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July 3, 2012, 11:10 AM

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Jeremy Kessel / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Transparency Report  —  Wednesday marks Independence Day here in the United States.  Beyond the fireworks and barbecue, July 4th serves as an important reminder of the need to hold governments accountable, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99  —  We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8.  Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets.
Joe Jerde / BlackBerryOS.com:
Exclusive: Leaked BlackBerry 10 2013 Roadmap  —  BlackBerry news in the last week has had it's plenty of downs.  However, with this less than par news we have gained plenty of new insight into the BlackBerry 10 platform and what it entails.  The news has taken us on a roller coaster.
iFixit:
Nexus 7 Teardown  —  Google announced the Nexus 7 at their I/O keynote on June 27, 2012.  Five days later, we tore one down.  Some are calling the Nexus 7 a ‘Kindle Fire killer,’ but can it stack up to the Fire's impressive eight out of ten repairability score?  We just had to find out.
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
Judge rejects Samsung's request to allow U.S. tablet sales  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected on Monday Samsung Electronics Co. request to lift an injunction against U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer than runs on Google Inc's Android and competes with Apple Inc.'s iPad.
Carly Page / Inquirer:
Google's Nexus 7 tablet infringes Nokia patents  —  THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 is already in hot water, as Nokia claims that the tablet infringes some of its patents.  —  Announced last week, the Asus built Nexus 7 is Google's first own-brand tablet and boasts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean …
Wall Street Journal:
GM Talks to Facebook About Returning as a Paid Advertiser  —  After a High-Profile Split, Facebook Is Trying to Prove That Its Ads Do Work  —  General Motors Co. and Facebook Inc. are in talks to bring the auto maker back as a paid advertiser, two months after a high-profile falling out, people close to both companies said.
Herman Lai / M.I.C. Gadget:
Chinese Household Chemical Company Sues Apple For “Snow Leopard” Trademark  —  After Apple settled the “iPad” trademark dispute with Proview, the tech giant is facing another trademark lawsuit from a Chinese household chemical company called “Jiangsu Xuebao”.
Reuters:
Google sees advantage in making new gadget in USA  —  (Reuters) - When Google Inc decided to build its Nexus Q home entertainment device in Silicon Valley rather than in China, it was not fretting about the bottom line.  It was fretting about speed.  —  “We wanted to innovate fast.
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Wall Street Journal:
CEO of Poker Site Full Tilt Is Arrested  —  The chief executive of Full Tilt Poker, the beleaguered one-time Web poker giant, was arrested Monday on a plane that had just landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the government unveiled new criminal charges against him related to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
More: CNET and The Domains
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone and Disruption: Five Years In  —  Clayton Christensen, author of the deservedly much-praised The Innovator's Dilemma, was wrong about the iPhone five years ago: … Last month, Larissa MacFarquhar profiled Christensen in The New Yorker (subscribers-only, alas), and in a parenthetical …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Loses Bid for Emergency Ban on HTC Phone Imports  —  HTC Corp. (2498) can continue to bring its newest smartphones into the U.S. while a trade agency investigates whether the phones violate an order that the Taiwanese company stop infringing an Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL) patent.
Mark Milian / Business Week:
QR Code Fatigue  —  When 29-year-old manufacturing worker Michael Hellesen sees a Quick Response code around his hometown of Racine, Wis., he sometimes scans it using an application he downloaded to his Google (GOOG) Android smartphone.  More often than not, it takes Hellesen to a brand's website.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iCloud Beta Previews Web Versions of Notes and Reminders  —  Leaks first appeared in May that Apple was planning to add web versions of the Reminders and Notes iOS apps to iCloud.com for access from desktop Macs and PCs.  —  The iCloud Beta portal has since been activated for developers enrolled the iOS 6 beta at beta.icloud.com.
Paul Alan Levy / Consumer Law & Policy Blog:
Charles Carreon Digs Himself Even Deeper—and Register.com Betrays a Customer  —  Recently, Public Citizen was aligned with a lawyer named Charles Carreon, filing an amicus brief in support of his argument against allowing a publisher to pursue a a copyright-infringement lawsuit …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Ice Cream Sandwich passes 10% of Android installations, as Jelly Bean launch draws closer  —  The latest distribution data from Android's developer team reveals that the installation rate of its latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) flavour has passed 10 percent of active devices on the market for the first time.
Oliver Smith / Telegraph:
Hotel offers guests electronic Bibles  —  A hotel in Newcastle has replaced its copies of the traditional Gideon's Bible in favour of an electronic version of the text.  —  Gideons International is dedicated to distributing free copies of the Bible, often in hotel rooms
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Adobe: Web standards match 80 percent of Flash features  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Adobe Systems, retooling as fast as it can for a future of Web publishing and Web apps, sees the technology as mostly caught up to the Flash technology that Adobe previously preferred.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Acquires Vizu To Measure Online Ad Effectiveness  —  Nielsen announced today that it's acquiring ad tech company Vizu.  —  This isn't the kind of deal where you have to wait months for something to happen.  Executive Vice President for Ad Effectiveness Scott McKinley says it's a …
More: Worldwide and Adweek
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
Watching How China Censors  —  As Officials Crack Down on Web Chatter, New Technology Finds Out Why  —  China's government isn't the only one paying close attention to what the country's citizens are saying on social media sites.  —  As China's 500 million Internet users rapidly adopt social media …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
MOG Went For A Song.  HTC Says Beats Paid Only $14M For The Music Streaming Service  —  Yesterday, Beats Electronics confirmed that it was buying the music streaming service MOG.  Today, HTC, which invested $309 million in Beats last year, revealed to its shareholders just how much was paid …
More: Unwired View and Neowin
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Sony launches its 10 million song-strong Music Unlimited service in Japan  —  Sony has announced the introduction of its Music Unlimited service in Japan, bringing more than 10 million songs which can be listened to across a range of devices through the cloud-based service.

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