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10:10 PM ET, July 16, 2011

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Charles Arthur / Apps blog:
App developers withdraw from US as patent fears reach ‘tipping point’  —  App developers are withdrawing their products for sale from the US versions of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market for fear of being sued by companies which own software patents - just as a Mumbai-based company …
Discussion: TiPb and Slashdot
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Patents in Apple-HTC case filed in 1994 and 1996, long before smartphones existed  —  Lost in the clamor over Apple Inc.'s preliminary patent victory over rival phone-maker HTC Corp. is that the two patents in question are so old they predate smartphones.  —  A judge at the U.S. International …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC judge finds HTC in infringement of two Apple patents
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer 9 utterly dominates malware-blocking stats  —  Internet Explorer 9's dual-pronged approach to blocking access to malicious URLs—SmartScreen Filter to block bad URLs, and Application Reputation to detect untrustworthy executables—provides the best socially engineered malware blocking …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Redesign set to make Firefox more responsive  —  Mozilla has begun turning the Firefox crank faster with a rapid-release development cycle.  So what's in store now that we can expect a new version every six weeks?  —  A lot, including 64-bit support on Windows and a plan to reduce the open-source browser's memory usage.
Discussion: Slashdot and Softpedia News
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Beligian Newspapers Claim Retaliation By Google After Copyright Victory  —  Perhaps the lesson is: be careful what you sue for.  The French and German-language Belgian newspaper consortium that successfully sued Google for copyright infringement got more than it bargained for this week.
Discussion: Associated Press
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
U.S. banks changing out core systems for real-time processing  —  It has been years since the banking industry made any large investments in core IT systems, but some of the largest financial services firms in the U.S. are now in the midst of rolling out multi-million dollar projects, according to industry experts.
Discussion: Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analysts: iPod sales expected to decline 7.2% year over year  —  For once, the amateurs and the professionals are in agreement  —  iPod sales hit 22.7 million in the Christmas quarter of 2008 and have been going downhill, with seasonal spikes, ever since.  —  The quarter that ended nearly …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Maps Removes Driving With Traffic Estimates  —  I am not sure exactly when this happened, but Google Maps has dropped one of the more useful features.  The feature is, estimating how much time it would take to drive somewhere with traffic, either live traffic or predictive traffic based on day/time.
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google's Headcount Continues To Soar  —  Last night Google reported strong earnings with big revenue growth.  It also reported that headcount is still soaring upwards, a trend that started a year and half ago.  Below we've charted Google's growing headcount, and its flattening revenue per employee.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The supply of Apple's iPad 2 finally catches up with demand  —  A week after shipping times were cut to 3-5 business days, they shrank again to 1-3  —  Apple's (AAPL) has been having trouble keeping up with demand for the iPad 2 from the day the product launched in early March.
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Pentagon Wants a Social Media Propaganda Machine  —  You don't need to have 5,000 friends of Facebook to know that social media can have a notorious mix of rumor, gossip and just plain disinformation.  The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it.
Paul Allen / Google+:
Breaking News: 33% of Google+ Users Are Female  —  A lot of misinformation about Google+'s male to female ratio is going around Google+ and even being reported on by respectable media sites.  For example:  —  Mashable Headline: Google+ Users Are Nearly All Male: http://mashable.com/2011/07/14/google- plus-male/
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable:
Google+ Users Are Nearly All Male
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google, Twitter Flaunt Social Stats ... It's Like 2003 All Over Again  —  Whether on purpose or not, Google and Twitter are having a little back-and-forth this week about the size of their social networks — or, maybe more accurately, about the activity levels on their social networks.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google wields data openness against Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch and Data Liberation
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Forget Clues, You Can Find The Google Games Logo (And More) In The Google+ Code
Discussion: SlashGear
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iPhone 3GS refurb drops to $9 at AT&T as update looms
Discussion: Crave
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Michael Arrington reportedly to launch “CrunchFund” to invest in startups
Discussion: @jason and Betabeat
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook [Updated x3]