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10:25 PM ET, July 12, 2011

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Jessie Becker / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Introduces New Plans and Announces Price Changes  —  Jessie Becker, here to share two significant changes at Netflix with you.  —  First, we are launching new DVD only plans.  These plans offer our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVDs - only $7.99 a month for our 1 DVD out at-a-time plan …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Tells Its Customers To Ditch Their DVDs Or Pay Up  —  If you want to ruffle a feather at Netflix, describe the company as something other than a streaming Web video service.  —  Even though majority of Netflix's 24 million subscribers are still paying it to get DVDs by mail …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
People really hate the Netflix price hike  —  Subscribers have been up in arms since Netflix announced a changed pricing structure earlier today that will raise the price for a combined DVD and streaming subscription from $10 to $16 a month.  The company is also offering DVD-only and streaming …
Paul Montoy-Wilson / Google Mobile Blog:
A new Android Market for phones, with books and movies  —  Recently, we've been hard at work improving Android Market to give you new ways to find great applications and games, purchase books, and rent movies.  Today, we're releasing a new version of Android Market which makes all of these available on phones (Android 2.2 and higher).
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Facebook Mobile:
Facebook for Every Phone  —  At Facebook, we work to ensure people around the world have a great Facebook experience no matter where they are or how they access our site.  Today, we're launching the new Facebook for Every Phone app, which offers a fast and comprehensive Facebook experience on over 2,500 different phones.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Raising Massive Round at a $5B-Plus Valuation  —  We've heard from multiple sources that Dropbox is finally moving on raising its next venture round and it's a whopper.  They've had preliminary conversations with several investors, several solid offers they've passed on earlier …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google+ fervor may be making Facebook nervous  —  Google+ may be getting enough attention to make Facebook, Twitter anxious  —  Computerworld - Just two weeks old, Google's social network is generating a tidal wave of curiosity and excitement.  And that level of interest may have social networking giants …
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Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ To Pass 10,000,000 Users Tomorrow (on 7/12)
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television: A $100 Billion Opportunity  —  At $328 billion, Apple's market capitalization is the second largest among U.S. companies.  How much higher can it go?  Plenty — particularly if the company launches that Internet-connected HDTV it's rumored to be developing.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Brains!  Why EA May Spend $1.3 Billion on PopCap  —  After weeks of speculation, Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire PopCap Games for $750 million in cash and stock.  —  TechCrunch had originally reported that the two companies were in talks, but the acquisition seemed unlikely given …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Key Apple patent lawyer to leave, source says  —  Apple Inc's chief patent counsel will soon leave the company, at a time when the iPhone maker is fighting numerous legal battles around the world, according to a source familiar with the situation.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dancing To The Drumbeat Of HTML5, New Pandora Is Brilliant, Beautiful  —  Perhaps you noticed that TechCrunch went through a bit of a redesign yesterday.  Well, we're not the only ones undergoing a major facelift this summer.  Another site you all know and love will soon look completely different.
Electronista:
Microsoft denies WP7 for tablets: ‘we view a tablet as a PC’  —  Microsoft's Lees says no Windows Phone 7 tablets  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone president Andy Lees at the Worldwide Partners Conference once again tried to shoot down hopes for tablets based on Windows Phone 7.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
What does Microsoft's Windows sales announcement tell us about PC sales?
Discussion: AppleInsider
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon offers first car deal, targets bigger items  —  (Reuters) - Groupon Inc offered its first car coupon on Tuesday, a sign the largest online daily deal company is expanding into bigger-ticket items.  —  Groupon offered a $199 deal good for $500 off the purchase or lease …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's new MacBook Airs to bring back backlit keyboards - sources  —  With the release of new models later this month, Apple is set to reinstate a feature to its MacBook Airs that went missing when the company overhauled the ultra-thin notebooks into more cost-affordable products late last year, AppleInsider has learned.
Kevin Maney / Fortune:
Skype: The inside story of the boffo $8.5 billion deal  —  How executive shuffles, product changes, and a delayed IPO paid off for a couple of private equity firms.  —  By Kevin Maney, contributor  —  CEO Bates (left) first interviewed with financier Durban (center) over Skype …
Mike Orcutt / Technology Review:
How Much Is a User Worth?  —  Several upstart Internet companies have shown promise in being able to translate user engagement into revenue.  —  Internet companies are notoriously difficult to value, as investors learned in the dot-com crash 11 years ago.  But since the “Web 2.0” …
Jeff John Roberts / Reuters:
A new U.S. law-enforcement tool: Facebook searches  —  (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement agencies are increasingly obtaining warrants to search Facebook, often gaining detailed access to users' accounts without their knowledge.  —  A Reuters review of the Westlaw legal database shows that since 2008 …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Did Facebook hijack a developer's app for its own purposes?  —  Manifest Destiny depicted in the 1872 painting “American Progress”  —  With a healthy dose of fanfare, last week Facebook teamed up with Skype to launch a new video-calling application, hosted at facebook.com/videocalling.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
One-Third of iPhone Users Mistakenly Think They Have 4G  —  According to a new survey from Retrevo, 34% of iPhone users are under the mistaken impression that they already have “4G” cellular technology on their devices, highlighting the confusion that has resulted from shifting definitions of just what constitutes “4G” speeds.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 5 to Unlock Bluetooth Capabilities of Apple TV?  —  Apple's forthcoming iOS 5 contains code that, if activated, would allow users to connect a Bluetooth wireless keyboard to the second-generation Apple TV.  The new Apple TV contains a combination Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip …
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
VMware intros vSphere 5 and cloud infrastructure suite  —  VMware has upgraded its vSphere platform and introduce a new complex cloud infrastructure suite to its already burgeoning catalog of virtualization and cloud computing solutions.  —  Speaking at a media event in San Francisco on Tuesday morning …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T revamps global data packages, gives international travelers (slightly) more for their money  —  Let's face it: roaming internationally, particularly when it comes to mobile data, is a terrible decision.  And we've got the breakdown to prove it.  Thankfully for you …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Police: Internet providers must keep user logs  —  Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months, CNET has learned.  —  The National Sheriffs' Association will say it …
Discussion: Neowin.net and SiliconANGLE
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Jawbone Nabs $70 Million in a Jammed Box of Funding  —  Jawbone, the elegant maker of mobile and wireless devices, has added $70 million in funding to its coffers, with a new investment from J.P. Morgan Asset Management.  —  The San Francisco-based company has now raised a total of $170 million …
 
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
HP Touchpad Already Discounted At Best Buy, Amazon
Discussion: PhoneArena
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Raises An Inside Venture Round
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Global Spam Filtering arrives for Google Voice
Chris Kanaracus / ITworld:
Judge: It's ‘possible’ Google knew of Java violation
Discussion: eWeek and AllThingsD
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
MobileApps.com Wants To Be The Adsense For Mobile Apps
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Intellectual Ventures Sues A Slew Of Firms, Including HP And Dell, Over Patent Infringement
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Souvenir T-Shirt Jokes About Company's Secrecy
The Official Google Blog:
Google Offers beta launching in New York City and the Bay Area