Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:

Facebook stock surges to record high of $76 in early trading, doubling its IPO price  —  Facebook Shares Surge to Record as Mobile Ads Fuel Gains  —  Mark Zuckerberg is staring down naysayers who hammered Facebook Inc.’s stock after its debut two years ago, as shares surged to a record today.


Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:

Google Voice offers web-based calls through Hangouts, no G+ profile needed  —  The rumor is that eventually we’re going to see Google Voice merged completely into Hangouts, and that’s getting even closer to becoming reality.  You can now make phone calls via Hangouts directly from the Google Voice website, no Google+ necessary.


Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:

Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding  —  Samsung’s venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs.


Josh Ong / The Next Web:

Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS  —  Google announced today the addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android.  The featuring is rolling out “starting this week.”  —  The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions.

Joseph Czikk / BetaKit:

Mike McDerment’s FreshBooks Raises $30 Million In First Funding Round  —  Toronto startup FreshBooks, the online cloud accounting software for freelancers and professionals, has raised a $30 million funding round from Oak Investment Partners with participation from Atlas Venture and Georgian Partners.


Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:

HTC One Remix coming to Verizon on July 24th for $100 on a two year contract  —  The HTC One mini 2 is coming to America, but it will be carrying a different moniker.  After weeks of rumors and leaks, Verizon confirmed today that it will start selling the HTC One Remix on July 24th for $100 with a two year service agreement.

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:

American Users Spend An Average Of 40 Minutes Per Day On Facebook  —  American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising.  Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook’s Q2 earnings call that users in the US spend an average of 40 minutes per day …


Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:

Apple reportedly discussing mobile wallet plans with credit card companies, may launch with iPhone 6  —  The Information has a new report out discussing Apple’s progress on a mobile wallet payments service.  The post echoes corroborates with reporting by 9to5Mac earlier in the year.


Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:

Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle  —  Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world.  —  A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void.


Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:

Live: Facebook’s Q2 Earnings and Conference Call  —  Facebook ‘s showed no signs of slowing down, posting revenue of $2.91 billion on profit of 30 cents a share.  Wall Street had expected revenue of $2.8 billion on profit of 32 cents a share.  —  We’re live-blogging the conference call with analysts, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.