July 25, 2012, 2:00 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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Is Twitter a Media or Technology Company?  —  If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it's a duck — right?  —  One question many seem to be wondering about Twitter: is this duck a media or technology company?  —  In a meeting at The New York Times offices in New York …
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 …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's tepid Q3 results: What the analysts are saying  —  Stronger than expected iPad sales failed to offset disappointing iPhone numbers  —  FORTUNE — “It's a testimony to just how remarkable Apple's last few years have been,” wrote Daring Fireball's John Gruber, putting a positive spin on Apple's …
More: ZDNet
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: AppleInsider and ZDNet
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.
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 …
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Samsung kills local search on international Galaxy S3 in ‘stability’ update  —  There's a new over-the-air update rolling out for the international Samsung Galaxy S III (aka Galaxy S3 GT-i9300) this evening.  The OTA message identifies it as a “stability update,” but what it also does is remove local …
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 …
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.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
No, Microsoft and Skype are not playing Big Brother  —  Summary: If all you have is tinfoil, everything looks like a conspiracy.  But it's hard to work up even a mild case of paranoia about your personal communications if you actually read Skype's Privacy Policy from start to finish.  —  Follow @edbott
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 …
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 …

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