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2:10 PM ET, July 14, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Tablet Is No Threat To Apple, It's A Huge Threat To Google  —  Last September, we got a tip from a source that Amazon was preparing a tablet that would run Google's Android operating system.  The source was a good one — they had also correctly called Amazon releasing their own Android app store.
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DigiTimes:
Foxconn reportedly lands 10.1-inch tablet PC orders from Amazon  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reportedly landed orders for 10.1-inch tablet PCs from Amazon with shipments to begin in 2012, while Quanta Computer has begun shipping a 7-inch model to Amazon.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Amazon Android Tablet Conundrums
Discussion: The Business Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans Tablet Computer By October
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Report: Amazon Tablet And Two Updated Kindles Coming This Fall
Discussion: TechEye, BGR, VentureBeat and Examiner
Spotify:
Hello America.  Spotify here.  —  We're excited to let you know that today we're bringing Spotify to the US.  —  This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify.  I'm proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly …
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Service Offers Music in Quantity, Not by Song
Luke Westaway / CNET News:
Job posting points to iPhone 5 launch on 16 August … A job posting for iPhone sales specialists on employment website Reed could indicate that the iPhone 5 will be released in mid-August.  —  The post, which was sent to us by a tipster, asks for “full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google+ Improves on Facebook  —  Google, the most popular Web site on earth, is worried about the second-most popular site.  That, of course, would be Facebook.  —  Why else would Google keep trying, over and over again, to create a social network of the same type?
Jonathan / awe.sm:
Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does  —  Over the last few weeks, TechCrunch has run a couple posts using their own referrer logs to measure how sharing on various social services drives traffic.  In these and other analyses based solely on referrer information …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:jhstrauss
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix managers prepared for backlash to price hike  —  Netflix managers knew that some customers would be unhappy with the company's decision to raise prices, and a day before announcing the fee increase they told customer-service personnel to be prepared for angry callers.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Reed Hastings Doesn't Want You To Pay More For Netflix. He Wants You To Stop Using DVDs.
Discussion: Mashable!, GigaOM, Pulse2 and Techland
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Microsoft says it will have a ‘single ecosystem’ for PCs, tablets, phones, and TVs... and is ‘Windows’ dead?  —  So here's an interesting coincidence: Tuesday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Andy Lees said that the Redmond would eventually have just a “single ecosystem” for PCs, phones, tablets, and even the TV.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hastens Google+ corporate account launch  —  Google is accelerating a test of corporate accounts on Google+ after “thousands upon thousands” of businesses applied for a place in the program, a Google executive said.  —  The company plans next week to choose who'll get into the test …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Tracks Down 18 Million File-Sharers  —  Under France's new Hadopi law, alleged copyright infringers will be hunted down systematically with the ultimate goal of decreasing piracy.  Alleged offenders are identified by their Internet providers and will be reported to a judge once they have received three warnings.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soars to Third Place in U.S. PC Market With 10.7% Share  —  Research firms Gartner and IDC today released their preliminary quarterly personal computer shipment data, offering up a picture of market performance during the second quarter of 2011.  Overall, the PC industry exhibited small growth …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Boom Drives Turnover At Popular SoMa Address  —  For a sign of how the region's technology boom is progressing, consider the growth going on at just one San Francisco building that has attracted start-up tenants.  —  A year ago, the 75,000-square-foot building at 410 Townsend St. …
BBC:
China: 1.3 million websites shut in 2010  —  Chinese web users are frequently blocked from accessing sites such as Youtube  —  More than one million websites closed down in China last year, a state-run think tank has said.  —  The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said there were were 41% fewer websites …
Discussion: Digital East Asia
Hermione Way / The Next Web:
The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself  —  As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat and breath the world's leading hub for technology startup innovation, I've been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Firespotter Labs Launches Nosh: A Food-Centric Instagram That'll Tell You What To Order  —  The cofounder of Google Voice is back for more.  And he's hungry.  —  Back in May we reported on Firespotter Labs, a new incubator started by GrandCentral cofounder and CEO Craig Walker …
Discussion: AllThingsD, GigaOM and atmaspheric
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nuance's Dragon Go Is a Voice-Powered Search App That Knows Where to Look  —  When it comes to voice-powered search, there are plenty of options.  Of course, Bing and Google have voice search as a built-in option and there are plenty of other apps specializing in all manner of specific queries.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple pays $945 to settle iOS location tracking suit  —  Apple has paid up for inadvertently tracking a user's location in iOS-based devices.  —  The company was ordered by a South Korean District Court judge in June to pay 1 million won ($945) for tracking a man's location, according to court documents obtained by CNET.
 
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook denies killing third-party app for its own Video Calling service
Discussion: All Facebook
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crittercism Raises $1.2 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Google Ventures For App Support
Discussion: VatorNews and alarm:clock
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Bebo Owner Leads Takeover Of UK TV Site SeeSaw, Arqiva Keeps 25 Percent
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Start-Up of You  —  The rise in the unemployment rate …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces Volume App Purchasing for Business and B2B Apps
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Alternative Tablets: The Next Big Thing Or Dead On Arrival?
Joey Ferguson / Deseret News:
Omniture founder Josh James launches Domo business intelligence with $43 million
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Motorola rumored to be hard at work on high-res, 4:3 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
Discussion: MacNN and everythingiCafe
 

 
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