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July 5, 2012, 6:50 PM

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Corrupt App Store binaries crashing on launch  —  Last night, within minutes of Apple approving the Instapaper 4.2.3 update, I was deluged by support email and Twitter messages from customers saying that it crashed immediately on launch, even with a clean install.
Kelly Faircloth / Betabeat:
Developers: Don't Push Any Updates to the App Store Right Now, Cause It's Apparently Kinda Busted  —  Specifically, something funky is going on with updates and the approval process.  We leave the Internet for 24 hours, and this happens: Something is seriously wrong with Apple's app store.
More: BetaNews and LAPTOP MagazineTweets: @marcoarment
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge who shelved Apple trial says patent system out of sync  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) smartphone technology battle is questioning whether patents should cover software or most other industries at all.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Google Confirms Galaxy Nexus Sales Stopped in Apple-Samsung Case, Fix Coming Next Week  —  While Apple and Samsung's phones and tablets battle it out on store shelves, the companies (and Google) have been battling it out in the courtroom in ongoing patent disputes.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Patent troll stalks travel site Hipmunk  —  Hipmunk's quest to “take the agony out of travel planning” has won plaudits from users and the media and earned the start-up a new $15 million investment.  Now, a patent troll wants Hipmunk to give it a piece of the action.
Joseph Walker / Wall Street Journal:
Google Revamps Its Workforce Education Programs  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page has spent the past year trying to bring a renewed sense of urgency and focus to the search company, in what he calls putting “more wood behind fewer arrows.”  Playing a big part in that effort …
iFixit:
Nexus Q Teardown  —  Did it come from outer space?  Did it rise up from the depths of the lost city of Atlantis?  How much of it was really made in the United States?  When Google announced the Nexus Q at the I/O keynote on June 27, 2012, we decided to take one apart and see what we could uncover.
Tony Chan / CommsDay:
Facebook becomes a telco: invests in Asia subsea cable  —  Facebook has made its first investment in a subsea cable system: the Asia Pacific Gateway.  According to a Malaysian stock exchange filing by Malaysia's Time dotCom, the latest member to join the APG cable consortium …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Opera Web Browser Unblocks The Pirate Bay  —  Back in 2006 Opera was the first major browser to include BitTorrent support.  Today, however, it has another interesting feature for BitTorrent users.  The browser offers a “Turbo” service which makes websites load faster for users on a slow connection.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The Pauls' New Crusade: “Internet Freedom”  —  Defending the Internet — and the corporations that invest in it — from government regulation is the new “End the Fed,” Paul advisors tell BuzzFeed exclusively.  A new Paul manifesto: “This is our revolution.”
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Retailers Encourage Shoppers to Buy Online and Pick Up In-Store  —  As online shopping has surged, traditional retailers have lost millions in sales to so-called showrooming — when shoppers check out products in stores that they then buy from Web sites like Amazon.
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Olympus announces Project Glass-style wearable display prototype  —  Just over a week after Google's spectacular demonstration of its Project Glass headset at Google I/O, Japanese camera maker Olympus is jumping back into the wearable computing game, announcing a new prototype of a glasses-mounted heads-up display.
Anil Dash / Wired:
Anil Dash on Choosing the ‘Instagram of Video’  —  Because social apps require so much of our time and energy, choosing among similar offerings can be nerve-racking.  Is one of them going to get bought out and shut down?  Will another roll out jarring changes that cause the community to flee?

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