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July 18, 2012, 12:15 PM

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Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Earliest known photos of an Apple iPad prototype  —  Well before the iPhone, and going back all the way to the early 2000s, Apple had been working on tablet prototypes that would eventually form the groundwork for the original iPad  —  h(f)){c=a.createElement('script'); c.type='text/javascript'; …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Has Hired Outside Experts To Investigate Possible Security Breach  —  The spam attack and related possible address leak over at Dropbox may be even more serious than we originally thought.  According to a message posted by the company over on its forums, they've now brought in …
Hill Ferguson / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Acquires card.io  —  I'm excited to announce that PayPal has acquired card.io, a San Francisco-based company that provides technology for developers to capture credit card information by using the camera on a smartphone.  —  We first met with the team at card.io when we were working …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T gets into shared data: ‘Mobile Share’ plans coming late August  —  Just over a month after Verizon announced Share Everything, AT&T is getting into the burgeoning shared data game (as it's been saying it would) with Mobile Share, a tiered set of plans that allow subscribers to split …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Will AT&T Charge For 3G FaceTime?  CEO Randall Stephenson Says It's ‘Too Early’ To Know  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stage this afternoon at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, where he was asked about a recent report in 9toMac that AT&T might charge customers extra …
Amanda Conway / YouTube Blog:
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity  —  As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them.  According to the international human rights organization WITNESS …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Already Valued at $4B, China's Xiaomi Has Declared War on Apple  —  China's answer to Apple occupies the 12th floor of a staid office tower in a sprawling commercial area of Beijing.  It has no signage on the building's exterior, so the only clue that suggests I'm in the right place …
More: CHINAdaily
Matthew Handrahan / GamesIndustry International:
Foxconn planning $1 billion facility in Indonesia  —  New manufacturing plant will create 1 million jobs in the region, where the average monthly wage is $100 a month  —  The market leading computer manufacturer Foxconn is planning a new $1 billion facility in Indonesia.
More: VentureBeat and KitGuru
Cade Metz / Wired:
NSA Mimics Google, Pisses Off Senate  —  The Senate Armed Service Committee isn't exactly pleased with the NSA's Google-like database.  —  Image: jim.greenhill/Flickr  —  In 2008, a team of software coders inside the National Security Agency started reverse-engineering the database that ran Google.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Google: Your Nexus 7 will ship this week or next  —  Summary: Lots of people are anxiously waiting word on when their shiny new Nexus 7 tablet will be shipping, while others are already receiving theirs.  This is the official word from Google as of today.  —  James Kendrick  —  Follow @jkendrick
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
The Inside Story On Why Kevin Rose Never Had A Big Hit  —  Last week, Betaworks, a small, privately held company in New York bought a website called Digg for $500,000.  —  This was shocking news to the Internet industry.  —  Just six years ago, Digg was a hot startup fielding big buyout offers.
Tweets: @kevinrose and @kevinroseThanks:@mattlynley
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
ARM-based OpenStack: it's like an army of cell phones powering cloud-based computing  —  RackSpace, HP, Canonical, and other OpenStack members are combining forces to build what they say will be the first-ever ARM processor based cloud.  The goal is to build an extremely efficient, powerful …
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
With 110M Monthly Visitors, Dailymotion Debuts Update to Cloud Service  —  Today Paris and NYC-based Dailymotion, a web video platform that reaches more than 110 million unique visitors per month, announced an update to its Dailymotion Cloud product, which makes its suite of video publishing tools available on a white label basis.
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
FBI's Secretive ‘National Security Letter’ Demand for Phone Records Faces Rare Challenge  —  In a rare test of a tool expanded in the U.S. Patriot Act, a telecom company is fighting the government's use of a secretive tool called a national security letter to get access to customer records without a court order.
More: Digits
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Designing the Windows 8 touch keyboard … When we began planning how touch and new types of PCs might work on Windows 8, we recognized the need to provide an effective method for text entry on tablets and other touch screen PCs.  Since Windows XP SP1, which had Tablet PC features built in …

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