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3:40 PM ET, July 21, 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
500 Million Stories  —  As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them.  —  This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look at “revolutionary” social news iPad app: Flipboard  —  You've seen Twitter clients like TweetDeck or Seesmic, but you've never seen one like this.  —  You've seen news readers like NewsGator, Google Reader, or, even, newer ones for iPad like Pulse, but you've never seen one like this.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet Flipboard: Mike McCue Talks About Stealth “Social Magazine” Start-Up That Just Nabbed $10.5 Million in Funding  —  Today, BoomTown gassed up the MINI and headed down to see one of the more innovative new start-ups I have encountered of late.  —  That would be a new social magazine …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Verizon confirms Droid X screen issues, but says they're not widespread  —  We just got word back from Verizon regarding those flickering Droid X screens, and sure enough, the ghastly images are not a side effect of your assimilation into the Droid collective.
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
The Web Means the End of Forgetting  —  Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption “Drunken Pirate.”
Discussion: Bits and Inc.com, Thanks:poplifegirl
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon switching to AT&T-style limited data plans later this month?  —  Hang on to your megabytes, folks, because it looks like the Brave New World of limited data is truly upon us.  AT&T and Verizon tend to follow each others' moves pretty closely — the two carriers regard each …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Joke iPhone Sticker Turns Into a Business  —  After Apple's iPhone 4 press conference last week, Szymon Weglarski and Jon Dorfman, two designers from Brooklyn, decided they would have a little fun with the iPhone 4's antenna problem.  —  They designed tiny bandages that fit perfectly around …
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
What Is Google Editions?  —  Someday soon—later this summer perhaps—there will be a major new development in the evolution of e-books: the launch of Google Editions.  The initial success of Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iPad, and the e-book runners-up like Barnes & Noble's Nook and the Sony Reader …
Discussion: The Next Web and Go Rumors
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google takes the FTC to school  —  Google just issued a response to the Federal Trade commission's staff discussion draft on potential recommendations to support the reinvention [read: preservation] of journalism [read: newspapers].  (here was my reaction).
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Pablo Chavez / Google Public Policy Blog:
Business problems need business solutions
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Trada Raises $5.75M From Google Ventures To Crowdsource Search Engine Marketing  —  Google's AdWords may be one of the most successful products in Internet history, but it's fair to say that most small and medium-sized business owners aren't exactly experts when it comes to writing their ad copy …
Vikram / Inside BlackBerry:
Inside BlackBerry 6: Multimedia Experience  —  Our team has been working hard to enhance the overall multimedia experience in BlackBerry® 6, and we've packed a lot of changes into the upcoming release.  I'm very excited to be able to provide some more details about this aspect of BlackBerry 6 today.
Lacey Rose / The Biz Blog:
Inside Yahoo!'s Attempt To Reinvent The Portal  —  With sites like Twitter and Facebook increasingly vying with portals for people's time online, Yahoo! Media Vice President Jimmy Pitaro knows the role of aggregator is not enough.  —  That's why his 600 million-plus monthly users visit a site that is 10% original content today.
Erez Zukerman / Download Squad:
Months after deleting your account, Facebook still publishes your name and picture  —  UPDATE: It appears now as though this may be a Google cache issue, and not a Facebook issue.  I stand corrected, and I do apologize.  I love Facebook, and would gladly give Mark Zuckerberg a hug.
Thanks:leemathews
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Amazon Makes It Clear It Will Survive iPadmania  —  This is a phenomenal week to be covering the publishing industry.  Tuesday, Apple released its quarterly earnings.  Big surprise, another record-breaking quarter for the folks in Cupertino.  A few billion here, a few billion there, blah, blah.
Discussion: paidContent
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
If True, the Ceglia Case Could Rewrite Part of Facebook's Early History  —  The first few years of Facebook's existence has already been closely scrutinized in court and in the media.  This fall, there's even a feature-length movie coming out about one version.
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
iPhone update: now supports multitasking, no additional charges for calling over 3G  —  In May, we upgraded our iPhone app to allow users to make calls over 3G data connections.  Today, I'm pleased to introduce a brand new version of the app.  It allows you to make calls with high quality sound, and supports multitasking.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
AT&T's 3G Dropped Call Rate: 0.91 Percent (PDF)  —  On slide 11 from AT&T's Q4 2009 financial results presentation, they claim a dropped call rate for 3G calls of 0.91 percent for December 2009, down from 1.18 percent the year prior.  We don't know whether the iPhone 3GS already exceeded this average, though.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Boy Genius Report
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Dell warns of malware on server motherboards  —  Dell is apparently warning customers that “a small number” of its PowerEdge R410 server motherboards may contain malicious software.  —  Dell is apparently warning customers that “a small number” of its PowerEdge R410 server motherboards may contain malicious software.
Discussion: ZDNet
Scott Webster / Crave: The gadget blog:
Droid 2 could be first phone to launch with Froyo  —  The team over at Droid Life got their hands on a photo of what appears to be a pre-release version of the Droid 2 running OS 2.2.  If the the device arrives on schedule next month with Froyo, it would be the first Android handset to launch with the latest version of the platform.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Readying For An IPO, Jive Software Raises $30 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Sequoia  —  Jive Software, the maker of an all-in-one social enterprise software, has just raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers with existing investor Sequoia Capital participating in the round.
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP Lists HP Slate 500, Requests PalmPad Trademark  —  Hewlett-Packard has listed the Windows-based HP Slate 500 on its website, and also applied to trademark the term Palmpad, fueling speculation surrounding the company's tablet plans.  —  HP, the world's largest PC maker …
Softpedia News:
Google Maps Gets Improved Border Data for 60 Countries and Regions  —  Including regions with disputed borders  —  The technical challenges of maintaining a detailed map of the world are hard enough, but things get even more complicated when you factor in political issues like border disputes.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lokast Brings Proximity Based Mobile Social Network To Android Phones  —  Startup NearVerse, the developers of proximity based mobile social network LoKast is rolling out an Android app today.  —  Originally launched on the iPhone at SXSW in March, LoKast, which is actually short for …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Spent $1.34 Million On Lobbying In Q2, Up 41 Percent From Last Year
Discussion: PR Newswire
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple: The iPad Isn't Cannibalizing the Mac, But We Sure Hope …
Discussion: eWeek
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenHeatMap: Custom Heat Maps for Geo Data
Bloomberg:
Apple Climbs as Revenue Forecast Tops Analysts' Predictions
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Twitter's tech problems take a toll on developers
 Earlier Items: 
Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Google to End Technical Support for Two China Tianya Products
Discussion: V3.co.uk and WebProNews
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
PopScreen Aims To Surface Viral Videos Before They Go Viral
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and NewTeeVee
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Flashlight App Sneaks Tethering Into App Store (For Now) [Pulled]
Simson Garfinkel / Technology Review:
Passwords that are Simple—and Safe
Discussion: The Tech Report, Thanks:rawmeet
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads
Discussion: Maximum PC