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8:40 AM ET, July 25, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad App Is Hidden Inside Of Their iPhone App  —  There are things out there all around us that we often miss because we're just not looking.  This is perhaps most true in the tech world, where thousands of secrets are out there in the wild, hidden in code.
Robert Scoble / Google+:
I talked with Google VP Vic Gundotra tonight (disclaimer, he used to be my boss at Microsoft).  He is reading everything we have written about names, and such.  Both pro and con.  —  He says he is making some tough choices and that he will be judged over time how those choices turn out.
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StreetInsider.com:
Research In Motion Limited (RIMM) Cuts 2,000 Jobs and Announces New Upper Management Positions  —  Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ: RIMM) today provided an update on changes in responsibilities amongst the company's senior management team, as well as additional details about the cost optimization program announced on June 16th.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Bags $112 Million In Series B From Andreessen, DST And General Catalyst  —  The scrappy apartment sharing startup has just raised $112 million at a one billion plus valuation led by Andreessen Horowitz.  We're hearing that the split is around 60 million from Andreessen …
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Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb
Felix Salmon:
The cost of patent trolls  —  I love This American Life's investigation into patent troll Nathan Myhrvold and his company Intellectual Ventures.  You should go read — or listen to — the whole thing, but in a nutshell, they explored what happened if they took Intellectual Ventures at its word.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:   Who Does Patent-Trading Firm Intellectual Ventures Work For, Anyway?
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life exposé: ‘We fundamentally disagree’
Discussion: Slashdot
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The Web's Stealth Presidential Race  —  Big names have quietly launched an Internet presidential race that will offer the winner a real election ballot spot in all 50 states.  Will this be 2012's spoiler?  —  Imagine what our election system might look like if it were designed today …
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Reuters:
Chinese city orders closures of two fake Apple shops  —  (Reuters) - Chinese officials in Kunming ordered two fake Apple shops to close, a local newspaper reported on Monday, an apparent reaction to a storm of media attention about an unauthorized and elaborate hoax store in the southwestern city.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Looky Here, It's Me, In an Ad, On Facebook!  Is This Legal?  Allowed?  Who Knows?!  —  In the past 12 hours, about ten friends (and counting) have sent me a copy of this ad on Facebook for a company called “AppSumo.”  I have nearly 5000 “friends” on Facebook, a problem I've written about in the past, but seeing this ad threw me.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
WSJ, Kobo falling in line in Apple's App Store, Google Books is out  —  The WSJ is reporting that Apple is laying down the law on apps that try to link externally to other payment systems in the App Store.  The WSJ's own app and Kobo, another eBookseller were both forced to remove external links to payment stems from within their apps.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google engineer Steve Lacey victim of Kirkland car wreck  —  Google engineer Steve Lacey, 43, a veteran of the Seattle region's tech community who worked for more than a decade at Microsoft, died Sunday in a car crash in Kirkland.  —  KING 5 News reports that that Lacey was the victim …
Discussion: KING-TV
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Say cheese!  UK photo printer snaps up rival for $195m  —  It had been rumored for some time, but today two of Britain's longest-running web companies, Photobox and Moonpig, confirmed that they are joining forces in a deal worth £120 million ($195 million).
Discussion: paidContent and BBC
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Moves Into Its New Campus [Photos]  —  Click to view slideshow.  —  Just like it told us it would back in February, Facebook has started to move its first group of employees into Building 10 of its new Menlo Park campus in the old Sun Building on the Bayfront Expressway.  —  How do we know this?
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Flipboard Kicks Off Its First Advertising Program With Condé Nast  —  Users who follow The New Yorker magazine's Twitter and Facebook stream through iPad social reader Flipboard will start noticing advertising as part of the mix.  The ads, beginning with a campaign by American Express …
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
Mac malware ‘explosion’ missing in action  —  The appearance of the MacDefender trojan back in May provoked a lot of back-and-forth between various tech writers (including your humble correspondent).  Was this a sign that the good times were ending?  That the Mac platform would come under ever-fiercer attack from malware authors?
Discussion: Guardian and Daring Fireball, Thanks:penllawen
 
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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David Barboza / New York Times:
Apple Sales in China Zoom Ahead of Competitors
Discussion: Reuters, Reuters and parislemon
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Facebook Glitch Revealed Thumbnails & Descriptions Of Friends' Private Videos
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The Roku 2 Review  —  The original Roku media streamer launched …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Qunar Baidu Deal Closes. How This Could Ripple Through Chinese Startups.