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August 1, 2012, 1:55 AM

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Chris Jones / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Introducing Outlook.com - Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes  —  Recently, we talked about how we've reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive, and how cloud services power the new Office Preview …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Farewell, Hotmail: Microsoft previews Outlook.com, ending longtime webmail brand  —  First things first: Yes, you can keep your @hotmail email address, if you want.  —  Microsoft, however, will be leaving the Hotmail brand behind.  —  The new Outlook.com inbox.  (Click to expand image.)
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Samsung Goes Public With Excluded Evidence to Undercut Apple's Design Claims  —  Denied the opportunity to make the argument in court that the design of the original iPhone was derived from Sony concepts, Samsung has decided to make it in the court of public opinion.
Twitter Blog:
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information  —  We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don't address matters pertaining …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Buys Facebook Ad Start-Up Wildfire  —  Google tried and failed to buy its way into the social ad business a couple months ago.  This time it got it done: The ad giant has picked up Wildfire, which helps marketers manage their presence on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Wildfire Social Media Marketing Blog:
Wildfire is Joining Google!  —  Four years ago, we set out on a journey to make social media marketing easier and more effective.  We thought our idea had potential, but little did we know what an incredible ride it would be.  Not only have we helped to define and build an entirely new industry …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Arielle Now Works For Google  —  Google's acquisition of Wildfire Interactive, one of Facebook's top marketing partners, is awkward for the social network on a business level.  —  But it's even more awkward on a personal level.  —  That's because one of Facebook …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google suspends Nexus Q launch, will send free dev devices to pre-order customers  —  Google has just let us know that it is delaying the launch of the Nexus Q as it works to improve the device.  The Nexus Q order page on Google Play has been taken down, and now simply leaves customers with a note that the device “is coming soon.”
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Digg launches redesign and new app with editorial curation, no comments  —  Digg's “Rethought' redesign after its acquisition by Betaworks has just gone live, just one day after the company showed off its v1 preview that was the result of a very rapid 6-week redesign process.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily's plans.
Dallas Mahrt / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Arrives on Apple TV  —  Keeping up with the latest episode of Family Guy, MasterChef and New Girl on Hulu Plus just got a little easier.  And my living room just got a whole lot happier.  —  Hulu Plus arrives on Apple TV today.  —  To start watching Hulu Plus shows instantly, find “Hulu Plus” on the Apple TV home screen.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC to Verizon: Don't block tethering apps.  Verizon settles for $1.25M  —  Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot -apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn't want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Reports User Accounts Were Hijacked, Adds New Security Features  —  Several weeks ago, reports started to trickle out that a number of Dropbox users were under attack from spam.  Since then, Dropbox has been investigating those attacks (with some help from a third-party) …
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive: iPhone was ‘nearly axed’  —  Apple's groundbreaking iPhone was nearly axed before it hit the shelves, its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed.  —  Apple's groundbreaking iPhone was nearly axed before it hit the shelves, its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft to Google: Enough With the Diversionary Tactics, Let's Hug It Out  —  Microsoft is more than happy to take Google and its Motorola subsidiary to the mat over their alleged patent infringement, but it would much prefer to settle its differences with the companies more amicably.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Decide.com taps the power of the Web with crowdsourced product recommendations  —  Web shopping site Decide.com has injected a large dose of ‘social’ into its product recommendations feature after it launched ‘Decide Score’, a new ranking system that recommends products by aggregating ratings and reviews from across the Web.
The Atlantic:
Statistical Probability That Mitt Romney's New Twitter Followers Are Just Normal Users: 0%  —  It is virtually impossible that the former governor's recent spike in Twitter followers resulted from normal activity on the social network.  —  Reuters.  —  Last week Zach Green of 140Elect …
Dave Greenbaum / GigaOM:
Google Fiber in the real world: Here's what's good and what needs work  —  Although Google Fiber is not yet available to residential customers, select Retail Partners in Kansas City went live on Saturday, July 28th.  One of these places was Mud Pie Vegan Bakery.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Better Get Mobile Quick.  102M People Accessed Solely From Mobile In June, Up 23% Since March  —  There's a staggering new statistic in Facebook's 10-Q SEC document today: 102 million people accessed Facebook solely from mobile in June, a massive 23% increase over the 83 million mobile-only users in March.
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