July 16, 2012, 10:10 AM

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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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPad Lover's Take On The Nexus 7  —  Trolls, feel free to skip to the bottom of this column and post your comments immediately without reading a word.  Actually, who are we kidding — you didn't make it this far.  —  Everyone else, brace yourselves.  You may want small children to leave the room.
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Here is why Facebook bought Spool  —  Over the weekend, news reports emerged that Facebook was buying Spool, a mobile-oriented social bookmarking service started by Avichal Garg and Curtis Spencer.  At the surface, this seems like yet another acqua-hire but scratch a little deeper and you start …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Evernote Wants To Be The Automatic, Trusted Place To Store Your Life [Interview]  —  Evernote, the multi-platform app that lets you capture notes, audio and images when you are on the go, and then access those mementos wherever you want to next, has carved out a position as one of the more …
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 …
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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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The State Of Mobile App Privacy Policies  —  The Washington, D.C.-based think tank Future of Privacy Forum ("FPF") released a study this week detailing the current state of mobile app privacy policies as of this past month, June 2012.  The report found that many app developers are now responding …
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 …

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