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1:00 AM ET, August 2, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB  —  As a part of today's iCloud.com launch for developers, Apple has revealed the price points for extra iCloud storage for end users.  As you can see in the screenshot above, iCloud will come with 5GB of free storage …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Not Only Do iCloud Web Apps Exist, They're Beautiful  —  Perhaps you recall that back in June, there was some confusion as to whether or not there would be web apps for Apple's upcoming iCloud suite of products.  While we maintained from the beginning that we had heard that there would be …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Skype for iPad goes live, has video and audio calling over both 3G and WiFi  —  Skype has finally released their native application for the Apple iPad.  The application brings everything you love from the iPhone version to the iPad's larger display.  This includes instant messaging, audio chatting, and video conferencing.
Brian Chesky / The Airbnb Blog:
Our Commitment to Trust & Safety  —  Last month, the home of a San Francisco host named EJ was tragically vandalized by a guest.  The damage was so bad that her life was turned upside down.  When we learned of this our hearts sank.  We felt paralyzed, and over the last four weeks, we have really screwed things up.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Offers Unconditional Apology, And $50,000 Insurance Guarantee  —  It's never too late to fix bad press with a straightforward, unconditional apology.  That's what the world got from Airbnb today.  It was the first time that the company addressed the robbery/ransacking issue on its blog …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Meet Comex, The 19-Year-Old iPhone Uber-Hacker Who Keeps Outsmarting Apple  —  Nicholas Allegra, better known by the hacker handle Comex.  —  A version of this story will appear in the upcoming issue of Forbes, published later this week.  —  Nicholas Allegra lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York.
The Dealmap:
Deal of the Day: Google Buys The Dealmap  —  We're thrilled to announce that The Dealmap has been acquired by Google.  —  Since launching The Dealmap in May 2010, our team has worked to build a great product where people can find and share all the best local deals, all in one place.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple TV Adds Support for Cloud-Based Storage of Purchased TV Shows  —  I just ran software update on my Apple TV 2 and got a new update that adds support for a major new feature: purchased TV shows.  You can buy — not just rent but buy — new episodes directly from your Apple TV …
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Jerry Neumann / Reaction Wheel:
Pace of VC investing by subsector  —  I couldn't sleep last night so I figured I'd see if I could confirm a nagging suspicion about the early-stage VCs I know.  About six months ago it seemed like they were slowing down their pace of investing while the corporates and newer super-angels were doing a lot more deals.
Discussion: @dougw
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Retailers dropping prices on iPhone ahead of impending update  —  Some retailers have begun marking down the price of the iPhone 4, suggesting stock clearing measures have begun in anticipation of an expected hardware update.  While most recent rumors have suggested a September launch …
Discussion: MacStories, Gizmodo, Engadget and SlashGear
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple in U.K. Following Loss in U.S. ITC Patent Case  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with competitor Apple Inc., sued the iPhone maker in Britain.  —  The complaint, filed July 29 in London, comes two weeks after HTC lost a ruling …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft and Nokia to hold special Windows Phone event on August 17  —  Microsoft and Nokia are holding a joint party later this month.  —  The party will be held at the GamesCom trade fair in Cologne, Germany.  Both companies sent an invite to a joint party on Monday that will be held on August 17.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
SimpleGeo Switches Pricing Models, Alters Free Plan  —  Location data and storage company SimpleGeo has announced plans to change its pay-per-use pricing for the SimpleGeo API, removing a free option for low volume users.  Instead, the company will offer tiered pricing, with 60 day free trials at every tier.
Discussion: SimpleGeo and LAUNCH
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Officially Launches Ads API, Opening Efficient Ad Management Tool Development  —  Facebook today announced the official launch of Ads API, which allows developers to create tools and services that programmatically create, buy, and manage Facebook ad campaigns.
Discussion: WebProNews
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
How Facial Recognition Technology Can Be Used To Get Your Social Security Number  —  What does your face give away?  —  Those freaked out by facial recognition technology have fresh fodder: a study from Carnegie Mellon University in which researchers were able to predict people's social security numbers …
Phil Schwarzmann / Nokia Conversations:
What's in a name?  Nokia's product name conventions  —  GLOBAL - The launch of the Nokia 500 today marked a new departure for us.  Not just because it's our newest Symbian smartphone, but because of what we called it.  Just numbers, no letters.  More details on the reasons for this change after the jump.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Aiming to Address TouchPad Shortcomings, HP Updates Software While Cutting Prices  —  Hewlett-Packard on Monday released a software update to its TouchPad tablet on Monday that the company hopes will help address at least some of the early criticisms of the product.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Autodesk Acquires DIY Community Instructables  —  In its third acquisition this year, Autodesk, maker of design, engineering and entertainment software, has acquired San Francisco-based Instructables, a popular online community where people can upload, discuss, rate and collaborate on a wide variety of do-it-yourself projects.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Designer's Mockups Give A Glimpse At The Future Of Firefox  —  Firefox may be getting a very nice facelift soon.  —  Mozilla designer Stephen Horlander has posted a set of screenshots showing off what may be the the future of Firefox's interface, and it includes some major changes that give it a more modern look.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Wireless Power Consortium launches Qi certification lab, cuts power cords for approved devices  —  The power of Qi has grown and grown since the wireless charging standard was finalized.  With cord cutting becoming more desirable — and dare we say, de rigeur, for many mobile devices …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
NTP Wins Court Ruling on 7 Patents From Apple, AT&T Cases  —  NTP Inc., the patent licenser that extracted a $612.5 million settlement from Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) in a dispute over wireless e-mail technology five years ago, won an appeals court ruling in a battle over the validity …
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Judge: Email in Oracle-Google Case Will Remain Public  —  The judge overseeing the lawsuit Oracle filed over the Android mobile OS has denied Google's attempt to get a potentially damaging e-mail redacted.  —  “What we've actually been asked to do by Larry and Sergey is to investigate …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Halo Effect: All AngelPad Companies Will Get $100K Investment Offers From 2 VC Firms  —  Earlier this year, Yuri Milner, SV Angel, and Y Combinator shook the early-stage investment world with Start Fund, a $150,000 investment offered to every startup in every new Y Combinator class, no questions asked.
Bloomberg:
Apple Suit Puts Samsung Tablet Sales in Australia on Hold  —  Apple Inc. escalated a patent dispute against Samsung Electronics Co. and won an agreement that the South Korean company won't sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a lawsuit is resolved.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Watch TV at Home When You Have a Perfectly Good iPhone to Squint At?  —  Yet more evidence that “mobile” is relative when it comes to smartphones, iPads, and online video.  Here's another study that says lots of people are watching stuff on their gadgets when they're just a few feet from their own TVs.
Christina Larson / Foreign Policy:
Red, Delicious, and Rotten  —  How Apple conquered China and learned to think like the Communist Party.  —  A friend in Beijing recently told me a story about the time a China Telecom technician came over to install the Internet connection for her Apple laptop.
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo UK & Others Switching To Bing Organic Results August 3rd
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Garett Sloane / New York Post:
Foursquare sets revenue plan
Discussion: Adweek, GigaOM and NYConvergence.com
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax
Discussion: WebProNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms “Significant” New Funding Round Led By DST
Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
Why Google is a Better Apple Friend than Enemy
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Launching New iPhone in October, Not September