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July 4, 2012, 12:40 AM

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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.
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:
Apple Planning for 7.85-Inch ‘iPad Mini’ with IGZO Display Later This Year?  —  Claims of an “iPad mini” have been circulating for some time now, with a number of the reports indicating that Apple is planning to launch the device with a 7.85-inch display later this year.
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 …
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.
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.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Charles Carreon Drops Bogus Lawsuit Against The Oatmeal Creator  —  Suit Was Blatant Retaliation Against a Public Critic  —  San Francisco - Attorney Charles Carreon dropped his bizarre lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman today, ending his strange legal campaign against Inman's humorous …
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 …
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.
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.
David Friend / canada.com:
Research In Motion CEO leads march to recharacterize company's challenges  —  TORONTO - Research In Motion chief executive Thorsten Heins says “there's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now” and he's confident it will get past its current challenges.
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 …
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) …
Wagner James Au / New World Notes:
Will The WELL Survive?  Members Pledge $100K+ to Buy Influential Virtual Community from Corporate Owners  —  The WELL is a virtual online community with user-generated content that was so influential, it was once featured on the cover of Wired magazine, and a top 80's UK pop star created an account, to promote his brand there.
Michelle Maltais / Los Angeles Times:
Student social media privacy bill passes Delaware Legislature  —  Delaware may be a small state, but it's apparently big on privacy for students.  Late Saturday night, at the end of the legislative session, the state Senate voted unanimously to ban public and private schools from requiring students …
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Twitter To Acquire Sense Networks To Better Target Local Ads  —  A good source tells me that Twitter is set to make its sixth acquisition of 2012 with NY-based Sense Networks.  Terms of the deal are still under wraps but it is expected to go through this month.  —  Twitter declined to comment.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon Galaxy S III to launch July 10th for $199.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced that the highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone will finally launch on July 10th.  Following a number of delays across all U.S. carriers, the launch Samsung's latest flagship smartphone on Verizon …

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