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July 18, 2012, 4:45 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 It's well established that Apple's iPhone was in the works …
Kit Chellel / Bloomberg:
Apple Must Publish Notice Samsung Didn't Copy IPad In U.K.  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) was ordered by a judge to publish a notice on its U.K. website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn't copy designs for the iPad.
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
With a $6 million Series A, Twist for iOS wants to ensure you'll never wait for someone again  —  There are times when we see a team and we know that the product that they're crafting is going to be great.  When startup vets Bill Lee and Mike Belshe are behind a project, it would be one of those times.
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 …
Reuters:
EU regulators investigating Microsoft's Windows 8  —  (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating whether Microsoft blocks computer makers from installing rival web browsers on its upcoming Windows 8 operating system following complaints from several companies.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon presses LTE advantage, adds 33 new markets  —  The carrier is racing through its deployment, and is on track to reach its goal of 400 markets by the end of the year.  —  Follow @RogerWCheng  —  Verizon Wireless again widened its lead when it comes to 4G LTE coverage …
Sriram Krishnan:
Unsolicited advice for Marissa Mayer  —  OMG, did you see that Marissa Mayer is now CEO of Yahoo?  —  That was one of many messages I got from current and ex-Yahoos on yesterday's news.  Having recently exited a short stint at Yahoo as an engineering manager and having had hundreds …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
O2 apologizes for ‘unprecedented’ outage with 10 percent refunds  —  O2 is sorry for last week's service issues.  Really, really sorry.  Like, giving you back 10-percent of your bill sorry, if you happened to be among the affected.  The UK operator noted in a blog post today that it has identified …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Foursquare paves way for ad products with release of Local Updates  —  Change is underway at Foursquare, which is one month into a radical redesign that has refocused the entire experience around social interactions.  Today, the social network centered around places is giving those venues …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM's Q2 earnings strong, revenue light  —  Summary: IBM is hitting earnings targets with solid expense management, but the currency fluctuations are hampering revenue growth.  —  Larry Dignan  —  Follow @ldignan  —  IBM's second quarter earnings were better than expected …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
eBay Beats Forecasts On Strong Marketplace Growth, Q2 Revenue Up 23 Percent To $3.4B  —  eBay has just released its second quarter 2012 earnings report, in which the eCommerce giant outpaced expectations for yet another quarter.  Revenue increased 23% to $3.4 billion, compared to the same period of 2011.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Cash register maker NCR joins the pursuit of Square  —  Square's list of big name competitors is officially getting another billion dollar company.  NCR Corp., the Duluth, GA maker of cash registers and ATM machines, is now launching NCR Silver, a cloud-based point of sale product aimed at small businesses.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Acq-hires Part Of Design Firm Cuban Council For Google+  —  In the midst of today's news whirl, this tidbit slipped through the cracks; Part of the design team Cuban Council has apparently been acq-hired by Google, according to a note on their blog.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google to reveal Fiber in Kansas City details on July 26th  —  Google's Kansas City Fiber project has been a long time coming, but it looks like the company is ready to announce some details about its mysterious project on July 26th, according to a quick post on the Google Fiber blog.
Zac / WinBeta:
It's official, Windows 8 is coming October 26th 2012  —  Microsoft have just announced that the next version of Windows, Windows 8 is coming on October 26th 2012.  The company recently announced that the development of Windows 8 was right on track, and that it should reach RTM in August.
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.
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