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5:10 PM ET, July 7, 2011


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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iPhone 5 redesign likely says WSJ, but have you met the iPad HD?  —  The Wall Street Journal now seems to be confirming what our sources told us back in April about the iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple decides to call it).  According to the report (which closely mirrors some of the chatter …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple to launch ‘iPad 2 Plus’ with better display this year, analyst claims
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 15 Billion  —  Apple® today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store™ by the more than 200 million iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide.  The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's IAd Mobile Business Is Said to Trim Prices as Advertisers Defect  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iAd mobile-advertising business has cut rates by as much as 70 percent as some marquee clients are using rival services, two people with knowledge of the matter said, signaling the company …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major ISPs agree to “six strikes” copyright enforcement plan  —  American Internet users, get ready for “six strikes.”  Major US Internet providers—including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable—have just signed on to a voluntary agreement with the movie and music businesses …
Google Mobile Blog:
“Download map area” added to Labs in Google Maps for Android  —  One way we bring you new product features is through Google Labs—a collection of fun, experimental features you can turn on if you're interested in the functionality.  In fact, Google Maps itself started as a lab.
YouTube Blog:
Check out Cosmic Panda, A New Experimental Experience for Videos, Playlists, and Channels  —  With nearly 8 years of video uploaded and 3 billion views logged every day on YouTube, it's clear you like to watch and share YouTube videos.  While you're watching your favorite or new videos …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Combines Privacy Education, Gaming And Rewards With PrivacyVille  —  Getting ahead of any privacy issues surround your product is an important part of product development for any company.  Facebook, unfortunately, learned this the hard way.  Social gaming giant Zynga is adding a layer …
Business Week:
Zynga's Quest for Big-Spending Whales
Discussion: The Business Insider
Ben Popper / Betabeat: and the Siren Song of the Start-up Pivot  —  There is no more overused and reviled word in the world of tech start-ups than pivot.  Pivot.  Pivot.  Pivot.  —  It seems to capture the manic energy of the current tech industry, in which an idea can get millions in funding …
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews, Thanks:nitashatiku
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Top Editor Makes Another Talent Raid on AOL's Engadget for New Competing Gadget Site  —  I love the smell of blog wars in the morning!  —  Acting as Facebook often does to Google, a new site started by former Engadget editor Josh Topolsky just hired away yet another passel …
Discussion: This is my next and Pulse2
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook & its double standard on sharing  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced the Skype-Facebook collaboration yesterday and showed off a great product built by the Skype team.  As he talked about the world, he amplified his long held belief that people love to share and sharing on Facebook will only keep growing.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Mark Zuckerberg Explains His Law Of Social Sharing [Video]
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Walk in the Woods With Mark Zuckerberg  —  You might think a long quiet walk through the woods with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a treat only his closest friends and dearest family get to enjoy.  Yet a chummy stroll with one of the richest men in the world is actually reserved …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Grabs Former Yahoo Ari Balogh En Route to StumbleUpon  —  The Web discovery start-up StumbleUpon has hired Japjit Tulsi, who was previously a director of engineering at Google, as its VP of engineering, filling the role it had previously tried to give to former Yahoo CTO and EVP Products Ari Balogh.
Jeferson Valadares / Flurry:
Free-to-play Revenue Overtakes Premium Revenue in the App Store  —  Among the most common questions we get from game developers (either from our current partners or new ones coming through the Flurry Game Acceleration Program) is whether the free-to-play (a.k.a. freemium) model makes sense for their next game.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Facebook and Google+'s video chat tools compared  —  Video chat is the big thing again, at least according to Facebook, which let loose a new video chat service yesterday.  Powered by Skype, the new feature lets Facebook users start a video calls with one another while continuing to use the site.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Motorola Droid 3 officially hits Verizon, coming July 14th for $199.99  —  Sure, after months of leaked videos and specs Verizon's announcement of the Droid 3 doesn't really come as a shock, but hey, that doesn't take the excitement away from some of us physical keyboard lovers.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple filings reveal heated, wireless stylus concepts for iPad and iPhone  —  Though Apple has thus far resisted the market for stylus devices, a freshly-filed pair of filings show the company continues to explore the space with concepts such as a “heated stylus” for more precise interaction …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Study: 32% of all US iPhone 4s are on Verizon  —  AT&T had an eight-month head start with the iPhone 4, but Verizon has still ended up with a healthy 32 percent of the U.S. iPhone 4 market, according to a study by the mobile analytics company Localytics.  —  The study, if accurate …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Thanks:devindra
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Second-Quarter Profit Drops After Slump in Displays  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of televisions, posted a 26 percent drop in second-quarter profit after a slump in sales of flat screens masked a surge in demand for smartphones and tablet computers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone Joins Early Twitter Investor Spark Capital As Strategic Advisor  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is joining Spark Capital (which was an early investor in Twitter) as a strategic advisor, according to Spark Capital partner Bijan Sabet. … Sabet actually led Spark's investment in Twitter and serves on the company's board.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Amazon  —  A U.S. judge denied Apple Inc's attempt to quickly stop online retailer Inc from using the “App Store” name, according to a court document.  Apple, the maker of best-selling iPhones and iPad tablets, filed a trademark lawsuit saying …
Dan Taylor / The Next Web:
Airbnb takes on Europe.  Will it revolutionize the industry, again?  —  Three years ago, Airbnb was a tiny startup that no investor wanted to touch.  Whether not returning emails, or providing a flat out, “No” the San Francisco based firm had a “snowball's chance in hell” of getting out of the gate.
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Discussion: CNET News, DataCell and TG Daily, Thanks:msbrumfield
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Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
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Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
IBM Watson to replace salespeople and cold-calling telemarketers?
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Patent trolling with Microsoft
Discussion: Network World
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Researchers Improve BitTorrent Download Speeds
Discussion: Inquirer and TechSpot
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