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11:20 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: @alexia, TechCrunch and GottaBeMobile
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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Paul Miller / This is my next:
Spotify launching in the US at 8AM tomorrow, open to all pre-registered users  —  We can hardly believe it ourselves, but we just spoke to someone from Spotify with a totally American accent and confirmed that the unlimited music service is indeed launching tomorrow at 8AM ET.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Service Offers Music in Quantity, Not by Song
Luke Westaway / CNET News:
Job posting points to iPhone 5 launch on 16 August … A job posting for iPhone sales specialists on employment website Reed could indicate that the iPhone 5 will be released in mid-August.  —  The post, which was sent to us by a tipster, asks for “full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project …
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 …
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Associated Press:
Netflix, NBC renew content deal; terms undisclosed
Discussion: CNNMoney and Mercury News
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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Joey Ferguson / Deseret News:
Omniture founder Josh James launches Domo business intelligence with $43 million  —  SALT LAKE CITY— Josh James, who co-founded web tracking firm Omniture Inc., has raised $43 million to help companies visually understand operational and sales figures in real time.
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
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Motorola rumored to be hard at work on high-res, 4:3 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet  —  Apparently, when Motorola was trying to figure out why its Xoom has struggled so mightily in against the iPad 2, the company didn't focus on its high starting price or slightly heftier hardware.
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 …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces Volume App Purchasing for Business and B2B Apps  —  Alongside today's international App Store pricing changes, Apple has introduced a new Volume Purchase program for the App Store.  According to Apple, the App Store Volume Purchase Program allows businesses and educational institutions …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Microsoft slips, possibly confirms Windows Phone ‘Mango’ release by September  —  Did a Microsoft employee just inadvertently let the cat out of the bag?  Posting to the company's official Microsoft Imagine Cup Twitter account, a Microsoft rep confirmed that all Imagine Cup challenge finalists …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Alternative Tablets: The Next Big Thing Or Dead On Arrival?  —  It's hard out there for a tablet.  Not just because consumers aren't quite sure they want to buy in just yet, but because the shelves are so crowded that it's difficult to stand out.  At CES this year, having an Android tablet seemed …
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.
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.
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.
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter gears up auto-ads for big clients: sources
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
PayPal Announces Phone-To-Phone NFC Payment Support For Android
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Google AdSense Founder Raises Cash From Lerer Ventures And Others For Stealth Startup Scopely
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google+ will let users conceal gender
Electronista:
Police get controversial iPhone-based face recognition tech
Michael Hickins / Speakeasy:
Google Employee No. 59 on Google+, Privacy and Why He Left
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
How Google+ is built  —  If you're curious about all things Google+, you're in luck.
Discussion: InfoQ and WebProNews