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July 7, 2012, 6:20 PM

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Joel Schectman / The CIO Report:
Apple Removes Green EPEAT Electronics Certification From Products  —  Apple has pulled its products off the U.S. government-backed registration of environmentally friendly electronics.  —  Apple asked EPEAT, the electronics standards setting group, to pull its 39 certified desktop computers …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
That was quick.  Facebook shuts down Face.com APIs, kills Klik app, enrages developers  —  Fresh from its acquisition by Facebook last month, Face.com is closing down its facial recognition APIs over the next 30 days.  While such a move isn't that surprising, third-party developers …
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
PSA: Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ up for sale again at Google Play store, ships in ‘2-3 weeks’  —  And just like that it's back.  Following a yesterday's temporary stay of the ban on Google's HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus by Judge Koh, the soon-to-be Jelly Bean-loaded device is again up for sale at the Play store — and a bit early than expected.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Ex-Nokia staff to build MeeGo-based smartphones  —  A group of ex-Nokia staff and MeeGo enthusiasts has formed Jolla (Finnish for “dinghy"), a mobile startup with the aim of bringing new MeeGo devices to the market.  According to its LinkedIn page, Jolla consists of “directors and core professionals …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Bribery, Porn, and Spam Are the Path to Riches in the App World  —  As money floods into their market, and the stakes get ever higher, app makers are getting paranoid.  Paranoid that competitors are buying traffic spikes, using porn to attract users, and spamming everyone and their mom on the way to the top of the leaderboards.
Amy O'Leary / New York Times:
Tech Companies Leave Phone Calls Behind  —  Quora is a Web site that crowdsources answers to just about any question imaginable, including “What is the meaning of life?” and “Is it possible to stick someone to the wall with Velcro?”  But anyone searching for a phone number for the company is out of luck.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RapidShare unveils Dropbox competitor: RapidDrive  —  RapidShare this week unveiled a new cloud sync and storage solution called RapidDrive.  The service competes directly with offerings such as Dropbox and SugarSync, integrating directly with a computer's file system interface …
More: Neowin and TorrentFreak
The Globe and Mail:
Canada's vanishing tech sector  —  If Research in Motion Ltd. is no longer Canada's most valuable publicly-traded high tech company, what is?  The answer may surprise you.  You won't find it in the S&P/TSX information technology index.  Except for its stock market listing in Toronto …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
In A Key Shift, Pinterest Is Leaving Palo Alto And Moving To San Francisco  —  After weeks of rumors, it's really happening: Pinterest, the visual interest-sharing network, has packed up its Palo Alto office and is moving to San Francisco.  —  Sarah Tavel, an international growth executive at Pinterest …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Vevo Seeks New Financing  —  Vevo, the online music video company, is seeking to raise new equity financing, people familiar with the company's plans said, amid plans to expand its operations overseas.  —  Vevo hired Allen & Co. to look for investors, the people added.
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.
More: AllThingsD

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