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7:50 AM ET, July 26, 2011

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New York Times:
Bing Becomes a Distraction for Microsoft  —  Microsoft needs to concentrate on a different kind of search: finding a buyer for Bing, its online search business.  Bing is the industry's distant No. 2 after Google.  It has become a distraction for the software giant — one that costs shareholders dearly.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Networking Blog:
Google revises Google+ real name management policy  —  Over the weekend, Google annoyed numerous one-time Google+ users by blowing away their accounts because they'd broken Google's name restrictions.  That went over well.  As I asked at the time, “What was Google thinking!?”
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Netflix Is Coming To Facebook Soon — But Not In The U.S.  —  In its Q2 earnings report today, Netflix revealed that its long-rumored integration with Facebook is coming and they'll “likely launch it before our next earnings report.”  —  The catch: it's not going to be available in the U.S. at first.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Says Its Price Hike Will Clip Revenues For a Quarter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix: 75 Percent Of New Customers Signing Up For Streaming-Only Plan
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Conde Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies  —  We all knew that once Apple starting enforcing new rules for in-app purchases, it would change how media companies do business on the iPhone and iPad.  Now, we're beginning to see just what that looks …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Says It's Willing to Negotiate With Apple Over Patent Fight  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL), says it's willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iSwifter's Flash workaround app coming to the Mac  —  iSwifter's app on Apple's iPad, headed to Mac OS X users soon.  —  iSwifter, the company that released a piece of software for the iPad last year that lets iOS users view and interact with Adobe Flash content, soon plans to bring its service to Mac OS users.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Facebook blocks access to hidden iPad app
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Secret iPad App Exposed [Pictures]
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Technology Is The New Smoking  —  We've all been there; You're at an outing or a dinner table with friends but itching to check your email or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Google+ or Yammer or what ever digital hit of serotonin you prefer.  Have you ever “gone to the bathroom” …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Washington Post
Andrew Grossman / Metropolis:
First Glimpse of Apple's Plans for Grand Central Terminal … Grand Central Terminal's iconic main concourse, with its ceiling of glittering stars, will likely welcome another icon later this year: a single, glowing white apple.  —  Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials offered …
Martin Harrigan / An Analysis of Anonymity …:
Bitcoin is not Anonymous  —  TL;DR  —  Bitcoin is not inherently anonymous.  It may be possible to conduct transactions is such a way so as to obscure your identity, but, in many cases, users and their transactions can be identified.  We have performed an analysis of anonymity …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Tablet Competitive With The iPad  —  Details about the Amazon tablet are slowly emerging as its supposed release draws closer.  The latest news out of the Chinese manufacturing scene is that Amazon, like others, are opting …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T preps for early to mid-September iPhone 5 launch  —  BGR has exclusively learned that AT&T has begun communicating launch plans internally for Apple's next-generation iPhone 5 handset.  We have been told that AT&T has begun informing employees across the company, and those who work in retail locations …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC's Chief Innovation Officer, Horace Luke, resigns for personal reasons  —  BGR has exclusively learned that Horace Luke, former Chief Innovation Officer at HTC, has left the company as of April 30th 2011.  “Horace Luke, HTC's chief innovation officer, has left HTC for personal reasons.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Microsoft Exec Raises $20 Million For Motif, An Investment Vehicle For Ideas  —  Motif Investing, a new vehicle that allows you to invest in ideas, has raised $20 million in Series B financing led by Ignition Partners with participation from Norwest Venture Partners and Foundation Capital.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Boot to Gecko: Mozilla Plans a ChromeOS Rival for Mobile Devices  —  Mozilla today announced Boot to Gecko, a very ambitious project that aims to create a “complete, standalone operating system for the open web.”  This project's goal is to develop what seems like a ChromeOS-like operating system where all the apps are based on HTML5.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti  —  Back in early April, Kent Walker, Google's Senior Vice President & General Counsel, wrote a post on the Google blog titled “Patents and innovation”.  The reason behind the post was clear …
Discussion: NPR and AppleInsider
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
From Floating Data to The Ground You Stand On: Creating an Internet of Places  —  The World Wide Web was originally created as a web of connected documents.  What if that's no longer an appropriate, or sufficient, metaphor?  A group of geospatial data specialists today published a call …
Discussion: Directions Magazine
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
As China Steps Up Web Monitoring, Many Wi-Fi Users Stay Away  —  BEIJING — New regulations that require bars, restaurants, hotels and bookstores to install costly Web monitoring software are prompting many businesses to cut Internet access and sending a chill through the capital's game-playing …
Discussion: Guardian
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Call it GlobalVille: Zynga to launch version of CityVille on Tencent's network in China  —  In its biggest diversification beyond Facebook to date, game maker Zynga is announcing today that it has partnered with social network Tencent in China and is launching a version of its CityVille game …
Chris Richardson / WebProNews:
Does Picasa Tagging Violate Your Google+ Privacy?  —  Is tagging an image the same as sharing an image?  —  Google+ is really concerned about privacy, or at least, that's the approach Google takes.  When new users sign up, Google has a number of “are you sure” responses when privacy settings are adjusted.
Discussion: Picasa Help and Digitizor
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Web Applications Attacked Every 2 Minutes  —  Data security company Imperva released research today that says Web applications are probed or attacked 27 times an hour, or once every two minutes.  At the peak of attacks, some Web applications see probes or attacks 25,000 times an hour, or seven times per second.
Discussion: Imperva, eWeek and CircleID
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Monetization And The Mainstream In Mind, Twitter Adds To Senior Management Team  —  While Twitter was busy last week making some quick, but big cuts in an attempt by Jack Dorsey to streamline the product side of things, this week they're doing the opposite — at least on the sales and marketing side of things.
 
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Patents ‘Gumming Up’ Innovation: Google
Discussion: Inquirer
Times of India:
Amazon set to launch services in India next year
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RIM tweets that it will announce new BlackBerry 7 OS devices on Tuesday
Mary Slosson / Reuters:
Timberlake to Gaga: Hollywood courts social media
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Cyberwar Hysteria Hurts U.S., Helps Consultants
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Baidu Profit Beats Estimates as China Advertising Sales Jump; Shares Surge
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Amazon briefly pulls Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS due to ‘inventory issues,’ reinstates it moments later
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Internet Prankster Sends SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert's House
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France's Forerunner Of The Internet To Be Turned Off
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