August 2, 2012, 1:05 AM

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone  —  Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)!  This means we've completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
As Twitter Goes To War With Its Developers, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue Quits The Board  —  Flipboard CEO Mike McCue has left Twitter's board of directors.  —  He just tweeted his thanks to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and cofounders Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey.  —  AllThingsD's Mike Isaac …
Dalton Caldwell:
Dear Mark Zuckerberg … On June 13, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., I attended a meeting at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California.  In addition to myself, the meeting was attended by executives at Facebook with the following titles: “VP, Engineering & Products”, “VP, Partnerships”,"VP …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Three Key Exits, Facebook's Top Talent Departures Continue  —  The question on everyone's minds after Facebook's May IPO — How long till the brain drain starts?  —  Apparently, not that long.  Ethan Beard, director of platform partnerships at Facebook, announced on Wednesday via Facebook that he will soon leave the company.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Wins Key Ruling in Itanium Lawsuit With Oracle  —  The judge hearing the lawsuit between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle has ruled that the software giant is bound by its commitment to continue making software that is compatible with Intel's Itanium server chip.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga COO Said To Lose Product Oversight As Growth Slows  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) Chief Operating Officer John Schappert, who was wooed from Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) last year, was stripped of his role overseeing game development in a reorganization aimed at reviving growth and making more money …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator-Backed Instacart Wants To Be Amazon With One-Hour Delivery  —  When it comes to being the Mall of the Internet, no one really does it better than Amazon.  Yet, to truly best its offline competitors and put the icing on the cake in terms of user experience, Amazon has been pushing hard …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Wildfire, Will Now Sell Facebook And Twitter Marketing Services [Update: $350M Price]  —  Google has just bought social marketing software developer Wildfire, which lets brands serve marketing and ad campaigns on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Psst.  Facebook Turned On Its App Center Worldwide Overnight [Updated]  —  Facebook took one more step further in its global ambitions today: the social network has now made its App Center, the storefront for Facebook desktop and mobile applications, available in every country where Facebook is.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Wallet goes cloud-based, adds remote disable, accepts Visa, American Express and Discover  —  Since the rollout of its Wallet product, Google has been partnered with MasterCard and the credit card company's PayPass product.  But today, Google tells us that the platform is opening up …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Silk lands $1.6 million from NEA and Atomico to improve its structured data service  —  Silk recently launched its nifty Web app, which lets users collect, sort, visualize and store rich information in a structured way, in public beta.  —  Today, the Dutch startup behind the service …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Salesforce updates with new tools & Android app, paid version on the way  —  Cloud powerhouse Salesforce has updated its social productivity application has been updated with new features, including comprehensive contacts form and tracker for ongoing deals, the company announced today.

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