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August 2, 2012, 9:50 AM

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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 …
Tim Kelly / Reuters:
Sharp to start shipping iPhone screens to Apple this month  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp. said it will start shipping screens destined for a new Apple iPhone that is widely expected to be released in October ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping season.  —  “Shipments will start in August …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Bill would force patent trolls to pay defendants' legal bills  —  A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives attempts to deter frivolous patent litigation by forcing unsuccessful patent plaintiffs to cover defendants' legal costs.  Introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) …
Emil Protalinski / CNET:
Facebook: 8.7 percent are fake users  —  Facebook estimates that 4.8 percent are duplicate accounts, 2.4 percent are user-misclassified accounts, and 1.5 percent are undesirable accounts.  —  Follow @emilprotalinski  —  Does she have a Facebook account?  —  Last week, during …
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:
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Cisco expands its board of directors with Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Kristina Johnson  —  Networking equipment giant Cisco this morning announced that Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive officer of enterprise cloud computing company Salesforce.com, has joined its board of directors.
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
BlackBerry: other manufacturers could license our new BB10 platform  —  Thorsten Heins, chief executive of Research in Motion, has told the Telegraph that manufacturers such as Sony or Samsung could licence the new BlackBerry operating system.  —  New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins introduced BlackBerry 10 in Florida
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Responds To Reddit AMA: Biggest Digg Regrets, Thoughts On New Digg, More [Video]  —  Last night, I wrote about Kevin Rose not responding to questions on his AMA on Reddit.  Rose was at a birthday party last night but has returned to Reddit today and has posted YouTube responses to five Redditers' questions.
More: Betabeat
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Professor Billionaire: The Stanford Academic Who Wrote Google Its First Check  —  David Cheriton wrote a $100,000 check to Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998.  Today that check is now worth more than $1 billion in Google shares.  (Martin Klimek / Getty Images)
Thanks:@gerryshih
Wall Street Journal:
Businesses Leap on Fiber Bandwidth Wagon  —  Google's Plan for a High-Speed Data Network in Kansas City Area Starts Gears Turning Among Region's Entrepreneurs  —  As Google Inc. starts to roll out its elaborate Fiber project in Kansas City, the area's entrepreneurs are plotting how to capitalize …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
High and low: what RIM's failure is doing to the people of Waterloo  —  That entrepreneurial spirit doesn't always come naturally to Canadians, says Iain Klugman, maybe half-jokingly.  “The American dream is to make it big, to build a big company, to become a rock star,” he says.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Apple seeks patent for Smart Cover with embedded secondary display  —  According to an application to the USPTO this morning, Apple believes it's possible to build a flexible display into an iPad cover in order to “greatly enhance” the functionality of the tablet itself.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Facebook Stock Crash Hoses California's Tax Revenue  —  Well, the hits from the Facebook stock implosion keep coming.  —  Now, it's the State of California, which apparently overestimated how much tax revenue it was going to collect from Facebook employees after the IPO.
More: PolitiCal and Capitol AlertTweets: @jonerlichman
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple to file sanctions over Samsung's evidence ‘leak’  —  In a letter to Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday, Apple said it plans to file an emergency motion for sanctions and “other relief that may be appropriate” as a result of Samsung's issuance of excluded evidence to media outlets earlier this week.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
FabKids Launches Subscription-Based Kids Clothing Service, Actress Christina Applegate Partners  —  San Francisco-based FabKids is the latest startup to try its hand at subscription-based e-commerce, taking on competitors like Wittlebee in the kids' apparel space, but with a slightly different twist.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere  —  It's come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.  Let's clear things up:
Zoho:
Customer Spotlight: How One Company Went from No CRM to Zoho CRM Power Users  —  “We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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