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July 29, 2012, 10:50 AM

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New York Times:
Apple Officials Said to Consider Stake in Twitter  —  Apple, which has stumbled in its efforts to get into social media, has talked with Twitter in recent months about making a strategic investment in it, according to people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has been hugely successful …
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Apple Buying into Twitter: Neither Likely nor Implausible  —  We already know that Apple is a Twitter fan.  It's baked the social network into both of its operating systems, OS X and iOS, in a manner that's a departure from its tradition of building every possible aspect of its products itself.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
You Have To Read This Blistering Response From Microsoft's PR Boss On Its ‘Lost Decade’  —  We missed this when it was first posted, but it's so good, we have to post it here.  —  Vanity Fair had a big expose on Microsoft in its August issue about the company's “Lost Decade.”
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
How to Fight iPhone Theft  —  Device theft has exploded.  New solutions are on the way.  Is the industry doing enough about ‘Apple picking’?  —  Police across the nation are fighting surges in mobile phone and tablet thefts.  But can technology and blacklists help bring down the statistics?
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Instapaper for Android sees a 600% jump in downloads on release of Nexus 7  —  The Nexus 7 is being talked about, that's one thing we know for sure.  It's gotten a ton of press as a device that is so good it makes the case for small tablets in general.  It's certainly one of the most well received non-iPad tablets ever.
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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
How eBay Defied Convention and Turned Itself Around  —  Remember Myspace, Friendster, eToys, Webvan, Urban Fetch, Pets.com?  Like meteors, they burned with dazzling brilliance before turning shareholder dollars to ash.  EBay, Yahoo and AOL, the dominant Internet triumvirate circa 2004, seemed destined for a similar fate.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Google Fiber Is The Most Disruptive Thing The Company's Done Since Gmail  —  Remember how blown away people were when Gmail launched in 2004?  —  Google Fiber feels like the same leap of innovation.  It's been a long time since we saw anything like this from the search and advertising giant.
Felix Salmon:
Annals of dubious statistics, crowdfunding edition  —  Are crowdfunding statistics the new counterfeiting statistics?  Certainly they seem to have become a meme.  If you know that crowdfunding is a big deal, it's probably because you read all about it in TechCrunch, in May …
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U.S. Census Bureau News:
New Online Tool Gives Public Wider Access to Key U.S. Statistics … The U.S. Census Bureau today released a new online service that makes key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics more accessible than ever before.  The Census Bureau's first-ever public Application Programming Interface …
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
The known unknowns of Skype interception  —  Over the past few weeks, the technical blogosphere, and most recently, the mainstread media have tried to answer the question: What kind of assistance can Skype provide to law enforcement agencies?  —  Most of the stories have been filled with speculation …

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