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Around The World and Back Again:
Airbnb Nightmare: No End In Sight  —  Somewhere around 1:00 am yesterday, my horror story was picked up by Hacker News; to say this story has gone viral in the past two days would be the understatement of my life.  I sit here now, taken aback and utterly astounded as I witness …
Airbnb Confirms Insurance for “in Case Your Pad Gets Trashed”
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare & Groupon Hook Up for Real-Time Deals [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Foursquare users in the U.S. and Canada will start to see Groupon's daily deals in the Explore tab of the application and on beginning Friday, Mashable has learned.  —  Groupon has become Foursquare's sixth and latest daily deals partner.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Passes Nokia and Holds Off Samsung to Become World's Top Smartphone Vendor [Updated]  —  Just hours after research firm IDC released data showing Apple dramatically outpacing the overall mobile phone industry in year-over-year growth for the second quarter of 2011 …
Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grew More Than 11% in the Second Quarter; Feature Phones Decline for First Time in Almost 2 Years, According to IDC  —  The worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.3% year over year in the second quarter of 2011 (2Q11), despite a weaker feature phone market, which declined for the first time since 3Q09.
Cleve Nettles / 9to5Mac:
AT&T to implement data throttling in early October, just in time for iPhone 5  —  A new change for AT&T Wireless' Unlimited Data subscribers will soon be taking place.  Rumored to be starting in the first week of October, we've heard that AT&T will start throttling the data speeds of the network's top data hogs.
Zach Holman:
Steve Jobs Sometimes Lies to You  —  I love Apple.  I love Apple so much that if someone gave me a bulletproof vest made out of MacBook Airs, I'd strap it to my back and take a bullet to my chest to protect my precious aluminum friends.  —  But Steve's lying to us when it comes to FaceTime.
Discussion: MacNN
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Buys Inventions From IBM as It Aims to Build Patent Hoard  —  Google Inc., facing a growing threat of intellectual-property lawsuits, acquired a batch of patents this month from International Business Machines Corp. to bolster its portfolio.  —  “Like many tech companies …
Samsung's Galaxy S II teaser page for the US goes live  —  Phone expected to ship next month  —  Samsung has given a strong indication that the company's popular new smartphone, the Galaxy S II, will be hitting US shores soon.  Samsung has posted a new live webpage for the phone.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's $76B in cash reserves surpasses US government operating balance  —  New figures from the U.S. Treasury Department indicate that the government has a total operating cash balance of $73.768 billion, less than Apple's own war chest of $75.876 billion.  —  As noted by Matt Hartley …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looking To Sink Their Teeth Into Some Tasty Northwest Startups, Google Takes A Bite Of PIE  —  If you haven't heard of PIE, it's probably because you don't live in the Pacific Northwest.  But the Portland Incubator Experiment has already amassed such an impressive roster of startups that everyone may know about them soon enough.
Discussion: Silicon Florist
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Seattle Places Police Calls on Twitter  —  SEATTLE — A flurry of Twitter messages that began early Tuesday morning from the Seattle Police Department puzzled many Twitter users.  Was there a sudden crime wave in Seattle?  Was the city under attack?  Had a computer gone haywire?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
STUDY: Internet Explorer Users Are Dumber  —  A research firm posted an IQ test on its Web site and then compiled the results from more than 100,000 users.  —  It found that there was no substantial difference between users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.  —  But Internet Explorer users had IQs below average.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Approves $10 Billion Distribution to Co-Owners  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, approved a $10 billion distribution to owners Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc, the first payout of that kind in more than five years.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Wall Street Journal
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Alibaba, Yahoo, Softbank settle Alipay rift  —  Alibaba, Yahoo and Softbank said they have settled a financial squabble over Alipay, a payment system in China.  —  The companies have dueled over disclosure and legality of Alibaba's move to spin off Alipay and Friday's agreement puts the issue to rest.
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner  —  Albino Nexus S, meet your better specced, bleached out, dual-core nemesis — the mythical white Samsung Galaxy S II.  The leaked snap is certainly timely, coming in only one day after a UK retailer promised …
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 finally available in August for $300  —  It's been a long and twisted road for Acer's 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, but after all the starts and stops, we've finally got an ETA for the Iconia Tab A100.  According to an email sent out to Acer retail partners today …
New York Times:
In Baring Facts of Train Crash, Blogs Erode China Censorship  —  BEIJING — “After all the wind and storm, what's going on with the high-speed train?” read the prophetic message posted last Saturday evening on the Chinese microblog Sina Weibo.  “It's crawling slower than a snail.  I hope nothing happens to it.”
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft's Web map exposes phone, PC locations  —  caption: Examples of HTC device locations that CNET extracted from Microsoft's location database.  —  Microsoft has collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world and makes …
Discussion: and LAPTOP Magazine
Sunny Ye / TechRice:
485 Million Netizens Strong: The Demographics of China's Internet Rise [CNNIC Report]  —  CNNIC (China Internet Information Network Center - äº'è".) is the official Chinese state agency in charge of registering and managing internet domains (.CN) and traffic.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet makes global debut in China, we go hands-on  —  There's a Chinese saying that will suit most of our Western readers here: “quenching thirst by gazing at plums.”  Oh yes, we're talking about Dell's Streak 10 Pro alright.  Just as promised, said US company has skipped …
Patrick May / Mercury News:
Online marketers hit hard by California's new online-sales tax  —  It wasn't the Great Recession that killed Nick Loper's business.  It was a flick of Jerry Brown's wrist.  —  When the governor signed the state's new online-sales tax law last month, Seattle-based Amazon …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google+ Gets a Feature Update Center  —  In response to user feedback, Google has launched a new section of the Google+ center dedicated to Google+ feature updates.  —  The “What's new in Google+” section is essentially a list of release notes for the Google+ Project.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple captured two thirds of available mobile phone profits in Q2  —  The major publicly traded phone vendors have all reported results for the second quarter.  Based on the data available so far we can begin putting together a picture of the market.  —  The first picture I'll draw is usually the last: profitability.
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Cancer Survivors Build Social Network For Social Good  —  The social Web has a tendency to fold in on itself.  Shortly after the launch of Google Plus, for example, users began to complain that it was only being used to talk about Google Plus.  Drew Olanoff, currently the community manager …
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Timothy B. Lee / Disruptive Economics:
The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents
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