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1:45 PM ET, July 6, 2011

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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc. has placed orders for key components used in a next-generation iPhone it is preparing to launch sometime in the third quarter, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  According to some suppliers of components to Apple …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
WSJ: Apple plans to build 25M thinner, lighter next-gen iPhones this year  —  Apple is reportedly gearing up to build its next-generation iPhone, placing orders for key components to build a new model thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4 with an 8-megapixel camera.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On The Eve Of One Facebook Event, The Spartans Prepare For Another  —  Tomorrow morning at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Facebook is holding an event to show off an “awesome” new product.  Our sources tell us that product with be the long-rumored Skype integration within Facebook for full …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging The Facebook “Awesome” Event [+Video]  —  We're setting up shop this morning at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, covering a press event that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heralded as “awesome” last week, causing stirs of Facebook anticipation smack in the middle of the Google + launch.
Philip Su / Facebook Blog:
Call Your Friends Right From Facebook  —  Over the last year, the messages team has been working to make it easier to have one on one conversations with your friends.  In November, we launched the new messages, which brings together your chats, texts, emails and messages all in one place.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Skype comes to Facebook, and Facebook comes to Skype
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Microsoft wants Samsung to pay smartphone license: report  —  Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system as the software giant has a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform, local media reported on Wednesday.
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Microsoft patent division taking cash from at least 5 Android vendors
Discussion: GMSV, Seattle Times and AppleInsider
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Official: Spotify announces it's coming to the US  —  It's official.  Hot off the heels of its $100 million funding round, Spotify, Europe's most popular music service, has just announced it's coming to the U.S.
Jenna Wortham / Gadgetwise:
Is Google's Hangouts Its Killer App?  —  Last night a chatroom changed my life.  —  But it wasn't just any chatroom.  It was a virtual “hangout,” the group video chat service that is a prominent feature of Google+, Google's new social-networking service that aims to challenge Facebook..
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
The Perk Bubble Is Growing as Tech Booms Again  —  To Woo and Keep Employees, Start-Ups Stress Playthings; a Nap in the Tree House  —  At the new headquarters of San Francisco startup Airbnb, quirky amenities like an in-house tree house and a “peace room” give the office a “back to the dotcom '90s” feel.
Discussion: The Business Insider, Gawker and Digits
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With “Beyond Check-In” Notifications, Foursquare Goes Android-First  —  Over their history, Foursquare has been an iPhone-first company.  The app initially launched on the iPhone back in 2009, and new features have typically rolled out to iPhone first.  But with a new feature today …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Escalates Samsung Fight With ITC Case  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) filed a U.S. trade complaint that seeks to block imports of Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones and tablet computers, days after asking a federal court to halt sales of the devices.  —  The complaint submitted yesterday …
NielsenWire:
Play Before Work: Games Most Popular Mobile App Category in US  —  Games continue to be the most popular app category, and according to Nielsen research, 93 percent of app downloaders — those who have downloaded an app within the past 30 days - are willing to pay for the games they play.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs' bio gets a new title  —  “iSteve: The Book of Jobs” was the publisher's idea.  The author had second thoughts.  —  Amazon still doesn't have the title quite right  —  The first biography of Apple's (AAPL) CEO to get Steve Jobs' blessing — and cooperation — hasn't yet been published.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Google+ for Domains  —  A reader of this blog spotted some interface elements which show that Google+ will be available in Google Apps. … Right now, there's no support for Buzz or Profiles in Google Apps, but that should change in the near future.
Matt Weinberger / Googling Google Blog:
Google, Microsoft, AOL sued over Street View patent  —  Google, Microsoft, and AOL have found themselves the target of a lawsuit over a Louisiana company's patent on street-level views in online maps.  —  Details are fairly sparse, according to the original Reuters report.
Discussion: Reuters, Neowin.net and Engadget
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Smartphone Maker HTC Buys S3 Graphics From VIA, WTI For $300 Million  —  VIA Technologies, a Taiwan-based developer of x86 processor platforms, this morning announced that it has sold all of its shares in S3 Graphics, a provider of graphics visualization technologies used in PCs, game consoles and mobile devices based in California.
David M. Ewalt / Metagamer:
What Is Nintendo Planning With The Wii U?  Reggie Fils-Aime Explains It All  —  Reggie Fils-Aime (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)  —  Reggie Fils-Aime is president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, a division of the Japanese video game giant.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Amazon launches pet e-commerce site Wag.com  —  The team behind Diapers.com has made a new e-commerce site aimed at the other baby in the American household: the family pet.  —  Quidsi, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, is announcing Wednesday the launch of Wag.com, an e-commerce site selling pet-related products.
Electronista:
Another iPad leak source pleads guilty  —  Shimoon pleads guilty to slipping iPad info  —  One-time Flextronics development head Walter Shimoon on Tuesday pled guilty to leaking iPad trade secrets and others.  In return for a lighter penalty, the former executive admitted to passing along information …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Media moguls focus on digital dollars at Sun Valley  —  (Reuters) - Media and technology moguls gather in Idaho this week to once more debate a shift to a digital world, but the talk this year will finally focus on how to make money off it.  —  Unlike in years past, this year's attendees …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues The New York Times Company and five other companies who previously sued Lodsys — UPDATED  —  [Updated on July 6 to reflect Lodsys's motions to dismiss 5 of the 6 declaratory judgment complaints]  —  Lodsys filed a patent infringement lawsuit today in East Texas …
Jim O'Neill / FierceOnlineVideo:
Disney CEO confirms owners ‘committed to selling’ Hulu  —  Any doubts that Hulu really is for sale were put to rest today when Disney CEO Bob Igor confirmed that the three media companies that own the site—News Corp., Disney and Comcast's NBCUniversal—are “committed to selling” the site.
Goncalo Ribeiro / Redmond Pie:
JailbreakMe 3.0 iPad 2 Jailbreak On iOS 4.3.3 Now LIVE.  Here's A Complete How-To Tutorial [VIDEO]  —  There are several ways to jailbreak iOS devices, but most of them are time-consuming as they require you to connect your device to your computer for the jailbreak to complete.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google says at least one of Oracle's patents-in-suit is not even used in Java  —  Today Google filed its reply to Oracle's opposition to its Daubert motion (a request by Google to exclude Oracle's damages expert Prof. Cockburn and his damages report).  —  The disagreement over damages calculation methodologies goes on.
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
South Korean web attacks might have been war drill
Lauren Etter / Vanity Fair:
Groupon Therapy  —  Starting with a two-for-one pizza deal …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
EU demands answers over Microsoft's Patriot Act admission
Discussion: PC World
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report: Morgan Stanley warns 34,000 clients of data breach
Discussion: Credit.com and NYConvergence.com
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft pays University of Nebraska $250,000 to use Office365
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
If Google Buzz Is A Black Hole For Sharing Traffic, Google+ Is The Big Bang
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ZDNet
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Twitter Testing Facebook-Like Message Wall [PIC]