July 28, 2012, 10:30 AM

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New York Times:
Apple Officials Said to Consider Stake in Twitter  —  Apple, which has stumbled in its efforts to get into social media, has talked with Twitter in recent months about making a strategic investment in it, according to people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has been hugely successful …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
You Have To Read This Blistering Response From Microsoft's PR Boss On Its ‘Lost Decade’  —  We missed this when it was first posted, but it's so good, we have to post it here.  —  Vanity Fair had a big expose on Microsoft in its August issue about the company's “Lost Decade.”
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Line Up to Bid for Kodak's Patents  —  Battle lines are forming in Eastman Kodak Co.'s patent sale ahead of Monday's initial bid deadline.  —  At least two groups are expected to bid on Kodak's trove of 1,100 patents, with a bevy of technology and patent heavyweights picking sides …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Leaked RIAA Report: SOPA/PIPA “Ineffective Tool” Against Music Piracy  —  “These illicit sites are among the culprits behind the music industry's more than 50 percent decline in revenues during the last decade, resulting in 15,000 layoffs and fewer resources to invest in new bands,” …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA: Online Music Piracy Pales In Comparison to Offline Swapping  —  In April, one of the RIAA's key employees informed a group of music industry insiders about the upcoming six-strikes anti-piracy scheme in the U.S. TorrentFreak received a copy of the presentation sheets which include …
More: Techdirt and Daily Dot
Elinor Mills / CNET:
NSA director finally greets Defcon hackers  —  National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander calls Defcon the “world's best cybersecurity community” and asks for their help.  —  Follow @elinormills  —  Pre-teen hacker CyFi gets congratulated by National Security Agency Director …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Bitly is working on an “Internet attention ranking engine” called Realtime  —  Bitly, the company that basically ushered the world into short links on sites like Twitter, is playing around with a new service, launching it under its “Bitly Labs” umbrella.  —  It's called Realtime, and is available at
More: bitly blog, The Next Web and The VergeThanks:@alex
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Government: we can freeze Mega assets even if case is dismissed  —  The United States government said today that even if the indictment of the Megaupload corporation is dismissed, it can continue its indefinite freeze on the corporation's assets while it awaits the extradition of founder Kim Dotcom and his associates.
More: Techdirt and Wired

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