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2:00 AM ET, July 30, 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.
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James Temple / SFGate:
Exclusive: Victim in Airbnb-related ransacking speaks outs  —  In today's Chronicle, this column covered the case of EJ, the anonymous woman who blogged that her San Francisco home was burglarized and vandalized by a guest who arranged to stay there through the service Airbnb.
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
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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can't Be Dodged  —  Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded — even when users block cookies, turn off storage in Flash, or use browsers' “incognito” functions.
Anjali Mullany / NY Daily News:
President Barack Obama takes debt battle to Twitter, loses more than 40,000 followers in one day  —  President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost - more than 40,000 Twitter followers.  —  Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to …
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The H Open Source:
Emacs has been violating the GPL since 2009  —  An embarrassing mishap at the Free Software Foundation has seen the Emacs editor become GPL-violating software.  In the process of merging CEDET into Emacs 24, it was noted that a number of compiled CEDET parsers were missing their associated grammar files and parser generators.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why game developers hate the Facebook-Zynga marriage, and how Google+ can benefit  —  Facebook game developers were furious when they found out about the tight relationship between Facebook and Zynga.  —  If Google properly channels that anger, it could find considerable support for the idea …
Discussion: Inside Social Games
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.
Nanette Byrnes / Reuters:
Senator supports online sales tax reform  —  (Reuters) - Cash-strapped states seeking to collect billions in taxes from online transactions gained an ally in Washington on Friday when a senator introduced a bill for a federal solution to the problem.  —  Struggling with weak economies …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
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Patrick May / Mercury News:   Online marketers hit hard by California's new online-sales tax
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
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft patents reveal touch+pen plans, Windows 8 tablet future?  —  Several new patent filings have revealed what appears to be Microsoft's pen and touch plans, hinting at future Windows 8 use.  —  Microsoft filed for a variety of picture related gestures in January, 2010.
Discussion: WinBeta and Techie Buzz, Thanks:tomwarren
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Brief History of Apple Not Buying Things  —  And so it begins again.  BGR has an exclusive scoop from an “unproven” (ooh!) source: Apple is in talks to buy Barnes & Noble, the country's last remaining national bookseller.  As BGR points out, the acquisition would get Apple B&N's digital books …
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Vodafone and Facebook team up on smartphone
Mike Swift / SiliconValley.com:
Local business site challenges Google ranking
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Flying Drone Can Crack Wi-Fi Networks, Snoop On Cell Phones
Discussion: Geek.com and Slashdot
Mattias Holm / Sony Ericsson Product Blog:
Qriocity's video service puts films and TV shows at your fingertips
Discussion: TechCrunch, PhoneArena and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
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
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google starts to open up its cloud music service with user invites, still US only
Discussion: Electronista, ReadWriteWeb and Engadget
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Apple Now Has More Cash Than the U.S. Government
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare & Groupon Hook Up for Real-Time Deals [EXCLUSIVE]
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner