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July 22, 2012, 12:50 PM

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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google halts new orders for 16GB Nexus 7  —  Heavy demand for the 16GB version of the new Nexus 7 tablet has caught Google out after it expected more customers ordering through Google Play to want the 8GB version  —  Sources close to Google say the search giant seriously underestimated …
Matt Gemmell:
Entitlement and Acquisition  —  Sparrow (a popular Mac and iOS email client) has been acquired by Google.  The apps are essentially being put in maintenance mode, with no additional features planned for the future.  —  Cue predictable squawking on the internet.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Loses Patent Case Against Apple, RIM  —  Eastman Kodak Co. has lost a patent case against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd., dealing a blow to the onetime film giant's efforts to raise billions of dollars by selling off its intellectual property.  —  Kodak filed a complaint …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Dell launching Sputnik, the Ubuntu developer laptop, this year  —  Dell launched an experiment earlier this year to see if it could build a compelling Linux laptop for software developers.  The effort, which is codenamed Project Sputnik, pairs the XPS13 Ultrabook with Ubuntu 12.04.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Microsoft Mulls a Stylus for Any Screen  —  Adding a camera to a stylus could let it interact with any device—even one without a touch screen.  —  Microsoft is considering whether to release a stylus that could, after a software upgrade, interact with almost any existing display or device.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Darpa Funds Hack Machine You'd Never Notice  —  PwnieExpress' all-new Power Pwn.  All Images: PwnieExpress  —  If you saw this bad boy under your desk, would you say anything?  —  It may look like a surge protector, but it's really a remote access machine that corporations can use to test security and log into branch offices.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
W3C and WHATWG finalize split on HTML5 spec, forking ‘unlikely’  —  One final link holding together two versions of the HTML specification is being severed, as the W3C (the web's largest standards-making body) and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) separate editing duties.
Craig Platt / Canberra Times:
Qantas to provide passengers with iPads  —  Qantas will provide iPads to both business and economy class passengers for inflight entertainment on its Boeing 767s.  —  Qantas passengers on the airline's 767 planes will be provided with iPads for their inflight entertainment …
Brian Proffitt / ReadWriteWeb:
VMware Denies Cloud Spin-Off Rumors - Keeps Focus on Platform-as-a-Service  —  Rumors of a VMware/EMC spin-off are “completely unfounded,” according to a company executive, who sees little chance that VMware will change its approach to cloud computing during its current transition in leadership.
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