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August 2, 2012, 6:55 AM

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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:
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 …
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) …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Three Key Exits, Facebook's Top Talent Departures Continue  —  The question on everyone's minds after Facebook's May IPO — How long till the brain drain starts?  —  Apparently, not that long.  Ethan Beard, director of platform partnerships at Facebook, announced on Wednesday via Facebook that he will soon leave the company.
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.
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 …
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
Euan Rocha / Reuters:
RIM says has not compromised BlackBerry security in India  —  (Reuters) - Research in Motion refuted on Wednesday a new round of Indian media reports, which claim that the BlackBerry maker has granted the Indian government the encryption keys to its secure corporate email and messaging services.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Wins Key Ruling in Itanium Lawsuit With Oracle  —  The judge hearing the lawsuit between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle has ruled that the software giant is bound by its commitment to continue making software that is compatible with Intel's Itanium server chip.
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.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
InterDigital Wins U.S. Appeal In Patent Fight With Nokia  —  InterDigital Inc. (IDCC) won an appeals court ruling reviving its effort to force Nokia Oyj (NOK) to pay patent royalties on the third generation of mobile-phone technology.  InterDigital rose to the highest since April.
More: WMPoweruser and Reuters
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
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Microsoft-owned Yammer quietly introduces Facebook-like live chat feature  —  It's been a couple of weeks since Microsoft officially announced its move to buy Yammer and already the $1.2 billion service has its first post-acquisition feature, as the professional social network introduced a Facebook-like chat service.

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