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8:50 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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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 …
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
New MacBook Airs Coming Next Week, Not This Week  —  Still waiting for the MacBook Air refresh?  You can put your credit card down for a bit.  Although many speculated it would, Apple didn't bring the new machines to market today.  And it's not going to do so tomorrow, either.
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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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  —  Today represents the realization of a dream.  For a decade I have waited for a music service that could rekindle my excitement about music by enabling music to be shared freely across the world—all the while empowering artists to reap the economic benefits of selling their music.
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 …
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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 …
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
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM said to be prepping Apple TV competitor for fall launch  —  Research In Motion is currently working on a media box codenamed “BlackBerry Cyclone” that will launch later this fall, BlackBerry news site NerdBerry.net reports.  The rumored media hub is said to be similar to Apple's iOS-based Apple TV box …
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 …
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: The Next Web, RazorianFly, MacNN and TUAW
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How to transfer Facebook friends to Google+, but do you really want to?  —  There are several ways to move your Facebook friends to Google+.  They all require several steps to complete, but they generally work.  Before you try it, ask yourself a few questions.  Do I really want to replicate my Facebook “friends” on Google+?
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:sulmax_verses
Matt Chan / OS X Daily:
Lion-Ready OS X Apps Appearing on Mac App Store  —  Despite the fact that today is (was) the speculative launch day, OS X Lion has yet to appear.  Nevermind that though, the good news is that Apple is rapidly accepting Lion-ready apps to the Mac App Store, indicating that a launch will be very soon.
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.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Groupon Amends IPO Filing To Be More Up-Front About Its Losses  —  Groupon filed an amended version of its IPO documents this afternoon, and we're going through the differences from its original filing.  —  The most obvious one: the company is being more up-front about the losses it is incurring due to marketing expenses.
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechCrunch and Reuters
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Hotmail bans common passwords and introduces hacking alert system  —  Microsoft announced two new key Hotmail security features on Thursday.  —  The software giant is introducing a “My friend's been hacked!” feature alongside banning commonly used and weak passwords.
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: TechCrunch and AllThingsD, Thanks:jhstrauss
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?
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Interview: HP's Stephen DeWitt and Jon Rubinstein on webOS, the death of Palm, and partnering with Amazon  —  As you may have read over the past few days, there's a new sheriff in town when it comes to webOS at HP.  Stephen DeWitt, a man formerly responsible for the company's Personal Systems Group …
 
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Millsd / Identity at Mozilla:
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Joanna Stern / This is my next:
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
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Tech Boom Drives Turnover At Popular SoMa Address
BBC:
China: 1.3 million websites shut in 2010
Discussion: TechSpot and Digital East Asia
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Tracks Down 18 Million File-Sharers
Discussion: paidContent, Inquirer and Fast Company
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soars to Third Place in U.S. PC Market With 10.7% Share