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5:10 PM ET, July 16, 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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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. are that the two patents in question are so old they predate smartphones.  —  A judge at the U.S. International …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
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 …
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
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
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, Softpedia News and Products
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
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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 and Pulse2
Electronista:
iPhone 3GS refurb drops to $9 at AT&T as update looms
Discussion: CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CrowdStar And YouWeb Launch $10M StarFund For Mobile Social Game Development
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent To Launch a Paid Version
Discussion: CNET News, TechSpot and Neowin.net
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]