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August 1, 2012, 1:00 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 …
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.
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:
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.
Tweets: @nytimesbits
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 …
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.
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 …
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).
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.”
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 …
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.
More: The VergeTweets: @pkafka
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.
More: CNET, ZDNet and Engadget
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ComScore: US Smartphone Penetration 47% In Q2; Android Remains Most Popular, But Apple's Growing Faster  —  ComScore today released its latest quarterly figures on the state of the mobile market in the U.S. based on active users, and while the exact numbers are different …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
New “Twitter Political Index” Ranks Opinion Of Presidential Candidates Based On Tweets  —  Who's ahead in popular opinion in the US presidential race?  Plenty of third-parties have tried to measure this in the past using tweets.  Now Twitter is doing the interpretation directly through its just-launched Twitter Political Index.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
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Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

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