July 2, 2012, 4:05 PM

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Violet Blue / CNET:
Facebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost  —  An alarming number of people are reporting that the new e-mail address Facebook forced on users this week is changing their address books while intercepting and losing unknown amounts of e-mail.  —  Facebook users say contacts' e …
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 …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99  —  We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8.  Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets.
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 …
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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, has arrived on Android today, following its November 2011 iOS debut.  To refresh your memory, the app lets shoppers scan things like CDs …
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
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Tweaks Genius Bar To Increase Capacity  —  In reaction to an ever-increasing number of visitors to its Genius Bars and limited space to seat them, Apple is testing out a new configuration that increases Genius Bar capacity, and emphasizes the use of iPads to manage service records.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reminds Users of Discontinuation on July 31  —  Following this weekend's shutdown of MobileMe in favor of iCloud, Apple today sent out an email to users of its beta service reminding them that it too will be discontinued on July 31.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
IE hangs on to more than half of browser market  —  Internet Explorer has been facing growing competition from rival browsers, but it's still the leader with more than 50 percent of the market, according to Net Applications.  —  IE grabbed a 54 percent market share last month, down from 56.7 percent a year ago.
More: Techland and Mashable!
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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