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July 26, 2012, 1:30 PM

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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 …
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The Mac App Store's future of irrelevance  —  Postbox's exit from the Mac App Store should sound very familiar to anyone who buys Mac software.  If you read between the lines a bit, I think the real story there is one we've seen a lot since June 1: they tolerated the App Store's lack …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
To keep its 24M users from fleeing, AOL redesigns Mail with much sharper look  —  AOL has completely revamped its email service with a cleaner design, a move that could help keep its 24 million users it has left from moving to competitors.  —  The service now features a design with less clutter …
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Kevin Rose reflects on Digg, the dangers of outside investors, and his legacy  —  By the time Digg was portioned off for sale this year, company founder Kevin Rose wasn't visiting the site anymore.  He had already left Digg for other projects, including his own startup and a role at Google Ventures …
Paul Paliath / Techie Buzz:
No, Microsoft's Entry-Level Surface Will Not Cost $1000  —  Microsoft's announcement last month that they're making their own tablet hardware — and directly competing with the very OEMs and partners that they license their software to — was huge in revealing a radical step forward for the company.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
FundersClub Wants To Bypass VC And Let YOU Invest In Startups  —  FundersClub is going to change how companies get funded.  Today it launches a website designed to let anyone with as little as $1000 make equity investments in startups and earn money if they succeed.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Simple Is Now Available To The Public, Cofounder Alex Payne Moves On  —  There is nothing more broken than the payments/banking system, which makes me and everybody else root for payments (and more!) startup Simple (formerly BankSimple).  We all hate our banks and, especially if you are in SF …
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 …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't  —  I did an interview yesterday in Buffalo, NY where I was the past couple days for the launch of the Z80 incubator.  Grove Potter, the Business Editor for the Buffalo News, interviewed me for something like an hour.

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