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7:45 PM ET, July 26, 2011

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Terry Myerson / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone “Mango” - Released to Manufacturing  —  I wanted to drop into the Windows Phone Blog briefly to update you on an important milestone.  Earlier this morning, the Windows Phone development team officially signed off on the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of “Mango” …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft to reveal Toshiba-Fujitsu Windows Phone Mango device later today … Microsoft is planning to unveil the first Windows Phone Mango device later today.  —  The company plans to hold a press event at 10am Tokyo time (see other time zones) on Wednesday July 27.
Discussion: IntoMobile, LiveSide.net and Neowin.net
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Exclusive images of AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II revealed  —  BGR has obtained exclusive images of AT&T's upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.  Following our report on Monday showing an unnamed Samsung slider headed to AT&T, we have confirmed that the device pictured is indeed a variant …
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Ricardo Bilton / The Toybox Blog:
AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II outed in leaked images, features sliding keyboard
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Finishing Up Work on an Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook [Updated]  —  Apple is working on a 15" ultra-thin Mac notebook, MacRumors has learned.  We aren't certain if it will be called a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, but we do know that it is already in late testing stages at Apple.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Tech News Is So Phenomenally Boring  —  You never read tech news, do you?  Good.  Somehow, the story of the accidental early release of a Facebook iPad app everyone was expecting is threatening to turn into a week-long saga.  Make it stop!  This is the most boring s**t ever.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Rhymes With “Douchebag”  —  Adrian Chen of Gawker writes that “tech news is so phenomenally boring”.  A story of mine, Facebook's iPad app being hidden inside of the iPhone app, is the prime example used.  —  Nevermind that Chen is complaining about tech news not really being “news” …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Flat Keyless Keyboard for Desktops & More  —  Late last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed yet another take on a possible future virtual keyboard for the iMac and other devices.  Apple's first major patent concerning larger virtual keyboards surfaced in 2009.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HTC Puccini, the company's first 10-inch tablet, uncovered  —  In addition to exclusively revealing the first photos of AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II earlier this morning, we also got our hands on the first solid images of HTC's upcoming 10-inch slate, codenamed the HTC Puccini.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Says It's Willing to Negotiate With Apple Over Patent Fight  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL), says it's willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
HTC wants to talk but will Apple listen?
Discussion: Guardian and BGR
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Fox Switches To Authentication For New Shows Online; Dish, Hulu Plus Get First Crack  —  Counting on keeping up with Glee next season through Hulu.com or Fox.com the next day?  Count again—unless you subscribe through a video distributor with the right deal.
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Ben Fritz / Company Town:   No cable? You'll have to wait eight days to see Fox shows on Hulu
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Face detection software and API land in iOS 5 following Apple's 2010 purchase of Polar Rose  —  In 2010 we reported that Apple snapped up a Swedish company called Polar Rose that specializes in face detection algorithms.  Less than a year after this purchase, we have discovered what Apple actually intends to do with this software.
Mark Hearn / Sprintfeed:
Sprint's Upcoming End of Line/Life Listing  —  All good things must eventually come to an end.  This age old saying definitely applies to smartphones.  Our beloved Super Spies have produced again!  This time in the form of Sprint's upcoming End of Line/Life listing.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Beats The Street; Sales Up 51 Percent To $9.9B, Net Income Down 8 Percent  —  E-commerce giant Amazon just reported second quarter results, posting sales of $9.9 billion, an increase of 51 percent from the same quarter in 2010.  Net income decreased 8% to $191 million in the second quarter …
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Five Things I Learned At MySpace That Could Help Google+  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  —  This is just a guess, but I'd bet money that Vic Gundotra …
Discussion: lalawag and TG Daily
Christopher Finke / Less Talk, More Do:
What do people type in the address bar?  —  Earlier this year, I added a feature to URL Fixer (a browser add-on that fixes errors in URLs that you type in the address bar) that collects anonymous usage stats from users who opt in in order to help improve the ways that URL Fixer corrects typos …
Discussion: Pulse2 and PC World
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
RadioShack ditches T-Mobile for Verizon, switcheroo happens September 15th  —  Well, it looks like T-Mobile is no longer on friendly enough terms with Radio Shack to call it “The Shack.”  The retailer announced today that it's ending its partnership with the carrier in favor of a new one with rival Verizon …
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
Video: Yes, You Can Bring A Goat Into The Apple Store  —  Comedian Mark Malkoff may be the next Ralph Nader.  From visiting all of Manhattan's 171 Starbucks, to living in a New Jersey IKEA, to beating a crosstown bus in a race (on a Big Wheel!), he's a consumer advocate on a mission.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Pays At Least $10.2 Million For Zappedy  —  Groupon has just filed a Form D for a $10,288,416 offering of equity in connection with its acquisition of Chilean startup Zappedy.  However we don't know if there was cash involved in addition to equity in the Zappedy acquisition so it's …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Lands On The iPad, Gives Couch Potatoes The Perfect Soapbox  —  Ustream has landed on the iPad.  —  Today, the streaming video service has launched its first iPad-optimized app, allowing users to view live and recorded content streaming through the service — and to stream their own footage direct from their iPad 2.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
1.5 Years Of AngelList: 8000 Intros, 400 Investments And That's Just The Data We Can Tell You About  —  It's the AngelList centi-sesquicentennial and we want to share some stats with you.  After 1.5 years, AngelList has seen...  - 8,000 intros.  An investor has asked for an intro to a startup on AngelList over 8,000 times.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Trading Card Company Topps Buys Facebook's Gift Card Provider  —  Topps, the company known for the trading cards from childhood, is expanding into digital goods with the purchase of GMG Entertainment, the gift card provider for Facebook.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Discussion: Topps.com
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft Adds RAW Support to Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer  —  Microsoft announces support for raw files from 120 DSLR cameras in Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer.  Makes them as easy to use as JPEGs.  —  When it comes to taking professionally looking photos …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
As DVD sales decline, Walmart.com adds Vudu streaming  —  Online video rental store Vudu has seen massive growth lately, driven mostly by getting embedded on an ever-growing number of connected TVs and other devices.  But the streaming-video-on-demand service is about to get a big boost …
Pew Research Center:
71% of Online Adults Now Use Video-Sharing Sites  —  More online Americans are using video-sharing sites— and they are doing so more frequently.  As of May 2011, 71% of online adults reported watching videos on a video-sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo.  A demographic portrait of these site users is in the table below.
Caterina Fake / Caterina.net:
Anonymity and Pseudonyms in Social Software  —  On Facebook, and now Google Plus, real names are required.  Since its launch, there has been a fair amount of controversy surrounding the Google Plus policies, including this from a former Google employee who goes by the name of Skud, who had her account suspended.
 
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Erin Griffith / Adweek:
ShareThis Hires AdSense Vet as CEO Kurt Abrahamson takes job; founder Schigel remains as chairman
Discussion: AllThingsD
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Sen. Franken urges government to stop AT&T merger
Discussion: Al Franken, Thanks:hilliconvalley
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel grooms Andy Bryant to be next chairman
John Cook / GeekWire:
Exclusive: Facebook on the prowl for more office space in Seattle
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sequoia, Accel, And Union Square Top SecondMarket's New VC Scoreboard
Discussion: SecondMarket, VatorNews and Betabeat
Karen Freifeld / Bloomberg:
Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of ‘Tag Suggestions’ Feature, Connecticut Says
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jumio Turns Webcams Into Credit Card Readers - And Why Merchants Will Welcome ‘Netswipers’
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Smartphones, iPads & the state of the mobile Internet
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and dailywireless.org
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Patents ‘Gumming Up’ Innovation: Google
Discussion: FOSS Patents and dailywireless.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix: 75 Percent Of New Customers Signing Up For Streaming-Only Plan