July 14, 2012, 6:20 AM

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Dalton Caldwell:
Announcing an audacious proposal  —  The overwhelmingly positive response to my blogpost, What Twitter could have been has been inspiring.  The post has generated 80K pageviews thus far.  Without really meaning to, I touched a nerve.  The responses to my post largely fell into two camps.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Dalton Caldwell's ‘Alternative to Advertising Hell’: Making People Actually Pay For A Web Service  —  Dalton Caldwell is a very smart guy who has been a prominent entrepreneur and programmer on the Silicon Valley scene for a while now, so any time he announces a new project you can pretty much tell it is going to be newsworthy.
Google's Nexus tablet selling fast across retail chains  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's “Nexus 7” tablet is off to an encouraging start, with major retailers running out of the gadgets as the Internet company's first entry in an increasingly crowded market showed up in U.S. stores on Friday.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple contacted U.S. carriers and retailers to demand removal of banned Samsung products  —  During the last 24 hours there have been various filings with the Federal Circuit in the cases relating to Apple's preliminary injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
RIM hit with $147.2 million verdict in wireless patent lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - A northern California jury directed Research in Motion Ltd to pay $147.2 million in patent litigation over a remote management system for wireless devices, according to an attorney for the plaintiff, Mformation Technologies Inc.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Amazing Alex Shoots to No. 1 on First Day  —  Rovio doesn't need birds to fly it to the top of the app charts.  Its new non-Angry Birds game, Amazing Alex, is already No. 1 in many regions, just a day after it was released, with particular strength on iOS.  —  The iPhone version of Amazing Alex …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
mPowa Replaces Hand Photo Allegedly Swiped From Square With Photo Of A Totally Different Hand  —  It looks like a titanic legal struggle has been avoided.  Mobile payments startup mPowa has responded to a cease-and-desist letter from Square by taking down a photo on its home page that Square said was swiped from its site.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook Starts Automating Home-Page Ad Buying  —  Premium Ads Now Available Through Third-Party Sellers  —  Two months after announcing it would automate the buying of premium ads that appear on user home pages and in their news feeds, Facebook has opened the floodgates.

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