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12:30 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Says It's Willing to Negotiate With Apple Over Patent Fight  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL), says it's willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:   HTC wants to talk but will Apple listen?
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Networking Blog:
Google revises Google+ real name management policy  —  Over the weekend, Google annoyed numerous one-time Google+ users by blowing away their accounts because they'd broken Google's name restrictions.  That went over well.  As I asked at the time, “What was Google thinking!?”
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Caterina Fake / Caterina.net:
Anonymity and Pseudonyms in Social Software  —  On Facebook, and now Google Plus, real names are required.  Since its launch, there has been a fair amount of controversy surrounding the Google Plus policies, including this from a former Google employee who goes by the name of Skud, who had her account suspended.
Discussion: Anil Dash, eWeek and Network World, Thanks:kevinmarks
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Exclusive images of AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II revealed  —  BGR has obtained exclusive images of AT&T's upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.  Following our report on Monday showing an unnamed Samsung slider headed to AT&T, we have confirmed that the device pictured is indeed a variant …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Face detection software and API land in iOS 5 following Apple's 2010 purchase of Polar Rose  —  In 2010 we reported that Apple snapped up a Swedish company called Polar Rose that specializes in face detection algorithms.  Less than a year after this purchase, we have discovered what Apple actually intends to do with this software.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Conde Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies  —  We all knew that once Apple starting enforcing new rules for in-app purchases, it would change how media companies do business on the iPhone and iPad.  Now, we're beginning to see just what that looks …
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
All Is Right With The World: EBook Apps Back On The iPad
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HTC Puccini, the company's first 10-inch tablet, uncovered  —  In addition to exclusively revealing the first photos of AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II earlier this morning, we also got our hands on the first solid images of HTC's upcoming 10-inch slate, codenamed the HTC Puccini.
Christopher Finke / Less Talk, More Do:
What do people type in the address bar?  —  Earlier this year, I added a feature to URL Fixer (a browser add-on that fixes errors in URLs that you type in the address bar) that collects anonymous usage stats from users who opt in in order to help improve the ways that URL Fixer corrects typos …
Discussion: PC World
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
YouSendIt steps on Dropbox's turf with unlimited cloud storage service  —  YouSendIt is best known as a convenient alternative to email when you have large files to send, but now the California-based firm is stepping up a gear with the launch of a Dropbox-style cloud storage and file sharing solution with a low-price unlimited plan.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Smartphones, iPads & the state of the mobile Internet  —  The first quarter of 2011 turned out to be a big one for smartphone makers, especially Apple and Android-based device makers such as Samsung.  In the US alone, slightly more than half of the phones sold were smartphones …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jumio Turns Webcams Into Credit Card Readers - And Why Merchants Will Welcome ‘Netswipers’  —  If it were up to Jumio, we're all going to be ‘netswiping’ to purchase books, clothes, travel, FarmVille crops and whatnot online in a couple of years.  The startup has been extensively testing …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Technology Is The New Smoking  —  We've all been there; You're at an outing or a dinner table with friends but itching to check your email or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Google+ or Yammer or what ever digital hit of serotonin you prefer.  Have you ever “gone to the bathroom” …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T preps for early to mid-September iPhone 5 launch  —  BGR has exclusively learned that AT&T has begun communicating launch plans internally for Apple's next-generation iPhone 5 handset.  We have been told that AT&T has begun informing employees across the company, and those who work in retail locations …
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
1.5 Years Of AngelList: 8000 Intros, 400 Investments And That's Just The Data We Can Tell You About  —  It's the AngelList centi-sesquicentennial and we want to share some stats with you.  After 1.5 years, AngelList has seen...  - 8,000 intros.  An investor has asked for an intro to a startup on AngelList over 8,000 times.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple considering cheaper components to keep iPad 3 competitive  —  iPad 2 WiFi teardown image courtesy of iFixit  —  An interesting report comes this morning via DigiTimes, the Taiwanese trade publication.  Besides naming possible integrated circuit suppliers for iPad 4 - Novatek Microelectronics …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Tablet Competitive With The iPad  —  Details about the Amazon tablet are slowly emerging as its supposed release draws closer.  The latest news out of the Chinese manufacturing scene is that Amazon, like others, are opting …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Patents ‘Gumming Up’ Innovation: Google  —  Google Inc. General Counsel Kent Walker said the smartphone industry is using patents in an arms race that hurts consumers, leaving the company trying to “sort through the mess” of litigation.  —  “It's hard to find what's the best path …
Discussion: FOSS Patents, GMSV and Inquirer
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
As DVD sales decline, Walmart.com adds Vudu streaming  —  Online video rental store Vudu has seen massive growth lately, driven mostly by getting embedded on an ever-growing number of connected TVs and other devices.  But the streaming-video-on-demand service is about to get a big boost …
New York Times:
Bing Becomes a Distraction for Microsoft  —  Microsoft needs to concentrate on a different kind of search: finding a buyer for Bing, its online search business.  Bing is the industry's distant No. 2 after Google.  It has become a distraction for the software giant — one that costs shareholders dearly.
Ishan Srivastava / Times of India:
Amazon set to launch services in India next year  —  CHENNAI: World's largest online retailer, Amazon.com is set to enter India, riding on the second wave of e-commerce boom in India.  Amazon is in discussions with leading Indian e-commerce players like Flipkart.com, LetsBuy.com and Exclusively.in …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iSwifter's Flash workaround app coming to the Mac  —  iSwifter's app on Apple's iPad, headed to Mac OS X users soon.  —  iSwifter, the company that released a piece of software for the iPad last year that lets iOS users view and interact with Adobe Flash content, soon plans to bring its service to Mac OS users.
Discussion: TUAW
Todd Haselton / BGR:
4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting Verizon on July 28th, starts at $529  —  Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will offer Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 beginning Thursday, July 28th.  There will be 16GB and 32GB models available for $529 and $629, respectively.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
For Suspected Hackers, a Sense of Social Protest  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The F.B.I.'s arrests of 14 people last week were the most ambitious crackdown yet on a loose-knit group of hackers called Anonymous that has attacked a string of government agencies and private companies over the last eight months.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix: 75 Percent Of New Customers Signing Up For Streaming-Only Plan  —  In its first quarterly earnings since it announced plans to hike prices for DVD subscribers who also stream videos, Netflix tried to put the best face on its new decision.  In a shareholder letter (PDF) …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Says Its Price Hike Will Clip Revenues For a Quarter
 
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Debbie Siegelbaum / Hillicon Valley:
Report: Republicans might be winning the social-media war
Martin Harrigan / An Analysis of Anonymity …:
Bitcoin is not Anonymous
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Richardson / WebProNews:
Does Picasa Tagging Violate Your Google+ Privacy?
Discussion: Picasa Help and Digitizor
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
From Floating Data to The Ground You Stand On: Creating an Internet of Places
Discussion: Directions Magazine
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
As China Steps Up Web Monitoring, Many Wi-Fi Users Stay Away
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Former Microsoft Exec Raises $20 Million For Motif, An Investment Vehicle For Ideas
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Mary Slosson / Reuters:
Timberlake to Gaga: Hollywood courts social media
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Call it GlobalVille: Zynga to launch version of CityVille on Tencent's network in China
Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:
Cyberwar Hysteria Hurts U.S., Helps Consultants
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Web Applications Attacked Every 2 Minutes
Discussion: Imperva, Techland, eWeek and CircleID
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
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