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1:15 AM ET, July 28, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Next iPhone to feature thinner, tapered design according to new silicone cases  —  Yesterday, a purported case mold schematic for the fifth-generation iPhone emerged, pointing to a complete re-design for Apple's handset.  This mold points to a larger display, a larger home button, and a thinner profile for the next iPhone.
Brian Chesky / TechCrunch:
On Safety: A Word From Airbnb  —  Brian Chesky is the CEO of Airbnb.  In this guest article he discusses the recent Airbnb user safety incident we reported on earlier today.  —  On June 22nd, we learned that the home of one of our San Francisco hosts was vandalized by an Airbnb guest.
Discussion: @gaberivera
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User's Home Is Utterly Trashed  —  Important updates to post at end  —  Until now everything has been just great for Airbnb, a service that lets people rent out their homes and become a sort of mini-hotel.  The company launched in 2008 and has grown rapidly.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Meet the LulzSec Leader Arrested by British Police Today  —  British police announced today that they arrested a 19-year-old hacker in Scotland's isolated Shetland Islands who used the nickname “Topiary” online.  Here's what we know about this core member of the hacking group Lulz Security, from interviews and leaked chat transcripts.
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Metropolitan Police arrest Topiary, suspected LulzSec and Anonymous spokesperson
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The Verizon small bang  —  As Verizon has reported iPhone sales for one and a half quarters, it's time to try to discern the impact on the product.  There were several hypotheses floating around prior to the “big bang” of Verizon.  —  Some assumed that there would be a large migration away …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix is for Movies, Hulu is for TV Shows.  Neither Is for Your iPad or Your iPhone.  —  Lots of you are using your phones to watch YouTube.  But Netflix and Hulu?  Not so much.  —  That's one of the take-aways from a new Nielsen report about viewing habits on the two online video services.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Old Java Emails May Bite Google In Android Patent Suit  —  It may be wiser for Google to settle its patent infringement showdown with Oracle than take it to trial.  New documents emerging from early hearings in the case suggest the search giant may have a tough time mounting a …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer goes global with iPad app launch in 11 countries  —  Western Europe first for subscription-based service, with US to follow later in 2011  —  BBC Worldwide is launching its global iPlayer service today, via an iPad app that will be made available in 11 countries in Western Europe.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Growth Unsettles Mountain View  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW—Google Inc. is the single largest contributor to the coffers of Mountain View, where it is based.  But as the Web giant expands its physical footprint and seeks to build new offices, housing and infrastructure, the city government is pushing back.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The White House just Rickrolled a Twitter user  —  We've known since 2008 that US President Obama has pushed for more social media interaction.  With a Twitter Town Hall meeting and now sending his own tweets, it seems that somebody on the staff has decided to take things a step further.
Benjamin Grol / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps 5.8 for Android adds photo uploads, My Places, and more  — My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you've starred and recently viewed  — Descriptive terms for Places in search results  — Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in  —  Photo upload for a Place
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Fourth Law Firm Withdraws From Representing Paul Ceglia in Facebook Case  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims he deserves half of Facebook based on an arrangement with Mark Zuckerberg from 2003, has lost another law firm as his case continues.  —  Edelson McGuire, which had only taken on the case within …
Discussion: paidContent, All Facebook and Gawker
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys fiercely opposes Apple's motion for an intervention  —  Lodsys had an (extended) deadline today to respond to Apple's motion for an intervention in a patent infringement litigation in which Lodsys is suing 11 app developers, five of which are rather small.
Discussion: TUAW, CNET News and Electronista
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
EA: our fastest growing platform is the iPad  —  There was a time when the majority of games were played on dedicated consoles like the Xbox or PlayStation but, as they say, “those times are a'changin.”  Speaking to IndustryGamers, EA CEO John Riccitiello said consoles are no longer the dominant force in gaming.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft confirms fall store opening at University Village  —  We've known this was happening for a while, based on my previous digging into city permit filings, but Microsoft today made it official, confirming on Facebook that it's planning to open a retail store in Seattle's upscale University Village shopping center this fall.
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Aggressive Google: Gmail Team Asks You to Do an Email Intervention  —  Google under Larry Page is uber aggressive, and the latest salvo comes in the form of EmailIntervention.com, a slick website that enables you to do an intervention with your Yahoo, Aol and Hotmail-using friends and family members.
Discussion: Gmail Blog, Ubergizmo and Webware.com, Thanks:therealdansfera
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Rogue Academic Downloader Busted by MIT Webcam Stakeout, Arrest Report Says  —  Hacker and activist Aaron Swartz faces federal hacking prosecution for allegedly downloading millions of academic documents via MIT's guest network, using a laptop hidden in a networking closet.
Discussion: Ars Technica and msnbc.com
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Ex-NASA CTO builds cloud dream team, launches Nebula  —  The cloud computing world has been anxious to hear former NASA CTO Chris Kemp's plans since he left his post in the spring to pursue a startup venture, and on Wednesday morning, he introduced his new company, Nebula.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 releasing today - BBM Social, and new sharing options front and center  —  After some whispers of a launch, RIM's instant messenging client BlackBerry Messenger has been updated to version 6.0.  Since this has been in beta for awhile now, we're already well-acquainted with many of the features.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Charges Customer 122 Times for Lion  —  John Christman purchased OS X Lion on July 23, and paid $31.79 after sales tax.  Then, his PayPal account was charged $31.79 an additional 121 times, for a total of $3,878.40.  —  Clearly Mr. Christman didn't need 122 copies of Lion, and something has gone awry.
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Coastal And Mid-Atlantic States Have Way Faster Internet  —  Congratulations, Pocatello Idaho.  You have American's slowest Internet.  That's according to a new study by Pando Networks that tracked Internet download speeds and completion rates across the country for five months this year.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Microsoft's MS-DOS is 30 today  —  MS-DOS is 30 years old today.  Well, kind of.  On 27 July 1981, Microsoft gave the name MS-DOS to the disk operating system it acquired on that day from Seattle Computer Products (SCP), a hardware company owned and run by a fellow called Rod Brock.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
ComScore Report: 27% of Facebook Browsing on News Feed, Just 10% on Apps  —  Today, internet marketing research company comScore released a white paper detailing which Facebook features receive the most usage and where users interact with branded content.  The report shows that 27% …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
New Chrome experiment: Embed your message in a music video and have the band dance it out  —  We here at 9to5Google love Chrome Experiments, nifty little web apps that showcase what can be achieved with HTML5 and the Chrome browser.  Be it a simple project like the Google I/O countdown timer …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm's Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS  —  Back around July of last year, Qualcomm launched a software development kit for building Augmented Reality apps on Android.  The idea was to allow Android developers to build all sorts of crazy AR stuff (like games and apps …
Discussion: MacRumors, BetaNews and SlashGear
Cliff Simpkins / The Windows Blog:
Another Helping of Mango for Devs  —  Last month, we released Beta 2 of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.  Yesterday, Windows Phone Engineering CVP Terry Myerson announced Windows Phone OS RTM.  Today, I'm excited to announce that we are offering a refresh of the beta tools to our registered developer community.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Testing User Credits For “Ask To Answer” Questions  —  Quora has just launched a bundle of interesting initiatives over the past day or so, all signs that the Q&A site is trying to figure itself out.  —  First of all, the company has begun testing something called “Ask to Answer Suggestions” …
 
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
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