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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 …
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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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:   Alfred Lin Considers Leaving Sequoia for Airbnb; Moritz Convinces Him to Stay
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Offers Unconditional Apology, And $50,000 Insurance Guarantee
Discussion: Fortune, @gaberivera and Gawker
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Android Trojan records phone calls  —  CA security team finds more advanced Android malware  —  A new Android Trojan is capable of recording phone conversations, according to a CA security researcher.  —  While a previous Trojan found by CA logged the details of incoming and outgoing phone calls …
Ausdroid:
Samsung Australia's official comment on Apple's complaint to the Federal Court, Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sold in AU  —  After reaching out to Samsung late last night for a statement in regards to Apple's complaint to the Federal Court of Australia about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its likeness to the iPad …
Electronista:
iSuppli: iPad competitors no match in design efficiency  —  Teardown experts compared six competitors  —  Teardown and technology analysts iSuppli have done a comparative analysis of the design of the iPad and iPad 2 against five of its main competitors and found that, from a design standpoint …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Sun website users' personal details hacked  —  News International warns names and addresses may have been posted online by hacker, understood not to be linked to LulzSec  —  News International has emailed thousands of people to warn them that one or more hackers have copied personal details …
John Forsythe / Blamcast:
Why You Can'T Search For PhpBB On Bing  —  I've discovered an interesting bug: You can't search for “phpBB” on Bing.  —  I was doing some research for my startup naming business when I came across a deleted forum post I wanted to read.  Google didn't have a cached copy, so I decided to paste the URL into Bing.
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.
Benedict Evans:
Facebook's mobile users  —  A little idle browsing: Facebook has a page for every app authorised to connect to its system, and those pages give active users (examples: iPhone, Blackberry).  So, you can see how many people are using each Facebook app on each mobile platform.
Noah Davis / The Business Insider:
The New Yorker Will Make More Than $1.2 Million From Its iPad App This Year  —  Last week, the news coming out of Conde Nast's digital division wasn't good.  —  What a difference a few days makes.  —  Twenty thousand people have paid $59.99 for a year-long subscription to The New Yorker's iPad app …
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.
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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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google acquires Dealmap, the missing link between Offers & Maps
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and 9to5Google
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 …
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 …
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Apple's Safari Grows Faster Than Chrome in July  —  Apple's Safari last month posted its biggest increase ever in usage share, beating perennial champion Chrome in the gain game, Web metrics vendor Net Applications said today.  —  The browser bundled with Apple's revenue troika of Mac …
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.
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 Ziegler / This is my next:
Motorola ‘Pax’ for Sprint said to be a beefed-up XPRT with dual-core processor  —  We've just been sent these shots of a new Motorola Android phone said to be codenamed “Pax.”  Look a bit familiar?  Indeed, this is the very same unit leaked by Pop Herald a few weeks ago that had been tipped as a new model for Sprint.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Hands-on with the Skype iPad app that came and went (and came back again)  —  Update: The Skype iPad app is now available once again in the U.S. App Store, so if you like the looks of what you see below, go ahead and check it out for yourself.  —  Late Monday night, Skype for iPad finally went arrived …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Federal court to order film service Zediva shut down  —  Zediva, the video service that attempted to build a business by exploiting loopholes in copyright law, suffered a serious setback today when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the service.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
The Latest Groupon Killer: Amazon … The clones are attacking in droves.  —  While Groupon has become perhaps the fastest-growing company in the history of humanity, Groupon fans have been forced to fend off nagging questions about when and whether competitors would start pecking away at its business model.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
European Venture Capital Activity Down 28% In The First Half Of 2011
John Cook / GeekWire:
Photo sharing service Smilebox sells for up to $40 million
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Brains And Bots Deep Inside Yahoo's CORE Grab A Billion Clicks
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Judge blocks patent holding firm from suing Apple
Discussion: PhoneArena
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: LivingSocial Makes Giant Push Into Asia With Acquisition of South Korea's Ticket Monster
Discussion: paidContent
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
SimpleGeo Switches Pricing Models, Alters Free Plan
Discussion: Softpedia News, SimpleGeo and LAUNCH
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Coupon Startup Whaleshark Media
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
Phil Schwarzmann / Nokia Conversations:
What's in a name? Nokia's product name conventions
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo UK & Others Switching To Bing Organic Results August 3rd
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Meet Comex, The 19-Year-Old iPhone Uber-Hacker Who Keeps Outsmarting Apple
Discussion: Engadget, Pulse2, DailyTech, App Advice, TUAW and MacPost, Thanks:forbestech