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July 20, 2012, 2:45 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 …
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Sources: Google's Sparrow purchase cost under $25 million, will bring ‘beauty’ to Gmail  —  Today Sparrow's Dom Leca announced that his third party email client company had been purchased by Google, and we just talked to sources familiar with the situation.  The talks have been ongoing for a while …
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.
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
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
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 …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Apple Yanks Privacy App From The App Store  —  Apple Pulls Bitdefender's ‘Clueful’ Privacy App From The App Store  —  Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched an App and service designed to help iOS users get a grip on what the apps installed on their mobile devices may be up to.
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.
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 …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Kleiner Loses Pao Ruling And Opts For Another Year Of Everyone Talking About This Sex Scandal  —  As expected, Judge Harold Kahn has denied a motion by Kleiner Perkins to compel arbitration in a lawsuit filed by one of its partners, Ellen Pao, for gender discrimination and retaliation.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Test Firefox OS on a desktop computer with new B2G nightly builds  —  The Firefox OS home screen running in the B2G nightly on Mac OS X  —  Mozilla is creating a new kind of mobile operating system that is aligned with standards-based Web technologies.  The platform, called Firefox OS …
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet's New Site Reveals A Huge Global Cloning Operation In Full Flow  —  Rocket Internet, the secretive incubator vehicle and some-time clone factory piloted by the billionaire Samwer Brothers out of Berlin, is all of a sudden becoming more open about its activities.
More: The Verge
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple adds 20th Century Fox movies to iTunes in the Cloud, all major studios now on board  —  Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have reportedly come to an agreement that will finally make the studio's films available via iTunes in the Cloud.  When Apple made movies a cornerstone of the cloud-based initiative …

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