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9:15 AM ET, July 21, 2011

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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Feature: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review  —  Mac OS X 10.7 was first shown to the public in October 2010.  The presentation was understated, especially compared to the bold rhetoric that accompanied the launches of the iPhone ("Apple reinvents the phone") and the iPad …
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Mac OS X Lion will be available on USB thumb drive for $69 in August
Richard Dunn / Gmail Blog:
Make multiple calls in Gmail  —  Over the years, we've expanded Gmail's communication abilities by allowing you to make voice and video calls to other computers and more recently call phones.  Until now, though, you were limited to making one call at a time.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Read It And Weep: Nokia Reports Loss Of Nearly €500 Million, Huge Declines  —  Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop once said that his chief competitor is not Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), but if you compare today's quarterly figures from Nokia (NYSE: NOK) with those of the Cupertino mobile upstart, the contrast couldn't be greater.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Cleaning House At Twitter: 4 Key Product Guys Are Out  —  Breaking news out of Twitter this afternoon, four key product managers have just been let go, we've learned.  The move was led by Jack Dorsey and will see key product guys Kevin Cheng, Josh Elman, and two others we've yet to confirm, leave the company.
Andy Chalk / The Escapist:
Hackers Hit Anonymous Social Network  —  Just two days after it was revealed to the world, the Anonymous Social Network has been hacked.  —  Disclaimer: this whole situation could very easily be one big, silly joke.  It's certainly ridiculous enough to merit at least a little bit of disbelief.
Fortune:
Larry Summers calls Winklevoss twins ‘A**holes’  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — What did Larry Summers really think of the Winklevoss twins?  —  “Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” the former president of Harvard said in an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference.
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Decline and Fall of Facebook  —  Roger McNamee is a smart guy and a very successful investor as a co-founder of Elevation Partners.  He made a breakfast presentation last month at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles that is well worth watching.  I could probably get half a dozen columns …
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Apple leases Cupertino office space that can hold up to 1,300 workers  —  Apple (AAPL) has struck a deal to lease a big office campus in Cupertino just west of De Anza College, in a move that would enable the tech titan to occupy the complex with more than 1,000 workers.
Nick Marshall / Electricpig:
2011 MacBook Air benchmarks are amazing, outperforms all 2010 MacBook Pros  —  The subtle change in clock speed from 1.4 to 1.6 GHz in the 2011 11-inch MacBook Air might sound small on paper, but in terms of benchmarks, it's nothing short of monumental.  Using Geekbench as a baseline …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Circles Fatigue: The Dark Side Of Google+  —  One of Google Plus's most unique features, Circles, initially attracted users to the service and set it apart from competitors.  But it may also be one of the network's biggest turnoffs—only a few weeks in, and Circles fatigue is taking hold.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Wave Goodbye to Google Labs  —  Google just announced that it is shutting down Google Labs, the company's central hub for testing new product ideas and features.  According to Google, the decision was made in order to allow it to prioritize its product efforts.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google's ‘20 Percent Time’ Will Survive The Death of Google Labs
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Twitter Poised to Close a Two-Stage $800M Funding, With Half Used to Cash Out Investors and Employees  —  In a move reminiscent of one done by Facebook in 2009, Twitter is close to completing an $800 million funding deal that will include a second part in which around $400 million of the total …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Top general says Defense Department IT in ‘Stone Age’  —  Cartwright sees fault with proprietary systems  —  Computerworld - WASHINGTON — U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the Defense Department's IT systems and sees much room for improvement.
Discussion: The Cloud Blog and Slashdot
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
EBay's PayPal Payments Going Offline With Point Of Sale Product  —  eBay's PayPal unit has been a big driver of the company's growth as the company has retooled its marketplaces unit.  Now PayPal is not just going after online and mobile payments, it's also targeting offline “point of sale” transactions with merchants.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google blinks in Oracle patent case, indicates willingness to pay  —  Oracle and Google just filed their joint reply to the judge's request for input on “the extent to which” that lawsuit should be stayed.  —  As I expected, the common and agreed-upon part of their response is confined …
Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Are Said to Be Among Companies Sizing Up InterDigital Offers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG), aiming to bolster their patent portfolios, are among companies weighing possible bids for InterDigital Inc., a mobile-phone technology designer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T's Q2: 3.6 million iPhone activations; Android 40 percent of smartphone sales  —  AT&T's smartphone diversification effort appears to be paying off as the company added 331,000 net postpaid subscribers, activated 3.6 million iPhones and doubled Android device sales from a year ago.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Firefox 8 for Windows x64: Has 64-bit browsing finally come of age?  —  Over the last couple of weeks, Mozilla has finally stepped up its 64-bit testing process.  There are now five slaves dedicated to building Firefox for Windows x64, which means that from Firefox 8 and onwards …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Microsoft Makes Windows Live Access Easier for Mobile Developers on iOS, Android & Windows Phone  —  Microsoft is making it easier for mobile developers building apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone to integrate data from Windows Live into their applications.
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
REPORT: How Google Plus Stacks Up Against Facebook  —  Ever since Google Plus launched last month, the blogosphere has been making bold declarations about how the search giant's social media product means the beginning of the end for Facebook.  —  Well now, we've got some hard numbers …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Zynga Is Hit With Countersuit Over Game Designs  —  Vostu, a Brazilian company whose social games are popular in South America, filed suit against the online gaming giant Zynga on Wednesday, responding to a suit from Zynga claiming that Vostu copied its game designs.
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Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Former DoubleClick team raises $6M for comparison-shopping engine
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Hires JustSpotted/Scoopler Team To Work On Google+
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google offers credit card to advertisers
Christopher S Penn / Christopher S. Penn:
Google+ and Search Signals: Tinfoil Hat Edition
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple initiates mass discontinuation of boxed retail software
Todd Brix / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developers Get New App Hub Features: Mango app submission just one month away