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July 27, 2012, 9:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Line Up to Bid for Kodak's Patents  —  Battle lines are forming in Eastman Kodak Co.'s patent sale ahead of Monday's initial bid deadline.  —  At least two groups are expected to bid on Kodak's trove of 1,100 patents, with a bevy of technology and patent heavyweights picking sides …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Buys Samsung's Android Security Partner AuthenTec For $356M  —  Amid fierce smartphone competition between Samsung and Apple that has spilled into a multinational patent battle, it looks like Apple may have opened yet another front on the M&A side: it is buying mobile security company AuthenTec …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Why Apple wanted AuthenTec: Thwart Samsung, Android in BYOD  —  Summary: If Apple didn't buy AuthenTec, a cash strapped mobile security player, it's likely another rival would have.  Apple's courtship of the enterprise via the bring your own device continues.  —  Larry Dignan  —  Follow @ldignan
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple's Mountain Lion Off to a Roaring Start  —  Thanks to its easy download and low price, Apple's Mountain Lion appears on pace to be one of the most quickly adopted operating systems in history.  —  After just its first 48 hours on the market, Apple's new Mountain Lion already accounts …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Google+ traffic soars: 66 percent increase in nine months  —  Traffic analytics site ComScore has revealed a large increase in visits to Google+.  According to ComScore, the number of unique visitors to the social network has increased by 66 percent over the last nine months …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Multiple Law Firms Are Now Investigating Zynga For Possible Stock Shenanigans  —  Bad news just got worse for the makers of FarmVille.  It looks like a whole lot of lawyers are about to pounce on one of gaming's biggest companies.  —  Following news that Zynga insiders sold large amounts …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Tech Firms Battle to Keep Secrets as Apple vs. Samsung Nears Trial  —  While the primary battle next week in a San Jose courtroom will be between Samsung and Apple, a secondary skirmish is also taking place.  —  Both Apple and Samsung — along with a variety of other tech companies including Intel …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA: Online Music Piracy Pales In Comparison to Offline Swapping  —  In April, one of the RIAA's key employees informed a group of music industry insiders about the upcoming six-strikes anti-piracy scheme in the U.S. TorrentFreak received a copy of the presentation sheets which include …
More: Techdirt and Daily Dot
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple U.S. margins for iPad roughly half of iPhone: court filing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc earned gross margins of 49 to 58 percent for U.S. iPhone sales between April 2010 and the end of March 2012, while gross margins on the iPad were much lower during much of that period, according to a court filing.
American Banker:
VeriFone CEO on Square's Latest Funding Round?  ‘Pets.com’  —  Square is close to raising $200 million, according to reports, for an implied valuation of $3.25 billion — nearly as much as its well-entrenched point of sale competitor VeriFone, which is currently worth about $3.7 billion.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @karaswisher
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Senate amendment would allow Facebook users to share Netflix videos  —  A proposed amendment to a Senate cybersecurity bill would allow Facebook users to opt-in to automatically share which videos they have watched on Netflix.  —  The Senate could vote on the amendment, filed by Sen. Patrick Leahy …
Mark Gillett / The Big Blog:
What Does Skype's Architecture Do?  —  In the last few days we have seen reports in the media we believe are inaccurate and could mislead the Skype community about our approach to user security and privacy.  I want to clear this up.  —  At Skype, we continue to be humbled and grateful …

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