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5:30 PM ET, July 8, 2011

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James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
John Carmack: ‘Unquestionable’ That Mobile Will Surpass Current Consoles  —  id Software's John Carmack has taken a greater and greater interest in mobile gaming over the last couple years, and the rate at which the hardware iterates in the smartphone and tablet space has allowed the technology to nearly catch up with consoles.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's How Spotify Plans To Invade the U.S., With Facebook's Help  —  Spotify should finally get to the U.S. this month.  Then what?  —  We can get some sense by taking a look at the marketing materials the European music service is showing off to potential advertisers.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Good Bet: We Can Stop Betting on Spotify's U.S. Launch Next Week
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Oracle win would strain Android growth  —  Oracle is reportedly already asking handset makers to pay as much as $20 per Android phone  —  Will handset makers maintain their dedication to Android if they have to pay to license it?  That's the question experts following Google's battle …
Discussion: CNET News and BetaNews
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle fights to keep its Java patent claims alive
Discussion: InfoWorld and Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:fosspatents
Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint:
Google confirms Google Apps users will gain Google+ access  —  The recent release of Google+ has since launch seen Google Apps users screaming out for access.  Now thanks to Google's president of enterprise, Dave Girouard, we know its coming.?  —  Girouard confirmed via Google+ that the Apps access was in the works:
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Tablet shipments below lofty expectations, says IDC  —  Global tablet shipments in the first quarter fell 28 percent from the fourth quarter and failed to hit expectations, according to research firm IDC.  —  Specifically, tablet shipments were 7.2 million units worldwide.
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Report: Facebook Like Button Most Used, Google +1 Button Surging  —  Today BrightEdge, an enterprise SEO platform, released a report on the adoption of social sharing plugins on websites and links to those sites.  The findings show that about half of the top 10,000 websites have a link …
Discussion: VatorNews, AllTwitter, Adotas and eWeek
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X Lion: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For  —  It breaks my heart to say this, but Mac OSX Lion's interface feels like a failure.  Its stated mission was to simplify the operating system, to unify it with the clean experience of iOS.  That didn't happen.
Thanks:gizmodo
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store overnight planned for July 13th, new MacBook Airs and Lion signage awaits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams on Blogger & blogging's future  —  When the rumors of Google retiring the Picasa and Blogger brands hit the web last week, it sent me down memory lane.  It made me think about blogging in general and how it had evolved.  I wanted to write an Om Says newsletter …
Discussion: Smarterware
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
I Flunked My Social Media Background Check.  Will You?  —  Your next job application could require a social media background check.  Odds are, you have no clue what that means.  Nobody does.  It's new and scary and probably scours the Web for pictures of you puking on the beach.  —  But screw speculation.
Discussion: MediaPost and Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:gizmodo
The Strategy Sesion Blog:
Living Social Selects Underwriters for Planned IPO  —  Living Social, the number two competitor to the group-discount website Groupon, has selected the lead underwriters for a planned initial public offering, among them JP Morgan, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google To Buy Mobile Loyalty Card Startup Punchd  —  We've just got word that that Google has bought digital loyalty card service Punchd.  The team, which consists of developers Reed Morse and Grantland Chew, will most likely still be working on Punchd within Google according to our source.
Dan Redding / Smashing Magazine:
Inside Google's User Experience Lab: An Interview With Google's Marcin Wichary  —  Marcin Wichary's fascination with the relationship between humans and machines began at an early age.  As a boy in Poland, he was mesmerized by the interaction between arcade patrons and the video games they played.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Has Dropbox set the stage for a privacy revolution?  —  Life has been something of a rollercoaster ride for Dropbox lately.  In May, the consumer cloud-storage service was hit with an FTC complaint based on allegedly misleading contractual language about data security.
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Google chairman Schmidt agrees to testify at Senate antitrust hearing  —  Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has agreed to testify at a September hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust subpanel.  —  Google had earlier declined an invitation from the subcommittee's leadership …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Surpasses Myspace For U.S. Visitors To Become No. 2 Social Network; Twitter Not Far Behind  —  Professional social network Linkedin surpassed Myspace in terms of traffic to become the No. 2 most visited social networking site in the U.S. in June.  LinkedIn, which has seen a resurgence …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Google+ (And A Tweak For Analytics), The Social Sharing War Is Fully On  —  Google and Facebook are at war.  This is old news.  They both want to be the center of the Internet — but there can be only one center.  For a while, it looked like things were quickly shifting Facebook's way after years of dominance by Google.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wants to Beat HP's WebOS Sharing Feature with Something Cooler  —  When HP first introduced the TouchPad's “Touch to Share” feature earlier this year, fans and industry pundits alike applauded them for their innovation.  Well, it appears that Apple has been working on something similar for about 18 months now.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple snags 50% of handset industry profits ahead of first 100M iPhone year  —  In less than four years, Apple went from not making a dime on handset sales to commanding approximately half of the industry's profits, and is now poised to set the bar even higher by shipping 100 million iPhones over a 12-month span, financial experts say.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Netflix criticizes new Internet billing by bits  —  Netflix said Friday that moves by Internet service providers to charge users by the amount of data they use could end up costing consumers more.  —  In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Netflix General Counsel David Hyman …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wow!  Mobile is now 2% of global GDP  —  The worldwide mobile industry should bring in $1.3 trillion in 2011 and will represent about 2 percent of global gross domestic product, according to data released today by analyst Chetan Sharma.  In his review of the first half of 2011 he estimates …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt sees room for several social networks  —  Google Inc is leaving open the door to more co-operation with social-media giants Facebook and Twitter, and believes there is room for multiple social networks as it rolls out its own, executive chairman Eric Schmidt said.
The Politico:
Tech experts exit White House  —  When President Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a pack of technology advocates with impressive résumés and ambitious visions.  They wanted to improve the government through the use of Internet tools and iPhone apps and help shape communications policy to expand broadband.
Discussion: Gov 2.0 and Smart Mobs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Curation Grows Up: Storify Becomes Blog & SEO Friendly  —  Thirteen years ago this Spring, Dave Winer's UserLand Software launched a technical protocol that made it easy to publish content from one web page onto another.  (Winer was the inspiration for ReadWriteWeb and countless other blogs.)
 
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Smartphone Job Market Ripe With Opportunity, Unless You're a BlackBerry Developer
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Debuts Powerful Social Analytics Platform For Brands And Agencies
Discussion: GigaOM
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Hangouts gives the “Alive Web” a big boost
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
As Web IPOs Hit, Few Share the Spoils
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP, Oracle exchange court jabs in escalating Itanium support showdown
Discussion: eWeek
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
How Sony accidentally did the right thing with Light Peak
Discussion: MacRumors and 9to5Mac
Zach Epstein / BGR:
The BlackBerry PlayBook is my favorite tablet
Discussion: Engadget and PalmAddicts
Brian David Eoff / ReadWriteWeb:
How We Use the Tools We Choose: A Week of Worldwide Usage Data
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
HTC facing backlash for S3 acquisition
Mike Webb / Mac Post:
‘iPad HD’ Launching this Fall with Pro-Level Apps Support
Timothy Lee / Disruptive Economics:
Microsoft's Android Shakedown