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July 23, 2012, 3:00 PM

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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon's mobile ambitions grow  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) plans to expand its mobile platform and broaden its offering of devices beyond e-readers and the Kindle Fire tablet, analysts, developers and retail partners said ahead of results next week from the world's largest Internet retailer.
Reuters:
What's up dock?  Apple to shrink connector for iPhone 5  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's new iPhone will drop the wide dock connector used in the company's gadgets for the best part of a decade in favor of a smaller one, a change likely to annoy the Apple faithful but which could be a boon for accessory makers.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
As sales surge, Google debuts its first Nexus 7 commercial  —  On the back of a warm reception and promising sales, Google has stepped up promotion of its Nexus 7 tablet after the search giant published its first video advert — ‘Nexus 7: Camping’ - which features a father and son venturing …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
In It to Win It: Asana Raises $28M Series B, Peter Thiel Joins the Board  —  Asana is not merely a “Facebook for the enterprise.”  But it's crammed full of Facebook DNA, including its co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein.  There's also board member Adam D'Angelo- Quora co-founder and former Facebook CTO.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Former Yahoo chief Scott Thompson appointed new CEO of ShopRunner  —  After a turbulent few months as Yahoo's CEO, where he was removed from its board and management for lying on his resume, former PayPal president Scott Thompson has found a new employer, joining ShopRunner as its new chief executive.
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Apple heads into choppy waters as new iPhone awaited  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc faces an unusual phenomenon when reporting earnings this time around: low expectations.  —  Few are expecting the world's most valuable technology company — which surpasses Wall Street expectations with near regularity …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Mountain Lion seeded to AppleCare reps ahead of launch  —  In the latest sign of OS X Mountain Lion's imminent release to the public, Apple has seeded the next-generation Mac operating system to its AppleCare representatives.  AppleCare representatives have been testing OS X Mountain Lion …
Killian Bell / Cult of Mac:
New In iOS 6: App Store Doesn't Require A Password To Download Free Apps  —  Shortly after iOS 6 beta 1 made its debut in early June, Cult of Mac reported that users are no longer required to enter their iTunes password when downloading updates or previous purchases from the App Store.
Ryan Jones / I Am Concise:
The Reason for the iPad Mini  —  On the last Apple conference call Tim Cook stated that they would be sure “to not leave a price umbrella for competitors” in the tablet space.  What's that?  A price umbrella is when a company with dominant market share maintains high prices …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Russian hacker defeated by Apple's iOS 6 in-app purchase protections, increases focus on the Mac  —  Moving swiftly to shut down hosting servers, banning IP addresses and adding new protections to its iOS 6 firmware, Apple appears to have succeeded in putting an end to the in-app purchasing flaw by Russian hacker Alexey Borodin.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Financial Times: Nokia mulling revenue split with carriers for Windows Phone 8  —  The Financial Times has reported that Nokia is in “exploratory” talks with several European carriers to share revenue for its upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets in exchange for dedicated support.

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