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July 27, 2012, 9:50 AM

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Reuters:
Apple to buy fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec for $356 million  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has agreed to buy AuthenTec Inc (AUTH.O) for $8.00 per share, the maker of fingerprint sensor chips used in personal computers said, in a deal valued at about $356 million.
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.
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Ben Popper / The Verge:
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
The iPad that never was: kickstands, curves, and ‘highly confidential’ Apple prototypes revealed  —  We already got a look at some early iPhone designs inspired by Sony and the iPod, but court documents have revealed an assortment of different looks that were considered for Apple's various iOS products …
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
The Original iPhone 4 Design Prototype From 2006  —  This is getting fun!  After court filings last week revealed decade-old prototype/mockups of an Apple tablet for the very first time, today we're seeing design prototype/mockups for iPhones that date back to 2006 — one phone that looks …
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Samsung's Q2 smartphone shipments nearly twice those of Apple, say research firms  —  The smartphone market grew 32 percent year-over-year in the quarter to reach 146 million units, said Strategy Analytics  —  Samsung shipped nearly twice the number of smartphones as Apple during the second quarter …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung posts record $5.9 billion profit on smartphones  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, the world's top technology firm by revenue, reported a record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion on Friday, as rampant sales of its smartphones more than offset a tumble in memory chip prices.
Mark Gillett / The Big Blog:
What Does Skype's Architecture Do?  —  In the last few days we have seen reports in the media we believe are inaccurate and could mislead the Skype community about our approach to user security and privacy.  I want to clear this up.  —  At Skype, we continue to be humbled and grateful …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
OAuth 2.0 leader resigns, says standard is ‘bad’  —  The standard grew too far away from its roots as a simple Web authentication technology, author Eran Hammer-Lahav says, and now is insecure and overly broad.  —  OAuth 2.0 author Eran Hammer-Lahav has declared the authentication standard a failure.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The economics of Google Fiber and what it means for U.S. broadband  —  Google launched its fiber-to-the-home gigabit network Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. and it wants everyone to know that this network isn't a charity case.  Several Google executives at the event were very clear …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung, Apple Even At Odds Over Where they Will Sit at Trial  —  How deep do the disputes go between Apple and Samsung?  —  Well, the latest motion from Samsung concerns where each party will sit during the trial and how each will refer to the other.  —  Samsung takes issue with being called the …
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.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Motorola Android devices banned in Germany for infringing Microsoft's FAT patent  —  A Mannheim Regional Court has ruled on Microsoft's FAT patent case against Motorola, granting Microsoft's request for a ban on relevant devices, according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Court quashes Twitter joke trial verdict: Britain has a sense of humor after all  —  Britain's High Court has overturned the case of a man whose exasperated Twitter joke left him criminalized under anti-terrorist laws, in a high profile case that supporters say is a victory for free speech online.
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.
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
NVIDIA throws support behind Miracast as wireless display standard  —  TI may have blazed the trail, but today NVIDIA has announced that it'll support Miracast as an integral part of its Tegra mobile platform.  If you'll recall, Miracast is a creation of the Wi-Fi Alliance …

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