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3:55 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Tried To Buy Color For $200 Million.  Color Said No.  —  If that headline looks familiar to you, you're probably remembering our story about Google offering to buy Path for $100+ million from earlier this year.  Path turned that deal down.  —  About the same time …
Discussion: Gawker
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia: Q2 dreadful, but at least it's closer to Windows Phone 7
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 …
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Anonymous & Lulz Security Statement  —  Hello thar FBI and international law authorities, We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/20/ 138555799/fbi-arrests-alleged-anonymous - hackers The statements …
Adobe:
Known Issues with Adobe products on Mac OS 10.7 Lion  —  All Products: Files stored in Library Java Runtime needs to be installed manually, otherwise applications may behave inconsistently Crash Reporter Scrolling behavior opposite of expected Rosetta support no longer included with Lion Mac OSX 10.7 …
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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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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.
Loretta Chao / China Real Time Report:
Fake Apple Store Clerk Speaks Out … More In Apple  — Asia Today: Lenovo's New Tablets; Apple, Intel  — The Ultimate Knock-Off: A Fake Apple Store  — Asia Today: Apple in China; Media Clampdown  — Internet Users Riled Up Over China Mobile iPhone 5 Rumor
BMI.com:
BMI Sets Licensing Agreement with Turntable.fm  —  BMI has entered into a licensing agreement with social music site turntable.fm, covering the use of BMI's repertoire of more than 6.5 million works in the U.S., according to an announcement by Richard Conlon, BMI Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media.
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Nexus S for AT&T landing on July 24th for $99.99, pre-orders start today  —  Samsung on Thursday announced that an AT&T-ready version of its Nexus S smartphone will be available from Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile Stores beginning on July 24th for $99.99 on contract.
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.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Anger Mounts As Google+ Plays Favorites With Brands  —  Unless you count the bacteria parties during the Cambrian Explosion, Google+ is the fastest growing social network in history, hitting 18 million users in just its first two weeks.  Not surprisingly many companies want to get in on the gold rush …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Thousands of scientific papers uploaded to the Pirate Bay  —  A user called Greg Maxwell just uploaded a torrent with 18,592 scientific publications to the Pirate Bay, in what appears to be a protest directed both at the recent indictment of programmer Aaron Swartz for data theft as well as the scientific publishing model in general.
Discussion: Pulse2, Gawker, O'Reilly Radar and MediaFile
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google And Facebook Spent Record Amounts On Lobbying In Q2 2011  —  It looks like both Google and Facebook spent record amounts on lobbying in the second quarter of 2011, as evidenced by the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate's lobbying database.
Discussion: Associated Press
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon data collection scrutinized by Congress  —  (Reuters) - Groupon Inc's privacy and data-collection policies came under congressional scrutiny on Thursday, the latest sign of regulatory pressure on the largest online daily deals company.  —  Representatives Joe Barton (R-Texas) …
Discussion: ClickZ
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
More Than Two-Thirds of Google+ Activity Is Private  —  While following the activity of tech industry folks and celebrities on Google+ might lead you to believe that Google's new social network is a sort of long-form Twitter, where users pontificate for a public audience, Google says that's not the case.
Discussion: Mercury News, Thanks:bobcaswell
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Larry Page's First 100 Days as Google CEO: Focus, Focus, Focus
Discussion: TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T's Q2: 3.6 million iPhone activations; Android diversification effort underway
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Circles Fatigue: The Dark Side Of Google+
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Top general says Defense Department IT in ‘Stone Age’
Discussion: The Cloud Blog and Slashdot
Andy Chalk / The Escapist:
Hackers Hit Anonymous Social Network
Business Week:
Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Zynga Is Hit With Countersuit Over Game Designs