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3:40 PM ET, July 18, 2011


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Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Apple, Samsung, LG work on new LCD  —  Samsung Electronics and LG Display, the world's two largest makers of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), are close to securing big orders from Apple, industry sources said.  —  Apple is looking to order advanced screens for the next version of its immensely popular tablet computers.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple quality-testing 2048-by-1536 iPad 3 displays from Samsung and LG
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to launch low-priced iPhone for $350, iPhone 4S/5 end of summer  —  We know these next-generation iPhone rumors have been out of control (aren't they every year right before a new iPhone is slated to be released?), but we just received some new information from an incredibly solid source of ours.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Stop the iPhone 5 Rumor Insanity  —  The new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, and it will come in one, two, or three models, with one being a smaller, cheaper device, or not.  It will have NFC, unless it doesn't.  It will be slimmer, or not, and have an edge-to-edge screen, unless that's not true.
Discussion: Digital Trends and I4U News
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is Social In Google's DNA?  —  Google is an algorithm driven-company.  “PageRank” (named after Larry Page himself) was the “founding algorithm” of Google—the one that gave it superior search results, and eventually led to Google “winning” the search wars of the early 2000s.
Great News!  Adobe Acquires EchoSign  —  We're extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family — Adobe has acquired EchoSign.  —  “Together, our aim is to make electronic signatures the standard way for people to sign documents and automate contracting.
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock  —  Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th.  —  Today, we take our pursuit a step further.  After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers …
Students Can Now Save Up To 80% with Kindle Textbook Rental  —  Low rental prices and flexible rental periods of any length between 30 and 360 days  —  Margin notes and highlighted passages are stored in the Amazon Cloud for viewing anytime, anywhere - even after a rental expires
Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Plays Not My Job … Back in 2006, Biz Stone and his friends had an idea, spent about two weeks programming it, and launched the microblogging site Twitter ... and haven't gotten any work done since.  —  We've invited Stone to play a game called “I can hardly clear my throat in 140 characters.”
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys G.Co To Create An Official URL Shortcut For Google Products  —  Google joins Internet biggies Twitter (T.Co) , Overstock ( and Amazon (A.Co, Z.Co and K.Co) today in taking over the G.Co domain name, buying the TLD in order to build the official URL shortcut for Google products like GMail, Documents and Photos.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $10 Million Investment In Dolphin, The Customizable Android Browser  —  The desktop browser wars are fiercer than ever, with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and *cough* Internet Explorer all in a heated race for users (and new features).  But there's a relatively …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is Netflix killing DVD like Apple killed floppies?  —  Big Champagne CEO Eric Garland has seen Netflix's price hike in many different forms over many years.  —  Industry leaders change directions with a product or service and stunned customers revolt.  It's a scenario that played …
Discussion: SplatF, WebBeat.TV and Pulse2
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
46% of smartphone buyers prefer Apple's iOS, 32% choose Google Android  —  Among consumers who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months, the iPhone is the top choice, with nearly half of all prospective buyers choosing Apple.  —  The data comes from the latest survey …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
After Copiepresse “Boycott,” Google Restores Search of News Sites  —  Google today stopped its so-called “boycott” of the Copiepresse newspapers who had sued it after they agreed not to enforce copyright infringement fines, but says it doesn't plan to use such tactics as a matter of practice.
Discussion: Associated Press
Marco Arment /
Twitter spam and motivation to report it  —  I don't know how Twitter handles spam internally.  They're probably devoting a lot of time to fighting it.  —  But I don't think it's unreasonable to observe so much repetition in the still-visible spam techniques and conclude that Twitter …
Discussion: @qthrul
Bryan M. Wolfe / App Advice:
CNN, HLN Begin Real-Time Streaming Via Web, iPad  —  Select customers are now able to stream live content from CNN and HLN beginning today via the iPad, in news first reported by The Wall Street Journal.  However, the emphasis here is on some customers, but not all.
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