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12:45 AM ET, July 13, 2011

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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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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
People really hate the Netflix price hike  —  Subscribers have been up in arms since Netflix announced a changed pricing structure earlier today that will raise the price for a combined DVD and streaming subscription from $10 to $16 a month.  The company is also offering DVD-only and streaming …
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).
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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:
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 …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google+ fervor may be making Facebook nervous  —  Google+ may be getting enough attention to make Facebook, Twitter anxious  —  Computerworld - Just two weeks old, Google's social network is generating a tidal wave of curiosity and excitement.  And that level of interest may have social networking giants …
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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 …
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
EA acquires PopCap Games for digital push
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.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
HP Touchpad Already Discounted At Best Buy, Amazon  —  Such is the life of a device.  If you can't beat 'em, undercut them.  That's just what's happening at Amazon and Best Buy who both are now selling the Touchpad under it's MSRP by a fair margin.  —  The 16GB model is cut by $10 at both retailers, making the price $489.99.
Discussion: PhoneArena and SlashGear
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Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
HP TouchPad 4G announced for AT&T with faster processor
Electronista:
Microsoft denies WP7 for tablets: ‘we view a tablet as a PC’  —  Microsoft's Lees says no Windows Phone 7 tablets  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone president Andy Lees at the Worldwide Partners Conference once again tried to shoot down hopes for tablets based on Windows Phone 7.
Reuters:
China Telecom plans to launch iPhone near year-end: sources  —  (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd plans to offer Apple Inc's popular iPhone in China by close to the end of 2011, sources said, making it the second operator to do so in the world's largest mobile phone market.  —  “It's expected to happen this year.
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.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon offers first car deal, targets bigger items  —  (Reuters) - Groupon Inc offered its first car coupon on Tuesday, a sign the largest online daily deal company is expanding into bigger-ticket items.  —  Groupon offered a $199 deal good for $500 off the purchase or lease …
Discussion: MediaFile
Brian Heater / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: HP's Stephen DeWitt  —  HP caught the industry by surprise yesterday, announcing some serious executive reshuffling, with Stephen DeWitt, the company's former head of Personal Systems Group Americas stepping up to fill in the lead role at HP's webOS global business unit …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
One-Third of iPhone Users Mistakenly Think They Have 4G  —  According to a new survey from Retrevo, 34% of iPhone users are under the mistaken impression that they already have “4G” cellular technology on their devices, highlighting the confusion that has resulted from shifting definitions of just what constitutes “4G” speeds.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 5 to Unlock Bluetooth Capabilities of Apple TV?  —  Apple's forthcoming iOS 5 contains code that, if activated, would allow users to connect a Bluetooth wireless keyboard to the second-generation Apple TV.  The new Apple TV contains a combination Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip …
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” …
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 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
AT&T launches Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with Gingerbread, blue color option  —  Well, looky here.  AT&T has very quietly revealed it's going to sell the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.  No press release, no splashy press conference a cheesy disco soundtrack.  The thing just showed …
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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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Scraps Little-Used App Directory, Simplifies App Submission to Search Index
Discussion: The Next Web
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Alum MemSQL Raises $2.1 Million From Ashton Kutcher, SV Angel And More
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T revamps global data packages, gives international travelers (slightly) more for their money
Discussion: TechCrunch and TidBITS
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Raises An Inside Venture Round
Chris Kanaracus / ITworld:
Judge: It's ‘possible’ Google knew of Java violation
Discussion: eWeek and AllThingsD
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Jawbone Nabs $70 Million in a Jammed Box of Funding
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
What does Microsoft's Windows sales announcement tell us about PC sales?
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Next Web
Alex Brownsell / Marketing magazine:
Nokia prepares £80m brand repositioning campaign
Discussion: Neowin.net, CNET News and WPCentral.com
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Police: Internet providers must keep user logs
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
 

 
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