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August 1, 2012, 2:15 PM

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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.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Amazon Instant Video app for iPad hits the App Store with offline viewing and Prime streaming  —  Click to view slideshow.  —  Just 24 hours after Hulu started popping up on Apple TV, We now see Amazon's Instant Video Store in the App Store for iPad.  It looks like a full app capable …
Aditya Agarwal / The Dropbox Blog:
Security update & new features  —  A couple weeks ago, we started getting emails from some users about spam they were receiving at email addresses used only for Dropbox.  We've been working hard to get to the bottom of this, and want to give you an update.  —  Our investigation found …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Now Wants Your Postings Under ‘Exclusive’ Terms: Padmapper Fallout Continues  —  Another development in the ongoing Craigslist data scraping story: Craigslist has added in a new proviso for those posting ads, telling them that Craigslist now becomes the “exclusive licensee” of the content in that ad.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Apple's CPU architect Jim Keller departs to head up chipmaker AMD's processor group  —  Chipmaker AMD this morning announced that it has hired Jim Keller as corporate VP and chief architect of the company's microprocessor cores.  —  Before, Keller was a director in the platform architecture group at Apple …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The @outlook.com email addresses Microsoft forgot to reserve  —  Microsoft's new Outlook.com webmail service launched yesterday as a public preview, leaving thousands of Hotmail users scrambling to reserve their shiny new @outlook.com email addresses.  After a million signups in just a few hours …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Tightens Up App Policy, Gets Stricter On Naming/Icon, Payments, Privacy, Ads And Spam Rules [Developer Letter]  —  Looks like Google Play is growing up, combing its hair and trying to move away from its Wild West image: Android's app store team has sent out a letter to its tens …
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.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Power of Internet Censorship, in 1 Chart  —  Sometime late in the evening of July 28, Twitter suspended the account of journalist and NBC naysayer Guy Adams.  Earlier today, with apologies from Twitter's lawyer to Adams, the service reinstated his account.  —  There are many lessons to be learned from this brief affair.
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
The Future of Twitter's Platform Is All in the Cards  —  On June 29, Twitter VP of Product Michael Sippey posted a foreboding 439-word letter to the company blog, broadly sketching the direction Twitter's platform is headed.  —  Upon its reception, most of the public attention focused on a single passage …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
A Further Blow to Online Lurking: Quora Will Now Publicly Show Who Has Read a Post  —  Quora today is introducing a feature that shows which of its users have read each Quora post, and how they found it.  It's another move by a social Web service to share passive activities …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Nearly 40 iPhone and iPad prototypes revealed in Samsung trial  —  Today at the Apple vs. Samsung trial, Apple designer Christopher Stringer took to the stand as Apple's first witness.  In the course of his testimony about Apple's design process, he showed dozens of rejected iPhone and iPad designs …
Benjamin Jackson / The Next Web:
First Look: Simple Reimagines Banking  —  You and I probably don't see eye to eye on everything.  You may not agree with my taste in music, or my politics, or my positions on the Oxford comma and tucking in of collared shirts (pro, and only when worn with a tie).
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Android 4.0 ported to Raspberry Pi, supports HD video but not audio  —  A working version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been ported to the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer, allowing the $25 device to perform many of the functions of a modern smartphone or tablet, albeit at a somewhat slower pace.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Back to square one: Hulu blocks overseas Apple TV owners streaming via US iTunes accounts  —  A number of us across TNW's global team got rather excited when appeared that Hulu was allowing Apple TV owners to use its service from anywhere in the world so long as they had a US iTunes account …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
New Rules on Kids' Web Ads  —  Social networks and Internet advertisers are likely to face new restrictions on how they interact with children online.  —  The Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce Wednesday new rules that close loopholes that currently allow companies …
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Files Go Digital, After Years of Delays  —  Computer System 12 Years in the Making Is Aimed at Better Sharing of Information; Effort Cost More Than $600 Million  —  WASHINGTON—Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have finally ditched paper files for a new computer system …
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.

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