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1:35 PM ET, July 21, 2011

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Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Google+ Makes Its First Aquisition And Buys Social Group Startup Fridge  —  This past weekend we wrote that social group startup Fridge was shutting down the product.  We assumed that meant it was being acquired.  —  We assumed right.  Austin Chang, Fridge's founder …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Fridge Acquired by Google to Build Groups in Google+  —  Fridge, a group social networking site, was acquired by Google last night, co-founder Austin Chang tells AllThingsD.  —  It's an interesting move for Google+, whose signature feature is its Circles, which are managed by each user rather than as collaborative groups.
Chad Dickerson / The Etsy Blog:
Our Next Chapter at Etsy: A Letter to the Community  —  I never thought I would be writing this letter when I joined Etsy almost three years ago.  Then there were 60 people at the company — now we are 200.  I've been here for a long time and we've been through a lot.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:   Etsy Moves CTO Dickerson to CEO, Replacing Founder Rob Kalin
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.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad Trouncing Android in Enterprise  —  The tablet is not yet a standard-issue sidearm in enterprise, but it's well on its way to becoming one — particularly Apple's iPad.  —  According to Good Technology, which provides mobile device management services to 49 of the Fortune 100 and 182 …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's iPad remains dominant as Windows tablets outsell the PlayBook  —  A new report from research firm Strategy Analytics indicates that from over 15 million tablet shipments in the second quarter of 2011, Apple still dominates the market with a 61% share but has seen Android tablets eat into its market share over the past year.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
‘Anonymous’ hackers to FBI: There is nothing you can do to stop us  —  Global hacker collective “Anonymous Operations” together with “Lulz Security” on Thursday issued a statement to the FBI and other international authorities.  The release is a response to statements made by FBI Director Steve Chabinsky tied …
Discussion: PC World
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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Wolfram launches new document format, meet CDF  —  Wolfram on Thursday rolled out its Computable Document Format (CDF), which aims to turn documents into interactive applications.  —  The goal is to turn “lifeless documents” into ones that bring data to life, show the data behind assumptions and illustrate concepts.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Bing gets Metro treatment, includes HTML5 live tiles  —  Microsoft is testing live tiles across its Bing search engine homepage.  —  The software giant first announced its HTML5 version of Bing at the original beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 in September.
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 …
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Joins Detroit VC Firm To Invest In Tech Startups  —  NBA legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson this morning announced that he is joining and investing in Detroit Venture Partners, a VC firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology companies primarily located in the heart …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T's Q2: 3.6 million iPhone activations; Android diversification effort underway  —  Updated: 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.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Larry Page's First 100 Days as Google CEO: Focus, Focus, Focus  —  Larry Page has demonstrated he wants to create a more streamlined, more potent Google, and he's doubling down on search  —  When a new President is sworn into the Oval Office, we like to take stock of what directions …
Discussion: TechCrunch and SiliconFilter
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Lion disables Flash Player hardware acceleration (and other Adobe goodies)  —  In addition to the goodies Lion brings to your everyday computing, some unwanted side-effects surface with Adobe writing in a knowledge base article yesterday (via TUAW) that the operating system disables hardware acceleration …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Acer buys iGware, makes a $320 million bet on the cloud  —  There's no question that cloud computing has hit the mainstream — even the US federal government, which isn't typically a front-runner when it comes to tech adoption, has taken the plunge.  Now, Taiwanese hardware maker Acer …
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.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
20th Century Fox to launch movies on Android phones  —  Twentieth Century Fox is bringing movie downloads to Google's Android smartphone and tablet platform for the first time later this year, setting up the fast-growing operating system as a media platform to rival Apple's digital dominance.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechRadar.com
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Apple Spent $2.6 Billion For The Nortel Patents And It's Just Getting Started ...  Apple spent $2.6 billion in its winning bid to buy Nortel's patents, the company revealed in its 10-K filing with the SEC (via Sammy).  —  The total winning bid for Nortel was worth $4.5 billion.
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.
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.
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Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
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