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11:15 AM ET, July 17, 2011

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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. 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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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
ITC ruling against HTC may spell trouble for other Android makers
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC judge finds HTC in infringement of two Apple patents
Chip Cutter / Associated Press:
Behind the hike: Why Netflix is raising prices  —  NEW YORK — Why is Netflix raising its prices?  In part, because the company miscalculated how many people still want to receive DVDs by mail each month, a more expensive service to provide compared to its streamed Internet videos.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Felix Salmon and Examiner
Kevin Cheng / kev/null:
Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends?  —  When Google+ launched last week, one of the most discussed features was Circles.  In case you haven't read a single blog, Tweet, or Google+ post in the last week (and yet, somehow stumbled into this dark corner of the internet), Circles is Google's way of allowing you to group people.
Discussion: A VC and Marketing Nirvana
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 …
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: Slashdot and TiPb
Mark Milian / CNN:
U.S. Army may soon equip troops with smartphones  —  For U.S. Army troops, smartphones could become requisite field gear, along with boots, guns and ammunition.  The Army is wrapping up a six-week program to test the viability of using touchscreen phones and tablets in combat.
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and PhoneArena
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.
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Italy Censors Proxy That Bypasses BTjunkie and Pirate Bay Block  —  After an Italian court ordered all ISPs to block The Pirate Bay in 2008, this year the authorities shifted their focus to making BTjunkie unavailable too.  —  This week it turned out that not all Internet providers …
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Redesign set to make Firefox more responsive
Discussion: Slashdot and Softpedia News
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
U.S. banks changing out core systems for real-time processing
Discussion: Slashdot
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google's Headcount Continues To Soar
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google wields data openness against Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch and Data Liberation
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Paul Allen / Google+:
Breaking News: 33% of Google+ Users Are Female
Electronista:
iPhone 3GS refurb drops to $9 at AT&T as update looms
Discussion: Crave