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July 6, 2012, 9:15 AM

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Bloomberg:
Amazon Said To Plan Smartphone To Vie With Apple  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a smartphone that would vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone and handheld devices that run Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android operating system, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
What Amazon Brings to the Smartphone Market  —  The notion that Amazon might do a smartphone is not new, though a new Bloomberg report suggests that one might hit the market sooner rather than later.  —  And, while clearly a novice at making phones, Amazon brings a lot of know-how and relevant skills …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Says It Has Fixed Server Bug That Led to Crashing Apps  —  Apple said late Thursday that it has resolved a glitch that was causing some apps downloaded from its online store to crash upon launch.  —  “We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Marco Arment: The Hero of Apple's Appageddon  —  You'd think the company would thank the man who warned them of the problem  —  FORTUNE — Late Thursday, Apple (AAPL) public relations reached out to several news organizations — including the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital …
More: TechnoBuffalo and ZDNet
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iPhone rumored to feature quad-core processor  —  Apple's next-generation iPhone will be powered by a quad-core ARM processor based on Samsung's Exynos 4 architecture, according to a new report.  —  The claim comes from the sometimes-reliable DigiTimes, which cited …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms enthusiasts' fears: No more versions of Windows Home Server  —  Summary: Windows Home Server 2011 is the last version of Microsoft's home-server operating system, company officials have finally confirmed.  —  Follow @maryjofoley  —  After a year-plus of hints and rumors …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Mat Smith / Engadget:
HTC reveals Q2 2012 financial results: 57.8 percent net profit drop blamed on customs issues and weak sales  —  HTC has reported a substantial drop in its quarterly profits, with unaudited results for Q2 2012 totaling T$7.4 billion ($250 million), down from T$17.52 billion this time last year.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Google Confirms Galaxy Nexus Sales Stopped in Apple-Samsung Case, Fix Coming Next Week  —  While Apple and Samsung's phones and tablets battle it out on store shelves, the companies (and Google) have been battling it out in the courtroom in ongoing patent disputes.
Ann Zimmerman / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy Tries On Apple's Sleek Look  —  RICHFIELD, Minn.—Best Buy Co. is testing a new turnaround strategy: making its cavernous electronics emporiums look more like Apple Inc.'s sleek retail outlets.  —  The heart of a test store near Best Buy's headquarters here is a Solution Central help desk …
More: msnbc.com, PC World and TUAW
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
BitTorrent usage increases in Europe, following the blockade of The Pirate Bay  —  In a twist that will surprise no one except the RIAA, MPAA, BREIN, and other anti-piracy lobbies, the amount of BitTorrent traffic has stayed the same or increased in Europe following the blockade of The Pirate Bay in the UK …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple snags patent for water-damage detection  —  The water-detection indicator in Apple's iPhone 4/iPhone 4S.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple has won a patent related to detecting water damage in a gadget.  —  The patent, 8,210,032, describes a method by which customer service representatives …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Index Shows iOS Programming Language Now In Top 3 As Mobile Development Booms  —  According to the TIOBE Index, Objective-C is now more popular than C++, showing proof that mobile development is surging ahead as we enter the post-PC era.  —  Objective-C is the object-oriented programming language used by developers for iOS.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo CEO Search in Final Stages, With Levinsohn and Kilar in Lead  —  According to sources close to the situation, the search for a new CEO for troubled Internet giant Yahoo is closing in on several key candidates in the mix, in what appears to be coming down to a contest between interim CEO Ross Levinsohn and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YP: Restaurants Remains Top Local Search Heading, Medical The Top-Spending Ad Category  —  Local publisher and ad network YP (the private-equity owned combination of AT&T Interactive and AT&T Advertising Solutions) has released its US-focused Q2 “Local Insights Report.”
Joel Bernstein / Cast Irony:
The case for a 7.8″ iPad  —  I've been talking to some people on twitter about the technical feasibility of Apple one day introducing a smaller and lighter iPad.  The general opinion I'm seeing is that it would require a change to the dimension of the screen in points …
More: Techland and SlashGear
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Facebook App Centre officially rolling out across the UK  —  This morning if you logged into your Facebook account in the UK, it's likely that you will have noticed a persistent little pop-up notification alerting you to the arrival of the App Centre.  —  We certainly knew that this was coming …
More: Telegraph
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google+ Hangouts get live captions  —  Hearing-impaired users of Google's Hangouts group video chats can now follow the conversation through live captions, thanks to a new Hangouts app released Thursday at the National Association of the Deaf's annual conference in Louisville …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researchers Say iPhone Users Hit With App Store's First Ever Spam-Sending App  —  A screenshot from Find and Call's website.  —  Just as antivirus researchers congratulated Apple for keeping the iPhone free of nasty apps five full years after its release, spammers seem to have finally tarnished that spotless record.

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