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July 10, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Betting the Company on Windows 8  —  I'd argue that the last truly revolutionary version of Windows was Windows 95.  In the subsequent 17 years, we've seen a stream of mostly minor and often inconsequential design changes in Windows - at its core, you've got the same old stuff: a start menu …
More: ZDNet, parislemon and The Windows BlogThanks:@ai
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Google, FTC Near Settlement on Privacy  —  Google Inc. is close to a deal to pay $22.5 million to settle charges related to its surreptitious bypassing of the privacy settings of millions of Apple Inc. users, according to officials briefed on the settlement terms.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Google set to pay record $22.5M fine for violating Apple users' privacy  —  Google is expected to pay a $22.5 million fine, the largest in the history of the Federal Trade Commission, for bypassing the privacy settings of users of Apple's Safari Web browser.
More: ZDNet, TUAW and Macgasm
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Let's Try to Think This iPad Mini Thing All the Way Through  —  We're Talking About a Smaller iPad, Not a Bigger iPod Touch  —  I've seen a fair bit of speculation that, if Apple produces a 7-inch iOS device, then maybe it would be a bigger iPod Touch, not a smaller iPad.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Golden Master of OS X Mountain Lion to Developers  —  “200 New Features” Mountain Lion slide shown at WWDC  —  Apple released the Golden Master (GM) version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers today.  The “golden master” designation indicates that this version of the software …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Next Issue brings its all-you-can-read magazine store to the iPad, plans start at $10 a month  —  The last time we heard about Next Issue, the all-you-can-read magazine store was launching on Android, with an iOS version said to be coming “soon.”  Three months later, the startup's made good on its promise …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Nexus Q hacked to run launcher, apps, Netflix, and more  —  While Google's Nexus Q is an undeniably attractive piece of hardware, we found the device to be lacking in overall functionality.  Enterprising developers are already on the case, however, with the latest Nexus Q hack bringing apps …
Michael Steeber / Cult of Mac:
Steve Wozniak Shares His Thoughts On Google Glass And Microsoft's Surface Tablet  —  Steve Wozniak recently spoke at the Entel Summit in Chile, and as usual, expressed his thoughts on emerging technology.  Wozniak offered his opinion on Google Glass, Microsoft's Surface tablet, and even the Kim Dotcom case surrounding Megaupload.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Apple launches new iPad in China on July 20th (update: here's why)  —  Apple is about to complete an important part of the puzzle for the new iPad's world rollout: it just confirmed that its Retina display-packing tablet will reach mainland China on July 20th.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A Reality Series Intrudes on Silicon Valley, and Finds It Cringing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley is finally getting the treatment once reserved for rowdy housewives and excitable chefs: its own Bravo reality series.  But the tech world is not quite ready for its close-up.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Eric Schmidt: The Great Firewall of China will fall  —  Technology and information penetration in China will eventually force the Great Firewall of China to crumble and even lead to the political opening of the Chinese system, according to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Juha Saarinen / Wired:
Kim Dotcom's Extradition Hearing Postponed Until March 2013  —  In this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo, Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, comments after he was granted bail and released in Auckland, New Zealand.  The U.S. wants to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Paydiant Gets $12M More To Build Out Its White-Label Mobile Payments API  —  Paydiant, one of the more recent entrants in mobile payments, has closed a $12 million round of funding that it plans to use to build out its white-label, API-based product for banks and merchants to offer …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Salesforce.com suffers worldwide disruption after power outage  —  Summary: Salesforce.com has suffered a series of outages that left many unable to use the CRM service.  Even the service status page was down for a while.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Follow @zackwhittaker
AppleInsider:
Apple's $74B overseas cash hoard leads all U.S. tech companies  —  A report released on Monday from investment bank Moody's revealed that Apple leads a list of technology U.S. companies holding overseas cash with some $74 billion, up from $64 billion in December and $35 billion at the end of 2010.
Kevin Morris / Daily Dot:
Reddit lifts its ban on “The Atlantic”  —  The Atlantic has returned to Reddit.  —  A month after the social news site kicked out the news magazine and dozens of other sites —including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Discovery News—for spam, Reddit has welcomed many back into the warm embrace of its monster traffic, with little fanfare.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@loganwtf
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Readability for iOS 1.1 improves article discovery, UI, and performance  —  Readability has given its iOS reading app its most significant update yet, taking the application to version 1.1.  The update brings with it two new article discovery methods: first is Top Reads …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Noise Free says Apple stole its technology, sues to stop patent claim  —  A Silicon Valley firm called Noise Free says it showed Apple its secret noise cancellation technology in a series of meetings but that Apple then turned around and used the technology without permission for its iPad and iPhone devices.
More: CNET and The Verge
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
DC City Council Shelves “Uber Amendment” Against Discounted Private Cars, Road Looks Clearer For UberX  —  An explosive day of online and traditional campaigning appears to have worked.  The Washington DC city council was set to approve an amendment to its far-reaching taxi legislation …
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
One-bit Internet: The iPad is/isn't a content creation device  —  In the conclusion to my Retina MacBook repairability post, I wrote: “on the Internet, it often seems that everything must be compressed to a one-bit image: black or white, triumph or catastrophe, the very best or the absolute worst.”
More: Gizmodo
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Ouya's Android-based, hackable game console now official: we chat with designer Yves Behar  —  A handful of details briefly slipped out about the project earlier, but now it's here: the Ouya, an attempt not just to delve into the cutthroat world of TV game consoles but to try and shift the goal posts.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Should (And Will) Kleiner Perkins Settle Its Gender Discrimination Fight?  —  High-profile venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers faces off in San Francisco court later today against its partner Ellen Pao in what will be the first public face-off in one of the most closely watched stories of the past months in Silicon Valley.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Why GitHub abandoned the bootstrapper's ship for a $100M Series A  —  After half a decade of preaching about the virtues of bootstrapping, the GitHub founders are finally getting in bed with a major VC firm to the tune of $100 million — that's $1 million per employee at the still-small startup.
Jason Harris / Nokia Conversations:
AT&T Exclusive: Lumia 900 is pretty in pink  —  The Nokia Lumia 900 stands apart in the smartphone market with solid polycarbonate construction, a beautiful ClearBlack Display, stunning design, and with the simple and beautiful Windows Phone operating system.

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