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5:40 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 …
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
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
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Skype Pulls iPad App Saying Was Released Prematurely  —  Skype says it has removed a new iPad app from the store, saying that the program was posted prematurely.  —  “To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today,” the company said in a posting on its Twitter account.
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, KitGuru and Examiner
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.
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.
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Brains And Bots Deep Inside Yahoo's CORE Grab A Billion Clicks  —  A sophisticated personalization algorithm—combined with ever-savvier editors—has helped boost the Today box on Yahoo's home page to the tune of a 270% increase in clicks since 2009.  Here's what they're doing right.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Softpedia News 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 …
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 and SlashGear
John Cook / GeekWire:
Photo sharing service Smilebox sells for up to $40 million  —  Smilebox, the six-year-old Redmond company that lets users create electronic greetings with their photos and videos, has agreed to be sold to Tel Aviv, Israel-based IncrediMail Ltd. for up to $40 million.
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.
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
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Judge blocks patent holding firm from suing Apple  —  A U.S. District Judge in Texas has ruled that patent holding firm Personal Audio cannot seek additional damages from Apple relating to a patent that the Cupertino-based company was recently found to be infringing.
Discussion: PhoneArena
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
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 …
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.
Nicola Leske / Reuters:
Android conquers almost 50 percent of smartphone market  —  (Reuters) - Google's Android platform has taken almost 50 percent of the global smartphone market, dominating in the Asia-Pacific region, research firm Canalys said on Monday  —  Android, which Google acquired in 2005 and launched …
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.
 
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