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July 3, 2012, 6:20 AM

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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.
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.
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 …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Amazon buys 3D mapping startup UpNext  —  It looks like Amazon is building up its presence in the mapping business.  The tech giant today closed a deal to acquire 3D mapping startup UpNext, GigaOM has learned.  —  For Amazon, which doesn't have a mapping service of its own …
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For Twitter-Owned Apps and Sites, a Cacophony of Confusion  —  At top, the Twitter Web site, which includes the company's premium Discover tab.  At bottom, the Twitter Web site as viewed on the Apple iPad, which highlights direct messages instead.  —  Did Twitter just cut off its entire face to spite its nose?
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Writing Off Nearly All of the $6.3 Billion It Paid for aQuantive  —  Microsoft said on Monday that it is taking a $6.2 billion non-cash charge to account for its disappointing 2007 acquisition of Internet advertising firm aQuantive.  —  That's a huge charge …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
To fight piracy, Microsoft tightens MSDN and TechNet terms again  —  Summary: Microsoft is about to crack down on software pirates who exploit its generous MSDN and TechNet programs.  If you're a current subscriber, you may get caught in the crossfire.  —  Ed Bott  —  Follow @edbott
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.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Klout's New COO Proves The Kleiner Perkins Network Is Alive And Well  —  Klout just announced that it's hired one of its angel investors, Emil Michael, as chief operating officer.  —  Michael worked for nine years as a top executive at Tellme Networks, an Internet-telephony startup.
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Tweaks Genius Bar To Increase Capacity  —  In reaction to an ever-increasing number of visitors to its Genius Bars and limited space to seat them, Apple is testing out a new configuration that increases Genius Bar capacity, and emphasizes the use of iPads to manage service records.
Agence France Presse:
Kodak patent auction approved over Apple complaint  —  NEW YORK — Beleaguered photography pioneer Kodak said a US bankruptcy court has approved its bid to auction off more than 1,100 patents despite objections by Apple and FlashPoint over a small number of them.
Robert Lemos / eWeek:
Microsoft Lawsuit Names Two Responsible for Zeus Botnet Attacks  —  Microsoft has identified two members of the Zeus botnet crime ring that the software giant targeted with a lawsuit three months ago.  There's only one problem: They are already in jail.  —  Microsoft's counted two minor successes …
Seth Adam / GLAAD:
Facebook adds new timeline icons for married same-sex couples  —  Facebook has rolled out a new feature providing additional recognition for its users who are married to a person of the same sex.  Now these users who have indicated on their Facebook timeline that they are married will be recognized …
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
U.K. Home Secretary won't block O'Dwyer extradition  —  The U.K. Home Office has said the Home Secretary, who is able to block extraditions, will not intervene in the Richard O'Dwyer case.  —  Follow @zackwhittaker  —  The U.K. Home Office has confirmed that Home Secretary Theresa …
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
LivingSocial Experiments With the Future of Daily Deals Industry  —  LivingSocial took the daily deals business offline four months ago when it opened the doors to a state-of-the art building in Washington, D.C., called 918 F Street.  —  In that short time, the venue has hosted 50 events …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HBO Go update supports Android tablets up to ICS  —  When HBO Go launched for the Kindle Fire a few weeks ago it seemed odd that the app still didn't officially support other Android tablets, but now that has changed. v1.5 is now available on Google Play, and the release notes indicate …
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

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