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4:15 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 …
Discussion: PC World, Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
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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
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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 …
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Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+
Discussion: SiliconFilter and lalawag
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
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 …
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: The Next Web, @ed and Mashable!
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
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.
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
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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
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.
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 and Oregonian
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 …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Survey: Buyers want sub-$250 Amazon tablet  —  Much has been said about a rumored Amazon tablet so far.  It should be based on Android, we are told, and Asian source have chimed in with their share of leaks, the latest being that Taiwanese contract manufacturers have begun producing the gizmo, presumably for a Fall launch.
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.
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.
 
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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
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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
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Trading Card Company Topps Buys Facebook's Gift Card Provider
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
RadioShack ditches T-Mobile for Verizon, switcheroo happens September 15th
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InterDigital files Nokia, Huawei, ZTE complaint
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