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July 4, 2012, 10:40 AM

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Bloomberg:
Here Comes Nexus 7 Nightmare: The IPad Mini  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end, two people with knowledge of the plans said, to help maintain dominance of the tablet market as Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) prepare competing handheld devices.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google, Samsung to Release Software Patch To Keep Galaxy Nexus on the Market  —  Google isn't taking a sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus lying down.  —  First and foremost, Samsung and Google have a software patch that they believe avoids infringing the Apple patent that led to the injunction.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Judge Denies Reprieve in Galaxy Nexus Case, Allowing Sales Ban to Take Effect  —  A federal judge on Tuesday refused to hold off on an injunction that prevents U.S. sales of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, ruling that Samsung is unlikely to prevail in a patent infringement suit brought by Apple.
Rick Falkvinge / TorrentFreak:
ACTA Is DEAD After European Parliament Vote  —  This is a day of celebration.  —  This is the day when citizens of Europe and the world won over unelected bureaucrats who were being wooed and lobbied by the richest corporations of the planet.  —  The battleground wasn't some administrative office …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Shutdowns Continue: iGoogle, Google Video, Google Mini & Others Are Killed  —  Google is continuing to shut down services which aren't core to its business - something it has been actively doing ever since Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Criminalizing links: Why the Richard O'Dwyer case matters  —  MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom may fit the larger-than-life image most people have of an internet pirate — after all, he is huge and wears black, and drives cars with license plates that say “Guilty” on them.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
The BBC unveils its first ‘Perceptive Media’ experiment - and you can try it now  —  The BBC's R&D department has just demoed the first public example of what it calls ‘Perceptive Media’, and has published it online so you can try it for yourself.  —  What is Perceptive Media?
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review  —  Do UI refinements, Google Now, and a few new features add up to a must-have smartphone OS?  Google's latest version of the Android operating system is here and will be rolling out to a precious few devices later this month.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Palo Alto High School Club Fosters Would-Be Tech Moguls  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Like many young entrepreneurs here in Silicon Valley, Matthew Slipper knows that success does not come easy.  His first start-up, an online education venture, flopped.  His second, a video-sharing app for the iPhone, has sold only 20 copies.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Louis C.K. sees ticket scalping drop over 96% by switching to selling tickets himself  —  Comedian Louis C.K. made the technology world turn his direction when he decided to sell his latest comedy special himself, digitally, and DRM free.  It was a smashing success.
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
One Month Later, Here's What's Happened To Sean Parker's Ultra-Hyped App Airtime...  Sean Parker's Facebook-connected video chat application, Airtime, launched with an enormous amount of hype last month.  —  So, where is it now, about a month later?  —  Well, if you take a look at Airtime on AppData …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Microsoft in the dock over French tax fraud claims  —  A bad week for Microsoft just got worse.  After taking a $6.2 billion hit on aQuantive and facing claims about Steve Ballmer's “foolish” leadership in Vanity Fair, the company is now in the dock over its tax affairs in France.
BBC:
Samba's advert-supported 3G data service launches in UK  —  Subscribers are given a range of adverts to chose from to build up credit  —  A service offering an advertising-supported 3G data service for mobile computers has launched in the UK.  —  Subscribers to Samba must first purchase a sim card …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom: Joe Biden Ordered the Megaupload Shutdown  —  When Megaupload was raided in January, questions were raised as to why the U.S. Government acted so aggressively against a company that seemingly played by the rules.  —  It's no secret that the MPAA provides the authorities with …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Fastest growing segment of piracy?  Live TV  —  A chart from the report “The six business models for copyright infringement.”  Click to expand.  —  A new Google study entitled “The six business models for copyright infringement,” just released with the UK's PRS (Performing Right Society) …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Extra millimeter on Google Nexus 7 makes it more repairable than iPad  —  The sleek new Google Nexus 7 tablet is just a hair thicker than the iPad—but that's not a disadvantage at all for the tinkerers who like to pry gadgets open and fix them when things go wrong.
More: WebProNews and TUAW
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Little “Want” Button Code Foreshadows Big Things For Facebook Ecommerce  —  Last week, developer Tom Waddington uncovered Facebook code that points to the creation of a “Want” button — a plugin that potentially points to a new kind of commercial innovation being developed by Facebook itself …
Vanity Fair:
Microsoft's Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant  —  Analyzing one of American corporate history's greatest mysteries—the lost decade of Microsoft—two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.'s newest contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the …
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Navigon for iOS update includes Google Street View  —  Hot on the heels of Apple's controversial decision to drop all Google Maps services — including Street View — from the default Maps application in its future iOS 6 release, popular navigation app Navigon has released an update which includes the feature.

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