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6:00 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” …
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.
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.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Rhymes With “Douchebag”  —  Adrian Chen of Gawker writes that “tech news is so phenomenally boring”.  A story of mine, Facebook's iPad app being hidden inside of the iPhone app, is the prime example used.  —  Nevermind that Chen is complaining about tech news not really being “news” …
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: ZDNet and Daring Fireball
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 …
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+
Discussion: SiliconFilter and lalawag
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, as an “online education center” …
Discussion: SlashGear, The Next Web, @ed and Mashable!
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.
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 …
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 or the next day?  Count again—unless you subscribe through a video distributor with the right deal.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
No cable? You'll have to wait eight days to see Fox shows on Hulu [Updated]
Discussion: mocoNews and Gizmodo
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 …
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
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 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.
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Building 2nd Data Center in Oregon  —  The exterior of the Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon.  The company said Tuesday that it will build a second huge data center on the same campus.  (Photo credit: Alan Brandt).  —  Facebook will build a second huge data center …
Discussion: Facebook, Oregonian and KTVZ-TV
Nick Cowen / Guardian:
PopCap chief: ‘EA was a good fit for us’  —  PopCap CEO Dave Roberts tells Nick Cowen why the company is thrilled with its purchase by Electronic Arts and what it means for game development  —  One of the biggest game industry stories this year has centred around the acquisition …
Discussion: VG247, GoNintendo and GMSV
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Read It Later Raises $2.5 Million, Wants To Become The Dropbox Of Content  —  Read It Later, the popular service that lets you bookmark a webpage and access it later from any smartphone, computer, or tablet, has raised a $2.5 million funding round.  The round marks the company's first external funding …
Discussion: GigaOM and AllThingsD
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ThinkNear Turns Mobile Banner Ads Into Local Offers (Raises $1.6 Million From IA And Google Ventures)  —  Last April, one of the strongest startups from TechStars's Demo Day in New York City was ThinkNear, which turns mobile ads into hyper-targeted daily deal offers for local merchants.
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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
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Sen. Franken urges government to stop AT&T merger
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel grooms Andy Bryant to be next chairman
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Pays At Least $10.2 Million For Zappedy
Discussion: AllThingsD
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