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July 2, 2012, 6:15 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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).
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Makes Offer To EU Regulators To End Antitrust Probe  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) offered concessions to European Union regulators in an effort to end an antitrust investigation into allegations that the operator of the world's largest search engine discriminates against rivals.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google Places for iOS renamed as Google+ Local, now includes Zagat scores and voice search  —  Google revamped its Google Places service back in May, adding data from its purchase of Zagat and renaming it Google+ Local.  Now, the company has gone ahead and similarly revamped its iOS app …
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.
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 …
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.
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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.

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