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2:00 PM ET, July 9, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt On Gauging Google+'s Success  —  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 that are here about various topical Google issues …
Discussion: PC World
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week  —  The Twitterverse was in a flurry this week, as early adopters and tech enthusiasts excitedly dissected Google's brand new social network, Google+.  —  According to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's …
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  —  Chris Sacca is one of Silicon Valley's original “super-angels,” investing early in such companies as Twitter, Bit.ly, Formspring and Instagram.  —  But Sacca seems to have grown wary of most seed-stage opportunities …
Discussion: The Next Web
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: MacNN, iSource, MAC.BLORGE, @asymco and TUAW
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: Robert Scoble
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, AppleInsider and MacNN
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 …
Carolyn Hax / Washington Post:
Ubiquitous ‘tiny belly’ online ad part of scheme, government says  —  It might be the ad that ate the Internet.  —  “1 Tip for a Tiny Belly” reads the headline, rendered in what appears to be hand-lettered type and positioned above a crudely animated drawing of a woman's bare midriff.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
No plans to kill the Blogger brand  —  A source familiar with Google's Blogger division told us that contrary to web rumors, the search giant has no plans to send the Blogger brand on its way.  Or to paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of Blogger's death have been greatly exaggerated and re-tweeted.
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: msnbc.com and Examiner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Heads Up!  TechCrunch Will Look A Little Different Next Week  —  Next week we'll be rolling out significant enhancements to TechCrunch.  A new design and a new logo will be the first thing you'll notice.  But behind the scenes we've made significant changes to the other end of TechCrunch as well …
MaryAnn Spoto / New Jersey Online:
Judge rules use of GPS to track a cheating spouse is not an invasion of privacy  —  Beware, all you cheating husbands and wives.  The use of a GPS device to track your whereabouts is not an invasion of privacy in New Jersey, a state appellate court panel ruled today.
 
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Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook scammers spread app pretending to be ‘Video Calling’
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites
Discussion: TG Daily
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Will Get Harder To Ignore: “Promoted Tweets” Coming To Your Timeline This Summer
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Labs Launches ‘Web Activities’ Experiment, Lets Web Apps Talk To Each Other
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google To Buy Mobile Loyalty Card Startup Punchd
Discussion: Digital Trends and MacNN
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Oracle win would strain Android growth