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5:10 PM ET, July 9, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Comments On Google+'s Success, Claims “Millions” Of Users  —  Speaking at a press event on Thursday at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, former Google CEO and now Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave a 70 minute talk to the relatively few reporters …
Discussion: MediaPost and Computerworld
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Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Solving The Scoble Problem In Social Networks  —  I finally blocked Robert Scoble in Google+.  I have absolutely nothing against Scoble.  I quite admire him, actually.  He's a great asset to the startup scene and he works damn hard.  I've met him a few times and I'm sure we'll meet again.
Discussion: Stay N Alive and Robert Scoble
New York Times:
Marc Andreessen on the Dot-Com ‘Bubble’  —  Contrary to all the recent hype about a bubble, you've said that tech companies are actually undervalued.  So in true 1999 fashion, should I take my life savings out of mutual funds and toss it into tech stocks?  —  I'm certainly not an investment adviser …
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Chris Sacca: Bad environment for seed-stage investors
Discussion: The Next Web
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools  —  A top Department of Homeland Security official has admitted to Congress that imported software and hardware components are being purposely spiked with security-compromising attack tools by unknown foreign parties.
Discussion: PC World, msnbc.com and Examiner
Blake Steven / AppleInsider:
Apple's back-to-school promo clobbering Microsoft's efforts  —  In spite of initial skepticism from industry watchers, Apple's annual Back to School promotion is off to a strong start, according to one analyst.  —  Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry issued a note to investors earlier …
Discussion: iSource, MAC.BLORGE, @asymco, MacNN and TUAW
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Canadian Internet providers purposely slow us down  —  Canadian Internet providers have purposely or accidentally slowed down the speeds of its customers dozens of times in the last two years, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has done little to stop this practice, an industry researcher has found.
Discussion: Toronto Star
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Antitrust officials probing sale of patents to Google's rivals  —  It's not often that search giant Google looks like the little guy.  But in a move unprecedented in the tech world, six of Google's rivals — including Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion — combined forces recently …
Discussion: Against Monopoly
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple reflecting dramatic improvements in iPad 2 availability  —  For the first time since its launch in early March, customers in the market for a new iPad 2 can order it direct from Apple and have it shipped to their doorstep in a week or less, the company disclosed on its online store Thursday.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Smiles, Shrugs as Hackers Wangle Mango Onto Old WinMo Gear  —  When Windows Phone 7 was released, there were some owners of older Windows Mobile devices who hoped Microsoft might allow them to upgrade their phones to the new software.  —  That was especially true of owners of the HTC HD2 phone …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple loses out in East Texas, jury awards non-practicing entity $8 million  —  I recently wrote that the trolls' business model works very well and provided some examples.  Here's the latest one: according to Bloomberg, which cites a lawyer who represents a non-practicing entity in East Texas …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Switching rates for US smartphone users suggest 50% penetration by August 2012  —  The latest comScore MobiLens is out and it allows an update to the picture of the US phone using population.  Through the three month period ending May 2011, smartphones were in use by 76.8 million or about one in three US phone users.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Next week's Surface 2 SDK release will hint at Windows 8′s future … Microsoft is set to release its Surface 2.0 SDK on July 12.  —  The software giant will unveil the SDK at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles next week.  Microsoft's latest Surface SDK will now run on WPF 4.0, XNA 4.0 and Windows 7.
 
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