July 10, 2012, 5:30 PM

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Steven Burke / CRN:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Ballmer Throws Down Gauntlet Against Apple  —  Declaring that Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) and its partners had in the past “ceded some of the boundary between hardware and software innovation” to Apple (NSDQ:AAPL), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told CRN in an exclusive interview Monday …
Sung Hu Kim / Twitter Blog:
Expansive experiences in latest mobile apps for iPhone, Android  —  Today you can download new versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android.  These new apps contain several updates to bring you closer to everything you care about.  —  Expand Tweets
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Google set to pay record $22.5M fine for violating Apple users' privacy  —  Google is expected to pay a $22.5 million fine, the largest in the history of the Federal Trade Commission, for bypassing the privacy settings of users of Apple's Safari Web browser.
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Google, FTC Near Settlement on Privacy  —  Google Inc. is close to a deal to pay $22.5 million to settle charges related to its surreptitious bypassing of the privacy settings of millions of Apple Inc. users, according to officials briefed on the settlement terms.
Tim Bray / ongoing:
How Many Devices?  —  Does it make sense to carry around two, three, or more portable computing devices?  Select from:  — Regular-size laptop; say 15"-screen or higher.  — Skinny laptop i.e. Air at 13" or even 11".  — Big tablet at ~10" as in current iPads.  — One-hander tablet, typically at 7".
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ app for iPad available now in the App Store  —  In May, we redesigned the Google+ experience for iPhone, adding full bleed photos that fall into place and bold visual elements that bring your stream to life.  Today, we're introducing new features for iPhone and an iPad app that you won't be able to put down.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bitly Raises $15M Led by Khosla Ventures  —  Bitly, the link-shortening and tracking service, has raised $15 million in a funding round led by Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures.  —  The round is aimed to help Bitly hire and grow.  “We make many millions of dollars per year …
Don Beck / The Involver Blog:
Oracle Buys Involver  —  Today we are excited to announce that we have signed an agreement for Oracle's purchase of Involver and we expect the transaction to close in the summer of 2012.  The proliferation of social media has changed the way that organizations and consumers interact.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A Reality Series Intrudes on Silicon Valley, and Finds It Cringing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley is finally getting the treatment once reserved for rowdy housewives and excitable chefs: its own Bravo reality series.  But the tech world is not quite ready for its close-up.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Take that, vCloud: Microsoft opens Windows Azure to web hosts  —  It looks like Microsoft is serious about becoming the operating system for cloud computing.  At its Worldwide Partner Conference on Tuesday, the company announced what amounts to a white-label version of its Windows Azure cloud …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Apple launches new iPad in China on July 20th (update: here's why)  —  Apple is about to complete an important part of the puzzle for the new iPad's world rollout: it just confirmed that its Retina display-packing tablet will reach mainland China on July 20th.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: suffers worldwide disruption after power outage  —  Summary: has suffered a series of outages that left many unable to use the CRM service.  Even the service status page was down for a while.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Follow @zackwhittaker
Michael Steeber / Cult of Mac:
Steve Wozniak Shares His Thoughts On Google Glass And Microsoft's Surface Tablet  —  Steve Wozniak recently spoke at the Entel Summit in Chile, and as usual, expressed his thoughts on emerging technology.  Wozniak offered his opinion on Google Glass, Microsoft's Surface tablet, and even the Kim Dotcom case surrounding Megaupload.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Shows Up in Benchmarks  —  Amid continued rumors that Apple intends to release a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the coming months, a Geekbench 2 benchmark submitted late last month as a “MacBookPro10,2” appears to represent the machine in question.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Jason Citron's Phoenix Guild prepares for the post-PC world of gaming  —  Consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony may still rule the living room, but Aurora Feint (and OpenFeint) founder Jason Citron has his eye a time on when tablets will take over.  Hardcore tablet gaming is the purview …
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
Global Internet Ad Spend Sees Double-Digit Growth, Outpaces Other Media  —  With consumer confidence up and brands looking to reconnect, spending on advertising is on the rise—around the globe and across media types.  TV, newspapers, radio, outdoor, Internet, and cinema all saw an increase …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Nexus Q hacked to run launcher, apps, Netflix, and more  —  While Google's Nexus Q is an undeniably attractive piece of hardware, we found the device to be lacking in overall functionality.  Enterprising developers are already on the case, however, with the latest Nexus Q hack bringing apps …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Facebook eyeing Hulu's Kilar for senior position  —  With Facebook stepping up its courtship of the media business, the buzz is building that Mark Zuckerberg is eyeing Hulu chief Jason Kilar for a top job.  —  Sources say that Zuck “likes” Kilar, a well-respected Internet executive …
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
Exclusive: Darpa Gets a New Boss, and Solyndra Is in Her Past  —  New Darpa director Arati Prabhakar.  Photo courtesy of SRI International  —  Until last year, Arati Prabhakar worked for the venture capitalists who backed Solyndra, the green-tech firm that imploded in a scandal described …

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