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July 1, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Fred Wilson / A VC:
Mobile Is Where The Growth Is  —  If you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year.  You might think that all these big web services are flatlining.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Careful, Twitter — remember what happened to MySpace and Digg  —  Twitter sent some shock waves through the technology community with a blog post on Friday that talked about its plans for the future, and suggested that those plans don't necessarily involve third-party services and apps.
Cade Metz / Wired:
‘Leap Second’ Bug Wreaks Havoc Across Web  —  Reddit, Mozilla, and possibly many other web outfits experienced brief technical problems on Saturday evening, when software unpinning their online operations choked on the “leap second” that was added to the world's atomic clocks.
Jon Rettinger / TechnoBuffalo:
Google Search vs. Apple's Siri: Voice Assistant Battle  —  Siri is how Apple persuades consumers to buy the iPhone 4S, and in iOS 6, the voice assistant promises to get a whole lot better.  But before the new and improved Siri arrives, Google is unleashing an upgrade to its search that, well, blows Apple's tech right out of the water.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The PHP Singularity  —  Look at this incredible thing Ian Baker created.  Look at it!  —  What you're seeing is not Photoshopped.  This is an actual photo of a real world, honest to God double-clawed hammer.  Such a thing exists.  Isn't that amazing?  And also, perhaps, a little disturbing?
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
The Well, a Pioneering Online Community, Is for Sale Again  —  Before Facebook, Twitter, Google — heck, even before the Web — there was The Well, an online discussion community founded in Northern California in 1985 that became home to the early denizens of what used to be called cyberspace.
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Mac, Windows Malware Campaign Targets Uyghur Activists  —  Security pros have spotted a Mac Trojan and Windows malware being used separately in targeted attacks against political activists in Central Asia.  —  Researchers at Kaspersky Lab say Mac malware is being used in an advanced persistent …
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
It Only Took the Army 16 Years and 2 Wars to Deploy This Network  —  In October, the Army will do something it's wanted to do for more than a decade: send a pair of combat brigades to a warzone equipped with a new data network, and the hardware to operate it.
Megha Rajagopalan / ProPublica:
Cellphone Companies Will Share Your Location Data - Just Not With You  —  Cellphone companies hold onto your location information for years and routinely provide it to police and, in anonymized form, to outside companies.  As they note in their privacy policies, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T …
More: Examiner and Wired
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
The state of the Android platform: from monetization to China to the Nexus 7  —  As Google's annual developer conference I/O winds down today, it's clear Google is trying to evolve Android — not only as a platform, but as an experience for both users and developers.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
Every team needs kick-ass code reviews  —  Code reviews help spread knowledge and coding best practices throughout a team.  In this article we'll take a look at why code reviews are important, and how to optimize the practice.
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Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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