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9:10 AM ET, July 14, 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Tablet Is No Threat To Apple, It's A Huge Threat To Google  —  Last September, we got a tip from a source that Amazon was preparing a tablet that would run Google's Android operating system.  The source was a good one — they had also correctly called Amazon releasing their own Android app store.
DigiTimes:
Foxconn reportedly lands 10.1-inch tablet PC orders from Amazon
Discussion: Electronista and I4U News
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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Spotify now available in the U.S. [video]  —  Spotify, the trendy music on demand service that has garnered tremendous media attention in Europe, has finally launched in the U.S. as rumored last week.  Spotify announced earlier this month that it would become available in the U.S. “soon,” …
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Spotify:
Hello America.  Spotify here.  —  We're excited to let you know that today we're bringing Spotify to the US.  —  This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify.  I'm proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Service Offers Music in Quantity, Not by Song  —  Daniel Ek, the 28-year-old co-founder and public face of Spotify, the European digital music service, paced around the company's loftlike Manhattan office on Tuesday afternoon, clutching two mobile phones that buzzed constantly.
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!, Pulse2 and Techland
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soars to Third Place in U.S. PC Market With 10.7% Share  —  Research firms Gartner and IDC today released their preliminary quarterly personal computer shipment data, offering up a picture of market performance during the second quarter of 2011.  Overall, the PC industry exhibited small growth …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
France Tracks Down 18 Million File-Sharers  —  Under France's new Hadopi law, alleged copyright infringers will be hunted down systematically with the ultimate goal of decreasing piracy.  Alleged offenders are identified by their Internet providers and will be reported to a judge once they have received three warnings.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google+ Improves on Facebook  —  Google, the most popular Web site on earth, is worried about the second-most popular site.  That, of course, would be Facebook.  —  Why else would Google keep trying, over and over again, to create a social network of the same type?
Csaba Garay / Google LatLong:
Live traffic information for 13 European countries  —  Since introducing the live traffic feature on Google Maps in 2008, our team has been working hard to make this feature available to more users in more countries.  Just in time for summer travel, we're delighted to announce …
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nuance's Dragon Go is a Voice-Powered Search App That Knows Where to Look  —  When it comes to voice-powered search, there are plenty of options.  Of course, Bing and Google have voice search as a built-in option and there are plenty of other apps specializing in all manner of specific queries.
Hermione Way / The Next Web:
The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself  —  As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat and breath the world's leading hub for technology startup innovation, I've been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here.
Discussion: digiday:DAILY and FM Blog
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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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge doesn't share Apple's sense of urgency about Samsung case  —  Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has put a damper on Apple's hopes of speeding up its federal lawsuit against Samsung.  —  While an order she issued yesterday relates …
Evan Hansen / Threat Level:
Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Revealed  —  A little more than a year ago, Wired.com published excerpts from instant messenger chats between accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, the ex-hacker in whom he confided and who reported him to the authorities.
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
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook denies killing third-party app for its own Video Calling service  —  Last week, Facebook announced its Video Calling service, powered by Skype, over at the URL facebook.com/videocalling.  A company called Samuday Web Technologies claims it had that domain first but that Facebook killed …
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crittercism Raises $1.2 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Google Ventures For App Support
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bebo Owner Leads Takeover Of UK TV Site SeeSaw, Arqiva Keeps 25 Percent
Discussion: GigaOM, Guardian, thinq_ and The Next Web
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Start-Up of You  —  The rise in the unemployment rate …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Nokia, Siemens bail on effort to sell Nokia Siemens Networks
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Alternative Tablets: The Next Big Thing Or Dead On Arrival?
Joey Ferguson / Deseret News:
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
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 Earlier Items: 
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter gears up auto-ads for big clients: sources
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Updates Prices Of International iTunes Stores
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Site Claims to Loosen Google “Death Grip”