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4:40 AM ET, July 18, 2011

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EchoSign:
Great News!  Adobe Acquires EchoSign  —  We're extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family — Adobe has acquired EchoSign.  —  “Together, our aim is to make electronic signatures the standard way for people to sign documents and automate contracting.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google+ has made Twitter boring, here's what Twitter should do about that  —  For the past few days I've been hanging out in Jackson Hole with a bunch of geeks and one thing I've noticed over and over is how boring Twitter has gotten when compared to Google+.  —  Why has Twitter turned boring?
Discussion: TechCrunch, @fredericl and @cdixon
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Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is Social In Google's DNA?  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  —  Google is an algorithm driven-company.  “PageRank” (named after Larry Page himself) …
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Facebook bans Google+ ad  —  Ingenuity is surely something to be admired.  Commercial ingenuity is something to be revered.  —  Sometimes, though, it seems that certain tech companies only revere their own ingenuity.  That seems to be the case with Facebook, which, as reported …
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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Tom Anderson / Google+:
With dotcom valuations rising by the minute, the question of “when to sell” is becoming more and more important.  A lot of people tell me I was smart to sell MySpace to Newscorp in July 2005 (it went for $580 million), because it recently RE-sold for $35 million (Go Specific/JT!).
Discussion: @om and @ceciliakang
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Women's World Cup Soccer Final Scores New Twitter Record With 7,196 Tweets Per Second  —  After an epic run, the U.S. women's soccer team succumbed to Japan today in the final of the Women's World Cup tournament.  And if you were paying attention to your Twitter stream today …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
App Makers and Twitter Feel Strains  —  The relationship between Twitter and the outside developers that build its apps is a little like the one between sharks and the small fish that latch onto their backs — beneficial for both, until it isn't.  —  Lately it has hit rough waters.
Discussion: @stevecase
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
SeaMicro Packs 768 Cores Into its Atom Server  —  The new SeaMicro SM10000-64HD server packs up to 768 Intel Atom cores into a 10u chassis.  —  Pushing the boundary of high-density computing, SeaMicro today introduced a new version of its next-generation server that packs 768 Intel Atom cores into a 10u chassis.
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: Fortune and ifoAppleStore
Kovas Boguta / TechCrunch:
Hadoop & Startups: Where Open Source Meets Business Data  —  This guest post was written by Kovas Boguta, Head of Analytics at Weebly.  In 2009, Kovas wrote a guest post about visualizing real-time social structures.  —  A decade ago, the open-source LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python) …
 
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PC Pro:
What the police can learn from your smartphone
Discussion: Guardian and Slashdot
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests an Interface Optimized for Infinite Scrolling
Kevin Cheng / kev/null:
Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Italy Censors Proxy That Bypasses BTjunkie and Pirate Bay Block
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Pentagon Wants a Social Media Propaganda Machine
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Belgian Newspapers Claim Retaliation By Google After Copyright Victory
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer 9 utterly dominates malware-blocking stats
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Redesign set to make Firefox more responsive
Discussion: Slashdot
Charles Arthur / Apps blog:
App developers withdraw from US as patent fears reach ‘tipping point’
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