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4:10 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 …
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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
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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
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Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Google Plus Has A Problem. Fear Not: I Have A Solution
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.
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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 …
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?
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: 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: 9to5Google and Redmond Pie
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Glitch Revealed Thumbnails & Descriptions Of Friends' Private Videos  —  Facebook's labyrinthine privacy controls have sprung another leak.  —  This time it's their Videos feature, which lets users share brief clips with their friends and family (Videos launched back in 2007 …
Discussion: CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Leads $37 Million Round In Realtime Traffic Data Company Inrix  —  Realtime car traffic data company Inrix has raised $37 million in series D funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' Green Growth Fund and August Capital.  This brings Inrix's funding to nearly $70 million.
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Why Has There Been So Much Hacking Lately? Or Is It Just Reported More? A Freakonomics Quorum
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s integrated Nuance Dictation speech-to-text feature detailed
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The Roku 2 Review  —  The original Roku media streamer launched …
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Killian Fox / Guardian:
Africa's mobile economic revolution
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Podcasts: Who still listens to them?
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