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3:00 PM ET, July 28, 2011

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Twitter Blog:
Timely Tweets: Now easier to see  —  We all come to Twitter to connect with the latest information on the topics and people we care about.  So when we decide to follow a favorite brand, business or charitable organization, we expect to be among the first to get a special announcement, access to exclusive content or a great offer.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Pumps Up Its Ads Today With “Promoted Tweets To Followers”  —  Twitter's slow-moving ad business takes another step forward today: Sources tell me that the company will formally launch its new “Promoted Tweets To Followers” ad plan.  —  What that means to advertisers …
NielsenWire:
In U.S. Smartphone Market, Android is Top Operating System, Apple is Top Manufacturer  —  According to June data from Nielsen, Google's Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent.  Apple's iOS is in second place with 28 percent …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Launching in Second Week of September? iPad 3 Later?  —  The China Times pinpoints the iPhone 5 release to the second week of September with an initial order of 4 million units.  Suppliers are said to be currently preparing 400,000 trial run units.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Next iPhone to feature thinner, tapered design according to new silicone cases
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
That Didn't Take Long: Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement Just Weeks After Entering US Market  —  Hello Spotify.  Welcome to America, where if you do anything even remotely innovative, you get sued for patent infringement.  Indeed, just a couple weeks after entering the US market (finally) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Steve Perlman unveils DIDO white paper explaining “impossible” wireless data rates  —  DIDO is a new wireless technology that is supposed to be impossible, since it allows people to send and receive data over a wireless network at speeds that aren't possible with today's technology.
Discussion: Business Week and Electronista
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Logitech CEO steps down after money losing Q1, Revue price slashed to $99  —  This is becoming a trend.  After a disappointing Q4 saw Logitech reduce the price of its Revue it revealed today that after a net loss of $29.6 million for the first quarter it is cutting the price of the Revue to $99 …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Logitech: More people are returning Google TV boxes than buying them
Discussion: Search Engine Land and GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers To Re-Write Your Webpages On The Fly, Promising 25% To 60% Speed Improvements  —  Google has long been obsessed with speed.  It's paramount in pretty much everything they do.  Which is why the launch of Google+ with some — gasp — attention paid to design is even more surprising.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's latest Google-compete weapon: The Gmail man  —  Microsoft managed to keep its 12,000 or so attendees of its annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference from tweeting and blogging company secrets last week.  But at least one enterprising attendee managed to grab …
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Exclusive: British Police Duped by LulzSec Into Arresting the Wrong Guy  —  Chat logs, video evidence indicate that the arrest was misdirection  —  Earlier today the blogosphere lit up with news that “Topiary” a key hacker from Anonymous and LulzSec was arrested.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google launches ‘Hotel Finder’, a new experimental search tool  —  Google is today launching an experimental search tool called Hotel Finder, which is specifically designed to help users find the perfect hotel.  Google's Hotel Finder helps users narrow down their search options in the following ways:
Discussion: Inside Search
Thijs van As / The Official Google Blog:
Catch the London Underground with Google Maps  —  Starting today, you can get public transport directions for London within Google Maps.  One of Europe's largest metropolitan areas, London is a major destination for both business travelers and tourists.  More than 1 billion passengers …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Feds Approve $44K Doctor Reimbursement for Using Drchrono's iPad App  —  As we've written in the past, Drchrono, a startup thatsimplifies the professional lives of doctors by bringing electronic health records and much more to the iPad, has received official government certification.
Discussion: eWeek and GigaOM
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Isostick: the USB memory stick that thinks it's an optical drive  —  Is it a portable DVD drive, or is it a 32GB thumb drive?  As a matter of fact it's both: the Isostick, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, is basically a memory stick that automatically converts ISO images into physical …
Discussion: GigaOM
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Expedia And Zillow Founder Launches Location-Based Mobile Discovery iOS App Trover  —  The idea of discovering items, products and locations around you is a challenge that a number of startups and companies are trying to solve, including Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp and many others.
Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
[Video] Microsoft's SkyDrive Starts Streaming Music On WP7  —  Let's file this one under - “Holy sweet Microsoft, why don't you talk about this stuff?!”  —  Last month I wrote about how Microsoft could use Azure as a paid expansion to SkyDrive.  The idea behind it was the consumer cloud offering …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Steven Millward / Penn Olson:
Alibaba Confirms Aliyun, Its Cloud-Powered Mobile and Tablet OS  —  Wang Jian, president of Alibaba Cloud Computing, launches the Aliyun OS at an event in Beijing today.  —  This afternoon, China's e-commerce giant Alibaba has confirmed the existence of its own mobile operating system, the “Aliyun OS.”
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Nintendo posts earnings, drops 3DS from $249 to $169 August 12th, current owners get 20 free games  —  The price of the Nintendo 3DS in the US is dropping precipitously August 12th from $249 to $169, with other regions getting a similar price break in their respective currency.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Less Than Half of Security Software Market Belongs to Top Five Vendors  —  Analysts Explore Security Market at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2011, 19-20 September, London  —  Just 44 percent of the $16.5 billion world wide security software market in 2010 belonged to Symantec …
Lynnley Browning / Reuters:
Insight: Microsoft use of low-tax havens drives down tax bill  —  (Reuters) - If you want to know why tax from surging corporate profits isn't making much of a dent in the United States' crippling budget deficit, a glance at Microsoft Corp's recent results provides some clues.
Discussion: TechFlash
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After CBS, Amazon Lands Movie Streaming Deal With NBCUniversal  —  Following the e-commerce giant's recent deal with CBS, Amazon has just announced its licensing agreement with NBCUniversal to allow U.S. Amazon Prime customers to stream movies from Universal Pictures' library of content.
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Google's Eric Schmidt to testify Sept. 21  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights announced it will hold a hearing — set for Sept. 21 — at which Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is expected to testify.
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 takeaways from a new Nielsen report about viewing habits on the two online video services.
 
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United Nations:
UN Economic and Social Council sets up committee on global geospatial information
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
TaskRabbit goes mobile! And it's in NYC, which is awesome.
Discussion: Mashable!, Betabeat, TechCrunch, TUAW and GigaOM
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Real time and the evolution of the news story
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Raiders of the Last Nerd
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Books Accelerate Paperback Publishers' Release Dates
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint, LightSquared enter 15-year pact for LTE
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
HP joins OpenStack
Discussion: Data Central and InfoWorld
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hollywood Forces UK ISP To Block Newzbin Usenet Site
Mike Luttrell / TG Daily:
Republican Tea Party leader arrested for computer piracy
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
New Chrome experiment: Embed your message in a music video and have the band dance it out
Benjamin Grol / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps 5.8 for Android adds photo uploads, My Places, and more
Discussion: Softpedia News and Ubergizmo
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm's Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, IntoMobile and App Advice
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The White House just Rickrolled a Twitter user
Discussion: @whitehouse