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5:30 PM ET, July 17, 2011

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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests an Interface Optimized for Infinite Scrolling  —  Alon Laudon spotted a new experimental interface for Google's results pages.  The most important change is that most navigation elements continue to be visible even when you scroll down.  The navigation bar …
Chip Cutter / Associated Press:
Behind the hike: Why Netflix is raising prices  —  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, TeleRead, Felix Salmon and Examiner
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
10 Years of Apple Stores: the non-celebration  —  Apple and understatement aren't close relatives.  Not that they don't have a right to strut a bit: after all, under its returning co-founder, Apple 2.0 performed the most stunning corporate turn around ever — and shows no sign of slowing down.
Discussion: ifoAppleStore, TUAW and MacRumors
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.
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 …
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
ITC ruling against HTC may spell trouble for other Android makers
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.
PC Pro:
What the police can learn from your smartphone  —  Where you've been, who you've talked to, who you've been sleeping with - secrets that people wouldn't even share with their closest friends are being spilled into a device that knows you better than any confidant.
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
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: iPhone Hacks, TiPb and Slashdot
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 …
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.
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Beligian Newspapers Claim Retaliation By Google After Copyright Victory
Discussion: AllThingsD and Associated Press
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 Webware.com
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Allen / Google+:
Breaking News: 33% of Google+ Users Are Female
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Forget Clues, You Can Find The Google Games Logo (And More) In The Google+ Code
Discussion: SlashGear
Electronista:
iPhone 3GS refurb drops to $9 at AT&T as update looms
Discussion: Crave