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9:15 PM ET, July 29, 2011

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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Airbnb's Rental Nightmare Ends in Arrest and One Still Very Unlucky Customer  —  The San Francisco Police department confirmed that it has made an arrest in the incident involving an Airbnb host who had her entire life turned upside down when renters ransacked her apartment and ultimately stole her property and identity.
Discussion: Betabeat and Tnooz
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Xiaorui Gan / Google Mobile Blog:
New Google Search experience for tablets  —  (Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog)  —  As part of our effort to evolve the Google design and experience, we've improved the www.google.com search experience on tablets.  We've simplified the layout of search results pages and increased …
Anjali Mullany / NY Daily News:
President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 33,000 followers in one day  —  President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost - more than 33,000 Twitter followers.  —  Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to …
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple captured two thirds of available mobile phone profits in Q2  —  The major publicly traded phone vendors have all reported results for the second quarter.  Based on the data available so far we can begin putting together a picture of the market.  —  The first picture I'll draw is usually the last: profitability.
Corey Goldfeder / Gmail Blog:
Gmail Snooze with Apps Script  —  Editor's Note: For a more technical description, see the Google Apps Developer Blog  —  At Google, we all use email very heavily — for communicating with other Googlers, for task management, and to mail around funny pictures of kittens.
Discussion: PC Magazine, WebProNews and Lifehacker
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Report: Nortel portfolio buyers facing DOJ scrutiny  —  Despite last month's $4.5 billion sale of Nortel's patent portfolio wrapping up this week, government scrutiny over what its buyers intend to do with the patents continues, a new report says.  —  The Wall Street Journal reports …
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Nortel completes patent liquidation to Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony: now what?
Discussion: MacRumors and moneywatch.bnet.com
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Buy a new Mac, get iLife for all your Macs  —  As with every Mac in recent memory, Apple's latest hardware releases, the MacBook Air (Mid 2011) and Mac mini (Mid 2011), include the current versions of Mac OS X and iLife—in this case, Lion (OS X 10.7) and iLife '11.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
AT&T verifies data throttling for top 5% of users officially for October 1st  —  As we reported yesterday: October 1st, top 5% of AT&T users will see reduced speeds. … Today AT&T made it official.  Full statement below the fold:  —  An Update for Our Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Fugitive taunts cops on Facebook “catch me if you can” before they find him in Brooklyn apartment  —  A fugitive fool who taunted cops on his Facebook page, “Catch me if you can, I'm in Brooklyn” - has been captured by U.S. marshals.  —  And guess where.  —  Victor Burgos was sitting …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare & Groupon Hook Up for Real-Time Deals [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Foursquare users in the U.S. and Canada will start to see Groupon's daily deals in the Explore tab of the application and on Foursquare.com beginning Friday, Mashable has learned.  —  Groupon has become Foursquare's sixth and latest daily deals partner.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft's Web map exposes phone, PC locations  —  caption: Examples of HTC device locations that CNET extracted from Microsoft's Live.com location database.  —  Microsoft has collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world and makes …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Facebook launches bug bounty program  —  Facebook is set to announce today a bug bounty program in which researchers will be paid for reporting security holes on the popular social-networking Web site.  —  Compensation, which starts at $500 and has no maximum set, will be paid only to researchers …
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Must Pay Alcatel $70 Million in Patent Damages, U.S. Jury Says  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) must pay $70 million for infringing an Alcatel-Lucent patent used in versions of Microsoft's Outlook program and two other applications, a federal jury in San Diego said today.
Patrick May / Mercury News:
Online marketers hit hard by California's new online-sales tax  —  It wasn't the Great Recession that killed Nick Loper's business.  It was a flick of Jerry Brown's wrist.  —  When the governor signed the state's new online-sales tax law last month, Seattle-based Amazon …
Mike Swift / SiliconValley.com:
Local business site challenges Google ranking  —  With federal regulators pursuing an antitrust probe over whether Google (GOOG) is abusing its dominance in search to favor its own online products, a company that owns several Bay Area websites promoting local small businesses is taking …
Zach Holman:
Steve Jobs Sometimes Lies to You  —  I love Apple.  I love Apple so much that if someone gave me a bulletproof vest made out of MacBook Airs, I'd strap it to my back and take a bullet to my chest to protect my precious aluminum friends.  —  But Steve's lying to us when it comes to FaceTime.
Discussion: The Business Insider and MacNN
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
FaceTime 3G for Verizon iPhone may be restricted to tiered data plans  —  In June we reported that the fifth-generation iPhone had reached its final testing stage, and within that report we noted that Apple and Verizon Wireless were yet to strike a deal for FaceTime video calling over 3G networks.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Goes Mum With Phone And Tablet Sales Stats  —  Anybody notice something missing from Samsung's Q2 results?  Hint: it was the phone/tablet sales data.  But why?  Well, according to Samsung's “new information policy,” phones and tablets data will heretofore remain a secret.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone 5 cases indicate a thinner but half inch wider and longer frame  —  Following our post with images of a purported iPhone 5 case, other sources have followed up with us with their own cases.  This time we not only have a silicone case, but a hard case, too.  The image above shows a top view of both of our cases.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple Now Has More Cash Than the U.S. Government  —  When Apple reported last week that it had $76 billion in cash, we speculated that it might be enough to buy Goldman Sachs or Facebook.  Today, Steve Jobs' reserves match up with the world's largest sovereign entity.  —  That's right.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google starts to open up its cloud music service with user invites, still US only  —  We haven't heard much about Google Music, the company's cloud-based music locker service, since it launched back in May at the I/O developer conference.  Getting in to try it was tough …
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and ReadWriteWeb
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Flying Drone Can Crack Wi-Fi Networks, Snoop On Cell Phones  —  Mike Tassey posing with the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, WASP.  —  How do one ex-Air Force official and one former airplane hobby shop owner, both of whom happen to have decades of experience as network security contractors …
Discussion: Geek.com and Slashdot
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Vodafone and Facebook team up on smartphone
Mattias Holm / Sony Ericsson Product Blog:
Qriocity's video service puts films and TV shows at your fingertips
Discussion: TechCrunch, PhoneArena and Engadget
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
HTC Reports Record Profits In Q2, 12.1 Million Handsets Shipped
Discussion: Electronista
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Rovi Sues Hulu Over Patents for Interactive TV Functions
Sunny Ye / TechRice:
485 Million Netizens Strong: The Demographics of China's Internet Rise [CNNIC Report]
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Approves $10 Billion Distribution to Co-Owners
Discussion: Pulse2 and Wall Street Journal
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Seattle Places Police Calls on Twitter
Discussion: MediaPost and Gizmodo
Electronista:
Samsung's Galaxy S II teaser page for the US goes live
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 finally available in August for $300
New York Times:
In Baring Facts of Train Crash, Blogs Erode China Censorship