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July 2, 2012, 5:05 AM

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Dalton Caldwell:
What Twitter could have been  —  I remember when you could go to Twitter.com and see the global firehose on the front page.  They had no traffic.  The global feed was mostly employees and their friends talking to each other.  —  When Twitter started to get traction, a year or two into their existence …
Tweets: @nod and @hunterwalk
Nova Spivack:
A Solution to the Twitter API Problem  —  I am writing this article because I love Twitter, and I've built a business around making sense of Twitter data.  —  I am concerned by the recent “ominous” signs that Twitter may be heading down a path towards becoming a closed platform …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung appeals Galaxy Nexus ban and moves to stay the injunction  —  As expected, Samsung's lawyers worked hard to define their appellate strategy concerning the Galaxy Nexus injunction that was ordered on Friday afternoon Pacific Time.  They just gave notice of their appeal to the Court …
Cade Metz / Wired:
‘Leap Second’ Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Web  —  Reddit, Mozilla, and possibly many other web outfits experienced brief technical problems on Saturday evening, when software unpinning their online operations choked on the “leap second” that was added to the world's atomic clocks.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple agrees to pay Proview $60m to settles China iPad trademark dispute  —  Apple has ended the ongoing issue surrounding the ownership of the iPad trademark in China by agreeing to pay Taiwanese firm Proview $60 million, according to AP reports.  —  Proview has been on negotiating for some time …
Rob Walker / New York Times:
On YouTube, Amateur Is the New Pro  —  A kid from Nebraska shows up in New York City to make it big.  This kid was Bryan Odell, a 21-year-old college dropout who lived with his parents.  Gangly, with curly blond hair, he looked and talked­ as if he arrived straight from central casting.
Peter Maass / ProPublica:
How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the Government and What It Means for Your Online Privacy  —  June 28: This story has been corrected.  —  This story was co-published with Wired.  —  Jonathan Mayer had a hunch.  —  A gifted computer scientist, Mayer suspected that online advertisers might …
More: TechEye and msnbc.com
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Its I.P.O. Botched, Facebook Looks Hard at Nasdaq  —  Facebook's debut was supposed to be Nasdaq's ultimate coup.  —  But in the weeks since the social network's much-ballyhooed — and ultimately botched — initial public offering, the relationship has soured.  —  In Facebook parlance, it's complicated.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Comcast and Boxee deal will let third-party devices access encrypted cable TV  —  Boxee and Comcast have announced a new agreement that will let Boxee users access encrypted basic cable channels.  The deal, as revealed in a June 27th filing to the FCC, includes both a short- and long-term solution for the problem.
More: Engadget
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
What's next for RIM?  —  A sad coincidence provides a stark contrast between the fortunes of two high tech companies, titans present and past.  Last week, on (almost) the same day that the iPhone celebrated its fifth birthday, RIM issued very bad quarterly numbers: Down 43% year-to-year to $2.8B …
More: TechCrunch

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