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July 6, 2012, 9:15 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo and Facebook Strike Patent Peace Deal, Significantly Expanding Ad and Content Partnership  —  Executives at Yahoo and Facebook have completed an extensive strategic deal, as part of a final settlement of their contentious patent infringement lawsuit and countersuit.
Facebook Newsroom:
Yahoo! and Facebook Launch Strategic Alliance and Resolve Patent Dispute  —  Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) today announced that they have entered into definitive agreements that launch a new advertising partnership, extend and expand distribution arrangements, and settle all pending patent claims between the companies.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive Joint Interview: Facebook's Sandberg and Yahoo's Levinsohn Talk About Patent Peace  —  Much to the relief of many (and perhaps the consternation of a few intellectual property lawyers), Yahoo and Facebook officially settled their ugly patent lawsuit earlier today and also expanded their longtime partnership.
More: The Verge, Techdirt and CNET
Frost Li / Twitter Blog:
Simpler search  —  We're constantly working to make Twitter search the simplest way to discover what's happening in real time.  To that end, today we're introducing search autocomplete and ‘People you follow’ search results to twitter.com.  In addition to recent improvements like related query suggestions …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
So, That's It For Thunderbird  —  Mozilla is not “stopping” Thunderbird development, it has just decided that: “continued innovation on Thunderbird is not the best use of our resources given our ambitious organizational goals.”  And it's pulling people off the project.  But it's not stopping?
More: PC World, Gizmodo and LiliputingTweets: @dannysullivan
Mitchell Baker / Mitchell's Blog:
Thunderbird: Stability and Community Innovation  —  Thunderbird provides an open-source, cross-platform email alternative for those of us who still use stand-alone email clients (and I am one).  It's trust-worthy, it's under your control, and it's built to reflect the Mozilla mission.
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 …
Patrick / The Official BitTorrent Blog:
Introducing BitTorrent Torque  —  Over a decade ago we introduced BitTorrent technology and BitTorrent clients, and the Internet was profoundly changed.  This week we are aiming to revolutionize the web once again by integrating the power of BitTorrent with the most familiar experience on a computer: the browser.
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Target Ads Based on App Usage  —  Facebook Inc. is launching a new type of mobile advertising that targets consumers based on the apps they use, pushing the limits of how companies track what people do on their phones.  —  The social network is tracking the apps that people use through …
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 World and ForbesThanks:@johnhcook
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Apple's Go-Slow Approach to Mobile Payments  —  Apple Inc. often bides its time before diving in to developing tech markets, which explains why it's largely on the sidelines in the mobile-payment wars.  —  Mobile payment is a new battlefield in the wireless industry …
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.
Paul Tarjan / Facebook:
Under the Hood: Timeline apps behind Facebook engineering  —  A big part of working at Facebook is dogfooding our own products.  Before new features roll out to the public, our team uses them frequently and thoroughly to figure out what we can do better.  So when we started building Open Graph …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus ban temporarily suspended while appeals court issues decision  —  The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit just issued suspended the ban on Galaxy Nexus sales at Samsung's request, pending a formal response from Apple.  The court's decision to suspend (or “stay") …
Caleb Garling / Wired:
After Android Trial, Google Demands $4 Million From Oracle  —  Google wants $4 million from Oracle to cover the costs it incurred during this spring's epic legal battle over the Android mobile operating system.  —  In a brief filed with in federal court on Thursday night …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note II rumored for August unveiling with 5.5-inch display  —  Samsung's successor to the Galaxy Note is expected to be unveiled in August at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Germany.  MK Business News reports that the Galaxy Note II will be unveiled at the show, with a launch date rumored for October.
Joseph Walker / Wall Street Journal:
FINS: Facebook to Launch Job Postings Board—Sources  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is planning to launch its own job board later this summer, said people familiar with the matter.  The board will aggregate the job postings of third-party providers, making them available for search by Facebook users.
Tweets: @cnbc
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Removes Negative Reviews From Apps Affected By DRM Bug [Updated]  —  Earlier this week, an error in Apple's DRM code generation for App Store apps caused a number of app updates to crash on launch.  The issue, initially reported by Instapaper developer Marco Arment …
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Def Leppard re-record own songs to win back digital download revenue  —  Sheffield rockers Def Leppard, probably most famous for their 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” are going rogue.  After lengthy negotiations with Universal Music, the band has been unable to agree a suitable royalty fee …

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