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July 22, 2012, 5:30 PM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google halts new orders for 16GB Nexus 7, surprised by demand  —  Heavy demand for the 16GB version of the new Nexus 7 tablet has caught Google out after it expected more customers ordering through Google Play to want the 8GB version  —  Sources close to Google say the search giant seriously underestimated …
Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Inside the Coursera Contract: How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses  —  Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform.
More: GigaOM and Slashdot
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: Looking Beyond Silicon Valley's Bubble  —  A party to celebrate AirBnB's new headquarters.  A select group of people in the Valley are oblivious to the rest of the world, ensconced in their own protective bubble.  —  It is still up for debate whether there is a bubble in Silicon Valley.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Dell launching Sputnik, the Ubuntu developer laptop, this year  —  Dell launched an experiment earlier this year to see if it could build a compelling Linux laptop for software developers.  The effort, which is codenamed Project Sputnik, pairs the XPS13 Ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Microsoft Mulls a Stylus for Any Screen  —  Adding a camera to a stylus could let it interact with any device—even one without a touch screen.  —  Microsoft is considering whether to release a stylus that could, after a software upgrade, interact with almost any existing display or device.
Brian Proffitt / ReadWriteWeb:
VMware Denies Cloud Spin-Off Rumors - Keeps Focus on Platform-as-a-Service  —  Rumors of a VMware/EMC spin-off are “completely unfounded,” according to a company executive, who sees little chance that VMware will change its approach to cloud computing during its current transition in leadership.
More: CRN
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
W3C and WHATWG finalize split on HTML5 spec, forking ‘unlikely’  —  One final link holding together two versions of the HTML specification is being severed, as the W3C (the web's largest standards-making body) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) separate editing duties.
Craig Platt / Canberra Times:
Qantas to provide passengers with iPads  —  Qantas will provide iPads to both business and economy class passengers for inflight entertainment on its Boeing 767s.  —  Qantas passengers on the airline's 767 planes will be provided with iPads for their inflight entertainment …

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