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7:40 PM ET, July 7, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iPhone 5 redesign likely says WSJ, but have you met the iPad HD?  —  The Wall Street Journal now seems to be confirming what our sources told us back in April about the iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple decides to call it).  According to the report (which closely mirrors some of the chatter …
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Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 15 Billion  —  Apple® today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store™ by the more than 200 million iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide.  The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major ISPs agree to “six strikes” copyright enforcement plan  —  American Internet users, get ready for “six strikes.”  Major US Internet providers—including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable—have just signed on to a voluntary agreement with the movie and music businesses …
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple's IAd Mobile Business Is Said to Trim Prices as Advertisers Defect  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iAd mobile-advertising business has cut rates by as much as 70 percent as some marquee clients are using rival services, two people with knowledge of the matter said, signaling the company …
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Turntable.fm Has Raised $7.5 Million Round At $37.5 Million Valuation  —  We read earlier today that group music/DJ site Turntable.fm was raising a multi-million-dollar round.  —  After speaking with sources involved in the financing, we can confirm that term sheets were indeed signed yesterday …
Discussion: Betabeat
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Turntable.fm and the Siren Song of the Start-up Pivot  —  There is no more overused and reviled word in the world of tech start-ups than pivot.  Pivot.  Pivot.  Pivot.  —  It seems to capture the manic energy of the current tech industry, in which an idea can get millions in funding …
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews, Thanks:nitashatiku
Google Mobile Blog:
“Download map area” added to Labs in Google Maps for Android  —  One way we bring you new product features is through Google Labs—a collection of fun, experimental features you can turn on if you're interested in the functionality.  In fact, Google Maps itself started as a lab.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Investment Values Twitter at $8 Billion  —  While Twitter isn't rushing to go public like some of its larger peers, the micro-blogging service doesn't lack investor interest.  —  The San Francisco, Calif.-based start-up is in the process of raising $400 million dollars …
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Store Sets Secret Service on Spy Camera Artist  —  Artist Kyle McDonald installed a program on computers in two New York Apple Store locations that automatically takes a photo every minute.  Now his personal computers have been confiscated by the U.S. Secret Service.
Discussion: CNET News, 9to5Mac, Betabeat and SlashGear
YouTube Blog:
Check out Cosmic Panda, A New Experimental Experience for Videos, Playlists, and Channels  —  With nearly 8 years of video uploaded and 3 billion views logged every day on YouTube, it's clear you like to watch and share YouTube videos.  While you're watching your favorite or new videos …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Combines Privacy Education, Gaming And Rewards With PrivacyVille  —  Getting ahead of any privacy issues surround your product is an important part of product development for any company.  Facebook, unfortunately, learned this the hard way.  Social gaming giant Zynga is adding a layer …
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Business Week:
Zynga's Quest for Big-Spending Whales
Discussion: The Business Insider
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Top Editor Makes Another Talent Raid on AOL's Engadget for New Competing Gadget Site  —  I love the smell of blog wars in the morning!  —  Acting as Facebook often does to Google, a new site started by former Engadget editor Josh Topolsky just hired away yet another passel …
Discussion: This is my next and @acedtect
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Visa Says It's Still Not Processing Transactions for WikiLeaks  —  Contrary to widely-circulated reports in the Associated Press and Forbes, Visa did not lift its financial blockade on WikiLeaks, a Visa spokesperson tells The Atlantic Wire.  Earlier today, headlines splashed across the web …
Discussion: TG Daily
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
For The Moment, Visa And MasterCard Reopen Payments To WikiLeaks
Discussion: DataCell, CNET News and @wikileaks, Thanks:msbrumfield
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Walk in the Woods With Mark Zuckerberg  —  You might think a long quiet walk through the woods with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a treat only his closest friends and dearest family get to enjoy.  Yet a chummy stroll with one of the richest men in the world is actually reserved …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google+ Brand Pages Coming in Two Weeks  —  Ford, MTV and Mashable Likely Among First Allowed to Create Company Pages  —  Soon after the launch of Google+ came the inevitable next question: When can brands set up pages there, as they have successfully on Facebook?  Now, an answer: in about two weeks.
Discussion: @semilshah, ClickZ and @eric_andersen, Thanks:steverubel
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Grabs Former Yahoo Ari Balogh En Route to StumbleUpon  —  The Web discovery start-up StumbleUpon has hired Japjit Tulsi, who was previously a director of engineering at Google, as its VP of engineering, filling the role it had previously tried to give to former Yahoo CTO and EVP Products Ari Balogh.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search & The Aftermath Of The Google-Twitter Split  —  Last Friday, Twitter quietly shutdown its “firehose” of tweet data that was being piped to Google.  Like a gas station no longer getting deliveries, Google in turn effectively had to hang a “Closed” sign on its Google Realtime Search service.
Jeferson Valadares / Flurry:
Free-to-play Revenue Overtakes Premium Revenue in the App Store  —  Among the most common questions we get from game developers (either from our current partners or new ones coming through the Flurry Game Acceleration Program) is whether the free-to-play (a.k.a. freemium) model makes sense for their next game.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Study: 32% of all US iPhone 4s are on Verizon  —  AT&T had an eight-month head start with the iPhone 4, but Verizon has still ended up with a healthy 32 percent of the U.S. iPhone 4 market, according to a study by the mobile analytics company Localytics.  —  The study, if accurate …
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Second-Quarter Profit Drops After Slump in Displays  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of televisions, posted a 26 percent drop in second-quarter profit after a slump in sales of flat screens masked a surge in demand for smartphones and tablet computers.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Facebook and Google+'s video chat tools compared  —  Video chat is the big thing again, at least according to Facebook, which let loose a new video chat service yesterday.  Powered by Skype, the new feature lets Facebook users start a video calls with one another while continuing to use the site.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Signup Flow Shows Spotify Costing $4.99 And $9.99 A Month In The US  —  One day after it announced an imminent US launch with no other details, an American Spotify user has sent us these screencaps showing pricing in US dollars.  Only going by these screencaps, the Unlimited US Spotify plan …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Motorola Droid 3 officially hits Verizon, coming July 14th for $199.99  —  Sure, after months of leaked videos and specs Verizon's announcement of the Droid 3 doesn't really come as a shock, but hey, that doesn't take the excitement away from some of us physical keyboard lovers.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Facebook trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’  —  According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to “a fate worse than death,” and the only way out is “bite the bullet and rewrite everything.”
Discussion: @edwardoneill
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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