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August 1, 2012, 3:30 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.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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 …
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.

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