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July 4, 2012, 4:40 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:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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) …
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.
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 …
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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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.
James Brightman / GamesIndustry International:
EA is “going to be a 100% digital company, period” says Gibeau  —  EA's Labels president also tells us that NPD's monthly reports are “totally irrelevant”  —  Electronic Arts is one of the publishers in this industry that is at the forefront of the digital transition.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
Eyeview Wants To Personalize Online Video Like Display And Search  —  It seems all online ads, except video ads, are targeted.  That online video largely isn't personalized seems odd, since the ad industry jumps …
 

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