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July 20, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Dom Leca / Sparrow:
Sparrow and Google  —  We're excited to announce that Sparrow has been acquired by Google!  We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience.  Now we're joining the Gmail team to accomplish a bigger vision …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Google acquires Sparrow, the star third-party iOS and Mac email client  —  Sparrow has just announced that it has been acquired by Google.  The company's team will be integrated within the Google Gmail team. … Sparrow has long been noted as a great third-party email app for both the Mac and iOS, specifically on the iPhone.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Sparrow Acquisition, Expect A Better GMail on Apple Devices  —  Google announced on Friday morning the acquisition of Sparrow, an e-mail client for iOS and Mac users that is widely considered an improvement over the GMail app for the iPhone and Apple's native Mac Mail app.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
“Yes, Keep Moving”: Marissa Mayer's First Memo to Yahoos (Natch!)  —  While I might abandon my internal memo-quest at Yahoo at some point soon, I wanted to make sure to post the very first one from newly installed — and extraordinarily well-paid — CEO Marissa Mayer.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Bloomberg:
Viacom Is Said To Get Over $600 Million A Year From DirecTV  —  Viacom Inc. (VIAB) will get more than $600 million a year from DirecTV (DTV) in programming fees under their new seven-year agreement, up at least 20 percent from the previous terms, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
DirecTV and Viacom deal brings MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and the rest back on the air  —  After a week or so of increasingly contentious negotiations Viacom and DirecTV have come to some sort of agreement, returning the missing channels to satellite TV subscribers as of... now.
Dalton Caldwell:
Fred Wilson is wrong about “Free”  —  Fred Wilson is one the smartest, most genuine people in the tech business.  He has a huge fan club that he has earned by being radically transparent and consistently engaging in public debate.  I have emailed with him a few times over the years …
More: Technology ReviewTweets: @daltonc and @fredwilson
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Where's Azure, and 4 other takeaways from Microsoft's earnings  —  For all of Microsoft's huge investment in the Azure cloud computing platform, there was scarcely mention of the multi-billion-effort on Thursday's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 earnings call.  Here are the top five takeaways from the call.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple's new iPad launches in China with short queues and no chaos  —  Apple product launches in China are renowned for being chaotic and rowdy but today the company began selling its new iPad in the country under rather unusual circumstances.  Instead of being greeted by massive queues …
Rethink Digg:
v1  —  As betaworks and Digg both announced on their blogs, we are taking over Digg and turning it back into a startup.  What they didn't mention is that we're rebuilding it from scratch.  In six weeks.  —  On August 1, after an adrenaline and caffeine-fueled six weeks, we're rolling out a new v1.
Tweets: @hunterwalk and @digg
Lynn Cowan / Wall Street Journal:
Palo Alto Networks Up 31% Post-IPO  —  Network security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc.'s stock soared 31% in early trading Friday after the initial public offering priced above a boosted range.  —  The company's stock opened at $55.15 a share on the New York Stock Exchange, up from its initial public offering price of $42.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
YouTube restores Obama videos, refuses to explain takedown policies  —  Four YouTube videos that had apparently been taken down earlier this week due to dubious copyright claims by the music publisher BMG Rights Management have once again become available to American audiences.
Charlie Gasparino / Fox Business:
Nasdaq to Release Compensation Plan for Investors Hurt by Facebook IPO Mess  —  Nasdaq is looking to release next week the compensation plan for investors who lost out on the bungled IPO of Facebook, FOX Business has learned.  —  Sources say the deal being discussed will be all in cash …
More: Reuters
David Kravets / Wired:
California Starts Up a Privacy Enforcement Unit  —  Watch out, Silicon Valley, there's a new startup in town and its gunning for you.  California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday she's created a unit intended to actually enforce federal and state privacy laws.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Lenovo CEO distributes $3 million personal bonus to production-line workers, other junior-level employees  —  After Lenovo posted extremely healthy financials back in May, it provided CEO Yang Yuanqing with a $3 million bonus for doing such a good job.  There's nothing particularly notable …
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
World's first Android Jelly Bean carrier rollout halted due to emergency call problem  —  The expected rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to handsets on the Vodafone Australia network has been delayed as the update is not up to Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Here are the latest whisper dates for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, Office 2013  —  Summary: What's the latest scuttlebutt on Microsoft's fall slate of product and services due out this fall?  —  Follow @maryjofoley  —  As we've known, or at least suspected, for a while now …
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
19% Of iOS Apps Access Your Address Book Without Your Permission... Until iOS 6 [Report]  —  Antivirus software specialist Bitdefender has found that nearly 19% of iOS apps access your address book without your knowledge — or your consent — when you're using them, and 41% track your location.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google's Nikesh Arora: Larry Page lost his voice, but continues to run the company  —  During today's quarterly earnings call, Google was asked about CEO Larry Page's health.  This has been a topic of conversation for analysts and investors over the past few weeks, as Page skipped …
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