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8:05 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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Tech Europe
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.
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: FM Blog
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Start-Up of You  —  The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls.  It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crittercism Raises $1.2 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Google Ventures For App Support  —  Yesterday, at the MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco, Google Ventures Managing Partner and Co-founder of Android Rich Miner announced that Crittercism, a startup that provides support infrastructure …
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bebo Owner Leads Takeover Of UK TV Site SeeSaw, Arqiva Keeps 25 Percent
Discussion: Guardian, GigaOM, thinq_ and The Next Web
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Nokia, Siemens bail on effort to sell Nokia Siemens Networks
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Alternative Tablets: The Next Big Thing Or Dead On Arrival?
Joey Ferguson / Deseret News:
Omniture founder Josh James launches Domo business intelligence with $43 million
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
Discussion: MacNN
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter gears up auto-ads for big clients: sources
 Earlier Items: 
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Updates Prices Of International iTunes Stores
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Site Claims to Loosen Google “Death Grip”