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10:25 PM ET, July 24, 2011


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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 …
Discussion: ZDNet
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Google Plus Deleting Accounts En Masse: No Clear Answers
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  —  DID I mention that I've signed a pledge — just like those Republican congressmen who have signed written promises to different political enforcers not to raise taxes or permit same-sex marriage?  My pledge is to never vote for anyone stupid enough to sign a pledge …
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.
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: NPR
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Who Does Patent-Trading Firm Intellectual Ventures Work For, Anyway?  —  Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding company founded by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, is widely accused of being a patent troll — a company that exists mainly to extract patent-licensing fees from other companies.
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.
Discussion: Redmond Pie
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s integrated Nuance Dictation speech-to-text feature detailed  —  Previously found Nuance Dictation reference in iOS 5 internal settings  —  Following our exclusive reveal of iOS's Siri-based “Assistant” feature, we have discovered some more references to Nuance Dictation speech-to-text integration.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The Roku 2 Review  —  The original Roku media streamer launched back in the spring of 2008 as the “Netflix Player.”  In fact, the product was spun off from Netflix itself when Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood returned home... with his Netflix project team and funding in tow.
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Why Has There Been So Much Hacking Lately?  Or Is It Just Reported More?  A Freakonomics Quorum  —  You don't have to be all that sharp to see that there's a lot of hacking going on lately.  As I type, Rupert Murdoch and his allies are testifying before British Parliament over the mushrooming News …
Discussion: Securosis Highlights
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Qunar Baidu Deal Closes. How This Could Ripple Through Chinese Startups.
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DOJ takes swipe at EFF over encryption passphrases
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
NoSQL is What?  —  I found myself reading NoSQL is a Premature …
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Alex Hudson / BBC:
Podcasts: Who still listens to them?
Discussion: @asymco
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Making Desktop Webapps in Lion
Cinthia Murphy / Hot Topics:
Global X Drafts Social Media ETF
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu, Billed as Tomorrow's TV, Looks Boxed In Today
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