July 16, 2012, 3:00 PM

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New York Times:
Apple May Meet Tablet Competition With a Smaller iPad  —  The tech companies are at it again — trying to catch the blockbuster iPad in a race to win the tablet market.  —  Google on Friday began shipping its Nexus 7, which is smaller and less expensive than Apple's iPad …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store overnights happening July 24.  Mountain Lion launch the next day?  —  We've heard a few whispers (3 and counting) that Apple Stores both in the United States and overseas have planned overnights for Tuesday, July 24th.  With OS X Mountain Lion launching “in July”, according to Apple …
Brian Stelter / New York Times: Renamed to as Microsoft and NBC Divorce  —  On Sunday night, did something that successful Web sites almost never do: it renamed itself.  —  The site became, signifying the end of a relationship between NBC and Microsoft that dates back to the earliest days of the commercial Web.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Skype confirms ‘rare’ bug that sends messages to unintended contacts, promises fix soon  —  Only a handful of Skype users have reported this problem over at the support forum, but what they're complaining about is pretty hair-raising.  They say that, following an update in June …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
LIVE: Microsoft's Big Office Announcement!  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is making a big announcement today from San Francisco and we're going to be live blogging it here.  —  The event kicks off at 3 PM eastern.  Click here for the latest.  —  We have a reporter on the ground at the event to provide color and analysis.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple begins bid to block in-app purchasing flaw, but service remains operational (for now)  —  Apple has begun taking steps to limit the impact of a flaw in its iOS in-app purchasing mechanism that allows iDevice owners to download free in-game content, but despite its initial efforts, the service remains operational.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Break Nears End For Online Shoppers  —  Republican Governors, in Need of Revenue, Drop Opposition  —  Republican governors, eager for new revenue to ease budget strains, are dropping their longtime opposition to imposing sales taxes on online purchases, a significant political shift …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iOS 6 Beta 3 to Developers  —  Apple today released the third beta of iOS 6, the company's next-generation mobile operating system set to launch “this fall”, presumably alongside new iPhone hardware in the September-October timeframe.  —  The third beta, which arrives as Build 10A5355d …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days  —  U.S. venture capitalists put $8.1 billion into 812 deals in the second quarter of 2012, their single largest quarter in more than a decade, according to CB Insights.  —  It's clear factors like the greater American economy …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft's new Office: More strategic than Windows 8?  —  Summary: With the latest Office on deck, Microsoft aims to create its own business tech halo effect even if the enterprise uptake for Windows 8 is slow.  —  Larry Dignan  —  Follow @ldignan  —  Microsoft is expected to take the wraps off …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Steam store search shows categories for non-gaming apps  —  The Steam app for Android shows a number of new categories that have little to do with gaming, which could be a shred of evidence that Valve is considering different kinds of apps for its popular game distribution service.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Samsung widens lead over Apple, says survey  —  Samsung appears to be widening its lead over Apple in the titanic battle over smartphone sales, according to a recent survey.  —  Analysts forecast that thanks to its flagship Galaxy S III, Samsung sold about 50 million smartphones in the second quarter, according to a survey by Reuters.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
How Google is becoming an extension of your mind  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.  —  Search remains critical to the company's financial and technological future, but Google also is using …
Hilton Romanski / Cisco Blog:
Cisco Acquires Virtuata  —  Cisco is pleased to announce that it has acquired privately held Virtuata.  Based in Milpitas, Calif., Virtuata provides innovative capabilities for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Hits Back as Google Muscles In  —  Microsoft Corp. has publicly dismissed Web-based Google Apps as a competitor to its Office software suite.  But, behind the scenes, Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to halt Google Inc.'s encroachment on its business-software turf.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Sky's pay-as-you-go online Now TV service launches tomorrow on PC, Mac and Android  —  We knew that BSkyB was launching its pay-as-you-go Internet TV service this summer, but the exact details around the launch, including the date, weren't known until now.  —  At a launch event in London today …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
From Airbnb to TaskRabbit to Zimride, sharing is becoming big business  —  The nation is in a sharing mood — and start-ups are capitalizing on it.  —  Americans with heaps of stuff, skills and time are connecting online with tech-savvy and early adopters eager to share and rent homes …
Reyhan Harmanci / BuzzFeed:
The Most Important Tech Company You've Never Heard Of  —  Information about every cell phone in the country is in a Neustar database.  Which is why it's kind of weird that 400 or so companies trust them to deal with law enforcement surveillance requests.  —  A Delaware-based company …
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