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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 …
Paul Montoy-Wilson / Google Mobile Blog:
A new Android Market for phones, with books and movies  —  Recently, we've been hard at work improving Android Market to give you new ways to find great applications and games, purchase books, and rent movies.  Today, we're releasing a new version of Android Market which makes all of these available on phones (Android 2.2 and higher).
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.
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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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+ fervor may be making Facebook nervous
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.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Raising Massive Round at a $5B-Plus Valuation  —  We've heard from multiple sources that Dropbox is finally moving on raising its next venture round and it's a whopper.  They've had preliminary conversations with several investors, several solid offers they've passed on earlier …
Discussion: The Business Insider and @mona
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television: A $100 Billion Opportunity  —  At $328 billion, Apple's market capitalization is the second largest among U.S. companies.  How much higher can it go?  Plenty — particularly if the company launches that Internet-connected HDTV it's rumored to be developing.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Brains!  Why EA May Spend $1.3 Billion on PopCap  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: Shiny Objects, MacRumors and VentureBeat, Thanks:beijingdou
Kevin Maney / Fortune:
Skype: The inside story of the boffo $8.5 billion deal  —  How executive shuffles, product changes, and a delayed IPO paid off for a couple of private equity firms.  —  By Kevin Maney, contributor  —  CEO Bates (left) first interviewed with financier Durban (center) over Skype …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Did Facebook hijack a developer's app for its own purposes?  —  Manifest Destiny depicted in the 1872 painting “American Progress”  —  With a healthy dose of fanfare, last week Facebook teamed up with Skype to launch a new video-calling application, hosted at facebook.com/videocalling.
Jeff John Roberts / Reuters:
A new U.S. law-enforcement tool: Facebook searches  —  (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement agencies are increasingly obtaining warrants to search Facebook, often gaining detailed access to users' accounts without their knowledge.  —  A Reuters review of the Westlaw legal database shows that since 2008 …
Mike Orcutt / Technology Review:
How Much Is a User Worth?  —  Several upstart Internet companies have shown promise in being able to translate user engagement into revenue.  —  Internet companies are notoriously difficult to value, as investors learned in the dot-com crash 11 years ago.  But since the “Web 2.0” …
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
Chris Kanaracus / ITworld:
Judge: It's ‘possible’ Google knew of Java violation  —  Google possibly knew the Android OS violated certain Oracle Java patents, but pressed ahead anyway, Judge William Alsup says  —  It “appears possible” that Google knew that its Android mobile operating system would violate Java patents held by Oracle …
Discussion: AllThingsD and eWeek
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 and Neowin.net
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
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Raises An Inside Venture Round  —  Digg has raised a new round of financing, we've confirmed.  It's an inside round, meaning one or more existing investors put in the money.  —  We've heard the amount raised was single digit millions, probably around $5 million.
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” …
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: AppleInsider
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T revamps global data packages, gives international travelers (slightly) more for their money  —  Let's face it: roaming internationally, particularly when it comes to mobile data, is a terrible decision.  And we've got the breakdown to prove it.  Thankfully for you …
Discussion: TechCrunch and TidBITS
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Sprint Face Subpoenas Over T-Mobile  —  AT&T Inc. (T)'s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc. prompted subpoenas of AT&T and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) by nine states in connection with antitrust reviews.  —  Sprint's subpoenas came from Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois …
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.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
One-Third of iPhone Users Mistakenly Think They Have 4G
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Global Spam Filtering arrives for Google Voice
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote for Android Update: All New Tablet Interface, Create Rich Text Notes and More
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad sales estimates for fiscal Q3 range from 6.0 to 9.5 million
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Swype Grabs More Money for its Virtual Keyboard Push
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Intellectual Ventures Sues A Slew Of Firms, Including HP And Dell, Over Patent Infringement
Mike Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
AMD Launches Radeon HD 6990M, Most Powerful Mobile GPU Yet
Discussion: MacRumors, Engadget and Inquirer
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Cisco Said to Be Cutting as Many as 10,000 Jobs
 

 
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