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July 10, 2013, 5:55 PM

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Reuters:
Judge rules Apple conspired to raise prices on e-books  —  (Reuters) - In a sweeping rejection of Apple Inc's strategy for selling electronic books on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise e-book prices.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple Found Guilty Of Fixing Ebook Prices, Says It's “Done Nothing Wrong” And Will Appeal  —  While publishers have agreed to a settlement in the ebook price-fixing case involving Apple and all the major book publishers, the federal judge has ruled that Apple is guilty of fixing ebook prices with its iBookstore, according to Reuters.
Google LatLong:
A new Google Maps app for smartphone and tablets  —  Today we're introducing a new Google Maps app for Android smartphones and tablets, also coming soon to iPhone and iPad.  It's a new mapping experience that makes exploring the world and getting to the places that matter to you a lot faster and easier.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google is retiring its Latitude location-sharing service on August 9th  —  As part of its announcement of the new-look Maps app for Android today, Google slipped in some other news.  Latitude, the social location-sharing service that launched in February 2009, is to be retired on August 9th 2013.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Interview: T-Mobile's John Legere on iPhone Sales, the Carrier's Bold Upgrade Program, and Continuing to Shake Things Up  —  T-Mobile's biggest news on Wednesday is the introduction of a new program that will let customers upgrade their phones as often as twice a year.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925 Come to T-Mobile as Carrier Expands LTE Network  —  The iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones may be best sellers for T-Mobile, but that doesn't mean the wireless carrier, which has been making bold moves in recent months with its “un-plans,” has forgotten about other device makers.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Chromebook Under $300 Defies PC Market With Growth  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago.  Now it's defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
PC Global Shipments Shrank 10.9% in Second Quarter, Gartner Says  —  Personal-computer shipments dropped 10.9 percent in the second quarter, the fifth straight quarterly decline, as consumers continued to turn to smartphones and tablets for getting online, market researcher Gartner Inc. said.
Andrew Chen:
Mobile traction is getting harder, not easier.  Here's why.  —  The “classic” growth formula for mobile is broken  —  Once upon a time, the formula for getting mobile traction was something like this:  — Build something insanely great  — Get Apple/Google to feature you, alongside a big PR launch!
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Instagram enables photo and video embedding to spread its content across the web  —  Instagram has just announced that all public photos and videos posted by its users are now embeddable anywhere on the web where HTML is supported, a move that should make Instagram content far more visible across the internet.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry's 2013 Smartphone Roadmap: BlackBerry A10 (Aristo) and BlackBerry 9720  —  It's been a while since we heard about exactly what BlackBerry has in store for the rest of 2013.  Thanks to multiple trusted sources, however, we not only know but we also have some exclusive photos.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon Drops Price Of EC2 Dedicated Instances By Up To 80%  —  Amazon today announced that it is dropping the prices of dedicated instances on its EC2 cloud computing platform by up to 80%.  Dedicated per region fees, which are charged on top of the regular EC2 fees, will now set developers back $2 per hour instead of $10, for example.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Movidius gets $16M for a chip that gives your device always-on vision  —  What if your cell phone camera was always on?  If something like constantly capturing images didn't suck both battery and processing power on a mobile device?  Augmented reality might become predictively responsive rather …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: $1.4B Mobile/Browser Toolbar Startup Conduit Is Splitting, Still Mum On Perion Acquisition  —  Conduit, the Israeli-based browser-toolbar and mobile startup estimated to be worth some $1.4 billion, has confirmed to us that it is splitting itself into two entities …

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