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2:40 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
Discussion: PC World, mocoNews and GMSV
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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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
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
China Telecom plans to launch iPhone near year-end: sources  —  (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd plans to offer Apple Inc's popular iPhone in China by close to the end of 2011, sources said, making it the second operator to do so in the world's largest mobile phone market.  —  “It's expected to happen this year.
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: VentureBeat, VatorNews and AllThingsD
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
Virgin Mobile Revamps Pricing, Will Throttle Data  —  Here's a way to nudge customers into higher price plans.  Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile will lower the price of its Beyond Talk “unlimited” voice, data, and text messaging plan to $55 per month, but raise the cost of its two cheaper Beyond Talk plans …
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google AdSense Founder Raises Cash From Lerer Ventures And Others For Stealth Startup Scopely  —  Google AdSense co-founder Eytan Elbaz is announcing a round of funding from a group of all-star investors for his stealthy startup Scopely.  Investors in the round (the amount of which was not disclosed) …
Discussion: AllThingsD
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 …
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.
 
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
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Electronista:
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
HP Touchpad Already Discounted At Best Buy, Amazon
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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Paul Montoy-Wilson / Google Mobile Blog:
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