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July 20, 2012, 5:50 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 …
More: CNET, Wired and CNNMoney.com
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
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.
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.
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 to developers.  This email includes a link to a new Apple developer web document that describes the issue and teaches developers how to temporarily plug the issue.
More: ZDNet, MacRumors, The Next Web and CNETTweets: @natesiphone
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.
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 …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom Sings: Are You Going to Fix This Mr. President?  —  “The war for the Internet has begun.  Hollywood is in control of politics.  The Government is killing innovation.  Don't let them get away with that.”  —  These are the opening words of Kim Dotcom's newly released track ‘Mr. President’.

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