July 23, 2012, 8:35 AM

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What's up dock?  Apple to shrink connector for iPhone 5  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's new iPhone will drop the wide dock connector used in the company's gadgets for the best part of a decade in favor of a smaller one, a change likely to annoy the Apple faithful but which could be a boon for accessory makers.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Samsung: Apple refused to negotiate to license 3G patents  —  Samsung Electronics accused Apple of refusing to enter into negotiations to license essential 3G patents included in the iPhone and iPad during the first day of their patent trial on Monday in Federal Court in Sydney.
Josh Taylor / ZDNet:
Samsung sacrificed Qualcomm truce for Apple war  —  Summary: Samsung ended a truce with Qualcomm and its third-party vendors over 3G patent use when Apple filed court proceedings against Samsung last year.  —  Josh Taylor  —  Follow @joshgnosis  —  Samsung signed an agreement with Qualcomm …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Ryan Jones / I Am Concise:
The Reason for the iPad Mini  —  On the last Apple conference call Tim Cook stated that they would be sure “to not leave a price umbrella for competitors” in the tablet space.  What's that?  A price umbrella is when a company with dominant market share maintains high prices …
David Carr / New York Times:
Question for a C.E.O.: What Is Yahoo?  —  What is Yahoo?  —  That straightforward question has so far baffled the people who run the company.  —  I got a taste of the fuzziness when I visited Carol Bartz, then the chief executive, back in 2010.  She was funny, profane and articulate, except on the question of what the company is.
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Apple heads into choppy waters as new iPhone awaited  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc faces an unusual phenomenon when reporting earnings this time around: low expectations.  —  Few are expecting the world's most valuable technology company — which surpasses Wall Street expectations with near regularity …
Ryan Gallagher / Slate:
Skype Won't Say Whether It Can Eavesdrop on Your Conversations  —  Since Microsoft bought Skype, has the chat client started working more with law enforcement?  —  New surveillance laws being proposed in countries from the United States to Australia would force makers of online chat software to build in backdoors for wiretapping.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
MIT Economist: Here's How Copyright Laws Impoverish Wikipedia  —  Using a little-known copyright rule and a trove of baseball-related trivia, an MIT economist figured out how current copyright laws specifically affect one online community.  —  Everyone knows that the flow of information …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Think Hiring Is Tough In The Valley?  Now Europe Joins The Talent Wars  —  Despite some of the froth being blown off following the rocky Facebook IPO, it remains the case that talent and hiring are a big issue in the Valley.  And you may not know this, but for a long time Europeans looked onward …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
New Programming Jargon  —  Stack Overflow - like most online communities I've studied - naturally trends toward increased strictness over time.  It's primarily a defense mechanism, an immune system of the sort a child develops after first entering school or daycare and being exposed to the wide …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Area Journalist Partying Too Hard  —  I'm obviously not getting invited to the right parties, because the Silicon Valley I know and love bears no resemblance to the “obscene” picture painted by the NY Times' Nick Bilton in his article earlier today. … There is an obscene amount of money here.
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