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5:50 PM ET, July 15, 2011

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J.B. / Fusible.com:
New Microsoft social search service called Tulalip revealed on socl.com  —  Yesterday I discovered Microsoft was the new owner of the domain socl.com by chance, when I was trying to learn more about the mystery buyer of social.com.  —  A teaser landing page has been revealed online today …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook [Updated x2]  —  Earlier this week, part numbers for upcoming Apple hardware updates surfaced, with claims that the parts represented new MacBook Air and Mac Pro models.  While the MacBook Air part numbers …
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Fox: Apple will adopt Ultraviolet cloud movie format  —  Ultraviolet, the cloud movie format championed by nigh-on all of the major studios, is “very close” to making its consumer bow.  It will undoubtedly be of massive benefit to film fans as it will offer cloud-stored versions of a movie …
Discussion: SplatF, ExtremeTech and Electronista
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Michael Arrington reportedly to launch “CrunchFund” to invest in startups  —  Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell, a wise and now deceased journalist once said.  So when a few very trusted sources in New York City's media and investment scenes confirmed today that they'd heard rumors of …
Discussion: @jason
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple hits record high $364.92  —  After a five months of jagged ups and downs, AAPL overtakes a record set on Feb. 16, 2011  —  Investors who stuck with Apple (AAPL) through thick and thin this year got their earthly reward Friday.  —  With only two trading days left before what's expected …
Discussion: MacRumors, @asymco and The Loop
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
MYSTERY SOLVED: Here's Why Google Sites Revenue Is Growing Faster Than Google Network Revenue  —  On yesterday's earnings call, Google revealed that ad revenue from its own sites — mainly search — was up 39%.  But ad revenue from partner sites — AdSense — was up only 20% from last year.
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Facebook Is Getting Into the News Business  —  If you're a leading news brand, this guy wants to be your friend.  Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife  —  Facebook has a war on its hands, and Mark Zuckerberg knows it.  Practically overnight, Google+ has gone from a rumor to a thriving community with over 10 million members.
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 to address PDF security hole  —  Apple on Friday released an update to its iOS mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, addressing a potentially dangerous security flaw related to viewing PDF files in the Mobile Safari Web browser.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Phones Probably Incompatible With AT&T  —  Thinking of unlocking a Verizon Wireless LTE phone for use on AT&T's network, or vice versa?  Think again.  Verizon Wireless confirmed today that its LTE phones will not “be compatible on other LTE networks in the U.S.” because …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Microsoft snatches up a pair of Sony related domains, internet runs amok with rumors  —  Companies snatching up domain names to protect their brand is nothing new, nor is it particularly interesting (unless that company happens to be Bank of America, and the domain in question is BrianMoynihanSucks.com).
Discussion: GeekWire and WinRumors
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
With Google Gone (For Now), Twitter Tries to Come to Terms With Microsoft's Bing  —  After failing to strike an agreement to re-up its “firehose” data stream licensing deal with Google, Twitter is now trying to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to a similar arrangement …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC judge finds HTC in infringement of two Apple patents  —  [DEVELOPING STORY — updated as more information becomes available]  —  Google's Android mobile operating system is in serious trouble:  —  Bloomberg reports that an ITC judge determined that HTC infringes two of ten Apple patents asserted in investigation no. 337-TA-710.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Millennial: Android tops mobile OS usage for 7th straight month, iPhone still top device  —  Millennial issued its June Mobile Mix report Friday morning, and it paints a picture that is very similar to May.  Android was once again the most popular smartphone operating system in the month …
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung, Acer Google Chromebooks still strong on Amazon  —  Google software-based Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer are still vying with Apple MacBook Pros and Windows 7 laptops in an Amazon top-10 popularity contest.  —  As of Thursday evening, the $349 11.6-inch Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: Speed matters: how Ethernet went from 3Mbps to 100Gbps... and beyond  —  Although watching TV shows from the 1970s suggests otherwise, the era wasn't completely devoid of all things resembling modern communication systems.  Sure, the 50Kbps modems that the ARPANET ran on were the size …
Discussion: Slashdot
Electronista:
Microsoft sells 507,000 Xbox 360s, blows past Nintendo  —  NPD June data give Xbox 507K units in huge lead  —  Microsoft kept up a year-long string of leads with new NPD data giving it the lead in June.  About 507,000 Xbox 360s shipped last month, making it not only the top selling game console but giving it a wide lead.
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Justin Timberlake Invests In A Super Stealth Startup, Dekko  —  It looks like Justin Timberlake was just getting his feet wet when he invested in Myspace last week and Stipple in November.  —  He's also investing in a super stealth startup called Dekko, we heard from a single source directly involved in the startup's financing.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
French copyright cops: we're swamped with “three strikes” complaints  —  Hadopi, the French agency charged with implementing France's stringent “three strikes” copyright enforcement program, has released new statistics that shed light on the logistical challenges of getting a nation …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Opposition Mounts Against Amazon's Acquisition Of The Book Depository  —  Fearing that Amazon's acquisition of UK-based online bookseller The Book Depository will give the company even more power than it already has, the UK Publishers Association and Independent Publishers Guild have banded together …
Discussion: The Bookseller
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zillow Ups IPO Pricing To $16 To $18 Per Share With Nearly $500 Million Valuation  —  Real estate listings site Zillow has just upped the pricing of its IPO to $16 to $18 per share, from $12 to $14 per share.  This new pricing gives Zillow a valuation of nearly $500 million ($485 million to be exact).
Michael Kan / PC World:
Apple Offers App Store Seven-day Refund Policy for Taiwan  —  Apple has amended its App Store policy in Taiwan, allowing customers to receive a refund within seven days of buying a product after a demand by Taipei's city government.  —  Apple declined to comment on the change.
Variety:
Netflix preps Euro launch in 2012  —  UK, Spain eyed for 1Q bow  —  Exclusive: Netflix is preparing to launch in Europe even though the streaming service didn't include the continent in its recently announced international expansion plans.  —  Sources at leading European film distributors …
Discussion: Engadget and GigaOM
 
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