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July 31, 2012, 9:55 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Stocks Up on Components for September iPhone Launch  —  Apple hasn't yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it's definitely planning one.  —  IMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event …
Amy Willis / Telegraph:
London Olympics 2012: Twitter 'alerted NBC to British journalist's critical tweets'  —  Twitter employees alerted NBC staff to a British journalist's tweets and showed them how to file a complaint against him, the television network has revealed.  —  Gary Zenkel and Matt Lauer …
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ross Levinsohn Departs Yahoo  —  As I previously reported he likely would, top Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn — who lost the CEO race to former Google exec Marissa Mayer — is leaving the company, according to several sources.  —  Mayer also just sent a note to the company about the departure …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung readying 11.8-inch tablet with ‘retina’ display, say court documents  —  Court documents made public in the epic Apple v. Samsung trial that kicked off in California today reveal that Samsung is working on a tablet codenamed “P10” that would include LTE connectivity and an 11.8-inch display at 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) resolution.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Hulu Plus Now Available on Apple TV  —  Apple has quietly launched a Hulu Plus channel on Apple TV this morning.  We've first received a report from one Apple TV owner who first found the channel to appear this morning and have since been able to confirm it ourselves.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wired:
Samsung Product Chief: 'It's Unreasonable That We're Fighting Over Rectangles'  —  Kevin Packingham, Samsung's Chief Product Officer, at Wired's San Francisco office.  —  Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired  —  The Apple v. Samsung trial that begins in a San Jose federal courtroom on Monday …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Facebook introducing ‘save for later’ feature  —  Facebook is reportedly rolling out an update to its mobile platform that allows users to save friends' posts for reading later.  According to iMore, users will soon see a notification letting them know that they can 'press and hold anywhere …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
App Store infested with zombie software, claims analytics startup Adeven  —  Zombies may provide a perennial source of material for mobile games, but no developer actually wants their app to be the walking dead.  Nonetheless, according to new mobile analytics and ad verification firm Adeven …
More: TechCrunch and BetaKit
Kristen Nicole / SiliconANGLE:
Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out  —  Saga is not another Siri clone, per se.  It's more similar to Google Now and the recently launched Friday app, offering a utility that intelligently pins down data based on any number of metrics, most prominently your location, and displays it to the user with actionized intent.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify launches unlimited free radio for Android users in the US  —  About a month after Spotify launched its unlimited free radio feature for iOS users in the US, the company today announced the same deal for Android users.  This is the first time Spotify has allowed Android users to listen …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
One of Apple's Best Ideas Ever — Made Worse  —  I think the MagSafe connector is one of Apple's best ideas ever.  It's on the end of every Mac laptop's power cord.  It attaches to the laptop with a powerful magnet—but if anybody trips on it, it detaches and falls harmlessly to the floor.
More: ComputerworldTweets: @gruber
DealBook:
Alibaba Is Said to Be Close to Raising $8 Billion  —  Some American Internet companies may be unpopular with investors these days, but a Chinese one is finding plenty of takers.  —  The Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce giant, is close to completing a more than $8 billion round of financing …
More: PandoDaily
John Callaham / Neowin:
SkyDrive features for Office 2013 detailed  —  Office 2013 is now available to download in a preview version, so its users already know that the next version of Microsoft's productivity software suite also has SkyDrive features.  Today, Microsoft offered up more details on how its SkyDrive …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IPhone's Russian Carrier Blames ‘Dictatorship’ For $1,000 Price  —  OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MTSS), the iPhone's biggest wireless carrier in Russia, criticized Apple Inc. (AAPL) for not cutting the device's $1,000-plus price in the country and being too strict about how it's sold.
More: TechCrunch
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg Reveals He Is Open To A Radical Change In Facebook Strategy  —  It's not often that a public company CEO suggests that he might be open to an entirely new product strategy, but that's exactly what Mark Zuckerberg did on Facebook's earnings call last week.  —  Allow us to explain.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Viddy takes social video to the next level: Officially opens up its API  —  Today, social video sharing site Viddy has made a huge leap towards becoming a powerhouse.  The company has announced the availability of its API, which will allow developers to build around the platform and come up with new ways to share videos.
Thanks:@thatdrew
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Google and Facebook's new tactic in the tech wars  —  Google and Facebook are using a controversial legal doctrine to channel money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and other groups that share their hostility to online copyright enforcement.

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