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Jessie Becker / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Introduces New Plans and Announces Price Changes  —  Jessie Becker, here to share two significant changes at Netflix with you.  —  First, we are launching new DVD only plans.  These plans offer our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVDs - only $7.99 a month for our 1 DVD out at-a-time plan …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Tells Its Customers To Ditch Their DVDs Or Pay Up  —  If you want to ruffle a feather at Netflix, describe the company as something other than a streaming Web video service.  —  Even though majority of Netflix's 24 million subscribers are still paying it to get DVDs by mail …
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 …
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.
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
EA Buys PopCap for $750 Million in Cash and Stock  —  After weeks of speculation, Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire PopCap Games for $750 million in cash and stock.  —  TechCrunch had originally reported that the two companies were in talks, but the acquisition seemed unlikely given …
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: Digits, Technology News and iLounge
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” …
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Jawbone Nabs $70 Million in a Jammed Box of Funding  —  Jawbone, the elegant maker of mobile and wireless devices, has added $70 million in funding to its coffers, with a new investment from J.P. Morgan Asset Management.  —  The San Francisco-based company has now raised a total of $170 million …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
What does Microsoft's Windows sales announcement tell us about PC sales?  —  The announcement of 400m Windows 7 sales so soon after 350m were sold might seem like good news - but PC sales trends tell a different story  —  Microsoft says that it has sold 400m Windows 7 licences.
Discussion: The Next Web and AppleInsider
Facebook Mobile:
Facebook for Every Phone  —  At Facebook, we work to ensure people around the world have a great Facebook experience no matter where they are or how they access our site.  Today, we're launching the new Facebook for Every Phone app, which offers a fast and comprehensive Facebook experience on over 2,500 different phones.
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.
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: SiliconANGLE, Cisco Blog and Neowin.net
Alex Brownsell / Marketing magazine:
Nokia prepares £80m brand repositioning campaign  —  Nokia is plotting an £80m overhaul of its brand positioning, as it looks to relaunch following the announcement in February of its partnership with Microsoft.  —  Nokia: set to launch £80m re-positioning ads
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.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
VMware intros vSphere 5 and cloud infrastructure suite  —  VMware has upgraded its vSphere platform and introduce a new complex cloud infrastructure suite to its already burgeoning catalog of virtualization and cloud computing solutions.  —  Speaking at a media event in San Francisco on Tuesday morning …
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft revs dump-XP campaign, says ‘time to move on’  —  Microsoft on Monday made its most aggressive move yet to convince customers to drop Windows XP and adopt Windows 7, telling them that there were only 1,000 days of support life left in the older operating system.
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
HP TouchPad 4G announced for AT&T with faster processor  —  HP has just announced the TouchPad 4G for AT&T. The big surprise is that this version sports a faster 1.5GHz processor — compared to the WiFi-only TouchPad's 1.2GHz.  Although the (soon-to-be-rebranded) HP Palm Blog doesn't specify what kind of …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Zero Day Blog
 
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Chris Kanaracus / ITworld:
Judge: It's ‘possible’ Google knew of Java violation
Discussion: AllThingsD and eWeek
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
MobileApps.com Wants To Be The Adsense For Mobile Apps
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Jeff John Roberts / Reuters:
A new U.S. law-enforcement tool: Facebook searches
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad sales estimates for fiscal Q3 range from 6.0 to 9.5 million
Discussion: AppleInsider and PhoneArena
Rebecca Smithers / Guardian:
Ebay and auction sites may be liable for trademark abuse
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner-Backed Lockerz Acquires Social Sharing Platform AddToAny
Discussion: PR Newswire and GeekWire
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Swype Grabs More Money for its Virtual Keyboard Push
Discussion: GeekWire
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
CloudFlare gets $20M to make the web safe — and fast
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechCrunch and PE Hub News
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
How To Build An Audience On The Internet: The Kevin Rose School Vs. The Fred Wilson School
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 Not Successful Yet
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