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July 20, 2012, 4:20 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 …
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Making money with your apps through the Windows Store … Currently, all the apps that are available in the Windows Store are free for customers to acquire—keeping with the preview nature of the Windows 8 releases to date.  At Windows 8 RTM (Release To Manufacturing), all developers signing …
More: MSDN Blogs
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.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Amazon Prime streaming library grows again with Warner Bros. TV shows  —  Say what you will about Amazon's complimentary Prime streaming video library, but at least its selection is consistently growing.  —  Amazon has forged a new licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to bring several …
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
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.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Samsung Preparing To Reveal “Newest Galaxy Device” On August 15  —  Here's a little something to get the ol' rumor mill churning before the weekend — Samsung has just sent out a save-the-date email for a “major” product announcement on August 15.  Samsung goes on to say that the company will unveil its …
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 …
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 …
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.
More: CNET and Computerworld
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

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