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8:50 AM ET, July 28, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Next iPhone to feature thinner, tapered design according to new silicone cases  —  Yesterday, a purported case mold schematic for the fifth-generation iPhone emerged, pointing to a complete re-design for Apple's handset.  This mold points to a larger display, a larger home button, and a thinner profile for the next iPhone.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Launching in Second Week of September? iPad 3 Later?  —  The China Times pinpoints the iPhone 5 release to the second week of September with an initial order of 4 million units.  Suppliers are said to be currently preparing 400,000 trial run units.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers To Re-Write Your Webpages On The Fly, Promising 25% To 60% Speed Improvements  —  Google has long been obsessed with speed.  It's paramount in pretty much everything they do.  Which is why the launch of Google+ with some — gasp — attention paid to design is even more surprising.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Exclusive: British Police Duped by LulzSec Into Arresting the Wrong Guy  —  Chat logs, video evidence indicate that the arrest was misdirection  —  Earlier today the blogosphere lit up with news that “Topiary” a key hacker from Anonymous and LulzSec was arrested.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint, LightSquared enter 15-year pact for LTE  —  Sprint has inked a wholesale 4G LTE deal with LightSquared that diversifies the carrier's network.  The agreement runs for 15 years.  —  For the wireless carrier, LightSquared gives Sprint an option for LTE—it currently offers 4G services via WiMax and Clearwire.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint posts Q2 2011 earnings: net subs up, contract subs down, net loss of $847 million
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer goes global with iPad app launch in 11 countries  —  Western Europe first for subscription-based service, with US to follow later in 2011  —  BBC Worldwide is launching its global iPlayer service today, via an iPad app that will be made available in 11 countries in Western Europe.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User's Home Is Utterly Trashed  —  Important updates to post at end  —  Until now everything has been just great for Airbnb, a service that lets people rent out their homes and become a sort of mini-hotel.  The company launched in 2008 and has grown rapidly.
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Brian Chesky / TechCrunch:
On Safety: A Word From Airbnb
Discussion: @gaberivera
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hollywood Forces UK ISP To Block Newzbin Usenet Site  —  Following a hearing in London's High Court, leading UK ISP BT will be forced to block subscriber access to Usenet indexing site Newzbin2.  Under the banner of the MPA, the leading Hollywood studios successfully argued that by letting …
Thijs van As / The Official Google Blog:
Catch the London Underground with Google Maps  —  Starting today, you can get public transport directions for London within Google Maps.  One of Europe's largest metropolitan areas, London is a major destination for both business travelers and tourists.  More than 1 billion passengers …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Is for Movies, Hulu Is for TV Shows.  Neither Is for Your iPad or Your iPhone.  —  Lots of you are using your phones to watch YouTube.  But Netflix and Hulu?  Not so much.  —  That's one of the takeaways from a new Nielsen report about viewing habits on the two online video services.
Mike Luttrell / TG Daily:
Republican Tea Party leader arrested for computer piracy  —  A heavyweight for the political Tea Party movement in the south has most likely just crippled his potential political future.  —  61-year-old Anthony Trinca was arrested for allegedly selling pirated versions of high-end computer software.
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
EA: our fastest growing platform is the iPad  —  There was a time when the majority of games were played on dedicated consoles like the Xbox or PlayStation but, as they say, “those times are a'changin.”  Speaking to IndustryGamers, EA CEO John Riccitiello said consoles are no longer the dominant force in gaming.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Old Java Emails May Bite Google in Android Patent Suit  —  It may be wiser for Google to settle its patent infringement showdown with Oracle than take it to trial.  New documents emerging from early hearings in the case suggest the search giant may have a tough time mounting a …
Discussion: eWeek
Benjamin Grol / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps 5.8 for Android adds photo uploads, My Places, and more  — My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you've starred and recently viewed  — Descriptive terms for Places in search results  — Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in  —  Photo upload for a Place
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Growth Unsettles Mountain View  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW—Google Inc. is the single largest contributor to the coffers of Mountain View, where it is based.  But as the Web giant expands its physical footprint and seeks to build new offices, housing and infrastructure, the city government is pushing back.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NEA And Sequoia Put $18M In Brand-Focused Social Media Platform Hearsay Social  —  Hearsay Social, a SaaS dashboard for national businesses and their local branches to manage Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages, has raised $18 million in new funding med by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) …
Discussion: VatorNews, AllThingsD, VentureBeat and AdAge
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm's Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS  —  Back around July of last year, Qualcomm launched a software development kit for building Augmented Reality apps on Android.  The idea was to allow Android developers to build all sorts of crazy AR stuff (like games and apps …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
New Chrome experiment: Embed your message in a music video and have the band dance it out  —  We here at 9to5Google love Chrome Experiments, nifty little web apps that showcase what can be achieved with HTML5 and the Chrome browser.  Be it a simple project like the Google I/O countdown timer …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The Verizon small bang  —  As Verizon has reported iPhone sales for one and a half quarters, it's time to try to discern the impact on the product.  There were several hypotheses floating around prior to the “big bang” of Verizon.  —  Some assumed that there would be a large migration away …
Thomas Catan / Law Blog:
One Small Antitrust Victory for Google  —  Google Inc. is facing intense regulatory pressure around the world, with antitrust enforcers investigating its business practices in the U.S. and European Union.  But it's not all bad news for the Internet search giant: it just scored a small …
Discussion: Googling Google Blog
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Fourth Law Firm Withdraws From Representing Paul Ceglia in Facebook Case  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims he deserves half of Facebook based on an arrangement with Mark Zuckerberg from 2003, has lost another law firm as his case continues.  —  Edelson McGuire, which had only taken on the case within …
Yahoo! News:
Hackers access data on 35 mln S. Koreans: agency  —  Hackers using an Internet address registered in China have gained access to major South Korean websites and may have stolen the private information of 35 million users, authorities said Thursday.  —  They breached the systems of Nate …
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Raiders of the Last Nerd  —  “If I'm not the most well-connected guy in New York, I'm one of them for sure,” Dave Carvajal told The Observer, leaning back into his chair at the Park Avenue South headquarters of Dave Partners, the executive search firm he founded in 2009.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
HP joins OpenStack  —  HP has joined OpenStack, the open-source cloud software project led by Rackspace.  —  Announcing the news on its corporate blog Wednesday morning, HP VP of Cloud Services Emil Sayegh wrote: … HP joins fellow IT heavyweights Dell, Cisco, Intel and Citrix as OpenStack contributors …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Books Accelerate Paperback Publishers' Release Dates  —  It used to be like clockwork in the book business: first the hardcover edition was released, then, about one year later, the paperback.  —  But in an industry that has been upended by the growth of e-books, publishers are moving …
Discussion: Allen Weiner
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The White House just Rickrolled a Twitter user  —  We've known since 2008 that US President Obama has pushed for more social media interaction.  With a Twitter Town Hall meeting and now sending his own tweets, it seems that somebody on the staff has decided to take things a step further.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SAP Now Allows Businesses To Layer Big Data With Google Maps And Earth
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 releasing today - BBM Social, and new sharing options front and center
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
ComScore Report: 27% of Facebook Browsing on News Feed, Just 10% on Apps
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Quora Testing User Credits For “Ask To Answer” Questions
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