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July 11, 2012, 4:32 AM

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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.
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.
Steven Burke / CRN:
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
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.
More: Engadget, CNET and The Verge
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google sued by EMG Technology over Chrome mobile app navigation  —  Google has found itself the subject of another mobile patent lawsuit, this time accused of infringing on a navigation system technology that it has included in its Chrome mobile browser by EMG Technology …

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