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July 11, 2012, 10:55 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 Velazco / TechCrunch:
Amazon Pumps Up Kindle Fire Gaming With GameCircle, Opens APIs To Developers  —  Amazon has just announced a bit of good news for avid Kindle Fire gamers and developers — the company has been working to revamp the gaming experience on their wallet-conscious tablet and have decided to share the fruits of their labor.
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
NBC and Facebook to Announce Olympics Partnership  —  Users of Facebook, later this summer, will be reminded about NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games in London.  And viewers of NBC's coverage, at the same time, will be nudged to talk about the Games on Facebook.
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
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
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung partners with SugarSync to bring more Cloud-syncing capabilities to Galaxy devices  —  Expanding its collaboration on Samsung's Smart TVs, cloud-synchronisation service SugarSync will now be preloaded on all Galaxy devices, starting with the company's flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S III.
More: Engadget and AllThingsD
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 …

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