July 11, 2012, 9:10 PM

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Amazon Appstore Developer Blog:
Announcing Amazon GameCircle - A New Gaming Experience for Kindle Fire  —  Announcing Amazon GameCircle, a new set of services designed to make it easier for you to create more engaging gaming experiences and grow your business on Kindle Fire.  —  GameCircle will make achievements …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Mark Jardine / Tapbots:
Tweetbot for Mac  —  It's finally here! (sort of)  —  Tweetbot for Mac is finally available!  However it may not be quite as you had hoped.  Developing for the Mac is no easy task, especially a full-featured Twitter client.  However, we've gotten to a point where while not complete, it is useable.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Confirmed: Mountain Lion sends some 64-bit Macs gently into that good night  —  Mountain Lion won't support all 64-bit Macs when it ships in late July.  —  Apple, Inc.  —  Apple has now confirmed via its Mountain Lion upgrade page that previously published limitations on some 64-bit Macs will extend to the final release.
Judge refuses to block Diller's Aereo online TV venture  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge has rejected a bid by major U.S. broadcasters to stop Aereo Inc, an online television venture backed by billionaire Barry Diller, to stop rebroadcasting some of its programming over the Internet.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Sun Valley retreat  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised the crowd in Sun Valley, Idaho, this morning by showing up at the Allen & Co. annual retreat to attend a session called “Iran vs. Israel.”  —  This was Cook's first time at the high-powered event that draws media and tech moguls.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Netflix's lost year: The inside story of the price-hike train wreck  —  Before he angered customers by raising prices, before he became the butt of Saturday Night Live satire for his Qwikster schemes, Netflix CEO Red Hastings alienated some of his key executives.
Coleen Baik / Twitter Blog:
Overhauling from the ground up  —  Twitter is all about making real-time information available to everyone, everywhere.  In order to reach every person on the planet we recently released an update to for feature phones and older browsers.
Lauren Barack / Fortune:
Facebook wants to be your online bank  —  The social media giant is quietly supporting new services for banks that want to engage socially with their customers: The decidedly unsocial business of online banking.  —  FORTUNE — Someday soon, Facebook users may pay their utility bills …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Google's Nexus 7 Costs $152 To Make, IHS iSuppli Teardown Finds  —  Google's Nexus 7 tablet may be all about an attempt to compete with Apple's incredibly popular iPad, but when you crack it open it sure looks an awful lot like Amazon's Kindle Fire inside.  —  That's the impression that analysts …
Robert Hof / The New Persuaders:
Ad Tech Funding Rolls On With $15 Million For Retargeter AdRoll  —  You know those ads that seem to follow you around the Web after you visited the advertiser's site?  That's retargeting, a method of pitching people online that many marketers consider one of the most effective ad targeting methods.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Viacom, DirecTV talks fail; 26 channels go dark  —  Summary: Negotiations between Viacom and DirecTV have failed, forcing 26 channels off DirecTV's airwaves and leaving its customers to pay a 30 percent price hike if they want reconnected service.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Follow @zackwhittaker
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Dropbox gifts early users free premium subscriptions  —  Dropbox is thanking its most loyal customers by no longer charging them for their premium subscriptions.  It started emailing its “earliest Dropbox users” recently to inform them of the news: … It seems that a small group of early users …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Who's afraid of Google fiber?  Time Warner for starters.  —  Apparently, Time Warner Cable and I have something in common — we both want to figure out the details on Google's fiber-to-the-home deployment in Kansas City.  Time Warner Cable, one of the ISPs providing broadband access in Kansas City …
More: The Verge and Betabeat
MG Siegler:
The Traveling Data Dystopia  —  It seems that everyone likes to talk about “disconnecting” when they travel.  That is, they want to get away from checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Path, etc, while they're away.  That's great.  I'm pretty much the opposite.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to reach 44 retail store total by mid-2013  —  Summary: Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Worldwide Partner Conference attendees more retail stores are coming, including two outside the U.S., in fiscal 2013.  —  Follow @maryjofoley
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kantar: Android Now Accounting For More Than Half Of All Smartphone Sales Across U.S., Europe and Oz  —  Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, a market analysis division of WPP, has today published its latest figures on mobile device sales across a number of key markets, and it looks like something …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New service offers wireless data to European travelers for just $5 per day  —  Staying connected while traveling abroad is a painful endeavor, at best.  Roaming with your U.S.-based wireless device can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and sourcing local handsets or foreign SIMs for an unlocked phone is often a hassle.

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