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July 6, 2012, 12:25 AM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Says it Has Fixed Server Bug Led to Crashing Apps  —  Apple said late Thursday that it has resolved a glitch that was causing some apps downloaded from its online store to crash upon launch.  —  “We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code …
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.
Bloomberg:
Amazon Said To Plan Smartphone To Vie With Apple  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a smartphone that would vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone and handheld devices that run Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android operating system, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms enthusiasts' fears: No more versions of Windows Home Server  —  Summary: Windows Home Server 2011 is the last version of Microsoft's home-server operating system, company officials have finally confirmed.  —  Follow @maryjofoley  —  After a year-plus of hints and rumors …
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.
Scott Austin / Digits:
Security Researchers Backtrack on Android Malware Claim  —  Internet security researchers said Thursday they may have been mistaken about claims that mobile devices powered by Google Inc.'s Android operating system were hacked and used to send spam emails.  —  The researchers …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researchers Say iPhone Users Hit With App Store's First Ever Spam-Sending App  —  A screenshot from Find and Call's website.  —  Just as antivirus researchers congratulated Apple for keeping the iPhone free of nasty apps five full years after its release, spammers seem to have finally tarnished that spotless record.
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.
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.”
More: Techdirt
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
“Search & discovery in @twitter set to change forever after tmrw.” says Twitter engineer  —  Twitter is preparing to make a major update to the search and discovery side of the popular microblogging platform tomorrow, according to one of its senior engineers.
Tweets: @pankaj
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 …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung's Galaxy powers record $5.9 billion profit  —  (Reuters) - Soaraway sales of the Galaxy smartphone drove record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion at Samsung Electronics, though the South Korean tech giant is sweating over how Europe's debt crisis is denting demand in its biggest market for televisions and home appliances.
Ann Zimmerman / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy Tries On Apple's Sleek Look  —  RICHFIELD, Minn.—Best Buy Co. is testing a new turnaround strategy: making its cavernous electronics emporiums look more like Apple Inc.'s sleek retail outlets.  —  The heart of a test store near Best Buy's headquarters here is a Solution Central help desk …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Index Shows iOS Programming Language Now In Top 3 As Mobile Development Booms  —  According to the TIOBE Index, Objective-C is now more popular than C++, showing proof that mobile development is surging ahead as we enter the post-PC era.  —  Objective-C is the object-oriented programming language used by developers for iOS.
More: InfoWorld
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.
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.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Traffic App Waze Doubles From 10 To 20 Million Users In 6 Months  —  Waze, a traffic and navigation app, has been growing rapidly.  —  In the past six months, Waze says its users have jumped from 10 million to more than 20 million.  Last month, 1.8 million new users joined Waze.
Carl Bildt / New York Times:
A Victory for the Internet  —  In a ground-breaking vote on an issue that affects all of us, the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday endorsed a resolution upholding the principle of freedom of expression and information on the Internet.  —  The broad support for the resolution demonstrated …
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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