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12:20 PM ET, July 25, 2010

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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HTC Sense coming to Windows Phone 7, after all  —  Some cried and some cheered when Microsoft revealed that handset manufacturers couldn't reskin Windows Phone 7 devices wholesale.  But as it turns out, at least one major OEM is still banking on software to help differentiate its phones.
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John Fortt / Tech Check:
HP Using Own Software in Phone Wars with Apple, Google  —  In its bid to take on Apple and Google in smartphones, Hewlett-Packard won't use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.  Instead, HP [HPQ 46.15 .08 (+.17%)] Executive Vice President Todd Bradley told me that the PC giant will exclusively use …
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HTC to Put Sense on Windows Phone 7 Devices
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Now Target Private Trackers  —  Mass lawsuits against alleged file-sharers, such as those from the US Copyright Group and lawyers ACS:Law and Gallant MacMillan in the UK, are generally accepted to have been generated from evidence gathered from big public BitTorrent sites.
Elie Mystal / Above The Law:
The Facebook Lawsuit: Everybody Calm Down and Remember Your 1L Contracts Class  —  The internet is on fire today.  The purported contract between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and random New York resident Paul Ceglia has hit the worldwide web.  We've written about Ceglia's claims to 84% of Facebook before.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
And Now Three Questions For Paul Ceglia — The Man Who Says He Owns 84% Of Facebook  —  Yesterday, we provided a quick analysis of the alleged contract between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and upstate New York wood-pellet salesman Paul Ceglia — the contract that Paul says gives him an 84% ownership stake in Facebook.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Will Zynga Become the Google of Games?  —  ORIENTATION for new employees of Zynga, the fast-growing maker of Facebook games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, can be a heady affair given the company's outsize ambitions — all of which are embodied in Mark Pincus, Zynga's 44-year-old founder.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
MSFT earnings up, stock down.  What do investors want?  —  Microsoft reported record revenues and profits for the quarter and fiscal year.  Yet, the stock (MSFT) is down again.  What does Wall Street want from Microsoft?  I think the problem is that Microsoft still considers itself a growth company …
Discussion: Computerworld
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Dell drops Ubuntu PCs from website... for now  —  Dell has stopped selling consumer PCs preloaded with Ubuntu from its website, and doesn't know when they're coming back.  —  A search for Ubuntu on the Dell UK website returns only one laptop - the Dell Latitude 2100 from the company's business range.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Slashdot
Sylvia Hui / Associated Press:
British royals expand online presence with Flickr  —  LONDON - These aren't your average family snapshots.  —  Queen Elizabeth II is joining other proud parents starting Monday in showing off and sharing her photo albums — and those of the House of Windsor — on the online Flickr photo site.
Discussion: Photography Bay and The Next Web
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Spam Filtering?  Patented!  36 Companies Sued  —  These kinds of lawsuits are coming fast and furious again these days.  Glyn Moody points us to the news that 36 companies have been sued for patent infringement in Marshall, Texas (of course) for supposedly violating a patent (6,018,761) on spam filtering.
Discussion: The Next Web
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Chatroulette Threatens Perverts With Police  —  Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who expose themselves to minors with the police.  Site founder Andrey Ternovskiy said in a message published on the site Friday night …
Discussion: eSarcasm, Dembot and WatchingTV Online
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
77% Of iPhone Owners Say They'll Buy Another — Versus Just 20% Of Android Owners  —  Customer loyalty is definitely one of Apple's advantages versus most of its rivals in the smartphone market.  —  The latest evidence: A Yankee Group survey summarized on CNNMoney (via Daring Fireball) …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boston Sandwich Shop Testing iPad App For Orders — Fad Or The Future?
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Prospect of Being Stalked, Burgled Just Doesn't Trouble Foursquare …
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Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
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