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July 26, 2012, 12:35 AM

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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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: CNET and Computerworld
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
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 …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Showyou rolls out redesigned iPhone app, with new social video feed and sharing features  —  Showyou launched way back in April 2011, with one underlying mission: to deliver the best mobile app for watching and sharing videos.  —  Available for both iPhone and iPad, Showyou lets …

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