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3:20 PM ET, July 30, 2011


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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone 5 cases indicate a thinner but half inch wider and longer frame  —  Following our post with images of a purported iPhone 5 case, other sources have followed up with us with their own cases.  This time we not only have a silicone case, but a hard case, too.  The image above shows a top view of both of our cases.
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg: Anonymity Online ‘Has To Go Away’ … Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook's marketing director, has a fix for cyberbullying: stop people from doing anything online without their names attached.  —  Facebook requires all members to use their real names and email addresses …
Jillian York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Case for Pseudonyms  —  pseu  ·do  ·nym  —noun a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name.  —  There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with.  They may be concerned about threats …
Discussion: @fredwilson
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
YouTube embraces Google+ Hangouts for live streaming  —  YouTube is closely integrating Google's Hangouts group video chat platform with its live streaming in an effort to make video watching more social.  The site has already quietly begun to make live video feeds available to Hangouts users …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Airbnb's Rental Nightmare Ends in Arrest and One Still Very Unlucky Customer  —  The San Francisco Police department confirmed that it has made an arrest in the incident involving an Airbnb host who had her entire life turned upside down when renters ransacked her apartment and ultimately stole her property and identity.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How The Hell Is This My Fault?  —  You've doubtless heard about the Airbnb fiasco - being dubbed #ransackgate by some - that's been exploding the last couple of days.  If you're not familiar with the story, we first covered it here, and there's some terrific source material from the woman who's home …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can't Be Dodged  —  Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded — even when users block cookies, turn off storage in Flash, or use browsers' “incognito” functions.
Discussion: @mathewi, @tomsinger and
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Brief History of Apple Not Buying Things  —  And so it begins again.  BGR has an exclusive scoop from an “unproven” (ooh!) source: Apple is in talks to buy Barnes & Noble, the country's last remaining national bookseller.  As BGR points out, the acquisition would get Apple B&N's digital books …
Agnes Valdimarsdottir / Agence France Presse:
Icelanders hand in draft of world's first ‘web’ constitution  —  REYKJAVIK — A group of 25 ordinary citizens on Friday presented to Iceland's parliamentary speaker a new constitution draft, which they compiled with the help of hundreds of others who chipped in online.
Discussion: Mashable! and Deutsche Welle
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T's sleek Samsung slider isn't the Galaxy S II after all  —  Last week, we exclusively reported that AT&T was planning to launch a variant of Samsung's Galaxy S II with a full QWERTY keyboard.  Well, we have good news and bad news: BGR learned on Friday from a trusted source that this handset …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Extends iTunes Previews to 90 Seconds Internationally  —  Apple seems to have extended iTunes song previews to 90 seconds internationally.  Apple first rolled out 90 second previews in the U.S. back in December, 2010.  International song previews had been stuck at 30 seconds.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Report: Nortel portfolio buyers facing DOJ scrutiny  —  Despite last month's $4.5 billion sale of Nortel's patent portfolio wrapping up this week, government scrutiny over what its buyers intend to do with the patents continues, a new report says.  —  The Wall Street Journal reports …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Nortel completes patent liquidation to Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony: now what?
Discussion: and MacRumors
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