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July 19, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Nokia's Bad Call on Smartphones  —  Frank Nuovo, the former chief designer at Nokia Corp., gave presentations more than a decade ago to wireless carriers and investors that divined the future of the mobile Internet.  —  More than seven years before Apple Inc. rolled out the iPhone …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Nokia's Q2 2012: $1 billion operating loss, $9.21 billion in net sales, 4 million Lumia phones sold  —  Beleaguered phone maker Nokia this morning published its financial results for the second quarter of 2012, reporting a $1 billion (826 million euros) operating loss on $9.21 billion in net sales (7.5 billion euros).
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google “Share” Experiment Sends Pages From Search To Google+  —  A Tweet this morning from @BerianReed, head of search marketing of AutoTrader UK, uncovered some potentially deeper integration between Google Search and Google+.  Reed spotted a new option in the results that showed up next to the URL, a “Share” link.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Continues Legal Fight in Occupy Wall Street Protester Trial  —  Twitter announced on Thursday that it will appeal a recent ruling in an ongoing legal battle between the state of New York and a Twitter user, in which a judge ordered Twitter to hand over information on one of its users.
More: The Verge, Bits and Betabeat
Lisa Rapaport / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Hires Pollster Penn To Lead Consumer Initiatives  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has hired Mark Penn as corporate vice president for strategic and special projects, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer as the company readies new offerings for the tablet-computer market.
More: GigaOM and The Next Web
BuzzFeed:
The Original iPad Was Gigantic  —  Revealed in court filings (which were first noticed by NetworkWorld) is a prototype/mock up ("035") for an Apple tablet created between 2002 and 2004 — years before the iPad came out.  It still looks like an iPad, but crossed with an old iBook.  And man oh man it is FAT.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Trapit for iPad aims to fix mobile browsing with artificial intelligence  —  Browsing is flawed — on the Web, but even more so on mobile.  That's the message Trapit co-founder Hank Nothhaft conveyed to me as he demoed his solution to the problem: a Trapit iPad application that uses artificial intelligence …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
As Apple and Samsung vie over tablet patents, judge at center of a tech storm  —  As Apple and Samsung escalated a multibillion-dollar war over one of the hottest consumer gadgets of our time, the tablet computer, a little-known judge did for Apple what the company couldn't do on its own: She shut down the competition.
More: Electronista and The Droid GuyTweets: @dangillmor
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Newest U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Trolling  —  In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists.  It's invaded countries where they operated (and ones where they didn't).  It's tried to win the backing of foreign populations in which the terrorists hide.
More: TechEye
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Verizon Q2 2012 financial results: 888K new wireless subscribers, half of customers using smartphones  —  Verizon just announced its financial results for Q2 2012 and the wireless business had yet another strong quarter.  The nation's biggest wireless carrier added 888,000 new postpaid subscribers …
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Rich Kids of Instagram Epitomize Everything Wrong with Instagram  —  While the Internet has had a good time making fun of these rich kid Instagram photos, haters should be careful.  These postings are emblematic of the entire medium we all use.  To be certain, these wealthy kid pix are particularly funny …
Tweets: @sarahintampa and @fmanjoo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
As The Yahoo-Microsoft Search Alliance Falls Short, Could A Yahoo-Google Deal Emerge?  —  Once again, Yahoo is earning so little under its search deal with Microsoft that Microsoft is having to make up the difference due to a revenue guarantee.  If the performance doesn't improve …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Allegations multiply in EU browser probe of Microsoft  —  Antitrust officials investigating four sets of charges against Windows 8 and Windows RT  —  European antitrust officials have widened their investigation into Microsoft's browser practices to include four different allegations …
Emil Protalinski / CNET:
Facebook ad rates surge 58 percent, leaves Twitter in the dust  —  Study results represent great news for Facebook ahead of its second-quarter earnings call on July 26.  —  Facebook's average cost per thousand impressions has increased by 58 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Firespotter Labs, Makers Of UberConference, Raise $15 Million From Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures  —  Although it was only a month ago that Firespotter Labs CEO Craig Walker was telling us how his company (the folks behind UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly) wasn't in urgent need of funding …
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Bat-Signal Heralds Launch of Internet Defense League  —  The Internet Defense League (IDL) launches today, looking to formalise the action that made such a statement 6 months ago.  Until recently, protests tended to be single-site activities, but opposition to SOPA and PIPA was so widespread …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Made in America: Apple's supply chain increasing US production  —  Over the last year, some of Apple's key component suppliers have begun increasing their U.S.-based production, which could be a sign that more of the iPhone is already made in America than one might think.
More: TUAW and MacNN
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IOC Gets Social With New Olympics Hub Integrating Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare  —  With the Olympics due to start in just over a week, the International Olympic Committee has finally taken the wraps off a new social media hub, apart from its main website, for athletes and fans to cosy up to one another.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Hacker claims breach of 50,000 accounts from Wall Street IT recruiting firm  —  A hacker claimed to have broken into ITWallStreet.com, a website for IT professionals seeking jobs or working with Wall Street firms, and exposed highly detailed data belonging to tens of thousands of job applicants.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
33Across Picks Up $13.1M To Grow Its Big Data Social Graph, No Facebook Strings Attached  —  Social ad targeting company 33Across, which claims to operate the world's biggest social graph covering over 1.25 billion users globally, has raised another $13.1 million in a Series C round of financing …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Microsoft-owned GroupMe sues fellow NY startup Groupie over trademark dispute  —  GroupMe, the mobile messaging service provider that was bought by Skype and thus became part of Microsoft, has filed a complaint against fellow New York City-based tech startup Groupie in an effort to increase …
More: Betabeat
Brad Calder / MSDN Blogs:
Windows Azure Storage - 4 Trillion Objects and Counting  —  Windows Azure Storage has had an amazing year of growth.  We have over 4 trillion objects stored, process an average of 270,000 requests per second, and reach peaks of 880,000 requests per second.  —  About a year ago we hit the 1 trillion object mark.

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Microsoft:
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