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July 4, 2012, 2:15 PM

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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.
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Launch Appears Near for Smaller Apple Tablet  —  Apple Inc.'s component suppliers in Asia are preparing for mass production in September of a tablet computer with a smaller screen than the iPad, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting a launch for the device is near.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Galaxy Nexus ban remains in effect (for now), Apple posts $95.6M bond, Google stops selling  —  There are no surprises at this point with respect to Apple's U.S. preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus.  —  At close of business on Tuesday, Judge Koh denied Samsung's motion to stay …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus no longer available to purchase from Google Play website, will return next week  —  In April, Google started selling unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones from its own store, for $399 a pop. Six days ago, the price dropped to $349.  Now, however, the phone is listed as “coming soon” on Google's website.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Seth Fiegerman / Business Insider:
Here's Why It Really Sucks To Be An App Reviewer For Apple  —  Apple's app review process gets a lot of hate from developers and customers alike, but before you judge Apple's reviewers too harshly, consider what they have to put up with.  —  Mike Lee, a former senior engineer at Apple …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apple's crackdown on app-ranking manipulation: Confused developers caught in the dragnet  —  For a small developer who's just released an iOS app, a position near the top of Apple's App Store rankings could mean the difference between a million dollars in revenue and Top Ramen for dinner.
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 …
Kit Chellel / Bloomberg:
HTC Mobile Phones Don'T Infringe Apple Patents, U.K. Judge Says  —  HTC Corp. (2498) won a London court ruling against Apple Inc. (AAPL) over patents for touchscreen technology used for its mobile devices, including Apple's slide-to-unlock feature.  —  HTC's devices don't infringe four Apple patents …
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.
More: PC World
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Ouya: a $99 hackable Android game console designed by Yves Behar  —  We don't often report on startups without a physical product to their name, but when you've got sponsors like Ouya does, it's hard not to pay attention.  According to a posting on AngelList, Ouya has recruited the talents …
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.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
The Ratio Of PCs To Macs Sold Has Fallen To Levels Not Seen Since The 1990s  —  Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco has posted another excellent chart, this one showing the ratio of PCs sold to Macs sold each year since the early 1980s (via Philip Elmer-Dewitt, who notes that the peak year for Microsoft dominance was 2004).
More: Wired and CNET
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
YouView to Launch as London Olympics Begin  —  Set-top boxes for the U.K.'s long-delayed free-to-air and Internet-connected TV service will hit stores by the end of July priced at $469.  —  LONDON -YouView, the long-gestating free-to-air and Internet-connected television service backed …
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Will There Be Collateral Damage in Cyberwar to U.S.?  —  If you needed any further evidence about the possibility of an unexpected blowback from the creation of the Stuxnet worm and other cyber-weapons like it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has something for your night table, bound to keep you awake.
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.
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?
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) …

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