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10:05 PM ET, July 15, 2011

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC judge finds HTC in infringement of two Apple patents  —  Google's Android mobile operating system is in serious trouble:  —  Bloomberg reports that an ITC judge determined that HTC infringes two of ten Apple patents asserted in investigation no. 337-TA-710.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Apple wins initial patent victory against HTC  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Android manufacturer HTC has infringed on two Apple patents, handing the iPhone maker an early victory that could have large implications on HTC's business in the U.S. in the worst case scenario …
Discussion: Macworld, WMPU and TUAW
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook [Updated x2]  —  Earlier this week, part numbers for upcoming Apple hardware updates surfaced, with claims that the parts represented new MacBook Air and Mac Pro models.  While the MacBook Air part numbers …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Facebook Is Getting Into the News Business  —  If you're a leading news brand, this guy wants to be your friend.  Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife  —  Facebook has a war on its hands, and Mark Zuckerberg knows it.  Practically overnight, Google+ has gone from a rumor to a thriving community with over 10 million members.
J.B. / Fusible.com:
New Microsoft social search service called Tulalip revealed on socl.com  —  Yesterday I discovered Microsoft was the new owner of the domain socl.com by chance, when I was trying to learn more about the mystery buyer of social.com.  —  A teaser landing page has been revealed online today …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple hits record high $364.92  —  After a five months of jagged ups and downs, AAPL overtakes a record set on Feb. 16, 2011  —  Investors who stuck with Apple (AAPL) through thick and thin this year got their earthly reward Friday.  —  With only two trading days left before what's expected …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Q3 2011 earnings preview
Discussion: GeekWire
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Fox: Apple will adopt Ultraviolet cloud movie format  —  Ultraviolet, the cloud movie format championed by nigh-on all of the major studios, is “very close” to making its consumer bow.  It will undoubtedly be of massive benefit to film fans as it will offer cloud-stored versions of a movie …
Discussion: SplatF, ExtremeTech and Electronista
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Michael Arrington reportedly to launch “CrunchFund” to invest in startups  —  Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell, a wise and now deceased journalist once said.  So when a few very trusted sources in New York City's media and investment scenes confirmed today that they'd heard rumors of …
Discussion: Betabeat and @jason
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 to address PDF security hole  —  Apple on Friday released an update to its iOS mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, addressing a potentially dangerous security flaw related to viewing PDF files in the Mobile Safari Web browser.
Electronista:
iPhone 3GS refurb drops to $9 at AT&T as update looms  —  iPhone 3GS refurb now 9 dollars  —  AT&T gave a clue that the iPhone 3GS was on its way out Friday after it dropped the price of a refurbished iPhone 3GS down to $9.  The terms still demand a two-year contract but put it at its lowest official, non-promotional price yet.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
MYSTERY SOLVED: Here's Why Google Sites Revenue Is Growing Faster Than Google Network Revenue  —  On yesterday's earnings call, Google revealed that ad revenue from its own sites — mainly search — was up 39%.  But ad revenue from partner sites — AdSense — was up only 20% from last year.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Larry Page On Android Patent Problems: “There Hasn't Been Any Slow Down”
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Microsoft snatches up a pair of Sony related domains, internet runs amok with rumors  —  Companies snatching up domain names to protect their brand is nothing new, nor is it particularly interesting (unless that company happens to be Bank of America, and the domain in question is BrianMoynihanSucks.com).
Discussion: WinRumors, Pulse2 and GeekWire
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Forget Clues, You Can Find The Google Games Logo (And More) In The Google+ Code  —  Shortly after Google+ was unveiled, Engadget got a tip from someone who dug deep into its source code and found verbal references to something called Google Games.  A tipster of ours has now dug a little deeper and managed to find more of them.
Discussion: SlashGear and Pulse2
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent To Launch a Paid Version  —  With close to 100 million active users a month, uTorrent is without doubt the most-used BitTorrent client.  Over the past several months the development team has been very active, and this coming fall another major release will see the light.
Discussion: CNET News, TechSpot and Neowin.net
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
With Google Gone (For Now), Twitter Tries to Come to Terms With Microsoft's Bing  —  After failing to strike an agreement to re-up its “firehose” data stream licensing deal with Google, Twitter is now trying to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to a similar arrangement …
Jeremy Kirk / Network World:
Researcher finds dangerous vulnerability in Skype  —  The flaw could allow an attacker to reset a Skype user's password and take control of their account  —  A security consultant has notified Skype of a cross-site scripting flaw that could be used to change the password on someone's account, according to details posted online.
Variety:
Netflix preps Euro launch in 2012  —  UK, Spain eyed for 1Q bow  —  Exclusive: Netflix is preparing to launch in Europe even though the streaming service didn't include the continent in its recently announced international expansion plans.  —  Sources at leading European film distributors …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CrowdStar And YouWeb Launch $10M StarFund For Mobile Social Game Development  —  Social gaming company CrowdStar is teaming up with the incubator which it was spawned from, YouWeb, to launch a $10 million venture fund, called the StarFund.  The fund will make investments in promising mobile game developers.
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung, Acer Google Chromebooks still strong on Amazon  —  Google software-based Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer are still vying with Apple MacBook Pros and Windows 7 laptops in an Amazon top-10 popularity contest.  —  As of Thursday evening, the $349 11.6-inch Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Millennial: Android tops mobile OS usage for 7th straight month, iPhone still top device  —  Millennial issued its June Mobile Mix report Friday morning, and it paints a picture that is very similar to May.  Android was once again the most popular smartphone operating system in the month …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: Speed matters: how Ethernet went from 3Mbps to 100Gbps... and beyond  —  Although watching TV shows from the 1970s suggests otherwise, the era wasn't completely devoid of all things resembling modern communication systems.  Sure, the 50Kbps modems that the ARPANET ran on were the size …
Discussion: Slashdot
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Kootol sends legal notice to Apple, others, claiming patent infringement  —  Another patent-holding company has set its sights on Apple, numerous other large companies, and even smaller developers like The Iconfactory, alleging violations of a patent that covers one- and two-way messaging.
 
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S., Romania arrest more than 100 for cyber scams
Discussion: Krebs on Security
Electronista:
BlackBerry Torch 2 hits FCC with late August launch clue
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Google's Eric Schmidt explains why he decided to testify
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Blaze Mobile awarded patent for NFC sticker
Discussion: Examiner and Pulse2
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Opposition Mounts Against Amazon's Acquisition Of The Book Depository
Discussion: The Bookseller
 Earlier Items: 
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
5 years ago today Twitter launched to the public
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and @twitter
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
EBay Must Face Craigslist Fraud Claims in Californian Court, Judge Says
Ruth Brown / Willamette Week:
The Blogfather  —  MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey put the blog in blogosphere.
Discussion: SitePoint, Workbench and rc3.org
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
French copyright cops: we're swamped with “three strikes” complaints
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Justin Timberlake Invests In A Super Stealth Startup, Dekko
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Phones Probably Incompatible With AT&T