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July 11, 2012, 9:15 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Glam Upgrades Social Network Builder Ning With Premium Ads, Mobile Web, And A VIP Version  —  Glam Media is announcing a flurry of new features today centering around Ning, the social network building service that it acquired last year.  Collectively, they give some sense of what Ning looks …
More: AllThingsD
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Facebook's Grip On The Web: 22 Percent Of Pages Link There, 8 Percent Use Open Graph [STUDY]  —  More than one-fifth of the web links to Facebook in some way, and almost eight percent use Facebook's Open Graph tags — two numbers that offer a glimpse of Facebook's deep grip on the web.

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