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July 11, 2012, 10:15 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
More malware found hosted in Google's official Android market  —  Security researchers have found more malware hosted in Google's official Android market, a discovery that once again demonstrates the limitations of a recently deployed scanning service designed to flag malicious apps before they can be downloaded by end users.
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.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
CashStar Nabs $5 Million From Intel Capital And Others For Digital Gifting Platform  —  CashStar, a company that makes an online platform for giving digital gift cards, has raised $5 million in new funding.  —  The new round included Intel Capital and existing investors Passport Ventures …
More: AllThingsD
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 …
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 …
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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