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5:45 PM ET, July 13, 2011

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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 …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:   Amazon to Introduce a 9" Android Tablet this Fall
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.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
To Rebound, RIM Courts the Carriers
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Frustrated by Apple's Long Approval Process, WhitePages Goes Android First With Latest App  —  When WhitePages launches its Localicious app on Wednesday, it will be in Android Market rather than in the iPhone App Store.  —  There's a simple reason for that.
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Amir Efrati / Digits:
Site Claims to Loosen Google “Death Grip”  —  Since Google in February began changing the way its search engine ranks sites in order to weed out “low-quality” content and “article vomit,” thousands of negatively affected website publishers have scrambled to recuperate.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 5 Beta 3 Adds AirPlay Support for FaceTime  —  As noted by TiPb, the third beta of iOS 5 released earlier this week has activated new AirPlay streaming support for FaceTime video calling.  The feature allows users to display FaceTime video calls directly on a large-screen TV for easy viewing by larger groups of people.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: InfoQ, AnyAsq, Techie Buzz, WebProNews and Pulse2
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Staffing Up On Patent Lawyers And Experts  —  It's no secret Google is searching for more patents to add to its portfolio.  The search giant recently lost the bid for Nortel's 6,000 mobile and wireless patents to a consortium of tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, RIM, and Sony.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
UltraViolet is ready.  Now Hollywood needs to make it work.  —  It has taken three years, but the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) has finally completed all the backend work needed to roll out services based on its UltraViolet initiative.  With the heavy lifting done …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and paidContent
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 …
Discussion: Technology Questions
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 …
Electronista:
Police get controversial iPhone-based face recognition tech  —  MORIS iPhone add-on raises police, privacy issues  —  A divisive iPhone add-on from BI2 Technologies is about to reach police in a way that could challenge civil rights.  The MORIS case, already used in the military and a few limited areas …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Post PicPlz, Mixed Media Labs Makes Their Big Bet: App.net — About.me For Apps  —  Last week, we reported that Mixed Media Labs had spun off their initial project, PicPlz, to be able to work on their next big idea.  Well, now we know that next big idea: App.net.
Discussion: AllThingsD
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.
Discussion: VatorNews, AllThingsD and VentureBeat
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google AdSense Founder Raises Cash From Lerer Ventures And Others For Stealth Startup Scopely
Discussion: AllThingsD
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
AT&T Sponsors Cheaper Kindle 3G With Special Offers
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Beamforming your data: how WiGig will offer 7Gbps speeds
Discussion: ExtremeTech and SlashGear
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
In AT&T's bid for T-Mobile, Obama administration is caught in the middle
Discussion: DSLreports
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Play For iPhone Coming Tomorrow, AOL Pitches Me Over Instagram
Discussion: Lifehacker and MacStories
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A: PopCap co-founder on the EA deal, and the future
Discussion: Android Phones …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: HP's Stephen DeWitt
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
People really hate the Netflix price hike
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Raising Massive Round at a $5B-Plus Valuation