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July 2, 2012, 3:35 PM

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Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Blames Email Problems On User “Confusion”  —  If you're missing email messages, don't blame Facebook: The social network says you are simply “confused.”  —  Facebook spent a second straight weekend dealing with complaints from users about a switch in the default user email addresses …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Amazon buys 3D mapping startup UpNext  —  It looks like Amazon is building up its presence in the mapping business.  The tech giant today closed a deal to acquire 3D mapping startup UpNext, GigaOM has learned.  —  For Amazon, which doesn't have a mapping service of its own …
Anil Dash:
Why Your Complaint About Twitter Is Wrong  —  I know I usually try to be a thoughtful tech writer, but sometimes, holy s**t you guys. … That's Dalton Caldwell (with my emphasis added), who is a very nice guy, but does nothing to break the pattern that everything I read on the Svbtle network exists solely …
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Nokia: We have a Windows Phone ‘contingency plan’  —  Nokia has a plan in its back pocket should a deal with Microsoft fall through, or the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 software update fail to generate interest, according to Nokia's board chairman.  —  Speaking on his debut television appearance …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
RIM's tailspin  —  The number of BlackBerry phones sold fell 41% year-on-year in the last RIM fiscal quarter.  Sequentially the fall was 30%.  Though surprisingly poor, I note that Nokia's smartphone business fell even more dramatically last quarter (down 50% y/y and 39% sequentially).
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
More: Guardian
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Google stole sharing idea for Hangouts and YouTube, lawsuit claims  —  A New York start-up claims that a video sharing feature in YouTube and Google+ is based on concepts that it showed to Google when the two companies met to discuss collaboration strategies in 2011.
The Weather Channel:
The Weather Channel Companies Acquire Weather Underground  —  The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) today announced an agreement to acquire Weather Underground, a leading provider of Web based weather data.  The transaction, terms of which were not disclosed, was announced by TWCC chairman …
Josh Miller / PandoDaily:
Three Things I Have Learned From Ev, Biz, and Goldman  —  Since January, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Jason Goldman have been helping us build Branch.  I feel very lucky to call them mentors and friends, so I thought I would pay it forward by sharing some of the wisdom that they have shared with me.
Tweets: @anildash
Kari Tillman / ATT Blogs:
Samsung Galaxy S III Arrives at AT&T stores July 6  —  Great news, the wait is finally over!  I'm excited to share with you that the Samsung Galaxy S III will arrive in AT&T stores on July 6th.  —  Thousands of customers, who just couldn't wait, have already preordered it and have the device in hand.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
The other Windows 8 hits some snags  —  Microsoft Surface tablet packing an Nvidia ARM chip.  —  (Credit: Microsoft)  —  Don't be surprised if the other version of Windows 8 — you know, the one that doesn't run on Intel chips — stumbles out of the gate.
Nathan Jurgenson / The New Inquiry:
The IRL Fetish  —  The deep infiltration of digital information into our lives has created a fervor around the supposed corresponding loss of logged-off real life.  Each moment is oversaturated with digital potential: Texts, status updates, photos, check-ins, tweets, and emails …
More: The Verge and Gizmodo
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Flow App Brings Barcode Scanning & Augmented Reality To Android Users  —  Amazon Flow, the barcode scanning/augmented reality app from Amazon subsidiary A9.com, has arrived on Android today, following its November 2011 iOS debut.  To refresh your memory, the app lets shoppers scan things like CDs …
Steven Loeb / VatorNews:
Italian regulator set to fine Apple over warranties  —  Agency accusing Apple of misleading consumers; Apple already fined in December  —  When I bought my iPhone, the salesman asked me if I also wanted to buy a two-year warranty from Apple in case anything happened to my phone.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
“Mobile First”: Product Chief Chris Cox and Facebook Brass Make the Phone a Top Priority  —  Of all the many tech maxims that exist, this is the one heard ad nauseum: “The future is in mobile.”  In essence, it means that if your company doesn't have a mobile device strategy, you aren't doing it right.

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