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3:45 PM ET, July 13, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart  —  Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transition in every sense of the word.  Publicly, the company is portraying a very defensive image — one that is very dismissive …
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM promises seven new BlackBerry smartphones in coming months  —  RIM just finished wrapping up their annual shareholders meeting.  The bit of info mentioned of most interest to everyday consumers was that seven BlackBerry smartphones are due to land in the next couple of months.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Has Six Months to ‘Prove’ Need for Joint Chairman-CEO Role  —  Research In Motion Ltd. has six months to “prove” that its co-chief executive officers need to retain their co-chairmen titles for business reasons or face the reintroduction of a proposal to split the roles, said the investor that originally called for the change.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
To Rebound, RIM Courts the Carriers
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Android's Co-Founder: Developers Can Now Afford to Wait on iPhone  —  As recently as six months ago, the founder of Android was recommending that start-ups focus on the iPhone first and then move to Android.  —  That's because Rich Miner's day job these days is heading the East Coast wing …
Paul Adams / Are you thinking inside out?:
Why I left Google.  What happened to my book.  What I work on at Facebook.  —  In the last couple of weeks there has been plenty of speculation around:  — Why I left Google  — What happened to my book ‘Social Circles’  — What I'm working on at Facebook
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T to offer Sony S2 tablet exclusively in the U.S.  —  AT&T on Wednesday announced that it will be the exclusive provider of Sony's new S2 tablet in the United States.  Sony took the wraps off of the S2 in April, and said it offers a unique folding form factor with dual 5.5-inch 1024 x 480 displays …
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
How Google+ is built  —  If you're curious about all things Google+, you're in luck.  The project's technical lead, Google engineer Joseph Smarr, is currently hosting an online question and answer session about the service — and he has already shared a number of details about Google+'s development …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Evernote Takes $50 million To Become The Anti-Zynga  —  A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Evernote's new rumored venture round.  It was a big one, said one source, putting them in the billion dollar valuation club.  —  Today they'll officially announce that deal - $50 million …
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Microsoft Will Bite The Bullet And Open 75 More Stores  —  Microsoft COO Kevin Turner just dropped a bomb on the assembled audience at the Worldwide Partner Conference — the company will open 75 more retail stores in the next two to three years.  —  That's a really smart move, particularly to help Microsoft sell more Windows Phones.
Michael Hickins / Speakeasy:
Google Employee No. 59 on Google+, Privacy and Why He Left … Douglas Edwards joined Google in 1999 as employee No. 59, and lived through some of its early developmental steps, including the creation of the Google Doodle and Gmail.  Something of an outsider in a culture dominated by engineers …
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
PayPal Announces Phone-To-Phone NFC Payment Support For Android  —  Slowly but surely, NFC (the tech that'll let us ditch our wallets in favor of paying for things with a Jedi-wave of our phones) is picking up steam.  After years of floundering around in the US, NFC took a major leap forward …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
People really hate the Netflix price hike  —  Subscribers have been up in arms since Netflix announced a changed pricing structure on Tuesday 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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Visually Launches To Automate The Making Of Infographics  —  The whiz kids behind Mint's infographics, Stewart Langille and Lee Sherman are today launching the first startup that solely focuses on mass producing infographics, Visually.  Users who visit Visually this morning …
Gabe Rivera:
Let's call rewriters “rewriters”, not “aggregators”.  Also: why Techmeme is wonderful.  —  Something bothered me about Simon Dumenco's piece about Huffington Post yesterday.  Not the substance of his column, which was valid and well-argued, nor the favorable comparison to Techmeme, which was, well, favorable to Techmeme.
DigiTimes:
Pegatron unlikely to share iPad orders with Foxconn in 2011  —  Printer friendly Related stories Comments Email to a friend Latest news Advertisement Monica Chen, Taipei, Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 13 July 2011] Pegatron Technology is expected to land orders for at least 10 million units of iPhone 5 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Badgeville Raises $12 Million, Celebrates With An Infographic  —  Badgeville founder and CEO Kris Duggan is one of those people that is so ridiculously upbeat and positive all the time that sometimes you just want to strangle him.  No one has a right to be that happy.
Reuters:
China Telecom plans to launch iPhone near year-end: sources  —  China Telecom Corp Ltd plans to offer its 106 million subscribers the Apple Inc iPhone by the end of 2011, sources said on Wednesday, which would make it the second operator to do so in the world's largest mobile phone market.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans Tablet Computer By October  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to introduce a tablet computer before October, said people familiar with the matter, in a move that will heighten the online retailer's rivalry with Apple Inc.  —  The Seattle-based company will also release two updated versions …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Beamforming your data: how WiGig will offer 7Gbps speeds  —  The Wireless Gigabit Alliance recently announced that it has published the certification-ready 1.1 specification of its wireless system, and it includes some new capabilities, like a framework for video connectors.
Discussion: ExtremeTech and SlashGear
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google+ will let users conceal gender  —  The Ford Motor Company has officially decided that its gender is not male.  Nor is it female.  On the Google+ social networking site, Ford lists it as “other.”  —  That may not exactly be incorrect, but the bit of corporate awkwardness was the result …
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Zuckerberg and Google management drop off Google+ top 100 list  —  Top Google employees who have amassed many followers on the company's social networking site, Google+, have disappeared overnight from the top 100 users list at SocialStatistics.com.  —  It seems that the data on who these users …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Play For iPhone Coming Tomorrow, AOL Pitches Me Over Instagram  —  Back in March, we noted that the mobile-first group inside of AOL was pushing forward with a pretty nice new music app called “Play”.  The timing was good, they released it just as SXSW was kicking off.
 
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