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July 24, 2012, 2:00 AM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
Marissa Mayer Has a Secret Weapon  —  Everyone agrees that one of Marissa Mayer's most urgent tasks at Yahoo will be hiring great managers and product people.  Yahoo's talent pool has been reduced to puddles, as the best techies have gone elsewhere and promising newcomers have come down with colorblindness when it comes to purple.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple will provide an adapter for the new, smaller Dock connector set to debut with the iPhone 5  —  While this seems like this should go without saying, because of all the questions we've been getting, and posts we've been seeing, iMore reached out to the original sources that gave us …
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.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
VMware buys Nicira for $1.05 billion  —  VMware said Monday that it will buy Nicira in a deal valued at $1.05 billion in cash.  Nicira specializes in open source software for network virtualization.  VMware will also assume $210 million in unvested equity awards.  The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.
David Barnard / App Cubby Blog:
The Sparrow Problem  —  We've all read stories about and been enthralled by the idea of App Store millionaires.  As the story goes... individual app developers are making money hand over foot in the App Store!  And if you can just come up with a great app idea, you'll be a millionaire in no time!
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Hacker Will Expose Potential Security Flaw In Four Million Hotel Room Keycard Locks  —  Brocious demonstrating his unlocking tool on an Onity lock in a New York City hotel.  —  The next time you stay in a hotel room, run your fingers under the keycard lock outside your door.
More: CNET and The Verge
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Why does the IT industry continue to listen to Gartner?  —  Summary: Another day, another provocative research report from Gartner, which has a long track record of spectacularly wrong predictions.  I've collected some of their greatest hits.  Er, misses.  —  Follow @edbott
Vivek Wadhwa / Forbes:
The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry  —  There is great concern about China's real-estate and infrastructure bubbles.  But these are just short-term challenges that China may be able to spend its way out of.  The real threat to China's economy is bigger and longer term: its manufacturing bubble.
Greg Finn / Marketing Land:
New Social Discovery Engine ‘Bottlenose’ Aims To Take Over Real-Time Exploration  —  An im pressive new social discovery & monitoring tool, Bottlenose, launched a public beta today.  From real-time events, trending news and popular pictures, Bottlenose can help users connect with what's happening now.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Referly Gets More Social, Launches API: Now Any Site Can Have A Referral Program  —  Some more developments for Referly, the Y-Combinator/500 Startups company co-founded by Twilio's ex-head of marketing, Danielle Morrill.  In what may be a hat-tip to the adept use of APIs at her former employer Twilio …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo wants ‘a world where people build into Twitter,’ not off of it  —  In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has reiterated many of the storylines we've been watching from the social network for some time.
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com:
4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook launching July 31st, will retail for $550  —  Here it is!  The much talked about launch of RIM's 4G LTE-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is upon us.  This tablet was originally announced back at Mobile World Congress in 2011, but subsequently delayed.
Ben Austen / Wired:
The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale?  —  Soon after Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997, he decided that a shipping company wasn't delivering spare parts fast enough.  The shipper said it couldn't do better, and it didn't have to: Apple had signed a contract granting it the business at the current pace.
More: iPhone
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
August Capital Raising $550M For Sixth Venture Fund, “Sticking To What Works”  —  August Capital, the 17-year-old Sand Hill venture capital firm, is raising a new $550 million investment fund, according to documents filed this morning with the SEC.  —  August Partner Howard Hartenbaum …

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