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This Day in Tech: Why we love Spotify; Google posts earnings

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, July 14.

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, July 14.

Spotify

• After much anticipation, Spotify has launched in the United States. And here at CNET, we are smitten with Spotify's service. The CNET staff gave the service five thumbs-up. Sean Parker of Napster fame--and a Spotify investor--says Spotify signals a golden age of music. Business Insider republished a post from his Facebook page, where he wrote: "For a decade I have waited for a music service that could rekindle my excitement about music...Spotify is the service I have been waiting for."

• The U.S. military wants to protect civilian Internet networks against cyberattacks, just as it defends against conflict in the air, on the ground, and on the high seas. But of course, some people are worried this might infringe on civil liberties. The deputy secretary of defense said today that the Pentagon expects that cyberattacks will be a significant component of any future conflicts. He also said "foreign intruders" were behind the theft of 24,000 files (surveillance technologies and network security protocols) earlier this year from military contractor computers, making it one of the most damaging attacks ever to hit the U.S. military.

• Google released its second-quarter numbers, with revenue of $6.92 billion and earnings of $2.5 billion. In related news, the company announced that social network Google+ has grown to 10 million users. Now, the company is working to roll out Google+ corporate accounts. The company is quickening its test of such accounts. To apply for a business account, go here.