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7:30 AM ET, July 10, 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 …
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Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog:
Google+ Fan Art Compilation  —  Since Google+ launched we have seen a fair amount of fan art created to celebrate (or poke fun at) its arrival.  —  Here's a roundup of some of the more popular images circling around Google+, listed roughly in the order of their appearance.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real?  —  Google's social networking service Google Plus is so new that it currently lacks a verification system for user accounts.  This isn't a big deal for most users, of course, but it can be an issue when someone famous signs up …
Discussion: Google+ Info
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why Google And Android Must Deal With The Mobile Protection Racket  —  It's kind of amazing to consider that in just three short years, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) found its answer to critics fond of the “one-trick pony” slur with Android, currently the world's most popular mobile operating system …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 and parislemon
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple's latest patent foe: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  —  It's not like Apple needs more hassle on the patent front.  Think of its “global war” with Samsung (eight venues, six countries, three continents), its disputes with HTC and Motorola, the unresolved Kodak problem …
Discussion: Electronista, AppleInsider and W3C
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Despite Google+ Competition, Disco, Google's Hushed Messaging App, Continues To Improve  —  It has been over three months since we first broke the news on the existence of Disco, the group messaging app made by the Slide team within Google.  Google still refuses to talk about it.  But work continues nonetheless.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
MiniDisplay Port to HDMI Cables ‘Unlicensed’ and Cannot Be Sold  —  Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables, such as those used to connect recent-generation MacBook Pro's to high-definition televisions do not comply with the official HDMI specifications.  —  HDMI Licensing, LLC …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft muzzles IE chief's ‘native HTML’ nonsense  —  Balderdash bug report closed  —  Microsoft has abandoned its nonsensical effort to recast HTML as a native Windows technology.  We can once again applaud the company's long overdue embrace of the latest web standards.
Vic Gundotra / Google+:
Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon.  —  For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications.  Hence our system continued to try sending notifications.  Over, and over again.  Yikes.
Wayne Lam / iSuppli:
Teardown of HTC ThunderBolt Provides Insights on Rumored LTE iPhone  —  If the rumors are true that the next-generation iPhone will support 4G long-term evolution (LTE), the new Apple Inc. smartphone likely will be significantly more expensive to make than the current iPhone 4 model …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, SlashGear, IntoMobile and CNET News
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Switching rates for US smartphone users suggest 50% penetration by August 2012
Jason Magder / Montreal Gazette:
Canadian Internet providers purposely slow us down
Discussion: Toronto Star
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Next week's Surface 2 SDK release will hint at Windows 8′s future
Discussion: The Windows Blog and MSDN Blogs
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple reflecting dramatic improvements in iPad 2 availability
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Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Solving The Scoble Problem In Social Networks
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Smiles, Shrugs as Hackers Wangle Mango Onto Old WinMo Gear
Discussion: PhoneNews.com, Gizmodo, Neowin.net and WMPU
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools
Discussion: PC World, Examiner and msnbc.com