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3:05 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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Sean Parker / The Business Insider:
Spotify Signals A Golden Age Of Music
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Amazon Android Tablet Conundrums  —  Waiting for Amazon to sell a full-fledged tablet feels like waiting for the grass to grow: we know it's going to happen, but its taking an awfully long time.  —  As we have reported over the past year, Amazon has been readying a color screen tablet …
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Jonathan / awe.sm:
Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does  —  Over the last few weeks, TechCrunch has run a couple posts using their own referrer logs to measure how sharing on various social services drives traffic.  In these and other analyses based solely on referrer information …
Discussion: AllThingsD and TechCrunch, Thanks:jhstrauss
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 …
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.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Zynga Bid $1 Billion In Cash For PopCap Games, Source Says  —  The social gaming company Zynga offered $1 billion in cash to acquire PopCap Games, but was turned down in favor of a more complex and potentially more lucrative offer from Electronic Arts, according to a source close to the deal.
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 …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Shuts Down OS X Downloads Page  —  As announced back in December 2010, Apple has shut down [thanks, Daylen] the OS X Downloads page that used to list applications, widgets and utilities users could download for their Macs.  Instead, Apple is now featuring the Mac App Store at the same URL …
Discussion: The Next Web and RazorianFly
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.
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)
David Alexander / Reuters:
Pentagon to treat cyberspace as operational domain  —  (Reuters) - Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn unveiled a new U.S. strategy on Thursday for protecting military computer networks, moving away from a passive defense toward treating cyberspace as an “operational domain” in which trained forces defend against attacks.
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. …
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.
 
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Charles Newark-French / Flurry:
iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone Take Some Wind Out of Android's Sail
Discussion: Fortune, 9to5Mac, CNET News and GigaOM
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Firespotter Labs Launches Nosh: A Food-Centric Instagram That'll Tell You What To Order
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple pays $945 to settle iOS location tracking suit
BBC:
China: 1.3 million websites shut in 2010
Discussion: Digital East Asia
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
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 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nuance's Dragon Go Is a Voice-Powered Search App That Knows Where to Look
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Introduces Volume App Purchasing for Business and B2B Apps
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes app total downloads (finally) overtook song downloads
Discussion: MacNN and everythingiCafe