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July 20, 2012, 10:05 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 …
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.
Barack Obama / Wall Street Journal:
Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously  —  In a future conflict, an adversary unable to match our military supremacy on the battlefield might seek to exploit our computer vulnerabilities here at home.  —  Last month I convened an emergency meeting of my cabinet and top homeland security, intelligence and defense officials.
Ryan Whitwam / Geek.com:
Video: Nexus 7 touchscreen defect  —  As Nexus 7 pre-orders start filtering out into the world, users are finally getting acquainted with Google's 7-inch slate.  There is a lot to like about the device; it's fast, solidly built, and has great software.  I should say, these things are true in most cases.
Ed Burnette / ZDNet:
Nexus 7 sees “incredible demand”, sells out at major retailers  —  Summary: The Nexus 7 has already sold out at retailers such as GameStop, Staples, and Costco.  Here's how you can get one.  —  Ed Burnette  —  Follow @eburnette  —  Introduced 3 weeks ago at Google I/O 2012 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Russian hacker strikes again with new ‘free in-app purchase’ exploit for Mac apps on OS X  —  Alexei Borodin, the same hacker who came up with the recent in-app purchase exploit that allowed free transactions for iOS users has struck again with a new method that allows users of Mac apps to do the same.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple says iOS 6 to fix in-app-purchase fraud, gives developers a temporary fix  —  Apple has responded to the recent App Store in-app-purchase bug and fraud with an email and temporary solution for registered iOS developers.  This email includes a link to a new Apple developer web document …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Tokyo, Seoul, and Paris get faster, cheaper broadband than US cities  —  Tokyo is one of the world's leading cities for high-speed Internet access.  —  Kondo Atsush  —  A new study from the New America Foundation suggests that the United States is lagging in the broadband speed race.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Exclusive: Comcast Prepping 305 Mbps Tier - To Counter Verizon's New Quantum FiOS Offerings  —  Last month Verizon raised the bar for residential broadband (and high prices) when they announced their new Quantum FiOS tiers, which included a new top shelf 300 Mbps downstream, 65 Mbps upstream tier for $205 a month.
Opera Software:
The State of Mobile Advertising, Q2 2012  —  Executive Summary In our first edition of the State of Mobile Advertising report, we take an in-depth look at the monetization of mobile advertising from four perspectives within the ad delivery value chain: Devices, Publishers, Ad Networks and Advertisers.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Facebook acquires talent behind iOS and Mac developer Acrylic, makers of Wallet and RSS reader Pulp  —  The Mac development house Acrylic has announced that they have been acqui-hired by Facebook.  Acrylic's Dustin Macdonald shared a statement on the company's blog.

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