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July 25, 2012, 12:10 PM

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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review  —  Apple's traditional desktop computing business has suffered many indignities over the past decade.  Once Apple's flagship product line, the Mac first found itself playing second fiddle to the iPod—a mere music player—in the early 2000s.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness  —  Trying to write a review of OS X Mountain Lion is tricky.  First of all, I had already written a review back in February, when Apple legitimately surprised the world with the revelation that the ninth iteration of OS X was just about ready to go.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mountain Lion  —  It seems like another era, but back in the '00s, major new-cat-name updates of Mac OS X were a big deal.  They were packed with major new features, new built-in apps, significant performance improvements, and often sported refreshed system-wide UI appearances …
More: SplatF
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
John Letzing / Digits:
Google Says Patents, Tech Were Less than Half Motorola's Price  —  Google put a finer point on the value it placed on Motorola Mobility's intellectual property when it agreed to buy the mobile-phone maker, saying in a regulatory filing Tuesday that $5.5 billion of the $12.4 billion price tag …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Twitter Is Working on a Way to Retrieve Your Old Tweets  —  Trying to remember that pithy, brilliantly composed tweet about the latest Wes Anderson movie that you fired off a few months ago?  You're out of luck: Twitter lets users access only the last few thousand tweets posted to the site.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Gets Scientific, Adds A Voice-Enabled 34-Button Calculator To Desktop And Mobile Search  —  Oh Google.  Sometimes you're so awesome.  —  Google search has long featured a built-in calculator function but a recent update added a fully functional 34-button scientific calculator.
Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  17 Million iPads Sold  —  Board Declares Quarterly Dividend of $2.65 per Common Share  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended June 30, 2012.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $35. billion …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
HBO nixes idea of Netflix partnership  —  (Reuters) - Consumers who dream of watching HBO hits like “The Sopranos” or “Game of Thrones” by streaming to TVs using their Netflix accounts shouldn't hold their breath.  —  Netflix Inc CEO Reed Hastings raised the tantalizing possibility on Tuesday …
Electronista:
Good Technology: iPad, iPhone dominating enterprise markets  —  Good Technology has released its analysis of mobile device activations among enterprise customers over the second quarter of 2012.  The data collected shows Android smartphone usage doubling, with Apple's iOS continuing to lead, with the iPhone 4S at the head of the pack.
More: ZDNet and AppleInsider
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Foursquare Launches Promoted Updates, Its Newest Effort To Generate Revenue  —  Today Foursquare is launching its version of search ads, Promoted Updates.  —  Promoted Updates operate like Google's promoted listings or Twitter's promoted tweets.  They are pay-per-action ad placements …
Chris Dixon:
BuzzFeed's strategy  —  BuzzFeed's CEO, Jonah Peretti, recently sent out an email to employees and investors summarizing the company's strategy and progress.  I really liked his email so I asked Jonah if I could blog it and he gave me permission.  This isn't just the usual cheerleading email …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU regulators seek global concessions from Google  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are seeking concessions from Google that can be applied worldwide to resolve concerns about its business practices, the EU's antitrust chief said on Wednesday, raising the stakes in forthcoming settlement talks.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
GoodData brings in $25M to supply Big Data analytics  —  GoodData racked up $25 million in a third round of funding for its big data analytics service.  —  GoodData offers operational dashboards, metrics and performance reports, data storage, analytics, and collaboration tools in a single platform.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Q2: Revenues Down To $531M, Lowest Decline In 7 Years; Traffic, Ad Reveues Up  —  AOL (owner of TechCrunch) continues to stem its declines, although it is still declining.  In Q2 results reported just now, the company noted revenues of $531 million.  That's a two percent decline …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) MDP benchmarks blow away the competition (update: video)  —  As mentioned earlier, we've just gotten our hands on Qualcomm's latest development platform to see how its first quad core chipset fares.  And boy, that APQ8064 really doesn't disappoint …
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens First International Engineering Office In London  —  Facebook announced today that they have opened a London engineering office, adding to their Menlo Park, New York and Seattle engineering offices.  The company has 22 open positions at the new office.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Wild New Patent Covers TV & Advanced 5D Technology  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-five newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  This particular report covers a single, wild and crazy patent that touches on advancing television …

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