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Twitter Blog:
Timely Tweets: Now easier to see  —  We all come to Twitter to connect with the latest information on the topics and people we care about.  So when we decide to follow a favorite brand, business or charitable organization, we expect to be among the first to get a special announcement, access to exclusive content or a great offer.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's latest Google-compete weapon: The Gmail man  —  Microsoft managed to keep its 12,000 or so attendees of its annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference from tweeting and blogging company secrets last week.  But at least one enterprising attendee managed to grab …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
That Didn't Take Long: Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement Just Weeks After Entering US Market  —  Hello Spotify.  Welcome to America, where if you do anything even remotely innovative, you get sued for patent infringement.  Indeed, just a couple weeks after entering the US market (finally) …
Cleve Nettles / 9to5Mac:
AT&T to implement data throttling in early October, just in time for iPhone 5  —  A new change for AT&T Wireless' Unlimited Data subscribers will soon be taking place.  Rumored to be starting in the first week of October, we've heard that AT&T will start throttling the data speeds of the network's top data hogs.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New iPad 3 contract goes to Pegatron, not Foxconn [updated]  —  Pegatron has been awarded a new contract to build Apple's next-generation iPad tablets, Taiwan Economic News reports.  According to the report, Pegatron underbid Hon Hai for a new contract to manufacture the iPad 3 …
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
STUDY: Internet Explorer Users Are Dumber  —  A research firm posted an IQ test on its Web site and then compiled the results from more than 100,000 users.  —  It found that there was no substantial difference between users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.  —  But Internet Explorer users had IQs below average.
Jan Ozer / Streaming Media:
WebM Patent Fight Ahead for Google?  —  MPEG LA says that 12 patent holders have stepped forward with patents they believe are essential to the VP8 standard.  A patent pool license could be next.  —  In February, MPEG LA announced a call for patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification as outlined in Google's WebM release.
Discussion: paidContent, GigaOM and FOSS Patents
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
First Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ handsets rumored to challenge iPhone 5 in Sept.  —  On the heels of news that Microsoft's “Mango” update for Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing, industry sources claim HTC, Samsung and LG will launch the first Mango-based smartphones in September …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's $76B in cash reserves surpasses US government operating balance  —  New figures from the U.S. Treasury Department indicate that the government has a total operating cash balance of $73.768 billion, less than Apple's own war chest of $75.876 billion.  —  As noted by Matt Hartley …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google+ Gets a Feature Update Center  —  In response to user feedback, Google has launched a new section of the Google+ center dedicated to Google+ feature updates.  —  The “What's new in Google+” section is essentially a list of release notes for the Google+ Project.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Buys Inventions From IBM as It Aims to Build Patent Hoard  —  Google Inc., facing a growing threat of intellectual-property lawsuits, acquired a batch of patents this month from International Business Machines Corp. to bolster its portfolio.  —  “Like many tech companies …
Discussion: SEO by the Sea
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Logitech CEO steps down after money losing Q1, Revue price slashed to $99  —  This is becoming a trend.  After a disappointing Q4 saw Logitech reduce the price of its Revue it revealed today that after a net loss of $29.6 million for the first quarter it is cutting the price of the Revue to $99 …
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Bandwidth caps are rate hikes  —  Internet Service Providers in the USA are trying to apply bandwidth caps to their users, with those caps being 2, 4, or 5 gigabytes-per-month for wireless users at various price levels and generally 250 gigabytes-per-month for home users.
Timothy B. Lee / Disruptive Economics:
The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents  —  Last weekend I was thrilled to hear one of my favorite radio programs, This American Life, take up the issue of software patents.  Computer programmers have been sounding the alarm about this problem for two decades …
Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
[Video] Microsoft's SkyDrive Starts Streaming Music On WP7  —  Let's file this one under - “Holy sweet Microsoft, why don't you talk about this stuff?!”  —  Last month I wrote about how Microsoft could use Azure as a paid expansion to SkyDrive.  The idea behind it was the consumer cloud offering …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Fusion Garage Grid 10: the JooJoo lives on  —  They're back!  Oh yes, you read that headline correctly — the infamous creators of the JooJoo tablet (née CrunchPad) are back at it again, according to the FCC.  There aren't many details to be had, but according to the documents …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill  —  Internet providers will be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year in case police want to review them in the future, according to legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.
Discussion: Digital Trends, eWeek and The Raw Story
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK Europe UK:
Oracle Java 7 Looks To Community For Innovation  —  Oracle has released the first major Java release in five years, bringing a host of incremental enhancements  —  With the theme of moving the platform forward, Oracle will launch Java 7 today.  —  Although Java 7 is the first major Java revision …
IDC:
Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Grew More Than 11% in the Second Quarter; Feature Phones Decline for First Time in Almost 2 Years, According to IDC  —  The worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.3% year over year in the second quarter of 2011 (2Q11), despite a weaker feature phone market, which declined for the first time since 3Q09.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and The Loop
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reinvents How 3D Displays Could One Day Deliver Content  —  When I think of quality 3D content, one of the first companies that comes to mind is Pixar whose wondrous works have dazzled millions worldwide and made us laugh.  It was Steve Jobs who acquired a low key 3D software tool developer company …
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Profit Beats Estimates as Mobile Phone Sales Outweigh Panel Glut  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of televisions and flat-screen panels, reported a greater-than-estimated second-quarter profit after sales of mobile phones masked a drop in panel demand.
NielsenWire:
In U.S. Smartphone Market, Android is Top Operating System, Apple is Top Manufacturer  —  According to June data from Nielsen, Google's Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent.  Apple's iOS is in second place with 28 percent …
John Cook / GeekWire:
RealNetworks giving back $136M to shareholders in major overhaul  —  RealNetworks today announced a series of moves to “reinvigorate” the business and make the 16-year-old Seattle company more attractive to investors.  —  It plans to return $136 million to investors in a special dividend …
 
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
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Discussion: GigaOM and TechSpot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Feds Approve $44K Doctor Reimbursement for Using Drchrono's iPad App
Discussion: The Next Web, ReadWriteWeb, eWeek and GigaOM
Lynnley Browning / Reuters:
Insight: Microsoft use of low-tax havens drives down tax bill
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog