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3:25 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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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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites
Discussion: TG Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Will Get Harder To Ignore: “Promoted Tweets” Coming To Your Timeline This Summer
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat