July 24, 2013, 8:00 PM

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Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2013.  —  “We've made good progress growing our community, deepening engagement and delivering strong financial results, especially on mobile …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Beats as Mobile Revenue Jumps to 41 Percent of Ads Business  —  Facebook's numbers are in, and they look good across the board — especially in mobile.  —  The social giant posted its second-quarter earnings on Wednesday afternoon, reporting earnings per share of 13 cents on revenue of $1.81 billion.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Q2: Monthly Users Up 21% YOY To 1.15B, Dailies Up 27% To 699M, Mobile Monthlies Up 51% To 819M  —  In Q2 of 2013, Facebook grew to 1.15 billion monthly active users up from 1.11 billion at the end of Q1, 669 million daily active users from 665 million, and to 819 million mobile monthly active users from 751M.
Sundar Pichai / The Official Google Blog:
From TVs to tablets: Everything you love, across all your screens  —  When I was growing up, my family had a single screen we huddled around every day: the television set in the living room.  Nowadays, we “huddle” around multiple screens—laptops, smartphones and tablets …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisions (video)  —  Google's Chromecast is Mountain View's next foray into the television market.  In brief, it's a $35 HDMI dongle that mirrors content being played nearby on a tablet, smartphone or computer.  Hrm, that sounds familiar.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google announces thinner, lighter Nexus 7 with higher-res screen, arrives July 30th for $230  —  When we reviewed the Nexus 7 last summer, we said it was the best tablet $200 could buy.  A year later, that still might be true if it wasn't for the fact that there's a new Nexus 7 in town.
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
House Rejects Effort To Cut Off NSA Program  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to continue the collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records in the fight against terrorism.  The House rejected a measure to end the program's authority.  The vote was 217-205 on Wednesday.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Xbox One retail consoles double as debug units, Microsoft to allow indie self-publishing  —  Microsoft's Xbox One is getting decidedly more indie-friendly with today's confirmation from Microsoft that its forthcoming game console will double as a developer debug unit.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Blueprints Of NSA's Ridiculously Expensive Data Center In Utah Suggest It Holds Less Info Than Thought  —  The NSA data center in Utah will be up and running by the end of September  —  For the last two months, we've been bombarded with stories about the information-collection practices …
More: GizmodoThanks:@thealexknapp
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Head of BlackBerry's PlayBook Tablet Is Leaving  —  David J. Smith Has Resigned as the Tablet Is No Longer Supported  —  A senior BlackBerry Ltd. executive who was in charge of the largely unsuccessful PlayBook tablet is leaving the company.  —  David J. Smith, an executive vice president …
More: The Verge and BGR
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple rolls out Developer Portal status page as it lines out how it will restore features  —  Following the attempted breach into Apple's iOS and Mac Developer Center, and its subsequent closing, Apple has posted an iCloud-like Status Page so developers can track Apple's work for re-implementing Developer Portal Features.
Jeffrey Grubb / VentureBeat:
EA made more money on Apple's App Store than through Origin  —  Updated at 2:40 p.m. — corrected inaccurate comparison to platforms.  —  The mobile-based future is here, and publisher Electronic Arts is reaping the rewards.  EA reported today that it made more money through Apple's App Store than any other retail distributor.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys  —  Whether the FBI or NSA have the legal authority to obtain the master keys that companies use for Web encryption remains an open question, but it hasn't stopped the U.S. government from trying.  —  Large Internet companies have resisted …
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Exclusive: Zulily hires banks for possible IPO - sources  —  (Reuters) - Zulily hired investment banks in recent weeks to advise the fast-growing e-commerce company on a possible initial public offering, according to two people familiar with the situation.  —  Zulily, a “flash sales” …
More: GeekWire
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Meet Helpouts, Google's Secret Project That Turns Hangouts Into A Commerce Platform  —  While its roots lie in search, today, Google wears many hats.  From self-driving cars and wearable technology to social networking and mobile operating systems, there are few industries where the search …

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