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July 18, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Earliest known photos of an Apple iPad prototype  —  Well before the iPhone, and going back all the way to the early 2000s, Apple had been working on tablet prototypes that would eventually form the groundwork for the original iPad It's well established that Apple's iPhone was in the works …
Amanda Conway / YouTube Blog:
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity  —  As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them.  According to the international human rights organization WITNESS …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Has Hired Outside Experts To Investigate Possible Security Breach  —  The spam attack and related possible address leak over at Dropbox may be even more serious than we originally thought.  According to a message posted by the company over on its forums, they've now brought in …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T gets into shared data: ‘Mobile Share’ plans coming late August  —  Just over a month after Verizon announced Share Everything, AT&T is getting into the burgeoning shared data game (as it's been saying it would) with Mobile Share, a tiered set of plans that allow subscribers to split …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
With a $6 million Series A, Twist for iOS wants to ensure you'll never wait for someone again  —  There are times when we see a team and we know that the product that they're crafting is going to be great.  When startup vets Bill Lee and Mike Belshe are behind a project, it would be one of those times.
Hill Ferguson / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Acquires card.io  —  I'm excited to announce that PayPal has acquired card.io, a San Francisco-based company that provides technology for developers to capture credit card information by using the camera on a smartphone.  —  We first met with the team at card.io when we were working …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Will AT&T Charge For 3G FaceTime?  CEO Randall Stephenson Says It's ‘Too Early’ To Know  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stage this afternoon at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, where he was asked about a recent report in 9toMac that AT&T might charge customers extra …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon presses LTE advantage, adds 33 new markets  —  The carrier is racing through its deployment, and is on track to reach its goal of 400 markets by the end of the year.  —  Follow @RogerWCheng  —  Verizon Wireless again widened its lead when it comes to 4G LTE coverage …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court May Order Google to Censor ‘Torrent,’ ‘RapidShare’ and ‘Megaupload’  —  Early 2010 the French music industry group SNEP initiated legal action against Google in an attempt to force the search giant to filter certain terms from its “Instant” and “Autocomplete” features.
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google to reveal Fiber in Kansas City details on July 26th  —  Google's Kansas City Fiber project has been a long time coming, but it looks like the company is ready to announce some details about its mysterious project on July 26th, according to a quick post on the Google Fiber blog.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Already Valued at $4B, China's Xiaomi Has Declared War on Apple  —  China's answer to Apple occupies the 12th floor of a staid office tower in a sprawling commercial area of Beijing.  It has no signage on the building's exterior, so the only clue that suggests I'm in the right place …
Matthew Handrahan / GamesIndustry International:
Foxconn planning $1 billion facility in Indonesia  —  New manufacturing plant will create 1 million jobs in the region, where the average monthly wage is $100 a month  —  The market leading computer manufacturer Foxconn is planning a new $1 billion facility in Indonesia.
More: VentureBeat and KitGuru
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge rejects secrecy bids in Apple vs. Samsung battle  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected several requests by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to keep portions of key documents out of public view in their high-stakes patent litigation battle set for trial later this month.
More: Macgasm, ZDNet and CNET
Cade Metz / Wired:
NSA Mimics Google, Pisses Off Senate  —  The Senate Armed Service Committee isn't exactly pleased with the NSA's Google-like database.  —  Image: jim.greenhill/Flickr  —  In 2008, a team of software coders inside the National Security Agency started reverse-engineering the database that ran Google.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Google: Your Nexus 7 will ship this week or next  —  Summary: Lots of people are anxiously waiting word on when their shiny new Nexus 7 tablet will be shipping, while others are already receiving theirs.  This is the official word from Google as of today.  —  James Kendrick  —  Follow @jkendrick
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
The Inside Story On Why Kevin Rose Never Had A Big Hit  —  Last week, Betaworks, a small, privately held company in New York bought a website called Digg for $500,000.  —  This was shocking news to the Internet industry.  —  Just six years ago, Digg was a hot startup fielding big buyout offers.
Tweets: @kevinrose and @kevinroseThanks:@mattlynley
Dennis Fisher / ThreatPost:
Mozilla, EFF Help Launch Internet Defense League, a Bat Signal for the Internet  —  A group of civil-liberties organizations, software companies and popular Web sites are launching a new effort called the Internet Defense League that aims to “help Internet users, organizations …

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