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July 5, 2012, 8:25 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.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft goes public with Windows Server 2012 versions, licensing  —  Summary: Enterprise and Small Business Server are both going away; four new versions of Windows Server remain with the new release, which could be released to manufacturing real soon now.  —  Follow @maryjofoley
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
BBC:
Android smartphones ‘used for botnet’, researchers say  —  Android devices are believed to be sending out spam messages similar to this example  —  Smartphones running Google's Android software have been hijacked by an illegal botnet, according to a Microsoft researcher.

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