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July 10, 2012, 8:55 PM

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Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Said To Sell Jet To Help Save $1 Billion  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), which has lost 95 percent of its market value since 2008, is selling one of its two business jets under a plan to save $1 billion in operating costs, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
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
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 …
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".
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.
Joel Schectman / The CIO Report:
San Francisco Officials Plan to Block Apple Procurement  —  San Francisco city officials say they are moving to block purchases of Apple desktops and laptops, by all municipal agencies, after the company removed a green electronics certification from its products.
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.
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 …
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 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 …
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.
More: 9to5Mac
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Judge Will Let Kleiner Perkins Ask Again for Arbitration in Gender Discrimination Case  —  As promised, a judge today ruled against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in its efforts to compel its partner Ellen Pao to arbitrate her gender discrimination and retaliation suit.
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 …
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.
More: Betabeat and ForbesTweets: @dannysullivan
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.
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 …

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