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July 25, 2012, 11:35 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.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Is Said To Work With HTC On Mobile Phone For Mid-2013  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), owner of the largest social network, is working with HTC Corp. to build its own smartphone for release as soon as mid-2013, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The companies had intended to release …
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.
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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.
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) …
Wall Street Journal:
Box Is Raising New Financing Round  —  Box Inc., a venture-capital-backed company whose software lets workers store and access documents on the Web, is raising a new round of financing that would value the start-up at $1.2 billion, people familiar with the matter said, showing investors' continued enchantment with such technologies.
More: AllThingsD
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.
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
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: Google Warned Samsung Against Copying Us  —  When Apple's patent battle with Samsung heads to trial next week, the iPhone maker plans to build its case using its Korean rival's own words against it.  An unredacted version of Apple's trial brief bluntly states that Samsung was well aware …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
The Olympian Infrastructure Challenge  —  The view of the Olympic Stadium from Cisco House in London, an “executive experience” showcasing the company's technology.  (Image: Cisco)  —  The 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be the most connected Games in history.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
24.9M Tablets Sold In Q2, With Apple's Share Of That Now Over 68%, Says Strategy Analytics  —  One of the strong points in Apple's quarterly earnings report yesterday was sales of the iPad.  Globally, they were up 52% by revenue and 84% by unit sales, respectively to $9 billion and 17 million.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo reports operating loss of $132M as Wii sales drop off a cliff  —  Nintendo reported an operating loss of 10.3 billion yen, or $132 million, during its first fiscal quarter ended June 30 as Wii sales dropped significantly.  Gamers are awaiting the launch of the Japanese company's …

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