July 11, 2012, 9:35 AM

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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 …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Testing a Smartphone  —  TAIPEI— 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.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Google's Nexus 7 Costs $152 To Make, IHS iSuppli Teardown Finds  —  Google's Nexus 7 tablet may be all about an attempt to compete with Apple's incredibly popular iPad, but when you crack it open it sure looks an awful lot like Amazon's Kindle Fire inside.  —  That's the impression that analysts …
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
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.
More: Betabeat and ZDNet
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
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Starbucks launches mobile payments on Android in Canada and UK  —  Starbucks today announced a redesigned Android app that will enable users in Canada and the UK to pay for drinks straight from their phones by showing cashiers an onscreen barcode.  The feature has thus far only existed …
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 …
Bohdan Raciborski / MSDN Blogs:
Protecting user files with File History … What is File History?  —  File History is a backup application that continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders.  It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes …
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.
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Microsoft and Google agree to stay three U.S. patent lawsuits until FRAND issues are resolved  —  Microsoft and Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility have reached an agreement on a procedural course of action: as far as their three lawsuits pending in the Western District of Washington are concerned …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Rejects Key Universal Music Argument In Legal Fight With Grooveshark  —  Two and a half years ago, Universal Music (UMG) sued Grooveshark (or, really, its parent company Escape Media).  The case has had a few twists and turns since then, but the judge has issued a ruling (embedded below) …

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