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2:15 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.
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 …
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
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
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: Go Rumors
Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  All-Time Record Revenue Earnings Increase 78 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 third quarter ended June 26, 2010.  The Company posted record revenue of $15.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per diluted share.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple: The iPad Isn't Cannibalizing the Mac, But We Sure Hope …
Discussion: eWeek
Bloomberg:   Apple Climbs as Revenue Forecast Tops Analysts' Predictions
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Lawyer ‘Unsure’ Whether Founder Mark Zuckerberg Signed Contract  —  A lawyer for Facebook Inc. said she was “unsure” whether company founder Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract that purportedly entitles a New York man to 84 percent of the world's biggest social-networking service.
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
PC World:
TSMC, Arm Join to Develop Next-generation Mobile Chips  —  Arm and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced a partnership to enable the design of smaller chips for devices like smartphones and tablets, the companies said on Tuesday.  —  The partnership calls for mutual customers …
 
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Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Flashlight App Sneaks Tethering Into App Store (For Now) [Pulled]
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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