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August 1, 2012, 4:40 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 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Yelp Q2 Beats The Street With Top-Line Growth, Narrowing Losses: $32.7M Revenue, $2M Net Loss  —  Yelp today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2012, its second ever financial report as a publicly-traded company.  Overall, the reviews site showed continued top-line revenue growth …
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
After Conquering Yahoo, Dan Loeb Wrote A Victory Letter To His Investors - We Have A Copy  —  Way back in the first quarter, hedge fund manager Dan Loeb bought a huge stake in Yahoo, and then launched a proxy war on its board.  —  Eventually, Loeb targeted Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson …
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.

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