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Around The World and Back Again:
Airbnb Nightmare: No End In Sight  —  Somewhere around 1:00 am yesterday, my Airbnb.com 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 …
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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Airbnb burglary victim says company tried to quiet her  —  Blogger “EJ,” who wrote about her experience with Airbnb, updated her blog Thursday night saying that the company had asked her to remove the post, fearing bad press.  —  EJ wrote last month that renters she found through the site burgled and trashed her home.
Discussion: @paulcarr, @jtemple, @dgelles and Gawker
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple Now Has More Cash Than the U.S. Government  —  When Apple reported last week that it had $76 billion in cash, we speculated that it might be enough to buy Goldman Sachs or Facebook.  Today, Steve Jobs' reserves match up with the world's largest sovereign entity.  —  That's right.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's $76B in cash reserves surpasses US government operating balance
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 Foursquare.com beginning Friday, Mashable has learned.  —  Groupon has become Foursquare's sixth and latest daily deals partner.
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.
Xiaorui Gan / Google Mobile Blog:
New Google Search experience for tablets  —  (Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog)  —  As part of our effort to evolve the Google design and experience, we've improved the www.google.com search experience on tablets.  We've simplified the layout of search results pages and increased …
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: The Business Insider and MacNN
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 …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft's Web map exposes phone, PC locations  —  caption: Examples of HTC device locations that CNET extracted from Microsoft's Live.com location database.  —  Microsoft has collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world and makes …
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 …
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Fugitive taunts cops on Facebook “catch me if you can” before they find him in Brooklyn apartment  —  A fugitive fool who taunted cops on his Facebook page, “Catch me if you can, I'm in Brooklyn” - has been captured by U.S. marshals.  —  And guess where.  —  Victor Burgos was sitting …
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 …
Adam Holisky / Tecca:
Obama spams Republican Twitter handles to urge debt compromise  —  The President is urging the public to tweet legislators, one state at a time  —  With the debt ceiling looming and political tensions at an all time high, the President has been encouraging people to contact their representatives and express themselves.
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: GeekWire, Pulse2 and Silicon Florist
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google starts to open up its cloud music service with user invites, still US only  —  We haven't heard much about Google Music, the company's cloud-based music locker service, since it launched back in May at the I/O developer conference.  Getting in to try it was tough …
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and ReadWriteWeb
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: MediaPost and Gizmodo
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 …
Electronista:
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.
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.
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Buy a new Mac, get iLife for all your Macs  —  As with every Mac in recent memory, Apple's latest hardware releases, the MacBook Air (Mid 2011) and Mac mini (Mid 2011), include the current versions of Mac OS X and iLife—in this case, Lion (OS X 10.7) and iLife '11.
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.
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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