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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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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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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
How vCloud Hybrid Service is Different: 10 Cloud Capabilities on vCloud Hybrid Service that Don't Exist on AWS  —  With vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), we're firmly focused on solving enterprise customer cloud problems …
Zoho:
Zoho on Zoho: How we use Zoho apps to run the show at Zoholics  —  Our goal for each Zoholics user event is to make it perfect for attendees - our customers who travel from all over the world to learn and make the most of Zoho apps for their business.
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