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July 6, 2012, 7:00 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iPhone rumored to feature quad-core processor  —  Apple's next-generation iPhone will be powered by a quad-core ARM processor based on Samsung's Exynos 4 architecture, according to a new report.  —  The claim comes from the sometimes-reliable DigiTimes, which cited …
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo CEO Search in Final Stages, With Levinsohn and Kilar in Lead  —  According to sources close to the situation, the search for a new CEO for troubled Internet giant Yahoo is closing in on several key candidates in the mix, in what appears to be coming down to a contest between interim CEO Ross Levinsohn and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple snags patent for water-damage detection  —  The water-detection indicator in Apple's iPhone 4/iPhone 4S.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple has won a patent related to detecting water damage in a gadget.  —  The patent, 8,210,032, describes a method by which customer service representatives …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Archos announces Carbon 97, a 9.7-inch $249.99 tablet with Android 4.0  —  Archos isn't the biggest name in tablets, but the company has been brisk about offering Android 4.0 at bargain prices.  After the launch of the Child Pad in late May, Archos is apparently turning its attention to competing with the Nexus 7.
Joel Bernstein / Cast Irony:
The case for a 7.8″ iPad  —  I've been talking to some people on twitter about the technical feasibility of Apple one day introducing a smaller and lighter iPad.  The general opinion I'm seeing is that it would require a change to the dimension of the screen in points …
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: eWeek and InfoWorld
Lucy Tobin / Evening Standard:
British Airways flies into privacy storm over Google identity checks on passengers  —  British Airways today faced a backlash from privacy campaigners after it revealed plans to use the internet to create “dossiers” on passengers.  —  The airline said it wanted to be able to deliver a more personal touch by researching passengers.
AppleInsider:
Supply of Apple's 27" iMac drying up as Ivy Bridge upgrade awaits  —  With the last iMac update having arrived more than a year ago, third-party resellers are now starting to see limited availability of Apple's big-screen 27-inch desktop Mac.  —  As of Wednesday, AppleInsider noticed stock-outs …
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.
Mickey Meece / New York Times:
Car-Pooling Makes a Surge on Apps and Social Media  —  The annual ritual of piling into the car for the great American summer road trip has a new twist as more travelers are inviting strangers along for part of the ride.  —  Long-distance travelers as well as commuters are connecting on sites …
More: TechCrunch
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google+ Hangouts get live captions  —  Hearing-impaired users of Google's Hangouts group video chats can now follow the conversation through live captions, thanks to a new Hangouts app released Thursday at the National Association of the Deaf's annual conference in Louisville …
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 …

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