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9:30 AM ET, July 12, 2011

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Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ To Pass 10,000,000 Users Tomorrow (on 7/12)  —  As I promised on Saturday night, I have finished updating my Google+ membership model with new data and re-estimated the Google+ user base.  —  My surname-based analysis shows that the number of Google+ users worldwide reached 7.3 million yesterday …
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week
Discussion: 9to5Google, eWeek, Geek.com and AppScout
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
Google Confirms: Non-Real Name Google Profiles Risk Suspension (I.E., Google Still Doesn't Get Social)
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Mac Pros and MacBook Airs to launch this week with OS X Lion  —  We have been expecting new MacBook Airs this week and now it appears that the ultra-thin notebooks won't be the only new Macs this week.  According to our source Mr. X, part numbers for an upgraded Mac Pro line have appeared …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Key Apple patent lawyer to leave, source says  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's chief patent counsel will soon leave the company, according to a source familiar with the situation.  —  Richard “Chip” Lutton Junior. manages the iPad and iPod maker's patent portfolio.
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Agence France Presse:
Taiwan's HTC rejects fresh Apple patent claim
Discussion: mocoNews, SlashGear and The Next Web
Zachary Tracer / Bloomberg:
Cisco Said to Be Cutting as Many as 10,000 Jobs  —  Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), the largest networking-equipment company, may cut as many as 10,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its workforce, to revive profit growth, according to two people familiar with the plans.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Google's Photovine Site Is Live — It Looks Like A Photo-Sharing Service  —  Last month, Google got the trademark on the word Photovine and registered the domain through MarkMonitor.  —  A tipster just pointed us to the site and it looks like there's something there now …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare Partners Up  —  Start-up Foursquare Labs Inc. has a large user base and a $600 million valuation, but unlike social-media stars Zynga Inc. and LinkedIn Corp., it has a big hole on the revenue line.  —  Now, the service, which lets users announce their location to friends by …
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 Not Successful Yet  —  While Microsoft has enjoyed many successes over the past year, Windows Phone 7 hasn't been among them, admitted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the opening keynote Monday at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, being held this week in Los Angeles.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad Was Built For Something Like StumbleUpon, Now They Have A Worthy App  —  Since its inception, StumbleUpon has always been one of the most perfect lean-back apps.  Long before anyone even used that term, the StumbleUpon toolbar took various pages on the web and allowed …
Michael Arrington / @arrington:
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Kevin Rose / @kevinrose:   .@arrington if you rollback your redesign I'll rollback to Digg v3...
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
How To Build An Audience On The Internet: The Kevin Rose School Vs. The Fred Wilson School  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Souvenir T-Shirt Jokes About Company's Secrecy  —  This $17 t-shirt sums up most visits to Apple's corporate headquarters in Cupertino.  Available only at Apple's Company Store, it's a bit more classy than “I visited Apple HQ and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” — but sends the same message.
Discussion: iLounge
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Kleiner-Backed Katango Organizes Your Facebook Friends Into Groups For You  —  Perhaps there's something to these friend circle/list/groups after all.  —  As you've doubtless heard by now, Google recently launched a social network that revolves around one core idea: people want to share different things …
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
Spotify Plans To Launch as Invite-Only in the U.S. [REPORT]  —  Word on the digital street is that much-lauded European music subscription service Spotify will land on U.S. shores this week.  —  Our sources in the music industry told us Spotify won't open the floodgates all at once …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Florida Judge Tosses a Key MPAA Claim Against Hotfile (Exclusive) … Some higher-ups in the movie industry have identified file-storage “cyberlockers” as being Hollywood's biggest threat in the war against piracy.  In February, the MPAA took action with a major lawsuit against Hotfile, one of the most popular websites on the Internet.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History  —  Satellite image of the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in Iran taken in 2002 when it was still under construction.  The image shows two cascade halls, in the upper right corner, as they were being built deep underground.
Discussion: Guardian, @mtoecker and @mygeektime, Thanks:rsingel
Twitter Blog:
One Million Registered Twitter Apps  —  Application developers play a fundamental role in helping people get the best out of Twitter.  As an ecosystem, we've just crossed one million registered applications, built by more than 750,000 developers around the world.  This is up from 150,000 apps just a year ago.
New York Times:
Amazon Backs End to Online Sales Tax in California  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon said Monday that it would back a California ballot initiative that would roll back a new state law that forces more online retailers to collect sales tax.  —  Amazon's decision to support the proposed referendum pits …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Local.com Acquires Screamin' Daily Deals For Up To $32.5 Million
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
How Banks Plan To Compete With Groupon
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Hulu Relaunches Facebook Integration. Can a Free Month of Hulu Plus Offset Privacy Issues?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Adds Video To Its Q&A Pages
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Ad Network Mojiva Raises $25 Million
Discussion: AdAge, mocoNews and AdExchanger.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iOS ‘stickiness’ grows as average Apple user has $100 in content per device
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
AT&T Subsidiary Creates AdMob Competitor That Is Local
Discussion: TechCrunch and FM Blog
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures Scaling Up With More Cash, ‘Googlers In Residence’
Discussion: Softpedia News
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
HP shakeup: webOS now led by Stephen DeWitt, Jon Rubinstein in charge of ‘product innovation’
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Leaks 90,000 Military Email Accounts in Latest #AntiSec Attack
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Hires New Director of Product, Tom Stocky, From Google
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5 beta 3, iTunes 10.5 beta 3, Xcode 4.3 Preview 3, Xcode 4.1 GM to developers
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals the Next Chapter for iBooks & New Chip for iOS Devices
Discussion: MacNN, Neowin.net and SlashGear