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5:10 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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Terry Myerson / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone “Mango” - Released to Manufacturing  —  I wanted to drop into the Windows Phone Blog briefly to update you on an important milestone.  Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft to reveal Toshiba-Fujitsu Windows Phone Mango device later today
Discussion: IntoMobile, LiveSide.net and Neowin.net
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Exclusive images of AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II revealed  —  BGR has obtained exclusive images of AT&T's upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.  Following our report on Monday showing an unnamed Samsung slider headed to AT&T, we have confirmed that the device pictured is indeed a variant …
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Ricardo Bilton / The Toybox Blog:
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II outed in leaked images, features sliding keyboard
Discussion: IntoMobile and GottaBeMobile
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Says It's Willing to Negotiate With Apple Over Patent Fight  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL), says it's willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
HTC wants to talk but will Apple listen?
Discussion: Guardian and BGR
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  —  This is just a guess, but I'd bet money that Vic Gundotra …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Flat Keyless Keyboard for Desktops & More  —  Late last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed yet another take on a possible future virtual keyboard for the iMac and other devices.  Apple's first major patent concerning larger virtual keyboards surfaced in 2009.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HTC Puccini, the company's first 10-inch tablet, uncovered  —  In addition to exclusively revealing the first photos of AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II earlier this morning, we also got our hands on the first solid images of HTC's upcoming 10-inch slate, codenamed the HTC Puccini.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Face detection software and API land in iOS 5 following Apple's 2010 purchase of Polar Rose  —  In 2010 we reported that Apple snapped up a Swedish company called Polar Rose that specializes in face detection algorithms.  Less than a year after this purchase, we have discovered what Apple actually intends to do with this software.
Mark Hearn / Sprintfeed:
Sprint's Upcoming End of Line/Life Listing  —  All good things must eventually come to an end.  This age old saying definitely applies to smartphones.  Our beloved Super Spies have produced again!  This time in the form of Sprint's upcoming End of Line/Life listing.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Beats The Street; Sales Up 51 Percent To $9.9B, Net Income Down 8 Percent  —  E-commerce giant Amazon just reported second quarter results, posting sales of $9.9 billion, an increase of 51 percent from the same quarter in 2010.  Net income decreased 8% to $191 million in the second quarter …
Christopher Finke / Less Talk, More Do:
What do people type in the address bar?  —  Earlier this year, I added a feature to URL Fixer (a browser add-on that fixes errors in URLs that you type in the address bar) that collects anonymous usage stats from users who opt in in order to help improve the ways that URL Fixer corrects typos …
Discussion: PC World
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Tech News Is So Phenomenally Boring  —  You never read tech news, do you?  Good.  Somehow, the story of the accidental early release of a Facebook iPad app everyone was expecting is threatening to turn into a week-long saga.  Make it stop!  This is the most boring s**t ever.
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
1.5 Years Of AngelList: 8000 Intros, 400 Investments And That's Just The Data We Can Tell You About  —  It's the AngelList centi-sesquicentennial and we want to share some stats with you.  After 1.5 years, AngelList has seen...  - 8,000 intros.  An investor has asked for an intro to a startup on AngelList over 8,000 times.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft Adds RAW Support to Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer  —  Microsoft announces support for raw files from 120 DSLR cameras in Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer.  Makes them as easy to use as JPEGs.  —  When it comes to taking professionally looking photos …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
RadioShack ditches T-Mobile for Verizon, switcheroo happens September 15th  —  Well, it looks like T-Mobile is no longer on friendly enough terms with Radio Shack to call it “The Shack.”  The retailer announced today that it's ending its partnership with the carrier in favor of a new one with rival Verizon …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
As DVD sales decline, Walmart.com adds Vudu streaming  —  Online video rental store Vudu has seen massive growth lately, driven mostly by getting embedded on an ever-growing number of connected TVs and other devices.  But the streaming-video-on-demand service is about to get a big boost …
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
Video: Yes, You Can Bring A Goat Into The Apple Store  —  Comedian Mark Malkoff may be the next Ralph Nader.  From visiting all of Manhattan's 171 Starbucks, to living in a New Jersey IKEA, to beating a crosstown bus in a race (on a Big Wheel!), he's a consumer advocate on a mission.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Lands On The iPad, Gives Couch Potatoes The Perfect Soapbox  —  Ustream has landed on the iPad.  —  Today, the streaming video service has launched its first iPad-optimized app, allowing users to view live and recorded content streaming through the service — and to stream their own footage direct from their iPad 2.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Techie Buzz and MacNN
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Design Sales Site Fab.com Hits 350,000 Members, Raises $8M To Celebrate  —  Fab.com, which started out as Fabulis, a social networking site for gay men, has not only recently changed its name but also started from scratch with an entirely new business centered around online flash sales of design items.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Patents ‘Gumming Up’ Innovation: Google  —  Google Inc. General Counsel Kent Walker said the smartphone industry is using patents in an arms race that hurts consumers, leaving the company trying to “sort through the mess” of litigation.  —  “It's hard to find what's the best path …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Inquirer
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
All Is Right With The World: EBook Apps Back On The iPad  —  Yesterday's “Everybody panic!” is today's “Meh.”  B&N, Amazon, and Google Books have all taken pains to make it abundantly clear that you can only buy their ebooks from the e-store “through the Safari browser on their device or any computer” …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jumio Turns Webcams Into Credit Card Readers - And Why Merchants Will Welcome ‘Netswipers’  —  If it were up to Jumio, we're all going to be ‘netswiping’ to purchase books, clothes, travel, FarmVille crops and whatnot online in a couple of years.  The startup has been extensively testing …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T preps for early to mid-September iPhone 5 launch  —  BGR has exclusively learned that AT&T has begun communicating launch plans internally for Apple's next-generation iPhone 5 handset.  We have been told that AT&T has begun informing employees across the company, and those who work in retail locations …
Pew Research Center:
71% of Online Adults Now Use Video-Sharing Sites  —  More online Americans are using video-sharing sites— and they are doing so more frequently.  As of May 2011, 71% of online adults reported watching videos on a video-sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo.  A demographic portrait of these site users is in the table below.
 
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John Cook / GeekWire:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Motorola bid to dismiss 3G phones lawsuit fails
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
InterDigital files Nokia, Huawei, ZTE complaint
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For Suspected Hackers, a Sense of Social Protest
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting Verizon on July 28th, starts at $529
Debbie Siegelbaum / Hillicon Valley:
Report: Republicans might be winning the social-media war
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Smartphones, iPads & the state of the mobile Internet
Martin Harrigan / An Analysis of Anonymity …:
Bitcoin is not Anonymous
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix: 75 Percent Of New Customers Signing Up For Streaming-Only Plan
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