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2:35 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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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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” …
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: Technology News and iLounge
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 …
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: Neowin.net and The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
 
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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, GeekWire and TechFlash
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Swype Grabs More Money for its Virtual Keyboard Push
Discussion: GeekWire and Pulse2
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
CloudFlare gets $20M to make the web safe — and fast
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechCrunch and PE Hub News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Local.com Acquires Screamin' Daily Deals For Up To $32.5 Million
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:sparabu
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Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
How Banks Plan To Compete With Groupon
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Kleiner-Backed Katango Organizes Your Facebook Friends Into Groups For You
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History
Thanks:rsingel
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Florida Judge Tosses a Key MPAA Claim Against Hotfile (Exclusive)
Discussion: Ars Technica and Plagiarism Today
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google's Answer for Lack of Android Tablet Apps: Make Phone Apps Look Better
 

 
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