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9:30 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.
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) …
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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: Techland, TechCrunch, @fredericl and @cdixon
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Roku 2 - Nearly Upon Us?  —  Since the Roku 2 passed through the FCC approval process a few weeks ago, we've learned a bit more thanks to leaks from a pair of beta testers and some industry info that recently came my way.  As with Roku's current lineup, the refreshed AppleTV-esque hardware will be available in three models:
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and Neowin.net
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Stop the iPhone 5 Rumor Insanity  —  The new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, and it will come in one, two, or three models, with one being a smaller, cheaper device, or not.  It will have NFC, unless it doesn't.  It will be slimmer, or not, and have an edge-to-edge screen, unless that's not true.
Discussion: Chip Hazard and I4U News
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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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:   HTC to appeal Apple patent infringement complaint
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 …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
How Hackers Stole 24,000 Files From The Pentagon  —  We're all human, you know?  That's roughly the trick that the hackers most likely relied on when, earlier this year, they managed to steal over 24,000 files from a defense contractor.  —  The Pentagon won't say what files went astray …
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: The Cody Word and @stevecase
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 …
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.
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Chinese Web Search Giant Serves Two Masters  —  BEIJING — A government official's X-rated photos appear on the Internet and immediately go viral.  Online traffic spikes as Web users hunt for the images with gleeful schadenfreude.  —  When Representative Anthony D. Weiner's anatomy dominated headlines …
 
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Kovas Boguta / TechCrunch:
Hadoop & Startups: Where Open Source Meets Business Data
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What the police can learn from your smartphone
Discussion: Guardian and Slashdot
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
10 Years of Apple Stores: the non-celebration
Discussion: Guardian, Fortune and ifoAppleStore
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests an Interface Optimized for Infinite Scrolling
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Kevin Cheng / kev/null:
Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Italy Censors Proxy That Bypasses BTjunkie and Pirate Bay Block