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12:10 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 …
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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
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 and AppleInsider
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.
AppleInsider:
Apple could test limited iTunes HD+ 1080p movie service  —  Apple as early as this fall may choose to test the waters for 1080p video sales through its ubiquitous iTunes service, AppleInsider has been advised.  —  Thus far, 1080p HD content has largely eluded users of Apple products …
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: MAC.BLORGE, iSource, @asymco and TUAW
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.
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.
Discussion: TUAW, parislemon and 9to5Mac, Thanks:gizmodo
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Will Get Harder To Ignore: “Promoted Tweets” Coming To Your Timeline This Summer  —  As Twitter raises even more money, it's getting more serious about making money.  The service is set to start showing ads in users' “timelines” within the next month, following through on plans it has talked about for more than a year.
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
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.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:   IDC: Nook Color Leading E-Reader Sales For First Time Ever, As Tablets Lag
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, Beyond Search and GigaOM
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle fights to keep its Java patent claims alive
 
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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools
Discussion: msnbc.com and Examiner
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook scammers spread app pretending to be ‘Video Calling’
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites
Discussion: TG Daily
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams on Blogger & blogging's future
Discussion: Smarterware
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's How Spotify Plans To Invade the U.S., With Facebook's Help