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10:55 AM ET, July 13, 2011

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Paul Adams / Are you thinking inside out?:
Why I left Google.  What happened to my book.  What I work on at Facebook.  —  In the last couple of weeks there has been plenty of speculation around:  — Why I left Google  — What happened to my book ‘Social Circles’  — What I'm working on at Facebook
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 …
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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 …
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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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Frustrated by Apple's Long Approval Process, WhitePages Goes Android First With Latest App  —  When WhitePages launches its Localicious app on Wednesday, it will be in Android Market rather than in the iPhone App Store.  —  There's a simple reason for that.
Discussion: 9to5Google, iPhone, GeekWire and MacNN
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Android's Co-Founder: Developers Can Now Afford to Wait on iPhone  —  As recently as six months ago, the founder of Android was recommending that start-ups focus on the iPhone first and then move to Android.  —  That's because Rich Miner's day job these days is heading the East Coast wing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and InfoWorld
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.
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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 …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
How Google+ is built  —  If you're curious about all things Google+, you're in luck.  The project's technical lead, Google engineer Joseph Smarr, is currently hosting an online question and answer session about the service — and he has already shared a number of details about Google+'s development …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Has Six Months to ‘Prove’ Need for Joint Chairman-CEO Role  —  Research In Motion Ltd. has six months to “prove” that its co-chief executive officers need to retain their co-chairmen titles for business reasons or face the reintroduction of a proposal to split the roles, said the investor that originally called for the change.
Discussion: BGR
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Visually Launches To Automate The Making Of Infographics  —  The whiz kids behind Mint's infographics, Stewart Langille and Lee Sherman are today launching the first startup that solely focuses on mass producing infographics, Visually.  Users who visit Visually this morning …
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.
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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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A: PopCap co-founder on the EA deal, and the future
Discussion: VG247
Michael Hickins / Speakeasy:
Google Employee No. 59 on Google+, Privacy and Why He Left … Douglas Edwards joined Google in 1999 as employee No. 59, and lived through some of its early developmental steps, including the creation of the Google Doodle and Gmail.  Something of an outsider in a culture dominated by engineers …
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.
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 …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Beamforming your data: how WiGig will offer 7Gbps speeds  —  The Wireless Gigabit Alliance recently announced that it has published the certification-ready 1.1 specification of its wireless system, and it includes some new capabilities, like a framework for video connectors.
Discussion: SlashGear
DigiTimes:
Pegatron unlikely to share iPad orders with Foxconn in 2011  —  Monica Chen, Taipei, Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 13 July 2011]  —  Pegatron Technology is expected to land orders for at least 10 million units of iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S) but is unlikely to share iPad orders with Foxconn Electronics …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In AT&T's bid for T-Mobile, Obama administration is caught in the middle  —  AT&T's $39 billion bid for T-Mobile is a deal that consumer advocates hate but labor unions love.  And that puts the Obama administration squarely between two powerful constituencies that typically support Democratic presidential candidates.
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Play For iPhone Coming Tomorrow, AOL Pitches Me Over Instagram  —  Back in March, we noted that the mobile-first group inside of AOL was pushing forward with a pretty nice new music app called “Play”.  The timing was good, they released it just as SXSW was kicking off.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, everythingiCafe, TUAW, MacNN and Gizmodo
 
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
HP Touchpad Already Discounted At Best Buy, Amazon
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bob Brown / Network World:
RIM: 1 billion app downloads down, 14 billion to go to catch Apple
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Mike Orcutt / Technology Review:
How Much Is a User Worth?  —  Several upstart Internet companies …
Discussion: FM Blog
Kevin Maney / Fortune:
Skype: The inside story of the boffo $8.5 billion deal
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television: A $100 Billion Opportunity
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Did Facebook hijack a developer's app for its own purposes?
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