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5:45 PM ET, July 14, 2011

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Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.  —  “We had a great quarter, with revenue up 32% year on year for a record breaking over $9 billion of revenue,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Back On Track In Q2, Beats The Street With Over $9 Billion In Revenue  —  Google has just released their Q2 2011 numbers, and after a slightly-off Q1, it looks like Q2 is right back on track for the search giant.  They beat the number The Street was expecting across the board.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Larry Page On Google+: Over 10 Million Users, 1 Billion Items Being Shared Per Day  —  Google CEO Larry Page headlined Google's earnings call today and of course revealed some interesting statistics on Google's most recent product, Google+.  Page said the new management structure he implemented is …
Steve Kovach / The Business Insider:
GOOGLE: 550,000 Android Activations Per Day
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Spotify:
Hello America.  Spotify here.  —  We're excited to let you know that today we're bringing Spotify to the US.  —  This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify.  I'm proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly …
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Sean Parker / The Business Insider:
Spotify Signals A Golden Age Of Music
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Service Offers Music in Quantity, Not by Song
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Tablet Is No Threat To Apple, It's A Huge Threat To Google  —  Last September, we got a tip from a source that Amazon was preparing a tablet that would run Google's Android operating system.  The source was a good one — they had also correctly called Amazon releasing their own Android app store.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Amazon's Tough Decisions on Its Android Tablet  —  Waiting for Amazon to sell a full-fledged tablet feels like waiting for the grass to grow: we know it's going to happen, but it's taking an awfully long time.  —  As we have reported over the last year, Amazon has been readying a color screen tablet …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Microsoft says it will have a ‘single ecosystem’ for PCs, tablets, phones, and TVs... and is ‘Windows’ dead?  —  So here's an interesting coincidence: Tuesday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Andy Lees said that the Redmond would eventually have just a “single ecosystem” for PCs, phones, tablets, and even the TV.
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Washington Post:
24,000 Pentagon files stolen in major cyber breach, official says  —  The Defense Department lost 24,000 files to “foreign intruders” in the spring in what appears to be one of the most damaging cyberattacks to date on the U.S. military, a top Pentagon official acknowledged Thursday.
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David Alexander / Reuters:   Pentagon to treat cyberspace as operational domain
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Shuts Down OS X Downloads Page  —  As announced back in December 2010, Apple has shut down [thanks, Daylen] the OS X Downloads page that used to list applications, widgets and utilities users could download for their Macs.  Instead, Apple is now featuring the Mac App Store at the same URL …
Discussion: MacNN, TUAW, The Next Web and RazorianFly
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google+ Improves on Facebook  —  Google, the most popular Web site on earth, is worried about the second-most popular site.  That, of course, would be Facebook.  —  Why else would Google keep trying, over and over again, to create a social network of the same type?
Charles Newark-French / Flurry:
iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone Take Some Wind Out of Android's Sail  —  In this new age of mobile computing, Apple and Google's long-term success depends largely on their ability to amass third-party developer support.  Developer innovation improves the way consumers connect with others …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Zynga Bid $1 Billion In Cash For PopCap Games, Source Says  —  The social gaming company Zynga offered $1 billion in cash to acquire PopCap Games, but was turned down in favor of a more complex and potentially more lucrative offer from Electronic Arts, according to a source close to the deal.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hastens Google+ corporate account launch  —  Google is accelerating a test of corporate accounts on Google+ after “thousands upon thousands” of businesses applied for a place in the program, a Google executive said.  —  The company plans next week to choose who'll get into the test …
The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: This Is What Microsoft Is Getting For Its Big Bing Investment  —  After spending billions of dollars over the last two years fighting Google with Bing, what does Microsoft have to show for it?  —  Not much from a marketshare perspective.  The latest comScore data shows Bing's share …
Jonathan / awe.sm:
Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does  —  Over the last few weeks, TechCrunch has run a couple posts using their own referrer logs to measure how sharing on various social services drives traffic.  In these and other analyses based solely on referrer information …
Discussion: AllThingsD and TechCrunch, Thanks:jhstrauss
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Preparing New Reader to Challenge Kindle  —  Sony Corp. (6758), Japan's largest exporter of consumer electronics, plans to introduce a line of upgraded digital book readers in the U.S. as early as next month to challenge Kindle-maker Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soars to Third Place in U.S. PC Market With 10.7% Share  —  Research firms Gartner and IDC today released their preliminary quarterly personal computer shipment data, offering up a picture of market performance during the second quarter of 2011.  Overall, the PC industry exhibited small growth …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
gScreen's actually producing its crazy dual 17-inch Spacebook, launches pre-order  —  Well, color us shocked!  It's been almost two years since gScreen, a small Alaskan company, set out to bring its mega-dual-screen Spacebook to market, and well, it seems to have finally done it — or at least …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Tracks Down 18 Million File-Sharers  —  Under France's new Hadopi law, alleged copyright infringers will be hunted down systematically with the ultimate goal of decreasing piracy.  Alleged offenders are identified by their Internet providers and will be reported to a judge once they have received three warnings.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Firespotter Labs Launches Nosh: A Food-Centric Instagram That'll Tell You What To Order  —  The cofounder of Google Voice is back for more.  And he's hungry.  —  Back in May we reported on Firespotter Labs, a new incubator started by GrandCentral cofounder and CEO Craig Walker …
 
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