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10:40 PM ET, July 8, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google To Buy Mobile Loyalty Card Startup Punchd  —  We've just gotten word that that Google plans on acquiring digital loyalty card service Punchd.  The team, which consists of developers Reed Morse, Xander Pollock and Niket Desai (and formerly Grantland Chew), will most likely still …
Discussion: MacNN
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's How Spotify Plans To Invade the U.S., With Facebook's Help  —  Spotify should finally get to the U.S. this month.  Then what?  —  We can get some sense by taking a look at the marketing materials the European music service is showing off to potential advertisers.
AppleInsider:
Apple could test limited iTunes HD+ 1080p movie service  —  Apple as early as this fall may choose to test the waters for 1080p video sales through its ubiquitous iTunes service, AppleInsider has been advised.  —  Thus far, 1080p HD content has largely eluded users of Apple products …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Tablet shipments below lofty expectations, says IDC  —  Global tablet shipments in the first quarter fell 28 percent from the fourth quarter and failed to hit expectations, according to research firm IDC.  —  Specifically, tablet shipments were 7.2 million units worldwide.
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Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Oracle win would strain Android growth  —  Oracle is reportedly already asking handset makers to pay as much as $20 per Android phone  —  Will handset makers maintain their dedication to Android if they have to pay to license it?  That's the question experts following Google's battle …
Discussion: GigaOM and CNET News
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle fights to keep its Java patent claims alive
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix launches a new $7.99 DVD-by-mail plan  —  While streaming is all the rage these days, Netflix hasn't given up on DVDs entirely: The company has quietly launched a new page where users can sign up for an unlimited DVD-by-mail package that matches the $7.99 price of its unlimited streaming offering.
Discussion: Examiner and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X Lion: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For  —  It breaks my heart to say this, but Mac OSX Lion's interface feels like a failure.  Its stated mission was to simplify the operating system, to unify it with the clean experience of iOS.  That didn't happen.
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac, Thanks:gizmodo
James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
John Carmack: ‘Unquestionable’ That Mobile Will Surpass Current Consoles  —  id Software's John Carmack has taken a greater and greater interest in mobile gaming over the last couple years, and the rate at which the hardware iterates in the smartphone and tablet space has allowed the technology to nearly catch up with consoles.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites  —  Historically the RIAA's litigation campaigns have focused mainly on individual file-sharers and P2P-software and services such as LimeWire.  —  Unlike their counterparts at the MPAA, BitTorrent sites have not been prime targets for the recording industry association's lawyers.
Discussion: TG Daily
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Will Get Harder To Ignore: “Promoted Tweets” Coming To Your Timeline This Summer  —  As Twitter raises even more money, it's getting more serious about making money.  The service is set to start showing ads in users' “timelines” within the next month, following through on plans it has talked about for more than a year.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Surpasses Myspace For U.S. Visitors To Become No. 2 Social Network; Twitter Not Far Behind  —  Professional social network Linkedin surpassed Myspace in terms of traffic to become the No. 2 most visited social networking site in the U.S. in June.  LinkedIn, which has seen a resurgence …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Digitizor
The Politico:
Tech experts exit White House  —  When President Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a pack of technology advocates with impressive résumés and ambitious visions.  They wanted to improve the government through the use of Internet tools and iPhone apps and help shape communications policy to expand broadband.
Discussion: Gov 2.0 and Smart Mobs
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams on Blogger & blogging's future  —  When the rumors of Google retiring the Picasa and Blogger brands hit the web last week, it sent me down memory lane.  It made me think about blogging in general and how it had evolved.  I wanted to write an Om Says newsletter …
Discussion: Smarterware
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple snags 50% of handset industry profits ahead of first 100M iPhone year  —  In less than four years, Apple went from not making a dime on handset sales to commanding approximately half of the industry's profits, and is now poised to set the bar even higher by shipping 100 million iPhones over a 12-month span, financial experts say.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Heads Up!  TechCrunch Will Look A Little Different Next Week  —  Next week we'll be rolling out significant enhancements to TechCrunch.  A new design and a new logo will be the first thing you'll notice.  But behind the scenes we've made significant changes to the other end of TechCrunch as well …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Anonymous leaks cache of sensitive security data from FBI contractor  —  Hacking group Anonymous has today released an archive containing what it claims to be private emails and databases of IRC Federal, a contractor that partners with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy …
Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint:
Google confirms Google Apps users will gain Google+ access  —  The recent release of Google+ has since launch seen Google Apps users screaming out for access.  Now thanks to Google's president of enterprise, Dave Girouard, we know its coming.?  —  Girouard confirmed via Google+ that the Apps access was in the works:
Dan Redding / Smashing Magazine:
Inside Google's User Experience Lab: An Interview With Google's Marcin Wichary  —  Marcin Wichary's fascination with the relationship between humans and machines began at an early age.  As a boy in Poland, he was mesmerized by the interaction between arcade patrons and the video games they played.
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Report: Facebook Like Button Most Used, Google +1 Button Surging  —  Today BrightEdge, an enterprise SEO platform, released a report on the adoption of social sharing plugins on websites and links to those sites.  The findings show that about half of the top 10,000 websites have a link …
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week  —  The Twitterverse was in a flurry this week, as early adopters and tech enthusiasts excitedly dissected Google's brand new social network, Google+.  —  According to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's …
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Latest Android Stats: More Using Version From 2009 Than Using Tablets  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has updated the dashboard that tracks all the different installed versions of Android out in the wild, and two things are clear: fragmentation continues to be a problem although things are settling down …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Labs Launches ‘Web Activities’ Experiment, Lets Web Apps Talk To Each Other  —  Mozilla has just posted an update to its Labs blog, where it shows off some of the new projects that it's been working on (which sometimes serve as previews of features that eventually get baked into Firefox or open web technologies).
 
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Google chairman Schmidt agrees to testify at Senate antitrust hearing
Sam Gustin / paidContent:
Einhorn's Greenlight Capital Sells Yahoo Stake After Alipay Debacle
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Netflix criticizes new Internet billing by bits
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Curation Grows Up: Storify Becomes Blog & SEO Friendly
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Smartphone Job Market Ripe With Opportunity, Unless You're a BlackBerry Developer
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wow! Mobile is now 2% of global GDP
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digital Media Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Debuts Powerful Social Analytics Platform For Brands And Agencies
Discussion: GigaOM
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
As Web IPOs Hit, Few Share the Spoils
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
How Sony accidentally did the right thing with Light Peak
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Google+ (And A Tweak For Analytics), The Social Sharing War Is Fully On
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
I Flunked My Social Media Background Check. Will You?
Discussion: MediaPost and Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:gizmodo
 

 
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