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July 26, 2012, 5:45 PM

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Facebook Investor Relations:
Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2012.  —  “Our goal is to help every person stay connected and every product they use be a great social experience,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Facebook barely hits revenue mark with $1.18 billion in Q2, stock hits all time low  —  Facebook is reporting its first quarterly earnings as a public company today.  After a disappointing IPO, the company needs a strong showing to regain investor confidence.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Fiber launches in Kansas City, promises 1000 Mbps up and down  —  Google Fiber has finally arrived in Kansas City, offering crazy-fast broadband speeds and a new television service on both sides of the Kansas / Missouri state line.  After hinting that it would be unveiled today, the company has made it official.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Google redesigns the TV with Fiber TV: a new DVR, mobile apps, and voice search  —  Alongside its new super-fast internet in Kansas City, Google announced Fiber TV today, an entirely redesigned experience for how you watch TV.  It's part-DVR part-cable box, with the ability to watch and record …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Amazon misses in Q2: $12.83 billion in revenue, up 29%, income down 96%  —  Online retailer Amazon has today released its Q2 2012 earnings.  Revenue is at $12.83 billion with EPS of $0.01.  Analysts had expected a mere $0.01 gain per share, down $0.41 from the year prior.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon forecasts Q3 operating loss; Q2 mixed  —  Summary: Amazon projected a third quarter operating loss, but touted its Amazon Prime subscription service.  Second quarter results were mixed.  —  Larry Dignan  —  Follow @ldignan  —  Amazon's second quarter results were mixed and the third quarter outlook disappointed.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
No API For You: Twitter Shuts Off “Find Friends” Feature For Instagram  —  Instagram has just announced 80 million users and a new app update; Noticeably missing in the update?  The “Find Your Friends” on Twitter feature, which allowed users to follow the same people they follow on Twitter on Instagram.
Jeffrey Spehar / Facebook Developer Blog:
Introducing the Recommendations Bar  —  Today we're launching the Recommendations Bar, a new social plug-in that helps people find articles based on what their friends like and share from your site.  —  As a person reads an article, a small pop-up surfaces at the bottom …
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
3D imagery now available on iPad and iPhone  —  Today, we're happy to announce the availability of 3D imagery for Google Earth on the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.  —  A map must be comprehensive and accurate no matter where you are or what device you use.  We also believe maps can be useful in ways you might not have imagined.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Here Are The Zynga Insiders Who Cashed Out Just Before The Stock Crashed...  In April, Zynga conducted a “secondary stock offering” in which insiders dumped 43 million shares of stock at $12 a share, raking in about $516 million.  —  Yesterday, four months later, Zynga reported a horrible quarter, and the stock plunged to $3.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Meet the Man Engineering Facebook's Revenues  —  Gokul Rajaram is a patient man.  Which is fortunate, because the Facebook advertising product director has a lot of teaching to do.  —  Outsiders can't seem to wrap their heads around how Rajaram's technologies are going to generate profits for his employer.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google Handwrite lets us scribble our way through mobile searches (video)  —  Not eager to hunt and peck on a keyboard?  Google Handwrite is here: the search engine's mobile pages will now let you draw letters on the page to conduct searches with the writing method you learned before this whole computer fad took hold.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Female-only VC firm Forerunner Ventures raises $40M fund  —  Amid sweeping accusations that Silicon Valley venture capital firms have failed to attract female talent, one women-only firm has been quietly raising millions for its first institutionally-backed fund.
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture  —  After further analysis, more information has emerged about the Morcut Mac OS X malware (also known as “Crisis” by some anti-virus products) which was discovered this week.  —  Clearly OSX/Morcut-A was created with spying in mind …
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
Facebook Widens ‘Bug Bounty’ Program To Combat Internal Breaches  —  Facebook (FB) Inc.'s computer-security team faced a quandary after getting an unexpected tip in May.  —  An outside researcher unearthed a weakness in the company's network that left internal communications vulnerable to eavesdropping.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Consumer Reports Joins the Netflix Pile-On  —  Yesterday, Reed Hastings saw a quarter of his company's stock value disappear.  Today's insult to injury: A dis from Consumer Reports.  —  A new survey from the magazine places the Netflix streaming service sixth in user satisfaction, behind …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Twitter currently ‘experiencing issues,’ engineers working on a fix (update: service restore in progress)  —  Just as Google was able to restore service to Google Talk, Twitter has gone down for many users.  The company acknowledged the issue on its site status page, saying that engineers were working hard on a fix.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
EBay To Target Under-18 Set  —  EBay Inc. is exploring ways to harness an untapped class of buyers: Kids.  —  The Internet company may allow consumers who are under 18 years old to set up accounts and access the eBay.com website to buy vintage T-shirts, jewelry, school supplies or other products …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Simplifying printing in Windows 8 … Of all the peripheral devices that you can connect to your Windows PC, printers are one of the most popular, and have been supported for the longest time.  In fact, Windows 1.0 (shipped in 1985) supported “a number of printers and plotters” and included a …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sprint Q2 2012 Earnings: Net Loss Widens To $1.4B, 1.5M iPhones Sold  —  U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel has just posted its results for Q2, and while it continues to prepare for a brighter future ahead, it reported widening losses.  The loss was $1.4 billion, with negative EPS of $.46 per share …

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