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1:05 PM ET, July 12, 2011

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Key Apple patent lawyer to leave, source says  —  Apple Inc's chief patent counsel will soon leave the company, at a time when the iPhone maker is fighting numerous legal battles around the world, according to a source familiar with the situation.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung wants some or potentially all of Apple's external lawyers disqualified over alleged conflict of interest  —  The wide-ranging intellectual property spat between Apple and Samsung is full of acrimony and controversy at all levels.  They can't even agree on schedules …
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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SLHamlet / New World Notes:
Google Confirms: Non-Real Name Google Profiles Risk Suspension (I.E., Google Still Doesn't Get Social)  —  If you created a Google Profile named after your avatar or another pseudonymous name, your account risks suspension.  Instead, you should consider creating a Google Profile which is based …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's new MacBook Airs to bring back backlit keyboards - sources  —  With the release of new models later this month, Apple is set to reinstate a feature to its MacBook Airs that went missing when the company overhauled the ultra-thin notebooks into more cost-affordable products late last year, AppleInsider has learned.
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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 …
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.
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Google Offers beta launching in New York City and the Bay Area  —  Following our first launch of Google Offers beta in Portland last month, we're bringing great deals to the Big Apple and the Bay Area starting today.  Subscribers who sign up at www.google.com/offers or via the new “Today's Offer” …
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Citrix Buys Cloud.com for More Than $200 Million; Redpoint Is on a Roll  —  TechCrunch has learned that Citrix Systems is buying Cloud.com for between $200 million and $250 million.  The deal should be announced within the hour.  Cloud.com gives companies their own private EC2-like infrastructure.
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
AMD Launches Radeon HD 6990M, Most Powerful Mobile GPU Yet  —  Firing the latest salvo in the GPU arms race, AMD today announced the Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which, it claims, will blow past all other graphics chips on the market.  The chip, which packs in 1.7 Billion transistors …
Discussion: Inquirer, Gizmodo, Engadget and Electronista
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 …
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.
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 …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Police: Internet providers must keep user logs  —  Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months, CNET has learned.  —  The National Sheriffs' Association will say it …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
AT&T to unveil first two 4G LTE products  —  AT&T is jumping into the actual 4G game with its first two LTE products.  —  The Dallas telecommunications giant plans to show off a laptop card called the USBConnect Momentum 4G and a mobile hotspot device called the Elevate 4G …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Intellectual Ventures Sues A Slew Of Firms, Including HP And Dell, Over Patent Infringement  —  Intellectual Ventures is (again) suing a host of companies, including HP, Dell, Acer, Logitech, Kingston Technology, Best Buy and Walmart, over patent infringement.
Discussion: mocoNews and GeekWire
Help Net Security:
Spammers switch to compromised accounts, shift away from botnets  —  Spammers today favor compromised accounts for sending spam, gradually shifting distribution away from botnets, according to Commtouch.  The changed tactic has emerged as spam levels dropped dramatically, following several high-profile botnet takedowns.
Rebecca Smithers / Guardian:
Ebay and auction sites may be liable for trademark abuse  —  European court says online marketplaces can be held responsible for the infringement of trademarks on counterfeit goods they promote, following a series of cases brought by L'Oreal to defend its brand
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dancing To The Drumbeat Of HTML5, New Pandora Is Brilliant, Beautiful  —  Perhaps you noticed that TechCrunch went through a bit of a redesign yesterday.  Well, we're not the only ones undergoing a major facelift this summer.  Another site you all know and love will soon look completely different.
 
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Exclusive: Swype Grabs More Money for its Virtual Keyboard Push
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
CloudFlare gets $20M to make the web safe — and fast
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Florida Judge Tosses a Key MPAA Claim Against Hotfile (Exclusive)
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iOS ‘stickiness’ grows as average Apple user has $100 in content per device
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Google Ventures Scaling Up With More Cash, ‘Googlers In Residence’
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