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9:00 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: Softpedia News and @jowyang
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.
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 …
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.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Anybody Who Thinks Microsoft Is Going Out Of Business Is Nuts — Here's Why  —  Windows is under attack.  PC sales are tepid at best.  But Microsoft keeps turning in solid — if unspectacular — quarters.  —  How?  —  By selling long-term software contracts to big companies and government agencies.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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.
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle gets to depose Google CEO Larry Page for two hours on willful patent infringement, value of Android
Discussion: CNET News and SlashGear
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Google Says It Rejected $100 Million Java Deal From Sun in Patent Trial
Discussion: eWeek
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.
Teardown of Apple's new MacBook Air finds SSDs are replaceable
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google+ Games Stream confirmed
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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:
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.
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.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Customers angry, staff defiant at China's fake Apple Store  —  (Reuters) - Customers at an Apple Store in the Chinese city of Kunming berated staff and demanded refunds on Friday after the shop was revealed to be an elaborate fake, sparking a media and Internet frenzy.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechFlash and Pocket-lint
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 …
Desire Athow / ITProPortal:
iPhone 5 To Use Bluetooth 4.0 Rather Than NFC?  —  Two months after Apple joined the board of the Bluetooth special interest group, the company launched the first truly mainstream Bluetooth 4.0 devices in the world yesterday, namely the new Macbook Air & Mac Mini 2011 edition.
Discussion: SlashGear
Cabel Sasser / Panic Blog:
The World's First Emoji Domain  —  Ladies and gentlemen, are you comfortably running Mac OS X Lion?  —  Because this is our moment.  —  Years of technological progression, a steady flowing river of genius and fortitude, breakthrough and discovery, have sent us ever-forward, hurtling towards this.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon: 2.3 million iPhone 4 activations; strong Q2; McAdam CEO  —  Verizon delivered strong second quarter results, named Lowell McAdam CEO, added 1.3 million postpaid customers and activated 2.3 million iPhone 4 units.  —  The company reported second quarter earnings of $3.6 billion …
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:
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 …
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Facebook users in iPhone app revolt
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:tim
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More Than Two-Thirds of Google+ Activity Is Private
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