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July 6, 2012, 11:35 AM

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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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
What Amazon Brings to the Smartphone Market  —  The notion that Amazon might do a smartphone is not new, though a new Bloomberg report suggests that one might hit the market sooner rather than later.  —  And, while clearly a novice at making phones, Amazon brings a lot of know-how and relevant skills …
More: Fortune
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Says It Has Fixed Server Bug That 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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft vets weigh in: Here's what needs to change  —  The opening spread of the upcoming Vanity Fair piece on Microsoft and Steve Ballmer.  —  Stephen Toulouse worked at Microsoft for 18 years before leaving earlier this year, so he read Kurt Eichenwald's Vanity Fair piece on the company's “Lost Decade” with a former insider's eye.
More: Network WorldThanks:@johnhcook
Kirsty Johnston / Stuff.co.nz:
Kim Dotcom Can See One File Of 22 Million Says FBI  —  A 40-page document “cherry-picked” from nearly 22 million emails is the only information the FBI believes should be made available to Kim Dotcom before his extradition hearing.  —  Lawyers spent yesterday arguing over what the internet mogul …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Five years after the iPhone, carriers are the biggest threat to innovation  —  Five years ago, the iPhone revolutionized the mobile business and kicked off a seismic shift in the technology industry that continues today.  But the massive success of Apple's phone has overshadowed the grim reality …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
HTC reveals Q2 2012 financial results: 57.8 percent net profit drop blamed on customs issues and weak sales  —  HTC has reported a substantial drop in its quarterly profits, with unaudited results for Q2 2012 totaling T$7.4 billion ($250 million), down from T$17.52 billion this time last year.
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
AOL building refrigerator-sized data centers  —  AOL is taking its flexible infrastructure strategy to a whole new level of flexibility by building data centers about the size of French door refrigerators.  AOL Services CTO Mike Manos wrote about the units — part of a project code-named …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
At ‘Hacker Hostels,’ Living on the Cheap and Dreaming of Digital Glory  —  SAN FRANCISCO — From the outside it's just a beige three-story building in a quiet residential neighborhood.  But inside, in a third-floor apartment, there are enough Ikea bunk beds to sleep 10 people, crammed into two bedrooms.
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 …
More: CNET, msnbc.com and PC World
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 …
More: Engadget
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Facebook App Center officially rolling out across the UK  —  This morning if you logged into your Facebook account in the UK, it's likely that you will have noticed a persistent little pop-up notification alerting you to the arrival of the App Center.  —  We certainly knew that this was coming …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
BitTorrent usage increases in Europe, following the blockade of The Pirate Bay  —  In a twist that will surprise no one except the RIAA, MPAA, BREIN, and other anti-piracy lobbies, the amount of BitTorrent traffic has stayed the same or increased in Europe following the blockade of The Pirate Bay in the UK …
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
AT&T to launch new blocking service for stolen devices on July 10th  —  AT&T will launch a new service for reporting and blocking stolen devices on Tuesday, according to a trusted source.  The service will allow customers to deny voice, data and SMS access to any individual phone or tablet …
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 …
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 …

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