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9:20 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.
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Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Diane Sawyer as Website Gets 500-Millionth Member  —  Zuckerberg Says New Movie is ‘Fiction;’ Claims He Never Agreed to Share Facebook Ownership If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest one in the world.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
If True, the Ceglia Case Could Rewrite Part of Facebook's Early History
Discussion: PC World and GMSV
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.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:   Skype updated for iOS 4, background VoIP is a go (update …
Jean-Paul Cozzatti / The Twitter Engineering Blog:
Twitter & Performance: An update  —  On Monday, a fault in the database that stores Twitter user records caused problems on both Twitter.com and our API.  The short, non-technical explanation is that a mistake led to some problems that we were able to fix without losing any data.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Opening Its Own Custom Data Center In Utah Later This Year  —  As you may have noticed, Twitter has had some reliability issues over the past few months.  Part of this was related to the World Cup, part of it is because they just continue to grow at a fast pace — 300,000 new accounts are created a day now.
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: MediaPost, Bits and Inc.com, Thanks:poplifegirl
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Erez Zukerman / Download Squad:
[UPDATED] Months after deleting your account, Facebook still publishes …
Thanks:leemathews
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 …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome 6: What made the cut—and what missed it  —  Want the ability to print preview in Chrome?  Me, too.  But we'll have to wait, because it's one of the features that didn't make the Chrome 6 cut.  —  Typically in software development, there comes a point when programmers have to turn …
Discussion: Electronista
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” …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Netflix Says Subscriber Total Jumped 42 Percent  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) reported yet another big jump in subscribers—and in instant streaming.  The company says it now has 15 million subscribers, up 42 percent from a year ago and up from the 13 million it reported during the first quarter.
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: Digits, Maximum PC and ZDNet
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Windows Phone 7: Bing only default search option  —  Google who?  —  Bing?will be the only default search engine on Windows Phone 7?devices,?  Microsoft?has confirmed to Pocket-lint.  —  “The search engine has been heavily integrated into the OS, so it would be hard to offer an alternative” …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
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 …
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).
Discussion: Techdirt, Digits, Tech Eye and MediaPost
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Pablo Chavez / Google Public Policy Blog:
Business problems need business solutions
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
There's Money to be Made in “Premium Privacy” Says VC Fred Wilson  —  When veteran blogger and venture capitalist Fred Wilson addresses an audience on the business opportunities in geolocational services, you can't help but listen.  While we have our own opinions as to why users have gone geoloco this year …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Might The T-Mobile iPhone Preempt The Verizon iPhone?  —  By now, everyone in the U.S. is aware of the rumor that the iPhone may be coming to Verizon's network later this year or early next year.  But there's nothing stating that the iPhone would then only be on AT&T and Verizon at that point.
 
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Jonah Lehrer / The Frontal Cortex:
Twitter Strangers  —  Over at Gizmodo, Joel Johnson makes …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Beats Expectations, Posts $2.2 Billion Revenues
Discussion: Business Wire and Digital Daily
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
IP czar targets overseas pirate sites
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
AT&T's 3G Dropped Call Rate: 0.91 Percent (PDF)
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Lacey Rose / The Biz Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Spent $1.34 Million On Lobbying In Q2, Up 41 Percent From Last Year
Discussion: PR Newswire
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lokast Brings Proximity Based Mobile Social Network To Android Phones
Discussion: VentureBeat
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Amazon Makes It Clear It Will Survive iPadmania
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Trada Raises $5.75M From Google Ventures To Crowdsource Search Engine Marketing
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple: The iPad Isn't Cannibalizing the Mac, But We Sure Hope …
Discussion: eWeek