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July 19, 2012, 4:10 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nokia's Bad News Not Completely Horrible — Shares Soar  —  Posting second-quarter earnings this morning, Nokia reported a loss of $1.74 billion and smartphone sales that fell 39 percent to 10.2 million.  Gruesome financials, to be sure.  But, remarkably, Nokia's stock has rallied on them.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Kevin Weil / Twitter Advertising:
New targeting adds greater relevance to your Promoted Tweets  —  It's a fact — brands have been on Twitter since our earliest days.  They use the platform to connect with consumers in meaningful ways, offering everything from special discounts and exclusive content to new product information.
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.
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: PadGadget, Macgasm, TUAW and MacNNTweets: @ldignan
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.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Ubuntu adds WebApps to its Linux desktop  —  Summary: After adding its own cloud service to its Linux desktop, Ubuntu is now integrating Web applications into its currently shipping desktop Linux.  —  Follow @sjvn  —  Portland, OR: At OSCon, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Posts $192M Q4 2012 Loss Because Of $6.19B aQuantive Writedown, $18.06B Revenue  —  Microsoft just released its Q4 2012 earnings report, posting a loss of $192M due to the writedown the company took because of its failed aQuantive acquisition.  Revenue for this quarter was $18.06 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle's Fifth Deal of 2012 Is for Skire  —  Enterprise software giant Oracle made its fifth acquisition of the year.  It announced that it will acquire the assets of Skire, a maker of cloud-based software used to manage capital projects, facilities and real estate.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
K9 Ventures raises $40M micro-VC fund  —  K9 Ventures has raised $40 million for its second fund, a tech-focused micro-VC fund.  The K9 Ventures II fund will be run by Manu Kumar, who headed the earlier fund.  —  K9 Ventures started invested its first fund of $6.25 million in 2009.
Google Investor Relations:
Google Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results  —  Google Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.  —  “Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Microsoft completes $1.2B acquisition of Yammer  —  YammerSoft is a go, folks.  —  Less than one month after officially confirming numerous reports that it was going to buy enterprise social network Yammer, Microsoft today announced that the $1.2 billion deal is in the bag.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
How fast is your ISP?  A new report tells all.  —  Cablevision and Verizon FiOS are the mostly likely to deliver better than advertised download speeds, while any provider offering DSL — AT&T, Frontier, Windstream and CenturyLink- struggle to deliver on their promises.
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Firefox mobile OS breaks cover, coming in 2013  —  Mozilla, the creators of Firefox, are about to enter a crowded marketplace with a new mobile OS.  The OS is based on Linux and Gecko and contains everything you would expect from a modern day platform.  —  Mozilla claims that the OS …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Dish Network Lost 10,000 Subs in Second Quarter  —  Analysts had expected the satellite TV firm to lose more customers.  —  Satellite TV giant Dish Network on Thursday said it lost approximately 10,000 net subscribers in the second quarter, well below the 135,000 it had lost in the year-ago period.
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 …
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.

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