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July 2, 2012, 9:40 PM

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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.
Jeremy Kessel / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Transparency Report  —  Wednesday marks Independence Day here in the United States.  Beyond the fireworks and barbecue, July 4th serves as an important reminder of the need to hold governments accountable, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook clarifies email address confusion, contact sync is a bug that will be fixed  —  We just got off the phone with Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's Director of Engineering, who sought to clear up some of the confusion recently about the company's decision to hide all email addresses besides …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Writing Off Nearly All of the $6.3 Billion It Paid for aQuantive  —  Microsoft said on Monday that it is taking a $6.2 billion non-cash charge to account for its disappointing 2007 acquisition of Internet advertising firm aQuantive.  —  That's a huge charge …
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.
Julia Dahl / Mental Floss:
When His Project Was Canceled, an Unemployed Programmer Kept Sneaking Into Apple to Finish the Job  —  by Julia Dahl … Ron Avitzur knew his project was doomed.  By the time his bosses cut the cord in August 1993, his team was actually relieved.  The graphing calculator program …
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.
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.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Mozilla's Boot To Gecko Becomes Firefox OS, Scores Support From Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, ZTE, And More  —  Mozilla's Boot to Gecko project has come a long way in just under a year — what began with the idea of building a mobile operating system based on open web standards like HTML5 has led …
Surur / WMPoweruser:
New Arc soft keyboard may be coming to Windows Phone 8  —  More than a year ago we reported on Microsoft designing a “one handed and next gen soft keyboard” for Windows Phone 8.  —  We now have a picture of the keyboard in question, courtesy of a leaked Microsoft Research presentation.
Communications of the ACM:
Google's Hybrid Approach to Research  —  In this viewpoint, we describe how we organize computer science research at Google.  We focus on how we integrate research and development and discuss the benefits and risks of our approach.  The challenge in organizing R&D is great because CS is an increasingly broad and diverse field.
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).
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 …
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Mines Its Own Network for Acquisitions  —  As newly public Facebook Inc. attempts to branch out to new areas such as e-commerce, it's searching across its own social network for acquisitions.  —  Facebook has always touted itself as a platform for software developers to build apps that reach its more than 900 million users.
Seth Adam / GLAAD:
Facebook adds new timeline icons for married same-sex couples  —  Facebook has rolled out a new feature providing additional recognition for its users who are married to a person of the same sex.  Now these users who have indicated on their Facebook timeline that they are married will be recognized …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
App Store Adding New “Food & Drink” Category  —  The App Store will soon be updated with a new “Food & Drink” category, according to developers of existing iOS applications who received an email from Apple today about the upcoming change.  “In the next few weeks”, applications …

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