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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 …
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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 …
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.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Turntable.fm Picks Union Square Ventures as Investor Over Kleiner and Accel  —  In a room of bobbing avatars, “Radiohead” takes on new meaning.  —  While the legal paperwork is still being finished, Betabeat has learned from multiple sources that Union Square Venture is the big new investor in Turntable.fm.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Evolver.fm and Pulse2, Thanks:betabeat
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 …
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.
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 …
Timo Burkard / Google Chrome Blog:
Instant Pages on Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago, we announced that Google's Instant Pages feature would be available to our Chrome beta channel users.  Today, we're happy to let you know that Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Alfred Lin Considers Leaving Sequoia for Airbnb; Moritz Convinces Him to Stay  —  If you read the comments on any our recent stories about the Airbnb controversies, you'll see plenty of people saying that Airbnb needs to take a page out of the Zappos playbook.  It turns out, they tried.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Offers Unconditional Apology, And $50,000 Insurance Guarantee
Discussion: Fortune and @gaberivera
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Business Insider and MacNN
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 …
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 that the company hopes will help address at least some of the early criticism of the product.  —  “Over the last month …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Some 13 Percent of Twitter Employees Used to Work at Google  —  A significant portion of Twitter employees — something like 13 percent — used to work at Google.  —  According to LinkedIn, 87 of the 641 people who say they currently work at Twitter were formerly employed by Google.
Discussion: Guardian, Bloomberg and Twitter Blog
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
New Layar Vision recognises real world objects and displays AR objects on top  —  Recently a few startups have started to appear with mobile apps allowing you to point a smartphone at an object and view some kind of augmented reality object or information associated with it.
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.
Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
GoToMeeting gets high-definition video conferencing  —  Citrix GoToMeeting, a web conferencing solution that we've written about previously, has unveiled the ability to create high-definition video conferences.  The new service, which is dubbed HDFaces and was announced last October …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD regains microprocessor market share in Q2  —  Advanced Micro Devices regained some lost market share against Intel in the PC microprocessor market during the second quarter, according to market researcher IDC.  —  The results are interesting because the worldwide PC microprocessor market …
Discussion: The Register, Neowin.net and IDC
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
Foursquare Gets 3 Million Check-Ins Per Day, Signed Up 500,000 Merchants  —  Foursquare users are checking in 3 million times per day now, up from 2 million in February, CEO Dennis Crowley told Bloomberg TV.  —  Out of 10 million users that's a very impressive number.
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Government hankers for hackers  —  (Reuters) - The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by working on the “hardest problems on Earth.”  —  Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyber wars that pose …
Discussion: DailyTech
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Virgin Media to ‘take a punt’ on free London WiFi network  —  Virgin Media is close to launching a free public WiFi scheme in London that will challenge BT's Openzone network, which charges for access.  —  Neil Berkett, chief executive of Virgin Media  —  The firm's chief executive Neil …
Discussion: The Next Web
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Deals site ChoozOn raises $3.2M from angel investors  —  Bellevue deals site ChoozOn has raised $3.2 million from angel investors.  —  Leading the Series A round and joining ChoozOn's board of directors are Michael Orsak of Worldview Technology Partners and James Brown of AVG Ventures.
Discussion: GeekWire and AllThingsD
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Editions Delivers A Daily Briefing To Your iPad  —  The dream of a personalized magazine tuned just for you keeps showing itself on the iPad.  Today's edition comes from AOL Editions, which is finally coming out after much fine-tuning and a silly video.  (Disclosure: TechCrunch is also owned by AOL).
 
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Christopher Trout / Engadget:
WIMM Labs introduces tiny wearable computer platform, we go hands-on
Noah Davis / The Business Insider:
The New Yorker Will Make More Than $1.2 Million From Its iPad App This Year
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
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Wireless Power Consortium launches Qi certification lab, cuts power cords for approved devices
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: LivingSocial Makes Giant Push Into Asia With Acquisition of South Korea's Ticket Monster
Discussion: mocoNews
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
SimpleGeo Switches Pricing Models, Alters Free Plan
Discussion: SimpleGeo, Softpedia News and LAUNCH
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Coupon Startup Whaleshark Media
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Officially Launches Ads API, Opening Efficient Ad Management Tool Development
Jerry Neumann / Reaction Wheel:
Pace of VC investing by subsector
Discussion: Betabeat and @dougw
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Watch TV at Home When You Have a Perfectly Good iPhone to Squint At?