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August 3, 2012, 8:55 PM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Top Apple Executive Saw Market for 7-Inch Tablet in 2011, Said Company Should Do One  —  Apple executive Eddy Cue sent an e-mail in January 2011 to CEO Tim Cook and others recommending that the company build its own 7-inch tablet.  —  “I believe there will be a 7-inch market and we should do one …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Loses Bid to Keep Customer Survey Secret  —  The judge overseeing Apple's patent lawsuit against Samsung said Apple can't keep secret a marketing survey it took of its customers.  —  Apple argued that the survey's release would aid competitors as the data is not available elsewhere.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Phil Schiller on History of the iPhone, Advertising, and Market Research  —  Phil Schiller is currently on the witness stand in the trial of Apple versus Samsung, and Apple's marketing chief is offering a bit of insight into the history of the iPhone, making the argument that Apple revolutionized …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mountain Lion having mysterious effect on battery life for some users  —  A large number of Mac users are reporting that installing OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is causing a major drop in battery life on MacBook Pros and Airs.  Those users have been posting about battery life problems …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Electronic Arts Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement Over The Ville  —  After loudly complaining that Zynga had ripped off one of its biggest hits, Electronic Arts is taking its rival to court.  —  Filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against Zynga, Electronic Arts charged today …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
How Apple's new vector-based Maps leave Google Maps looking jittery  —  Apple isn't just declaring its independence from Google Maps with its new in-house backend for Maps in iOS 6.  It has developed a superior way to deliver map data that relies on resolution independent vectors rather …
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Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Logitech launches TV Cam HD for living room video chats: built-in Skype, 720p, $200  —  If Cisco's ill-fated Umi video conferencing system had been more like this, would it have survived?  Logitech is about to find out, one way or the other, once its TV Cam HD — recently spotted at the FCC — arrives in the US this month.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Prepaid Cellphones Are Cheaper.  Why Aren't They Popular?  —  Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want.  So why haven't they really caught on?
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Dalton Caldwell's App.net, a social utopia, makes its alpha debut  —  A select bunch of social media idealists are now taking up residence at App.net, the would-be status update safe house for consumers running away from advertisers and developers seeking refuge from hostile platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @daltonc and @daltonc
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Facebook is now pushing site updates twice a day thanks to new hires in NYC  —  Announced on its developer blog, Facebook is now pushing updates to its site twice a day.  This change, up from once a day as we reported back in May of last year, is possible due to new hires in New York.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS Loves Apple TV, in Theory  —  CBS boss Les Moonves gets asked a lot about his willingness to do business with Apple.  And his answer is always the same: “Sure!  As long as it's on our terms.”  —  Yesterday's earnings call was no exception.  Here's the full exchange between the CBS CEO …
Rachel Dodes / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Goes to the Movies  —  Hollywood is digging deep into new ways of using social media; the selling of ‘Ted’  —  The teddy bear's first tweet, from an account called @WhatTedSaid set up by the Universal Pictures marketing department, was “Hello, Twitter.  Kindly go f— yourself.”

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