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7:15 PM ET, July 29, 2011

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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.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Airbnb's Rental Nightmare Ends in Arrest and One Still Very Unlucky Customer
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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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
AT&T verifies data throttling for top 5% of users officially for October 1st  —  As we reported yesterday: October 1st, top 5% of AT&T users will see reduced speeds. … Today AT&T made it official.  Full statement below the fold:  —  An Update for Our Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Corey Goldfeder / Gmail Blog:
Gmail Snooze with Apps Script  —  Editor's Note: For a more technical description, see the Google Apps Developer Blog  —  At Google, we all use email very heavily — for communicating with other Googlers, for task management, and to mail around funny pictures of kittens.
Discussion: WebProNews
Anjali Mullany / NY Daily News:
President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 33,000 followers in one day  —  President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost - more than 33,000 Twitter followers.  —  Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to …
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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 …
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
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Facebook launches bug bounty program  —  Facebook is set to announce today a bug bounty program in which researchers will be paid for reporting security holes on the popular social-networking Web site.  —  Compensation, which starts at $500 and has no maximum set, will be paid only to researchers …
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
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 …
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Must Pay Alcatel $70 Million in Patent Damages, U.S. Jury Says  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) must pay $70 million for infringing an Alcatel-Lucent patent used in versions of Microsoft's Outlook program and two other applications, a federal jury in San Diego said today.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Flying Drone Can Crack Wi-Fi Networks, Snoop On Cell Phones  —  Mike Tassey posing with the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, WASP.  —  How do one ex-Air Force official and one former airplane hobby shop owner, both of whom happen to have decades of experience as network security contractors …
Discussion: Geek.com
Mike Swift / SiliconValley.com:
Local business site challenges Google ranking  —  With federal regulators pursuing an antitrust probe over whether Google (GOOG) is abusing its dominance in search to favor its own online products, a company that owns several Bay Area websites promoting local small businesses is taking …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Nortel completes patent liquidation to Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony: now what?  —  Bankrupt Canadian telecommunications company Nortel Networks Corp. announced on Friday that it has completed the sale of its 6,000 patents for $4.5 billion to the consortium of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Sony.
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
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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IDC:
Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grew More Than 11% in the Second Quarter; Feature Phones Decline …
 
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Mattias Holm / Sony Ericsson Product Blog:
Qriocity's video service puts films and TV shows at your fingertips
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Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Rovi Sues Hulu Over Patents for Interactive TV Functions
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Approves $10 Billion Distribution to Co-Owners
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Dante Cesa / Engadget:
‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Seattle Places Police Calls on Twitter
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Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 finally available in August for $300
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Virgin Will Price Spotify ‘Significantly Less’ Than Spotify Does
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Google Buys Inventions From IBM as It Aims to Build Patent Hoard
 

 
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