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July 25, 2012, 9:40 AM

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Mg Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Mountain Lion: Quick, Familiar, Cheap, And Drenched In iOS Goodness  —  Trying to write a review of OS X Mountain Lion is tricky.  First of all, I had already written a review back in February, when Apple legitimately surprised the world with the revelation that the ninth iteration of OS X was just about ready to go.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mountain Lion  —  It seems like another era, but back in the '00s, major new-cat-name updates of Mac OS X were a big deal.  They were packed with major new features, new built-in apps, significant performance improvements, and often sported refreshed system-wide UI appearances …
More: SplatF
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches OS X Mountain Lion via Mac App Store for $19.99  —  In line with yesterday's brief announcement that OS X Mountain Lion would debut today, Apple has officially launched its next-generation Mac operating system to the public.  OS X Mountain Lion [Mac App Store] …
Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  17 Million iPads Sold  —  Board Declares Quarterly Dividend of $2.65 per Common Share  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended June 30, 2012.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $35. billion …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
HBO nixes idea of Netflix partnership  —  (Reuters) - Consumers who dream of watching HBO hits like “The Sopranos” or “Game of Thrones” by streaming to TVs using their Netflix accounts shouldn't hold their breath.  —  Netflix Inc CEO Reed Hastings raised the tantalizing possibility on Tuesday …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Twitter Is Working on a Way to Retrieve Your Old Tweets  —  Trying to remember that pithy, brilliantly composed tweet about the latest Wes Anderson movie that you fired off a few months ago?  You're out of luck: Twitter lets users access only the last few thousand tweets posted to the site.
Chris Dixon:
BuzzFeed's strategy  —  BuzzFeed's CEO, Jonah Peretti, recently sent out an email to employees and investors summarizing the company's strategy and progress.  I really liked his email so I asked Jonah if I could blog it and he gave me permission.  This isn't just the usual cheerleading email …
John Letzing / Digits:
Google Says Patents, Tech Were Less than Half Motorola's Price  —  Google put a finer point on the value it placed on Motorola Mobility's intellectual property when it agreed to buy the mobile-phone maker, saying in a regulatory filing Tuesday that $5.5 billion of the $12.4 billion price tag …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Foursquare Launches Promoted Updates, Its Newest Effort To Generate Revenue  —  Today Foursquare is launching its version of search ads, Promoted Updates.  —  Promoted Updates operate like Google's promoted listings or Twitter's promoted tweets.  They are pay-per-action ad placements …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
DC police chief announces shockingly reasonable cell camera policy  —  We've written a number of stories about police officers interfering with citizens who are trying to record the actions of police in public places.  In some cases, cops have arrested citizens for making recordings in public.
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens First International Engineering Office In London  —  Facebook announced today that they have opened a London engineering office, adding to their Menlo Park, New York and Seattle engineering offices.  The company has 22 open positions at the new office.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) MDP benchmarks blow away the competition (update: video)  —  As mentioned earlier, we've just gotten our hands on Qualcomm's latest development platform to see how its first quad core chipset fares.  And boy, that APQ8064 really doesn't disappoint …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Wild New Patent Covers TV & Advanced 5D Technology  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-five newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  This particular report covers a single, wild and crazy patent that touches on advancing television …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
Airbnb Scores Off London Olympics With Jump in Bookings  —  Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg  —  Airbnb added 6,000 London properties this year, including an event space inside the historic Tower Bridge.  —  Airbnb, a website for renting rooms in people's homes …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Gets Scientific, Adds A Voice-Enabled 34-Button Calculator To Desktop And Mobile Search  —  Oh Google.  Sometimes you're so awesome.  —  Google search has long featured a built-in calculator function but a recent update added a fully functional 34-button scientific calculator.
More: The Verge and Gizmodo
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Open Graph Leader Leaves: Director Of Product Management Carl Sjogreen Plots Next Adventure  —  Facebook's acq-hiring like crazy and retaining plenty of top talent, but today marks another post-IPO departure as Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen told friends that he's heading …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Congress Opens Inquiry Into Data Brokers  —  In a move that could lay bare the inner workings of the consumer data industry, eight members of Congress have opened a sweeping investigation into data brokers — companies that collect, collate, analyze and sell billions of details annually …

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