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8:45 AM ET, August 1, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Launching New iPhone In October, Not September  —  So those rumors claiming the iPhone 5 will debut in late September?  They're wrong.  —  Instead, it's going to be an October surprise — the month in which Apple will be launching its next generation iPhone.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google Chrome overtakes Firefox to become UK's second most popular web browser  —  Internet browser passes Firefox, with speed and a nationwide advertising campaign credited for the rise in popularity  —  Google's Chrome is Britain's second most popular browser, a sign of the internet giant's increasing grip on the UK search market.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Airbnb Victim Tells His Story: “There Were Meth Pipes Everywhere”  —  This last week we've all watched in horror as the story unfolded about an Airbnb user who had her home ransacked a month ago.  —  Other than the sideshow of us getting dragged into the story, it seemed to be winding down yesterday.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Farewell Flash?  Adobe Launches HTML5 Web Animations Tool “Adobe Edge”  —  Today, Adobe is launching a new tool called Adobe Edge which will allow creative professionals to design animated Web content using Web standards like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.  Not Flash.
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Windows Phone revenue “abysmal”, still better than Android  —  The Seattle PI has done some sleuthing in Microsoft's annual report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and found out that by subtracting a few figures, you get a rough $600 million dollars in revenue for fiscal year 2011 for Windows Mobile and Windows Phone.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook expands UK operation  —  Facebook is moving into a larger office in London as it expands its advertising business operation in the UK.  —  Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook's founder and chief.  —  However, the social networking company has shunned Silicon Roundabout …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Best Buy moves into the connected TV business with Tivo's user interface  —  Internet connected TVs are becoming a lot more mainstream.  The latest sign of that is that Best Buy is announcing its own house label model, dubbed the Insignia Connected TV.  —  Best Buy, the nation's largest …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Data Centers' Power Use Less Than Was Expected  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Data centers' unquenchable thirst for electricity has been slaked by the global recession and by a combination of new power-saving technologies, according to an independent report on data center power use from 2005 to 2010.
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Jake Davis named as suspected hacker Topiary by UK police  —  British police have tonight named the teenager they arrested in Shetland last week, in relation to the LulzSec and Anonymous hacking groups.  —  Jake Davis, 18, will appear in court tomorrow.  —  Davis, reportedly …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The end of easy growth in smartphones  —  At the end of last year I was saying that the smartphone boom was a tide that lifted all boats.  That is no longer the case.  —  But the big story is that there has been a clear non-seasonal counter-cyclical decline in Nokia and RIM's smartphone performance.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
With the Bing Search Engine, Microsoft Plays the Underdog  —  MIKE NICHOLS has a poster on his office wall.  It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible — until Ali beat him, in 1964, in one of the biggest upsets …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Now Processing $4 Million In Mobile Payments Per Day  —  Flush with $100 million in new funding, Square is continuing to grow like a weed in the mobile payments space.  After passing the $3 million mark at the end of May, Square is now processing $4 million in mobile payments daily …
 
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone's First Full Quarter on Verizon
Larry Seltzer / BetaNews:
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells
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Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Former VeriSign CEO to take top job at Palo Alto Networks
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP PCs breed rootkit infections
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