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August 11, 2012, 9:45 AM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Breaking: Apple Offered to License its Patents to Samsung for $30 Per Smartphone, $40 Per Tablet  —  Apple executives have testified the company was “shocked” when Samsung debuted its first Galaxy phones.  But, considering the Korean company was a major supplier, Apple apparently was also willing to make a deal with its rival.
Jose Fermoso / Cult of Mac:
Everything You Need To Know About The Apple vs Samsung Trial [Day 6]  —  On the sixth day of the Samsung-Apple trial, deeply granular elements of each company's products continue to be mined for infringement claims.  Testimony from industry experts focused on innovations present in scrolling …
More: The Verge
Amit Singhal / Inside Search:
An update to our search algorithms  —  We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results.  Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How YouTube Will Escape Google's New Pirate Penalty  —  Google has announced that it will soon penalize sites that are repeatedly accused of copyright infringement.  But one site in particular doesn't need to worry: Google's own YouTube.  It has a unique immunity against the forthcoming penalty.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Emanuel Update: Google Will Penalize Sites Repeatedly Accused Of Copyright Infringement  —  Has someone filed a large number of DMCA “takedown” requests against your site?  If so, look out.  That's the latest penalty that may cause you to rank lower in Google's search results.
Jason Ding / Barracuda Labs:
The Twitter Underground Economy: A Blooming Business  —  Many people dream of becoming popular or famous, and Twitter provides an outlet to make this possible.  Most Twitter users try the standard way to get popular and gain followers: constantly tweet funny quotes or comments …
More: The Next Web and ComputerworldTweets: @scobleizer
MG Siegler:
You Either Die A Hero Or You Become The Villain  —  Over the past month, I've been watching Dalton Caldwell's App.net experiment with much interest.  Essentially, he's trying to rebuild Twitter from the ground up, only as a fully user and developer-supported network.
More: GigaOM
Don Lehman / The Tech Block:
The unibody iPhone  —  This is could be one of four things  —  1. A very elaborate hoax.  If it's a hoax, kudos to whoever made it because it would require the same amount of design and engineering effort that would go into an actual smartphone.  Not to mention all of the collaboration …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Gmail is getting a new login page to make multiple sign-ins easier to manage  —  Managing multiple accounts is becoming more important on the Web every day and Google has decided to make it easier for its Gmail users.  TNW staffers saw this page flash up, which lets you log in with one of your accounts, or add others:
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Facebook drops off the greatest places to work list  —  A new list of the 25 companies that give employees a good work-life balance has 12 tech companies on it, but the only big name is LinkedIn.  And Facebook has fallen off the list since 2011.  —  Marquee tech companies have always …

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