• Google reportedly decided to have some fun with the bidding for Nortel’s coveted patent portfolio last week — throwing out offers such as $3.14159 billion (a.k.a. pi) and other nerdy numbers. But Microsoft and Apple appear to have gotten the last laugh, leading a consortium that actually won the bidding. Or was it Google’s weird way of throwing in the towel?
  • A joint appearance by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will be one of the highlights of the exclusive Allen & Co. summit in Sun Valley this week. In fact, Kara Swisher of AllThingsD says Gates will “interview” Zuckerberg. In honor of the Microsoft chairman, we have to say that’s the stupidest f—ing thing we’ve ever heard.
  • Speaking of Zuckerberg, the “cool thing” that the Facebook CEO hinted at during his Seattle visit last week is slated to be unveiled Wednesday at 10 a.m. Watch the webcast here. Rumor is that it’s a video chat feature in partnership with Skype — which means it’s likely to someday be a video chat feature in partnership with Microsoft.
  • By the way, I was there last week, dutifully taking notes, and Zuckerberg actually said the new thing would be “cool,” not “awesome,” contrary to what everyone else is reporting. You know, just in case there’s a difference.
  • And in case you were wondering, Monday was no ordinary Independence Day … it was the 15th anniversary of “Independence Day.”

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