July 4, 2012, 5:25 PM

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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:
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Building and dismantling the Windows advantage  —  When the Macintosh was launched in 1984, computers running the MS-DOS operating system were nearing a dominant position in the market.  Having launched in 1981 as the IBM PC, they were quickly cloned and four years later “PCs” were selling at the rate of 2 million/yr.
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).
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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:
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.
CBC News:
Thousands could lose internet access July 9 due to virus  —  On July 9, thousands of Canadians and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide could be without access to the internet after the FBI shuts down temporary DNS servers used to assist victims of a massive internet fraud ring.
The H Security:
DNSChanger victims to lose internet on Monday  —  This coming Monday, 9 July, the FBI will be turning off the DNS server which currently intercepts queries from DNSChanger victims.  This will mean that users who are infected with the malware will be almost completely unable to access the internet normally.
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 …
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 …
Carly Page / Inquirer:
UK Google Nexus 7 tablets won't feature music, magazines or TV shows  —  GOOGLE'S NEXUS 7 TABLET won't arrive with all of the company's touted features including TV shows, music and magazines, Google has confirmed, making its £159 price-tag seem like less of a bargain.
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.
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 …

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