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12:15 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 …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google: Changes coming to Google+ this week
Discussion: 9to5Google, eWeek, Geek.com and AppScout
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.
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Michael Arrington / @arrington:
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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 …
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 …
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+
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 …
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.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
CloudFlare gets $20M to make the web safe — and fast  —  Web security startup CloudFlare has raised $20 million in a series B funding round led by New Enterprise Associates.  The San Francisco-based company plans to use the money to build out its infrastructure and hire more employees.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner-Backed Lockerz Acquires Social Sharing Platform AddToAny
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Swype Grabs More Money for its Virtual Keyboard Push
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Intellectual Ventures Sues A Slew Of Firms, Including HP And Dell, Over Patent Infringement
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Local.com Acquires Screamin' Daily Deals For Up To $32.5 Million
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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?
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Adds Video To Its Q&A Pages
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iOS ‘stickiness’ grows as average Apple user has $100 in content per device
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
AT&T now selling the HTC Status: The 1st phone with a Facebook share button
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Ventures Scaling Up With More Cash, ‘Googlers In Residence’
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Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
Spotify Plans To Launch as Invite-Only in the U.S. [REPORT]
Discussion: Gizmodo, Techland and Examiner
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Courts approve Nortel patent sale to Apple/RIM group
 

 
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