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July 26, 2012, 4:45 AM

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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 …
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.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Zynga Explains “Challenging” Q2: Facebook Platform Changes, Late Launches, Draw Something Drops  —  Why did Zynga generate revenue of $332 million versus the analyst-projected $344 million, earning 3 cents per share instead of 5 (and sending the stock off 40% in after-hour trading)?
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Roku Becomes Pay TV's Streaming Box Of Choice, Raises $45 Million From News Corp, BSkyB, And Others  —  When Roku first entered the streaming video market, it was seen as a boon for cord cutters, who could watch streaming content from online distributors like Netflix and Hulu Plus on TV.
Wayne Dixon / Macgasm:
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Server: A Review  —  Apple has released the ninth iteration of OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion, to the masses.  Alongside OS X 10.8 Client, Apple has also released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Server.  As expected OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has integrated even more features from iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Ex-Googlers Relaunch Their Startup Stamped And Get Ryan Seacrest, Justin Bieber And Ellen DeGeneres To Invest  —  Last Spring, Robby Stein and Bart Stein (not related) left their jobs at Google to start a company, Stamped.  —  Stamped received funding from Google Ventures and others to become …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple-Amazon War Heats Up  —  Tech Giants Scramble to Take Rival Ground in Phones, Tablets and Apps  —  The long-simmering war between Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. is starting to boil over.  —  The two technology giants are going head to head in an increasing number of areas as they move …
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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.
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.
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) …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Project Glass pre-orderers welcomed as ‘Explorers’, promised super secret updates on progress  —  Google's Project Glass had a surprisingly large presence (skydivers) during its I/O event earlier this year, and now company co-founder Sergey Brin has checked in with the attendees who promised $1,500 …
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: Guardian and Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Build 2.0: Microsoft's Windows 8 developer conference is on for late October in Redmond  —  Summary: The rumors were right: There's another Build conference.  It's this October, right after Windows 8 is made generally available.  —  Mary Jo Foley  —  Follow @maryjofoley
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Flurry Acquires Startup Trestle To Power AppCloud, Its New Mobile Backend Service  —  Flurry just announced that it's getting into the mobile app infrastructure business with a new service called Flurry AppCloud.  —  To make that happen, the company acquired a mobile startup called Trestle.
More: CNET, VentureBeat and GigaOM
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
Symantec Replaces CEO As Profit Falls 10%  —  Symantec Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 9.9% as the maker of security software saw higher costs that offset a slight rise in revenue.  The company also disclosed Chief Executive Enrique Salem has stepped down effective immediately and will be replaced by Chairman Steve Bennett.
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.

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