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July 11, 2012, 7:55 AM

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Testing a Smartphone  —  TAIPEI—Amazon.com Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test a smartphone, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting that the Internet retail giant, which sells the Kindle Fire tablet computers, is considering broadening its mobile-device offerings.
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.
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.
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
Abraham Riesman / Motherboard:
Crossdressing, Compression and a Collider: The First Photo on the Web  —  The first photographic image ever uploaded to the Web was a Photoshop disaster.  It was created to sell something, and featured attractive women in a come-hither pose.  —  In short, photo-uploading was born …
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.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
In mobile design, failure is inevitable, says Path's Dave Morin  —  Dave Morin, the chief executive of the private mobile social network app Path, was onstage at MobileBeat 2012 this morning with Michael Copeland, the senior editor of Wired.  And Morin, true to form, was full of great one-liners.
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Facebook connects users to free antivirus software  —  Here is a screenshot of the prompt Facebook users will get when they indicate that their computer may have an infection.  —  Facebook is now directing users who think their computer might be infected to sites where they can get free antivirus software.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Is Gearing Up For A Redesign: Bigger Pictures, Anchored Menu (And A Life Less Tweeted)  —  LinkedIn these days may be the social network that is used most by those looking for a new job (and not the place to read tweets), but the company has long wanted to be seen as the place for a whole lot more …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Adds 20 Museums To Indoor Google Maps, Says More On The Way  —  Following the debut of indoor maps in Google Maps back in November, Google announced today that it's adding the indoor maps for twenty U.S. museums to its Maps app on Android.  The museums added include the de Young Museum …
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter CEO says company has ‘a truckload of money’  —  Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo told the Los Angeles Times his company has a “truckload” of money and will hold off going public for as long as it wants.  He's pictured here at event in Cannes, France, three weeks ago.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
EU proposes changes to music licensing rules: iTunes, others to benefit  —  Summary: If you've ever found that iTunes or another premium content service is missing your favourite music album, that could change with the easing of EU licensing rules.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Follow @zackwhittaker
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.
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 …
Fahmida Y. Rashid / PC Magazine:
DNSChanger Post-Mortem: What Did We Learn?  —  The DNS Changer Working Group took its DNS servers offline earlier today, and the world didn't end.  Isn't that great?  —  As PCMag.com reported earlier today, many of the Internet Service Providers configured their own substitute DNS servers and are continuing to work the problem.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Obama clarifies plan to keep the internet running during emergencies in executive order  —  President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that changes the way the US deals with telecommunications in the event of an emergency.  “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft kills more code-signing certs to stop Flame-like attacks  —  Microsoft has revoked more than two dozen digital certificates used to prove its wares are genuine after discovering some of them could be subject to the same types of attacks orchestrated by the designers of the Flame espionage malware.
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.
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.
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
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Sprint files amicus brief with Federal Circuit, opposes Galaxy Nexus ban  —  Apple still has two days left to file its opposition to Samsung's motion to stay the Galaxy Nexus ban for the entire duration of the appellate proceedings before the Federal Circuit.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Penny Arcade's Kickstarter project aims to dump site ads  —  Penny Arcade without the banner ad.  —  Everybody's doing Kickstarter, so why not Gabe and Tycho, too?  —  That's the news today from Penny Arcade, the Seattle-based media and conference company that has grown up around …

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
 

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