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9:50 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 …
Discussion: BGR, Neowin.net, It's All Tech, WMPU and TUAW
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  —  Here's an interesting tidbit from the Google+ stats trackers: Three quarters (or more) of Google+ users are male.  SocialStatistics, a third-party site that gathers data from select profiles, pegs the percentage of male users at 86.8%, while FindPeopleOnPlus …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: DisplayBlog, Gadget Lab and Cult of Mac
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple hits record high $364.92
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple Q3 2011 earnings preview
Discussion: GeekWire
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.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
MYSTERY SOLVED: Here's Why Google Sites Revenue Is Growing Faster Than Google Network Revenue
Discussion: Epicenter, TechCrunch and Computerworld
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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, TechSpot and Neowin.net
 
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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: Examiner, Crave and Pulse2
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Opposition Mounts Against Amazon's Acquisition Of The Book Depository
Discussion: The Bookseller
 Earlier Items: 
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Microsoft snatches up a pair of Sony related domains, internet runs amok with rumors
Discussion: WinRumors, Pulse2 and GeekWire
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 to address PDF security hole
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