's electronics shops after an American blogger wrote about fake Apple stores, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu, Billed as Tomorrow's TV, Looks Boxed In Today  —  PICTURE this: TV anyway, anywhere.  —  Every sitcom.  Every drama, documentary, reality show.  —  All of it — everything — Right Here Now.  —  This is the radical potential of the Internet.  And this is the implicit promise of Hulu …
Discussion: I, Cringely and Daily Patricia
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.
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
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