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4:15 AM ET, July 12, 2011

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: GeekWire, TechFlash, eWeek, WMPU and ITworld.com
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Ballmer mocks Mac sales while touting Microsoft's products
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 …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:   Foursquare Signs Up Five Daily Deal Sites
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.
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week  —  Top Google exec acknowledges hearing “lots of criticisms” about Google +, and that the firm plans to respond quickly  —  Computerworld - It looks like Google will be making some changes to Google+ this week.  —  In a post on Google+ …
Discussion: AppScout and Geek.com
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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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
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 …
Pratip Banerji / The Official Google Blog:
The first Google eBooks-integrated e-reader: iriver Story HD  —  Starting this coming Sunday, July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.  The iriver Story HD is the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
How Banks Plan To Compete With Groupon  —  So much valuable data here!  —  Credit card companies are sitting on a wealth of information about their clients — they have a running record of everything they buy.  Due to strict rules entitling consumers to financial privacy, though, banks are limited in the secondary use of that data.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app  —  Apple's (AAPL) business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company's software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem's vital signs are good.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iOS ‘stickiness’ grows as average Apple user has $100 in content per device
Discussion: Fast Company and LAPTOP Magazine
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.
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
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: Techdirt, Ars Technica and TorrentFreak
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Anonymous Leaks 90,000 Military Email Accounts in Latest #AntiSec Attack  —  Booz Allen Hamilton is a massive American consulting firm that does a substantial amount of work for the Pentagon.  This means they've got a lot of military business on their servers—which Anonymous hacked.
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.
Discussion: The Next Web
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Philly Papers to Sell Android Tablets  —  Publishers, desperate to prop up their legacy print business, have been scrambling to put their content on tablet devices.  Now the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sibling Philadelphia Daily News are making what may be the boldest tablet push yet.
 
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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:
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Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures Scaling Up With More Cash, ‘Googlers In Residence’
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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
HP shakeup: webOS now led by Stephen DeWitt, Jon Rubinstein in charge of ‘product innovation’
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Hires New Director of Product, Tom Stocky, From Google
Dow Jones:
U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Shines for Some, European Funds Still Struggle
Discussion: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Tries To Improve Product Search With New Merchant Rules
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil Resigns
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Courts approve Nortel patent sale to Apple/RIM group
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals the Next Chapter for iBooks & New Chip for iOS Devices
 

 
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