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July 11, 2012, 11:40 AM

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon, With Suppliers, Is 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.
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Pitch Deck for Big Advertisers (Slides)  —  Twitter's ad business is looking less like an experiment and more like a real business, one that could generate $1 billion a year in the not-too-distant future.  —  If Twitter ads really take off, it will be because CEO Dick Costolo …
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 …
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.
Lauren Barack / Fortune:
Facebook wants to be your online bank  —  The social media giant is quietly supporting new services for banks that want to engage socially with their customers: The decidedly unsocial business of online banking.  —  FORTUNE — Someday soon, Facebook users may pay their utility bills …
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 …
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.
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.
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) …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Mountain Lion sends some 64-bit Macs gently into that good night  —  Mountain Lion won't support all 64-bit Macs when it ships in late July.  —  Apple, Inc.  —  Apple has now confirmed via its Mountain Lion upgrade page that previously published limitations on some 64-bit Macs will extend to the final release.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Verizon Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G added to Android Open Source Project, ‘no plans’ to add Sprint Galaxy Nexus  —  After announcing that Android 4.1 had been submitted to the Android Open Source Project, Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru responded to the inevitable flood of questions that followed with a few more details.
More: Engadget
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
With its IPO imminent, Kayak gets sued by MacroSolve for “mobile information collection” patent infringement  —  Let the games begin.  As travel site leader Kayak prepares for its IPO, the news comes across the wires today that it is being sued for patent infringement by a company called MacroSolve …

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