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7:20 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.
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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.
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Brian Chesky / TechCrunch:
On Safety: A Word From Airbnb
Discussion: @gaberivera
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 …
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.
Mike Luttrell / TG Daily:
Republican Tea Party leader arrested for computer piracy  —  A heavyweight for the political Tea Party movement in the south has most likely just crippled his potential political future.  —  61-year-old Anthony Trinca was arrested for allegedly selling pirated versions of high-end computer software.
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Discussion: eWeek
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.
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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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.
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hollywood Forces UK ISP To Block Newzbin Usenet Site  —  Following a hearing in London's High Court, leading UK ISP BT will be forced to block subscriber access to Usenet indexing site Newzbin2.  Under the banner of the MPA, the leading Hollywood studios successfully argued that by letting …
Thomas Catan / Law Blog:
One Small Antitrust Victory for Google  —  Google Inc. is facing intense regulatory pressure around the world, with antitrust enforcers investigating its business practices in the U.S. and European Union.  But it's not all bad news for the Internet search giant: it just scored a small …
Discussion: Googling Google Blog
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.
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 …
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.
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, Gawker and All Facebook
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.
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
PRs Lose Court Appeal On Online Story Copying  —  PRs have failed to overturn a court ruling that they should pay ongoing license fees for receiving links to and summaries of newspapers' online articles.  —  The UK Court of Appeal today rejected an appeal by the Public Relations Consultants Association …
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” …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
HP joins OpenStack  —  HP has joined OpenStack, the open-source cloud software project led by Rackspace.  —  Announcing the news on its corporate blog Wednesday morning, HP VP of Cloud Services Emil Sayegh wrote: … HP joins fellow IT heavyweights Dell, Cisco, Intel and Citrix as OpenStack contributors …
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.
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.
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SAP Now Allows Businesses To Layer Big Data With Google Maps And Earth
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
ComScore Report: 27% of Facebook Browsing on News Feed, Just 10% on Apps
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
DHS Fears a Modified Stuxnet Could Attack U.S. Infrastructure
Discussion: The H Security and Softpedia News
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Toys R Us to carry Kindle
Discussion: paidContent
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Rogue Academic Downloader Busted by MIT Webcam Stakeout, Arrest Report Says
Discussion: Ars Technica and msnbc.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Leases Giant New SF Office, Plans To Grow To 400+ Employees
Discussion: PC World
Cliff Simpkins / The Windows Blog:
Another Helping of Mango for Devs