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12:00 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.
Discussion: The Tech Trade and GottaBeMobile
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: BGR and @fosspatents
Times of India:
Microsoft seeks smartphone licensing payments from Samsung: Report
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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push  —  Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.  —  The move is part of a larger effort to unify its brand …
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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.
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..
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Virgin Media announces its streaming music deal with Spotify  —  UK ISP Virgin Media has inked its long-anticipated partnership with streaming music service Spotify.  The ISP will be offering Spotify to its customers over broadband, mobiles and TVs - the latter through an integration with its TiVO-powered set-top box.
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.
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 …
Caleb Cox / The Register:
Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp  —  Sony is developing a PlayStation Network design upgrade that could transform the online environment into a more image-driven layout along the lines of Xbox Live and Steam, Reg Hardware has learned.  —  Many PSN users say the current PSN …
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: GMSV
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 …
FierceWireless:
Verizon confirms it will ditch unlimited smartphone data plans starting July 7  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will switch to a new, usage-based pricing model for smartphone data starting July 7, a company spokeswoman confirmed.  —  Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless …
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.
Discussion: V3.co.uk
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon and Zynga: Cat vs. Dog for Wall Street's Affections  —  Groupon and Zynga may not compete in the same business, but they are both racing to be the next darling on Wall Street.  —  Despite the obvious differences — Groupon is a local commerce company and Zynga is a social games company …
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 and Reuters
 
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Kim Hjelmgaard / MarketWatch:
For Europe's start-ups, Silicon Valley still calls
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia And Others Put $10 Million In Cloud-Based Demo SaaS CloudShare
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Ad Rates Hold as Inventory Rises, Easing Price Concerns
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
UK startup defends Huddle name against Google — again
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
South Korean web attacks might have been war drill
Discussion: The Next Web
Lauren Etter / Vanity Fair:
Groupon Therapy  —  Starting with a two-for-one pizza deal …
Discussion: AllThingsD
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
EU demands answers over Microsoft's Patriot Act admission
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft begins moving Xbox 360 profiles and saved games to the Cloud
Discussion: WinRumors
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Android market share jumps as BlackBerry slides; smartphones now owned by 1 in 3 Americans