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5:20 AM 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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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook [Updated x3]  —  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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Fortune and GeekWire
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google wields data openness against Facebook  —  Google is accelerating efforts to make its new social network look like a more open and attractive alternative to Facebook.  —  The latest: Google will allow users to export a list of Web sites that they've recommended through the “+1” button.
Discussion: Data Liberation and Webware.com
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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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: @jason and Betabeat
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
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
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.
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, Neowin.net and TechSpot
 
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S., Romania arrest more than 100 for cyber scams
Discussion: Krebs on Security
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CrowdStar And YouWeb Launch $10M StarFund For Mobile Social Game Development
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: Crave, Examiner and Pulse2
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Opposition Mounts Against Amazon's Acquisition Of The Book Depository
Discussion: The Bookseller
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung, Acer Google Chromebooks still strong on Amazon
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Feature: Speed matters: how Ethernet went from 3Mbps to 100Gbps... and beyond
Discussion: Slashdot
J.B. / Fusible.com:
New Microsoft social search service called Tulalip revealed on socl.com