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8:40 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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
One big Windows world.  It's coming, but when and how?  —  For months, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft was poised to make its “Windows Everywhere” world a reality.  But that reality is still a ways off, in spite of comments by Microsoft execs this week at the company's Worldwide …
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
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.
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 and MacNN
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
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 …
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?
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: AllThingsD and TechCrunch, Thanks:jhstrauss
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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BBC:
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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