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July 15, 2012, 8:20 PM

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Loren Feldman / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs and a Sale Gone Horribly Awry  —  THE business deal from hell began to crumble even before the Champagne corks were popped.  —  The deal, the $580 million sale of a highflying technology company, Dragon Systems, had just been approved by its board and congratulations were being exchanged.
More: TechlandTweets: @bill_gross and @saralivingston
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Microsoft Isn't The Only Tech Company Doing Forced Employee Ranking  —  Microsoft has been taking a lot of heat over its employee review process known as “forced ranking” or “stack ranking.”  —  But Microsoft is far from the only tech company doing it.  —  We've heard from employees at Dell …
More: The Startup EconomyTweets: @alhui
Fred Wilson / A VC:
In Defense Of Free  —  I have written so much about free here at AVC that it should be called AVFree.  In fact, I've even written a post with this exact same title (almost exactly seven years ago, the summer we invested in twitter, zynga, and tumblr).  —  I haven't touched this subject …
Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg Says Mobile Shift Is His Biggest Challenge  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said his hardest job right now is figuring out how to adapt the world's largest social network to mobile devices.  —  Bringing Facebook's features to handheld gadgets …
More: GigaOM
Torie Bosch / Slate:
How Kate Middleton's Wedding Gown Demonstrates Wikipedia's Woman Problem  —  According to Wikipedia's 2011 Editor Survey, just 9 percent of Wiki editors are women.  While the gender gap is better than it was—in the early '00s, it was more like 3 percent—and the proportion of new editors …
Nancy Owano / Phys.org:
Finland team uses Earth's magnetic field for phone indoor positioning system  —  (Phys.org) — Finland-based engineers have worked up a novel approach toward an indoor positioning system (IPS) inspired by the way certain animals—from homing pigeons to spiny lobsters—navigate their way with the help …
Klint Finley / TechCrunch:
What Exactly Is GitHub Anyway?  —  Andreessen Horowitz announced a whopping $100 million investment in GitHub this week.  You can read commentary and speculation all over the web about what GitHub will do with the money, whether this was a good investment for Andreessen Horowitz and whether taking …
More: Social Media and 7fffTweets: @jeffjarvis
Christopher S. Stewart / Wall Street Journal:
In Age of Twitter, NBC Rewrites Olympic Playbook  —  In NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters, workers were hustling Friday to transform the “Saturday Night Live” sound stage into a command center for coverage of the 2012 Olympics Games.  —  Much of this is familiar territory for America's No. 3 network.
Tweets: @antderosa
Emil Protalinski / CNET:
Facebook endorses Google's SPDY networking protocol  —  Facebook has settled on a networking protocol for speeding up web content delivery.  In a W3 mailing list post titled “HTTP2 Expression of Interest,” Facebook engineer Doug Beaver outlined why the company has started implementing the SPDY protocol …
Marcus George / Reuters:
Insight: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran  —  (Reuters) - At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.  —  But this is no ordinary Apple store.  It's in Tehran, where Apple …
MG Siegler:
Requiem For A Digg  —  To me, the most interesting aspect of the Digg story is just how much of a central role the service has played in the larger story of our current tech scene.  It was a key catalyst in the era of social that we now live in.  And the company's diaspora has seeded many of the current crop of services we all use.

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