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July 25, 2012, 8:25 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: Macworld
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Zynga Falls Short Of Analyst Estimates For Q2: $332M In Revenue, Bookings Decline From Last Quarter, Lowered Outlook  —  Zynga didn't meet analysts' already-low estimates in its just-released earnings release for the second quarter of its fiscal year, in which it showed revenue of $332 million and lost 3 cents per share.
Emily Steel / @emilysteel:
comScore, Inc.:
The Great American Smartphone Migration: Nearly Half of Feature Phone Subscribers Who Acquired a New Device in April Switched to a Smartphone  —  62 Percent of First-Time Smartphone Owners Chose Android Devices, While 25 Percent Opt for iPhones  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
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 …
Daniel Nasaw / BBC:
Meet the ‘bots’ that edit Wikipedia  —  Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world.  Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of “bots” - autonomous computer programmes that keep the encyclopaedia running.  —  “Penis is the male sex organ,” the Wikipedia page in question read.
More: Gizmodo and Engadget
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix stock plunges 25% after analysts slash estimates  —  Shares of Netflix, led by CEO Reed Hastings, plummeted 25% Wednesday, a day after financial results were released.  (David Paul Morris / July 25, 2012)  —  It's looking like another bad summer for Netflix.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
$1,000 for the cheapest Surface?  This latest rumor has Microsoft fanboys feeling downcast  —  Consider this the second time that we have heard rumbles concerning the pricing of Microsoft's Surface line of tablets.  Also, consider this the second time that pricing news concerning the Surface has been bad.
Reuters:
New York Times drops BlackBerry app  —  (Reuters) - Research in Motion's BlackBerry users can no longer use the official New York Times app to read news stories over their devices, in a fresh blow to the maker of the smartphone once considered an essential tool for business professionals.
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.

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