July 21, 2012, 3:15 PM

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Rian van der Merwe / Elezea:
The real reason we're upset about Sparrow's acquisition  —  When the news hit that Sparrow has been acquired by Google, you could almost hear the collective sigh from those who use and love this wonderful iOS and Mac OS X email client.  Many people (myself included) took to Twitter to voice …
Panos Tsimpoglou / IM.Everydaypanos:
Shh.. Sparrow for Windows was just a few weeks away.  —  First of all, this is NOT a whining post.  I just want to share some thoughts.  —  Almost a year ago I emailed Dom telling him I would love to do Sparrow for Windows.  Begged really.  He replied positively and a few days later …
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Why Google or Facebook Buying Your Favorite Startup Means It's Probably Toast  —  When I learned this morning, via Twitter, that the small company behind Mac/iOS e-mail app Sparrow was being bought by Google, I almost didn't need to read the startup's announcement to know the upshot.
Lucas Atkins / N4BB:
Siri-like Voice Commands on BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha (Video)  —  Yesterday, Research In Motion released an OS update to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha.  While some were struggling with problems getting the new update installed, others were lucky enough to begin playing with the update and finding out all of the new features.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Darpa Funds Hack Machine You'd Never Notice  —  PwnieExpress' all-new Power Pwn.  All Images: PwnieExpress  —  If you saw this bad boy under your desk, would you say anything?  —  It may look like a surge protector, but it's really a remote access machine that corporations can use to test security and log into branch offices.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Instagram For The Web Coming Soon?  Online ‘View Profile’ Link Spotted In The Wild  —  Instagram became a billion dollar company with a service that existed entirely within the realm of mobile apps.  But it's looking like the social photo-sharing juggernaut may be about to unveil its own bridge to the web, too.
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Audio brand Beats buys back 25% of its own shares from HTC  —  Audio equipment brand Beats is buying back 25% of its from HTC, the smartphone manufacturer announced today.  —  According to the companies, the purpose of this operation is to provide Beats “with more flexibility for global expansion …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
White House Advisers Tell Obama To Share Airwaves For Broadband  —  Federal agencies should share airwaves with commercial users to ease a shortage of frequencies and help meet surging demand from wireless smartphones and other mobile devices, a White House advisory panel said.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Intelligent, Context-Aware Personal Assistant App “Friday” Makes Its Public Debut  —  How appropriate.  That crazy Android personal assistant app called Friday is debuting today, on a Friday.  Marketing genius!  Friday comes from a startup called Dexetra, the same folks who previously launched the Siri-like Android app Iris.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Stanford and Venter Institute Simulate an Entire Organism With Software  —  STANFORD, Calif. — Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed the first software simulation of an entire organism, a humble single-cell bacterium that lives in the human genital and respiratory tracts.

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