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10:15 AM ET, July 6, 2011

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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push  —  Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.  —  The move is part of a larger effort to unify its brand …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Google+ for Domains  —  A reader of this blog spotted some interface elements which show that Google+ will be available in Google Apps. … Right now, there's no support for Buzz or Profiles in Google Apps, but that should change in the near future.
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Microsoft wants Samsung to pay smartphone license: report  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system as the software giant has a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On The Eve Of One Facebook Event, The Spartans Prepare For Another  —  Tomorrow morning at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Facebook is holding an event to show off an “awesome” new product.  Our sources tell us that product with be the long-rumored Skype integration within Facebook for full …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc. has placed orders for key components used in a next-generation iPhone it is preparing to launch sometime in the third quarter, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  According to some suppliers of components to Apple …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
WSJ: Apple plans to build 25M thinner, lighter next-gen iPhones this year
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' bio gets a new title  —  “iSteve: The Book of Jobs” was the publisher's idea.  The author had second thoughts.  —  Amazon still doesn't have the title quite right  —  The first biography of Apple's (AAPL) CEO to get Steve Jobs' blessing — and cooperation — hasn't yet been published.
Jenna Wortham / Gadgetwise:
Is Google's Hangouts Its Killer App?  —  Last night a chatroom changed my life.  —  But it wasn't just any chatroom.  It was a virtual “hangout,” the group video chat service that is a prominent feature of Google+, Google's new social-networking service that aims to challenge Facebook..
David M. Ewalt / Metagamer:
What Is Nintendo Planning With The Wii U?  Reggie Fils-Aime Explains It All  —  Reggie Fils-Aime (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)  —  Reggie Fils-Aime is president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, a division of the Japanese video game giant.
FierceWireless:
Verizon confirms it will ditch unlimited smartphone data plans starting July 7  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will switch to a new, usage-based pricing model for smartphone data starting July 7, a company spokeswoman confirmed.  —  Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Twitter Testing Facebook-Like Message Wall [PIC]  —  Twitter is testing a Facebook-like message wall on profile pages, prompting users to send public tweets (a.k.a @ replies, or mentions) to specific users directly from their profile pages.  —  Twitter is testing the feature with a small percentage of users.
Electronista:
Another iPad leak source pleads guilty  —  Shimoon pleads guilty to slipping iPad info  —  One-time Flextronics development head Walter Shimoon on Tuesday pled guilty to leaking iPad trade secrets and others.  In return for a lighter penalty, the former executive admitted to passing along information …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google says at least one of Oracle's patents-in-suit is not even used in Java  —  Today Google filed its reply to Oracle's opposition to its Daubert motion (a request by Google to exclude Oracle's damages expert Prof. Cockburn and his damages report).  —  The disagreement over damages calculation methodologies goes on.
Discussion: V3.co.uk
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Google Buzz Is A Black Hole For Sharing Traffic, Google+ Is The Big Bang  —  Back in March of last year, we noted that Google Buzz, Google's shiny new social network at the time, was getting smoked in terms of referral traffic sent our way, by a dead man, FriendFeed.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Media moguls focus on digital dollars at Sun Valley  —  (Reuters) - Media and technology moguls gather in Idaho this week to once more debate a shift to a digital world, but the talk this year will finally focus on how to make money off it.  —  Unlike in years past, this year's attendees …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Virgin Media announces its streaming music deal with Spotify  —  UK ISP Virgin Media has inked its long-anticipated partnership with streaming music service Spotify.  The ISP will be offering Spotify to its customers over broadband, mobiles and TVs - the latter through an integration with its TiVO-powered set-top box.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon and Zynga: Cat vs. Dog for Wall Street's Affections  —  Groupon and Zynga may not compete in the same business, but they are both racing to be the next darling on Wall Street.  —  Despite the obvious differences — Groupon is a local commerce company and Zynga is a social games company …
Discussion: paidContent
Caleb Cox / The Register:
Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp  —  Sony is developing a PlayStation Network design upgrade that could transform the online environment into a more image-driven layout along the lines of Xbox Live and Steam, Reg Hardware has learned.  —  Many PSN users say the current PSN …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia And Others Put $10 Million In Cloud-Based Demo SaaS CloudShare  —  CloudShare, a service that allows companies to demo software in the cloud, has raised $10 million in new funding led by Globespan Capital Partners with existing investors Sequoia capital, Charles River Ventures and Gemini Israel Funds participating.
Wall Street Journal:
New Financing Values Twitter as High as $7 Billion  —  Even as Internet companies such as Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc. file to go public, Twitter Inc. is taking a different route: It is continuing to tap private investors.  —  The fast-growing Internet messaging service is currently …
Kim Hjelmgaard / MarketWatch:
For Europe's start-ups, Silicon Valley still calls  —  Is there life outside of California for Europe's tech community?  By Kim Hjelmgaard, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) — “Go West,” young technology company.  That sentiment, with its compass-point directive, is both a rallying cry …
Goncalo Ribeiro / Redmond Pie:
JailbreakMe 3.0 iPad 2 Jailbreak On iOS 4.3.3 Now LIVE.  Here's A Complete How-To Tutorial [VIDEO]  —  There are several ways to jailbreak iOS devices, but most of them are time-consuming as they require you to connect your device to your computer for the jailbreak to complete.
 
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Ad Rates Hold as Inventory Rises, Easing Price Concerns
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
South Korean web attacks might have been war drill
Discussion: The Next Web
Lauren Etter / Vanity Fair:
Groupon Therapy  —  Starting with a two-for-one pizza deal …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
EU demands answers over Microsoft's Patriot Act admission
Discussion: PC World
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues The New York Times Company and five other companies who previously sued Lodsys — UPDATED
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report: Morgan Stanley warns 34,000 clients of data breach
Discussion: Credit.com
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft pays University of Nebraska $250,000 to use Office365
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
August 5 hearing on preliminary injunction against Samsung too early, judge tells Apple
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:curtwfallesq
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Law Professors Come Out Against PROTECT IP
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Google Searching for Patents After Nortel Loss
Discussion: Softpedia News
Wired / Ars Technica:
“Massive infringement” case against CNET dropped
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Apparently Undeterred by Apple Crackdown, Tapjoy Investors Pour In $30M More
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Android market share jumps as BlackBerry slides; smartphones now owned by 1 in 3 Americans