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8:45 AM ET, July 20, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  CUPERTINO, California—July 19, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended June 25, 2011.  The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Key Subtle Notes From Apple's Earnings Call  —  When Apple announces their earnings, they typically do so with much pomp and circumstance.  You get a superlative-laden press release, which in recent years have been more than backed up by massive numbers.  But it's the earnings call itself that is often even more interesting.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple Q3 a blowout: 20.34 million iPhones; 9.25 million iPads
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now The Top Free App In The Apple App Store  —  After less than 24 hours of being live, the Google+ iPhone app has hit the number one free spot in the Apple app store, beating out “Draw ‘n’ Go: Awesomeness!” for the top slot.  —  This is quite impressive considering that the app …
Discussion: App Advice and Softpedia News
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Internet Activist Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft  —  Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, was indicted Tuesday in Boston on charges that he stole over four million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.
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Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Lenovo announces Android-based ThinkPad Tablet and IdeaPad K1, forgets to cancel Windows 7 P1  —  Well, Lenovo is certainly making up for lost time today.  After first revealing its IdeaPad U1 about a year and a half ago at CES 2010 and some juicy ThinkPad tablet leaks …
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Paul Ford / New York Magazine:
Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?  —  I do not enjoy Facebook — I find it cloying and impossible — but I am there every day.  Last year I watched a friend struggle through breast cancer treatment in front of hundreds of friends.  She broadcast her news with caution …
Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ Update: Membership May Pass 18 Million Mark Today  —  The viral growth of Google+ has slowed somewhat over the past few days, but my new-and-improved 1,000 surname model shows that more than 750,000 people joined the site on Monday, bringing the total user base to just under 18 million.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
China not only fakes iPhones... but Apple Stores, too!  —  China might be known as the home of the fake iPhone, but what about whole stores?  Surprising almost no one, China is indeed home to the fake Apple Store.  These pictures from BirdAbroad (via IFOAppleStore), show a fake Apple Store complete …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Who's on pace to sell 1M phones a day?  (Hint: Not Apple)  —  Nokia has long held the top spot for handset sales, but Samsung is charging from behind.  The company expects to sell 300 million mobile phones in 2011, reports Mobile Business Briefing, up from 280 million last year.
Discussion: ITProPortal
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise and Fall of the Cisco Empire  —  Yesterday Cisco announced that it will lay off 6,500 employees and sell a manufacturing plant in Juarez, Mexico to Foxconn to shave off an additional 5,000 employees.  This follows Cisco's decision to discontinue its Flip camera products and its Eos video/social platform.
Discussion: BGR and Fast Company
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile to Offer Lower Rate Plans to Those Who Bring Own Phone (or Pay Full Price)  —  T-Mobile is rolling out a set of new “value” rate plans that cut the monthly costs for people that either have their own phone or are willing to pay full price in exchange for the lower service fees.
The United States Department of Justice:
Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks … WASHINGTON - Fourteen individuals were arrested today by FBI agents on charges related to their alleged involvement in a cyber attack on PayPal's website as part of an action claimed by the group “Anonymous …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com:
Meet the ‘Keyzer Soze’ of Global Phone-Tracking  —  Chances are you've never heard of TruePosition.  If you're an AT&T or T-Mobile customer, though, TruePosition may have heard of you.  When you're in danger, the company can tell the cops where you are, all without you knowing.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Disables URL Removals After Bug Allows Anyone To Remove Any Site  —  This morning, James Breckenridge discovered a loophole within Google's Webmaster Tools that allowed anyone to remove any site from Google.  —  Both James and I sent this information to Google as soon as we heard of it.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Hacker Arrests May Have Included Core Member Of LulzSec  —  The law enforcement crackdown on the hacker group Anonymous may have reached its most active sub-group: LulzSec.  —  According to a report from Fox News, the hacker who goes by the name “Tflow,” a core member of LulzSec, was arrested in South London Tuesday.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Twitter's new plan: Commerce?  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo discusses the company's business model, the departure of its co-founders, and its future in advertising.  —  By Dan Primack, senior editor  —  Dick Costolo  —  FORTUNE —Almost from the moment the first 140 characters were tweeted …
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy  —  There's an article in this month's Wired Magazine about Khan Academy.  The headline speaks volumes — “How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education” — as do the responses I've seen to the article.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Roku Launches New Media Streamers Complete With Motion Gaming Capabilities Perfect For Angry Birds  —  Roku just announced its fourth generation of media streamers and they're unsurprisingly the best yet.  They sport more features, an even smaller physical footprint, and the same Apple TV-killing price points as before.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Google warns users of widespread Windows-only malware infection  —  Google is warning users who appear to be infected with a widespread malware infection when they use Google's search product, the company said today.  Google engineers noticed suspicious search data recently and worked …
Jay Yarow / Money Game:
Some Of Apple's Board Started Looking For Steve Jobs' Replacement  —  Members of Apple's board started talking about CEO sucession plans with executive recruiters and “one head of a high-profile technology company” when Steve Jobs took his most recent leave of absence, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Nathan Myhrvold / Bloomberg:
Myhrvold: Tech Giants Discover Value of Patents  —  Myhrvold: Tech Giants Discover Value of Patents  —  Patents rarely make headlines, but they did this month when Nortel Networks Corp., the defunct Canadian telecommunications giant, auctioned off its patent portfolio and drew …
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Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Twitter's Costolo: private markets a “distraction”
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Baidu Browser tips hat to old Steve Jobs quote, copies Chrome's special sauce
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With $5 Million In Their Pockets, Ness Has Quietly Built A Subjective Search Engine
Discussion: PR Newswire
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple plans incremental feature additions to new Macs and iOS devices
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
New Zynga S-1 Docs: Traffic Guarantees From Facebook, but No Canvas Ad Revenue
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Mayor Bloomberg Reveals His Plan For New York To Overtake Silicon Valley
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Canada won't block $4.5 billion sale of Nortel patents
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
How Twitter's Technical Infrastructure Issues Are Impacting Google Search Results
Don Butler / Thomvest:
If History is any Guide, You've Got Two Years
Brad Ellis / YouTube Blog:
Auto-Captions now available in Japanese
Discussion: Softpedia News and SocialTimes.com
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Spending Millions to Find the Next Google