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1:25 PM ET, July 14, 2011

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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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Don't Have A Free Spotify Invite?  Use Your Klout Perks  —  Music service Spotify has finally arrived in the U.S. In case you haven't heard, Spotify has made its free version invite-only, but you can access the music service now if you shell out $4.99-$9.99.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Service Offers Music in Quantity, Not by Song
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.
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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 …
DigiTimes:
Foxconn reportedly lands 10.1-inch tablet PC orders from Amazon  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reportedly landed orders for 10.1-inch tablet PCs from Amazon with shipments to begin in 2012, while Quanta Computer has begun shipping a 7-inch model to Amazon.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Report: Amazon Tablet And Two Updated Kindles Coming This Fall
Discussion: TechEye, BGR, VentureBeat, Examiner and PC World
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 …
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?
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Netflix managers prepared for backlash to price hike  —  Netflix managers knew that some customers would be unhappy with the company's decision to raise prices, and a day before announcing the fee increase they told customer-service personnel to be prepared for angry callers.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Reed Hastings Doesn't Want You To Pay More For Netflix. He Wants You To Stop Using DVDs.
Discussion: Mashable!, GigaOM, Pulse2 and Techland
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.
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 …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Microsoft says it will have a ‘single ecosystem’ for PCs, tablets, phones, and TVs... and is ‘Windows’ dead?  —  So here's an interesting coincidence: Tuesday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Andy Lees said that the Redmond would eventually have just a “single ecosystem” for PCs, phones, tablets, and even the TV.
BBC:
China: 1.3 million websites shut in 2010  —  Chinese web users are frequently blocked from accessing sites such as Youtube  —  More than one million websites closed down in China last year, a state-run think tank has said.  —  The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said there were were 41% fewer websites …
Discussion: Digital East Asia
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Boom Drives Turnover At Popular SoMa Address  —  For a sign of how the region's technology boom is progressing, consider the growth going on at just one San Francisco building that has attracted start-up tenants.  —  A year ago, the 75,000-square-foot building at 410 Townsend St. …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hastens Google+ corporate account launch  —  Google is accelerating a test of corporate accounts on Google+ after “thousands upon thousands” of businesses applied for a place in the program, a Google executive said.  —  The company plans next week to choose who'll get into the test …
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.
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple pays $945 to settle iOS location tracking suit  —  Apple has paid up for inadvertently tracking a user's location in iOS-based devices.  —  The company was ordered by a South Korean District Court judge in June to pay 1 million won ($945) for tracking a man's location, according to court documents obtained by CNET.
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Preparing New Reader to Challenge Kindle  —  Sony Corp. (6758), Japan's largest exporter of consumer electronics, plans to introduce a line of upgraded digital book readers in the U.S. as early as next month to challenge Kindle-maker Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Firespotter Labs Launches Nosh: A Food-Centric Instagram That'll Tell You What To Order  —  The cofounder of Google Voice is back for more.  And he's hungry.  —  Back in May we reported on Firespotter Labs, a new incubator started by GrandCentral cofounder and CEO Craig Walker …
Discussion: AllThingsD, GigaOM and atmaspheric
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 …
 
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Jonathan / awe.sm:
Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:jhstrauss
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook denies killing third-party app for its own Video Calling service
Discussion: All Facebook
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crittercism Raises $1.2 Million From Kleiner Perkins And Google Ventures For App Support
Discussion: alarm:clock
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Bebo Owner Leads Takeover Of UK TV Site SeeSaw, Arqiva Keeps 25 Percent
Discussion: Guardian
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Start-Up of You  —  The rise in the unemployment rate …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Motorola rumored to be hard at work on high-res, 4:3 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
Discussion: MacNN and everythingiCafe
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
UltraViolet is ready. Now Hollywood needs to make it work.