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8:55 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
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, @alexia and Electronista
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
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Spotify will finally launch in the US on Thursday  —  American readers - brace yourselves.  The most-hyped European music phenomenon since the Beatles has finally arrived.  After two years' wait, Spotify is set to open its doors in the US on Thursday.  —  As the FT and others reported last week …
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Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Android - Now with Push Notifications and Multiple Accounts  —  Today we're releasing the latest version of Twitter for Android.  It includes some of the most commonly requested features from our users.  —  First, we now offer push notifications.
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Reed Hastings Doesn't Want You To Pay More For Netflix.  He Wants You To Stop Using DVDs.  —  Why did Netflix raise its prices by 60 percent yesterday?  —  Reed Hastings' company says it's a cost issue.  If people are going to use both his DVD-by-mail service and his Web video streaming service …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable!, ITworld.com and BetaNews
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Associated Press:
Netflix, NBC renew content deal; terms undisclosed
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
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 …
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
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Sony S1 and S2 Tablets Hands-on: Are They Good Enough?  —  We just got up close and personal with Sony's two upcoming tablets, the S1 and S2, and Sony demonstrated why it thinks its devices are better than the Android Honeycomb competition and iPad.  Get all the details below along with a full gallery.
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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.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Sony VAIO Z Series (VPCZ216GX/L) review  —  Ever since Sony introduced its VAIO Z back in 2008 it's made one thing very clear: its premium thin and light notebook wasn't going to be subject to a performance cap like so many others on the market.  Nope, the VAIO Z has never been just any ultraportable …
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.
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.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter gears up auto-ads for big clients: sources  —  (Reuters) - Twitter is courting bigtime advertisers and will soon allow them to tailor, automate and publish ads in bulk directly onto the Internet microblogging service, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Updates Prices Of International iTunes Stores  —  As we reported earlier today, the downtime of the iTunes Store last night and iTunes Connect today seems to be bringing along some interesting price changes for apps and other material available in the iTunes Store worldwide.
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.
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 and mocoNews
Electronista:
T-Mobile first major US carrier with name-based caller ID  —  Name, number & city shown for $4 per month  —  T-Mobile is offering a new fee-based caller ID service to its customers.  Called “Name ID”, a subscriber can see see who is calling, even if the caller is not in the subscriber's address book.
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly In Play As Social Sites Look For Celebrity Connections
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
PayPal Announces Phone-To-Phone NFC Payment Support For Android
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google AdSense Founder Raises Cash From Lerer Ventures And Others For Stealth Startup Scopely
Discussion: Betabeat and AllThingsD
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google+ will let users conceal gender
 Earlier Items: 
Electronista:
Police get controversial iPhone-based face recognition tech
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Badgeville Raises $12 Million, Celebrates With An Infographic
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Beamforming your data: how WiGig will offer 7Gbps speeds
Discussion: ExtremeTech and SlashGear
Michael Hickins / Speakeasy:
Google Employee No. 59 on Google+, Privacy and Why He Left
Discussion: InfoWorld and Technology Questions
Paul Adams / Are you thinking inside out?:
Why I left Google. What happened to my book. What I work on at Facebook.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
How Google+ is built  —  If you're curious about all things Google+, you're in luck.
Discussion: InfoQ, WebProNews and AnyAsq