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6:30 AM ET, July 24, 2011


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Andy Ihnatko / Andy Ihnatko's Celestial Waste …:
Making Desktop Webapps in Lion  —  “By the sainted mustache of Charles Foster Kane!  Is it ever hot out there!  I should write an app that keeps my city's Current Weather data from Weather Underground within easy view at all times!”  —  “Holy rosemary vinaigrette!  Today promises to be a huge day of news for Apple!
Discussion: Lifehacker
Jacqueline Wong / Reuters:
China inspects electronics stores after fake Apple shops report  —  Chinese industrial and commercial authorities in Kunming have started to inspect all of the southwestern city's electronics shops after an American blogger wrote about fake Apple stores, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Hulu, Billed as Tomorrow's TV, Looks Boxed In Today  —  PICTURE this: TV anyway, anywhere.  —  Every sitcom.  Every drama, documentary, reality show.  —  All of it — everything — Right Here Now.  —  This is the radical potential of the Internet.  And this is the implicit promise of Hulu …
Mike Flacy / Digital Trends:
Firefox and Chrome tools block Murdoch-owned websites  —  Hacking attacks aren't the only headaches for the digital side of Rupert Murdoch's empire.  New Firefox and Chrome additions allow people to avoid Murdoch properties on the Web.  —  It's safe to say Rupert Murdoch is having a bad month.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over  —  Elevation Partners and Facebook investor Roger McNamee, who is also a rock musician, gave an amazing talk recently where he goes over some of the biggest trends affecting the technology industry.  —  The talk was spotted by our friend Dan Frommer at SplatF.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
NoSQL is a Premature Optimization  —  There's been a lot of back and forth lately from the NoSQL crowd around Michael Stonebreaker's contention that reliance on relational technology and MySQL has trapped Facebook in a ‘fate worse than death.’ This was reported in a GigaOm post by Derrick Harris.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s Siri-like system navigation is called ‘Assistant’, uses device-info to handle actions  —  Apple's purchase of Siri in early 2010 and their partnership with Nuance in 2011 has many hoping that Apple has something like speech-to-text or voice-navigation up its sleeve for iOS 5.
Hugo Chávez uses Twitter to run Venezuela from hospital bed  —  Venezuelan president is using Twitter as a tool to govern remotely while he undergoes cancer treatment in Cuba  —  The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, is using Twitter as a tool to govern remotely while he undergoes cancer treatment in Cuba.
Discussion: Tecca, The Next Web and Gawker
Apple lands 10-year Grand Central Terminal store deal  —  Apple has already reached a deal for its Grand Central Terminal store.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed to the NY Post that Apple will have the location for 10 years and is refurbishing the space.
Alex Hudson / BBC:
Podcasts: Who still listens to them?  —  Click's LJ Rich asks whether podcasting has become too corporate  —  Since becoming a buzzword more than five years ago, the term “podcasting” has largely disappeared from view as attention has increasingly turned to social media.
Discussion: @asymco
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Did Apple eject Google Books from the App Store for violating terms?  —  For reasons yet undefined, Google Books has been removed from the iTunes App Store.  We noticed the App was gone earlier this week but thought it might have been just a blip.  Now it has been awhile.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and App Advice
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Cinthia Murphy / Hot Topics:
Global X Drafts Social Media ETF
Intellectual Ventures And The War Over Software Patents
Discussion: GeekWire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How MySpace Tom May Have Inadvertently Triggered The Google/Facebook War
Discussion: TechCrunch and Quora
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Feature: Big Content's latest antipiracy weapon: extradition
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
VideoInbox, Another Google/Slide Production, Brings Viral Videos To Your Inbox
Discussion: Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
M. Zinoune / Unixmen:
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS)-A Linux distro from the US Department of Defense
Discussion: InformationWeek and
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google+ business profiles to include analytics & more
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Music publishers file copyright suit against Grooveshark
Discussion: and Billboard.Biz