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4:35 AM ET, July 22, 2011

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Danny Sullivan / Google+:
Open Letter To Google+ On The Subject Of Brand Pages  —  Hey Google, I'd say I know you're all new to the social game and should be forgiven that you have messed up with how to handle brands here so badly.  Except, you're not new.  —  For one, you know that Twitter and Facebook both support brands …
Discussion: @jowyang
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Christian Oestlien / Google+:
Here is a quick update on Google+ and businesses:  —  A few weeks ago we mentioned we would be doing a test of business profiles and asked people interested to apply.  Believe it or not we actually had tens of thousands of businesses, charities, and other organizations apply to take part from all over the world.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Consider Making an Offer for Hulu Online Television Service  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is considering making a bid for the Hulu online video service, according to two people with knowledge of the auction.  —  Apple is in early talks that may lead to an acquisition offer for Los Angeles-based Hulu …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Gizmodo:   Now It's Apple Who's Interested in Buying Hulu?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Jul. 21, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, an 8% increase from the same period of the prior year.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:   Anybody Who Thinks Microsoft Is Going Out Of Business Is Nuts — Here's Why
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft smashes Q4 2011 earnings estimates thanks to Xbox
Discussion: TechCrunch and Matt Richman
Apple:
Lion Downloads Top One Million in First Day  —  CUPERTINO, California—July 21, 2011—Apple® today announced that in just one day, over one million users bought and downloaded Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Google Chrome Built For OS X Lion Is Coming — But It Will Take Time  —  Like just about every other Mac user in the world, yesterday I upgraded my machines to OS X Lion.  It's great.  But perhaps the most annoying quirk is that Google Chrome, my browser of choice, isn't so great on it.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge criticizes Google and Oracle at hearing  —  (Reuters) - Both Oracle Corp and Google Inc have taken unreasonable positions on the scale of damages involved in a high stakes patent battle over the Android operating system, a U.S. judge said in court.  —  “You're both asking for the moon …
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Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Google Says It Rejected $100 Million Java Deal From Sun in Patent Trial
Discussion: eWeek
iFixit:
MacBook Air 13" Mid 2011 Teardown  —  July 21 brought us a bountiful harvest of Apple produce!  Today, Apple released updates to the 11" and 13" MacBook Airs, as well as an updated Mac mini.  Although today is an exciting day for consumers, it is a sad day for consumer repair.
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AppleInsider:   Teardown of Apple's new MacBook Air finds SSDs are replaceable
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues Rovio over Angry Birds for iPhone and Android  —  Today Lodsys has amended its complaint against mobile app developers and modified the list of defendants, leaving out one of the seven developers sued on May 31 (Vietnamese company Wulven Games) but adding five famous games companies:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Justin Bieber Takes A Picture Of Traffic, Instagram Usage Explodes  —  A few minutes ago, the Instagram team noticed their servers blowing up.  What happened?  Were they under attack?  DDoS?  No.  —  Bieber happened.  —  Yes, Justin Bieber just signed up for Instagram.
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Scoble: Twitter Is A Mess, And Jack Needs To Fix It Fast  —  After news broke that Twitter had fired four product employees, connected tech blogger Robert Scoble added more fuel to the fire saying the company is a “mess.”  —  On Google+ he detailed four problems he's regularly hearing from people near the company:
Discussion: Robert Scoble
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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google+ Pulls In 20 Million In 3 Weeks  —  When Google Inc. launched its Google+ social-networking site three weeks ago, executives handed out sailor hats to the hundreds of employees working on the project, symbolizing their year-long journey to that point.  —  So far, the sailing has been mostly smooth.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad's Dominance of the Tablet Market  —  So this new report from the consulting firm Strategy Analytics, “Global Tablet OS Market Share: Q2 2011”, came out yesterday and made some news today:1 … Clearly, Strategy Analytics are talking about unit shipments, not sales.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Winklevosses lash out at Larry Summers over remarks  —  The Winklevosses are taking their grievances over a public tongue lashing from Larry Summers to Harvard University President Drew Faust.  —  In a letter to Faust that lashes back at Summers, the Winklevosses and their partner …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Soon-to-Debut Google+ Games Will Hit Facebook Where it Hurts: The Pocketbook  —  Google is close to launching a social game network that could make Facebook very, very nervous.  —  Perhaps the biggest difference between the two platforms will be cost.  —  According to multiple sources …
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.
Pastebin:
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 …
Loretta Chao / China Real Time Report:
Fake Apple Store Clerk Speaks Out  —  Suddenly, one of the most famous Apple stores in the world is one that not only isn't a real Apple Store, but apparently isn't even an authorized Apple reseller.  As noted earlier on China Real Time, the fake Apple Store, located in the southwestern Chinese city …
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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