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8:30 AM ET, July 27, 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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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Official: Japan To Get The World's First Windows Phone 7 Mango Handset In September  —  As the sun just starts to set here on the West Coast, we've got a bit of news straight from the other side of the globe: Fujitsu and KDDI (Japan's second largest wireless operator) have just confirmed …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Finishing Up Work on an Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook [Updated]  —  Apple is working on a 15" ultra-thin Mac notebook, MacRumors has learned.  We aren't certain if it will be called a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, but we do know that it is already in late testing stages at Apple.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Nice timing: Facebook debuts “Facebook for Business”  —  Facebook on Tuesday debuted a step-by-step online guide aimed at helping small businesses use the social networking site.  The company is billing the new webpage, found at Facebook.com/business, as an “online education center” …
Discussion: ZDNet, The Next Web, @ed, SlashGear and Mashable!
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's how Apple is forcing a worse user experience on its customers  —  Amazon just updated its Kindle app for the iPhone and iPad to remove an important function: The link to its Kindle store where you can go to buy new e-books.  Now, Apple device owners will have to figure out on their own …
Discussion: Fortune, ZDNet and Daring Fireball
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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.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:   Rhymes With “Douchebag”  —  Adrian Chen of Gawker writes that …
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Ars Technica's OS X Lion review made $15,000+ in 24 hours on the Kindle  —  Will people pay for quality digital content?  It's an argument that has been on the table for quite some time, with naysayers pointing towards downloads of discographies instead of paying attention to concrete purchasing decisions.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung Is Only Tablet Maker Giving iPad 2′s Display a Run for Its Money  —  Although the first wave of Android tablets couldn't hold a candle to Apple's iPad 2 when it came to screen quality, analysis firm DisplayMate says the latest Galaxy Tab model offers a significantly better display …
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A message to PayPal, its customers, and our friends  —  Dear PayPal, its customers, and our friends around the globe,  —  This is an official communiqué from Anonymous and Lulz Security in the name of AntiSec.  —  In recent weeks, we've found ourselves outraged at the FBI's willingness …
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:   In ‘Anonymous’ Raids, Feds Work From List of Top 1,000 Protesters
Owen Williams / Neowin.net:
OneNote Mobile for iPhone gets major update  —  Microsoft has announced today that they are releasing a major new version of OneNote for the iPhone, presumably to bring it into line with the features that Windows Phone 7 offers.  —  In a post on the OneNote blog, Microsoft …
Eric Smalley / Webware.com:
Cornell software fingers fake online reviews  —  See the bottom of this post for the answer.  —  (Credit: Myle Ott, Cornell University)  —  If you're like most people, you give yourself high ratings when it comes to figuring out when someone's trying to con you.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Fox Switches To Authentication For New Shows Online; Dish, Hulu Plus Get First Crack  —  Counting on keeping up with Glee next season through Hulu.com or Fox.com the next day?  Count again—unless you subscribe through a video distributor with the right deal.
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Ben Fritz / Company Town:
No cable? You'll have to wait eight days to see Fox shows on Hulu [Updated]
Discussion: mocoNews and Gizmodo
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
NSA Lawyer Questioned Over Cellphone Location Tracking of Americans  —  Is the government using cellular data to track Americans as they move around the U.S.?  —  According to the general counsel of the National Security Agency, it may have that authority.
LAUNCH:
The GOOGLE+ Punch List (21 Items Google Must Add to Plus)  —  We asked Google+ users—on Google+—what Google had left out of the service.  Here's what they said, with a little added analysis.  —  Must Haves  —  1. Brand pages: Based on the brouhaha we've seen over Mashable getting …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:dinaj
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Bitcoin befuddles U.S. customs agents, thwarting Seattle visit by digital currency guru  —  A developer who specializes in the Bitcoin digital currency says he was sent back to China last week after he arrived at Sea-Tac Airport with only $600 in cash and wasn't able to convince U.S. Customs …
Discussion: GLBSE and The Next Web
Mary Jo Foley / Redmond:
Why Microsoft Won't Dump Bing  —  Many Microsoft shareholders, employees, partners and customers would like Steve Ballmer to resign (or be ousted) as CEO.  Almost as many are agitating for Microsoft to push Bing out of the Redmond nest.  —  To all of those folks, I've got bad news …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Why European VCs are lean, mean and more extreme  —  You've probably all heard the cliches about European startups and investors: venture money in Europe is more conservative, entrepreneurs are afraid of risk, the businesses are less ambitious and there are fewer blockbuster successes.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Tablet Publishing: Why Sports Illustrated Is Looking Beyond the iPad  —  The magazine industry's current interest and investment in tablets beyond the iPad can be described as tentative at best.  —  It's not terribly surprising.  Even by the most conservative of estimates …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and 9to5Google
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
LucidChart Nabs $1 Million From 500 Startups, 2M Companies, And K9 Ventures  —  LucidChart, a web-based diagramming application, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from 500 Startups, 2M Companies, K9 Ventures, as well as several angel investors.
Discussion: BetaNews
BRYCE DOT VC:
RIP Regional Venture Funds  —  I had a different post I'd plan to write this morning, then I read this on the blog of Boise, ID based Highway 12 Ventures blog: … As many of you know, I cut my teeth in the venture business backing companies in the intermountain and southwest region.
Discussion: Highway 12 Ventures and GeekWire
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
Darren Quick / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
Microsoft Research paper proposes using ‘Data Furnaces’ to heat the home  —  Data center servers could be used to heat homes and offices suggests a new Microsoft Research paper (Image: The Planet via Flickr)  —  The U.S. EPA estimated that servers and data centers were responsible …
Discussion: ExtremeTech, DailyTech and TreeHugger
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Building 2nd Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: Facebook, Oregonian and KTVZ-TV
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Read It Later Raises $2.5 Million, Wants To Become The Dropbox Of Content
Discussion: GigaOM and AllThingsD
Kellex / Droid Life:
Confirmed: XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Available In September, Emails To Customers Rolling Out Today …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
ITC rules Mac OS X violates S3 patents, iPhone and iPad do not
Erin Griffith / Adweek:
ShareThis Hires AdSense Vet as CEO Kurt Abrahamson takes job; founder Schigel remains as chairman
Discussion: AllThingsD
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel grooms Andy Bryant to be next chairman
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Pays At Least $10.2 Million For Zappedy
Discussion: AllThingsD
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Trading Card Company Topps Buys Facebook's Gift Card Provider
Discussion: Topps.com
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
RadioShack ditches T-Mobile for Verizon, switcheroo happens September 15th