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July 10, 2012, 11:55 PM

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple responds to EPEAT concerns  —  Apple on Tuesday responded to concerns that it asked to have its products removed from EPEAT, the U.S. government's list of environmentally friendly products.  —  “Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact …
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Ballmer: “Surface Is Just a Design Point”  —  By designing and building the Surface tablet itself, Microsoft is not blowing off its longtime PC manufacturing partners.  And PC makers shouldn't take it that way.  Surface is a reference design meant to show them what's possible.
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
AppleInsider:
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone, ‘iPad mini’ engineering samples pictured  —  A pair of reports on Tuesday allege to show an “engineering samples” of Apple's rumored next-generation iPhone and smaller 7-inch iPad, the latter being one of the first mock-ups to hit the web.
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.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Dropbox offers pro users twice the space as competition heats up  —  This story was corrected at 11:10 a.m. with the correct pricing for Box.net's services.  —  Dropbox pro subscribers can now get excited about twice as much storage space on their accounts for no additional cost …
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Congress to discuss sales bans if key patents infringed  —  (Reuters) - The Congress is considering whether companies that hold patents essential to a standard, such as a digital movie format, should be forbidden from asking that infringing products be banned from the U.S. market.
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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean begins rolling out to the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus  —  We knew it was just a matter of time, and now Google has announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has begun rolling out to the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus.  For owners of the phone, the new OS will be appearing over the next few days …
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Sprint's Galaxy S III update removes local search abilities  —  Yesterday we heard that the Sprint Galaxy S III was in the midst of getting a small “security” update over-the-air, but with little detail of what exactly was changed.  The jury is still out about any security fixes …
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".
9to5Mac:
Apple to return to vertical, tall iPod nano design, add home button?  —  Macotakara claims that Apple is gearing up to launch a redesigned iPod nano later this year.  This new iPod nano will return to the device's old horizontal design, but will be 3/4 the height of the fifth-generation of the music player, according to the report.
Terence Huynh / TECHGEEK.com.au:
Formspring suffers security breach - all passwords reset  —  Formspring, used by many for the purposes of answering questions, has said in a blog post that it suffered a security breach where “some” user passwords were accessed and as a precaution, they have disabled all passwords and asking users to reset theirs.
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.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
FreedomPop raises $7.5M to free you from your carrier shackles (exclusive)  —  The seemingly mythical FreedomPop, which aims to disrupt the mobile broadband landscape by offering a freemium 4G service, is one step closer to reality.  The company has raised $7.5 million in a first round of funding …
Thanks:@devindra
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
A Fight in Silicon Valley: Founders Push for Control  —  There's a power struggle underway in Silicon Valley.  At stake: Power itself.  —  Over the past two years, one of the most influential venture-capital firms has turned the usual rules of start-up investing on its head.
Michael Field / Stuff.co.nz:
Kim Dotcom offers US Department of Justice a deal  —  LATEST: Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom claims the United States criminal case against him is collapsing but he is offering to go there without extradition provided federal authorities unfreeze his millions of dollars so he can pay for lawyers and living expenses.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NBC and Facebook to Announce Olympics Partnership  —  Users of Facebook, later this summer, will be reminded about NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games in London.  And viewers of NBC's coverage, at the same time, will be nudged to talk about the Games on Facebook.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Take that, vCloud: Microsoft opens Windows Azure to web hosts  —  Updated: 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 …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook adds music sharing feature, total Spotify plays, top videos and more to artists' pages  —  Some artists' Facebook pages now include an option for fans to search for and share Spotify links to their favorite songs, as well as a way for users to see which songs …
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