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8:50 PM ET, July 22, 2011

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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Hack That Kills Or Corrupts Batteries  —  A pile of dead Apple laptop batteries, victims of Charlie Miller's research.  —  Your laptop's battery is smarter than it looks.  And if a hacker like security researcher Charlie Miller gets his digital hands on it, it could become more evil than it appears, too.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple prepares for iOS 5 launch: iOS 5 beta 4 is the first over-the-air update  —  As Apple prepares for its official iOS 5 launch in the fall (likely in September), the company has unleashed their latest iOS beta as on over-the-air update.  This over the air process will only work for those running iOS 5 beta 3.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On Succeeding Steve Jobs  —  On Wednesday, less than 30 minutes before Apple announced another record-breaking quarter of financial results, the Wall Street Journal published a story by Yukari Iwatani Kane, Joann S. Lublin, and Nick Wingfield regarding the issue of Apple CEO succession.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Google's screwup on Google+ brand pages is a big deal  —  There's been a lot of sound and fury about the way Google has approached branded (i.e., non-personal) pages on its new Google+ social network.  Much of it is a symptom of internecine warfare among the big tech blogs …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google+ Games Stream confirmed  —  Google's help pages for Google+ have officially confirmed the upcoming Games Stream, a place where results from what will presumably be social-style gaming on the new network will be pulled together.  “If you're looking for updates shared from games …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge orders overhaul of Oracle's damages report but maintains Halloween trial date  —  Google got some good news — but also some additional harsh criticism of its “brazen” attitude toward intellectual property rights — at the end of an otherwise dreadful week in its defense against Oracle's lawsuit.
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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Oracle ordered to lower damages claim against Google
Discussion: Ars Technica and InfoWorld
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle gets to depose Google CEO Larry Page for two hours on willful patent infringement, value of Android
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The next-generation iPod touch's white front revealed?  —  We've received photos of a purported white iPod touch front panel.  Specifically, this panel is the digitizer component, according to the iFixYouri iPhone repair shop.  We obviously cannot confirm the legitimacy of these photos …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
T-Mobile says G-Slate is 200% faster than iPad 2, 300% faster than XOOM  —  A new page on T-Mobile USA's website makes some fairly bold claims about the carrier's premier Honeycomb tablet, the LG G-Slate.  In comparing the sleek device to its steepest competition at AT&T and Verizon Wireless …
Discussion: PadGadget and 9to5Mac
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.
David Yach / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM Welcomes JayCut!  —  Today we are pleased to announce that JayCut has joined Research In Motion (RIM).  We're excited that the JayCut team is bringing their expertise in video editing and cloud-based services to the BlackBerry platform.  —  JayCut is based out of Sweden and operates …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla jumps to deal with Google Toolbar demise  —  Google has canceled its toolbar for the current and future versions of Firefox, and Mozilla is scrambling to help users who might be left in the lurch and postponing their browser upgrades.  —  The toolbar offers a variety of services …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Customers File Arbitration Cases Seeking to Block T-Mobile Merger  —  A group of lawyers has filed arbitration cases on behalf of 11 AT&T customers in hope of blocking the company's planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.  —  The New York-based firm of Bursor & Fisher law firm filed …
Bill Werde / Billboard.Biz:
Spotify Gained 70,000 U.S. Subscribers in First Week: Sources  —  In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the same number: that @Spotify has right in the ballpark of 70,000 paid Stateside subscribers after only one week in business.
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Farewell Front Row  —  Mac media center app dies in Lion, but will anyone care?  —  A quick glance at our home page reveals that this Lion thing is a Big Deal.  And when such Big Deals come along, they're invariably followed by Big Complaints.  In the case of Lion, these complaints …
Discussion: SlashGear
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Recalls Some iMac Seagate 1TB Hard Drives  —  Apple has begun sending emails about a new hard drive recall, called the iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program: … Apple encourages owners with affected computers to go to an Apple Retail Store, an Apple Authorized Service Provider or contact 800-APL-CARE.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Don't Hold Your Breath on That Apple Hulu Deal  —  If you stop by a Subaru dealer and end up kicking the tires on a new Outback, are you in early talks to consider a bid on a new Outback?  —  Well, sure.  But if you drive off the lot and never come back, no one's going to be shocked.
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Here's The Presentation That Inspired Google+  —  Why is Google+ designed the way it is?  —  Back when he worked at Google, Facebook product manger Paul Adams did a bunch of research that he says “formed a cornerstone of the Google social strategy.”  —  That research culminated …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Facebook wins dismissal of second Winklevoss case  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc won a dismissal of a second lawsuit by the Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who have sought to increase their $65 million settlement with the social media company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Jammie Thomas judgment lowered from $1.5 million to $54,000  —  A federal court has once again lowered the damages award for Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman found liable for copyright infringement.  —  Rasset was ordered last year to pay $62,500 for each of the songs she was accused …
Sue Megrund / App Advice:
T-Mobile Now Selling iPhone And iPad Compatible SIM Cards  —  Could T-Mobile USA be hinting at a future iPhone and iPad on their network?  There are rumors surfacing that suggest the devices are being tested on Sprint and T-Mobile, and this may be further proof that T-Mobile users may be in luck.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ticket To Ride: Uber Testing Reduced Pricing In San Francisco  —  Let's face it.  While Uber is generally awesome and is on track to disrupt the taxi business, the service is still too expensive for many consumers to use on a regular basis.  The company dropped its prices in June …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Uber Blog
David Barboza / New York Times:
Former China Mobile Official Sentenced in Bribery Case  —  SHANGHAI — A former executive at China Mobile, one of this country's biggest state-owned telecommunications companies, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve Friday for accepting bribes, according to Xinhua, the state-run news agency.
Discussion: PC Magazine and ITworld.com
 
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
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Bloomberg:
Nokia's China Dominance Under Threat as Sales Plummet on Android Handsets
Discussion: The Business Insider
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AP Finally Learns That On The Internet, You Can Link To Other Sites
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon: 2.3 million iPhone 4 activations; strong Q2; McAdam CEO