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3:45 PM ET, July 6, 2011

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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Skype-Powered Video Calling  —  Confirming our report last week, Facebook has just announced a major new feature that it's launching in tandem with Skype: video calling.  —  It's a feature that's been rumored for quite a while, and it's one that Facebook is putting a lot of weight behind.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launching Ad Hoc Group Chat, New Chat Design, Skype Video Calling  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced that Facebook would be launching several new features, including ad hoc group chat, a new design for its Chat interface, and a Skype integration to allow for video calling.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:   Next For Facebook And Skype: Calls To Outside Phones
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Zuckerberg Confirms That Facebook Has Reached 750 Million Monthly Actives
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg: Online Sharing Is Growing At An Exponential Rate (And Users Are Sharing 4 Billion Things A Day)
Discussion: Search Engine Land and @cdixon
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
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint iPhone Deal Appears Likely, Says Citadel
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OmniVision's Production Issues Diverting iPhone Image Sensor Orders to Sony?
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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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Microsoft seeking royalties from Samsung potentially worth $200 million a year on Galaxy S smartphone alone
Discussion: GigaOM, Digital Trends and eWeek
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Microsoft patent division taking cash from at least 5 Android vendors
Discussion: GMSV and Seattle Times
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: redesigned Motorola Droid Bionic looks confirmed in Best Buy leak  —  “With the ferocious force of Verizon 4G LTE, the Droid Bionic is an all-powerful, unstoppable machine.”  Pretty graphic language, isn't it?  That's the opening line in this leaked Best Buy Mobile promo material …
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..
Chris Van Der Westhuizen / The Official Google Blog:
Google Maps 5.7 for Android introduces Transit Navigation (Beta) and more  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Lat Long Blog and the Google Mobile Blog)  —  Today we're releasing Google Maps 5.7 for Android.  From Bangkok to Baltimore, we've added Transit Navigation (Beta), updated access to directions …
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.
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.
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 …
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: Engadget, Pulse2 and Neowin.net
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
Google dumps all 11+ million .co.cc sites from its results  —  Bigger than .org or .uk - but mostly spam and phish  —  Google has removed over 11 million .co.cc websites from its search engine results pages on the basis that most of them are far too “spammy”.
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.
 
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Posts Record Profit, Beats Estimates, on Android Demand
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires, Engadget and ZDNet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Averaging 300M Minutes Of Video Calling Per Month; Represents 50 Percent Of Traffic
Jim O'Neill / FierceOnlineVideo:
Disney CEO confirms owners ‘committed to selling’ Hulu
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Smartphone Maker HTC Buys S3 Graphics From VIA, WTI For $300 Million
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Media moguls focus on digital dollars at Sun Valley
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google says at least one of Oracle's patents-in-suit is not even used in Java
Discussion: V3.co.uk
 Earlier Items: 
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon and Zynga: Cat vs. Dog for Wall Street's Affections
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David M. Ewalt / Metagamer:
What Is Nintendo Planning With The Wii U? Reggie Fils-Aime Explains It All
Discussion: I4U News and Electricpig.co.uk
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Virgin Media announces its streaming music deal with Spotify
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia And Others Put $10 Million In Cloud-Based Demo SaaS CloudShare
Caleb Cox / The Register:
Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues The New York Times Company and five other companies who previously sued Lodsys — UPDATED