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July 26, 2012, 6:55 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: Google Warned Samsung Against Copying Us  —  When Apple's patent battle with Samsung heads to trial next week, the iPhone maker plans to build its case using its Korean rival's own words against it.  An unredacted version of Apple's trial brief bluntly states that Samsung was well aware …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Is Said To Work With HTC On Mobile Phone For Mid-2013  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), owner of the largest social network, is working with HTC Corp. to build its own smartphone for release as soon as mid-2013, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The companies had intended to release …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Zynga Falls Short Of Analyst Estimates For Q2: $332M In Revenue, Bookings Decline From Last Quarter, Lowered Outlook  —  Zynga didn't meet analysts' already-low estimates in its just-released earnings release for the second quarter of its fiscal year, in which it showed revenue of $332 million and lost 3 cents per share.
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't  —  I did an interview yesterday in Buffalo, NY where I was the past couple days for the launch of the Z80 incubator.  Grove Potter, the Business Editor for the Buffalo News, interviewed me for something like an hour.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
$1,000 for the cheapest Surface?  This latest rumor has Microsoft fanboys feeling downcast  —  Consider this the second time that we have heard rumbles concerning the pricing of Microsoft's Surface line of tablets.  Also, consider this the second time that pricing news concerning the Surface has been bad.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple-Amazon War Heats Up  —  Tech Giants Scramble to Take Rival Ground in Phones, Tablets and Apps  —  The long-simmering war between Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. is starting to boil over.  —  The two technology giants are going head to head in an increasing number of areas as they move …
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Ex-Googlers Relaunch Their Startup Stamped And Get Ryan Seacrest, Justin Bieber And Ellen DeGeneres To Invest  —  Last Spring, Robby Stein and Bart Stein (not related) left their jobs at Google to start a company, Stamped.  —  Stamped received funding from Google Ventures and others to become …
Reuters:
New York Times drops BlackBerry app  —  (Reuters) - Research in Motion's BlackBerry users can no longer use the official New York Times app to read news stories over their devices, in a fresh blow to the maker of the smartphone once considered an essential tool for business professionals.
Wall Street Journal:
Box Is Raising New Financing Round  —  Box Inc., a venture-capital-backed company whose software lets workers store and access documents on the Web, is raising a new round of financing that would value the start-up at $1.2 billion, people familiar with the matter said, showing investors' continued enchantment with such technologies.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
FundersClub Wants To Bypass VC And Let YOU Invest In Startups  —  FundersClub is going to change how companies get funded.  Today it launches a website designed to let anyone with as little as $1000 make equity investments in startups and earn money if they succeed.
comScore, Inc.:
The Great American Smartphone Migration: Nearly Half of Feature Phone Subscribers Who Acquired a New Device in April Switched to a Smartphone  —  62 Percent of First-Time Smartphone Owners Chose Android Devices, While 25 Percent Opt for iPhones  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Maily Launches iPad App to Help Kids Email, Even Before They Can Read and Write  —  Belgian startup Maily unveiled its iPad app today, which is designed to make it easy for kids to communicate with parents, grandparents and friends via email.  The app is designed specifically for kids four and up …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google shows off Creator Space in London, hopes to foster more professional YouTube videos  —  Google confirmed a few months back that it was looking to build some studios in at least a few cities to give YouTube video makers a more professional workspace, and we now have our first good look at exactly what it's had in mind.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Simplifying printing in Windows 8 … Of all the peripheral devices that you can connect to your Windows PC, printers are one of the most popular, and have been supported for the longest time.  In fact, Windows 1.0 (shipped in 1985) supported “a number of printers and plotters” and included a …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Flurry Acquires Startup Trestle To Power AppCloud, Its New Mobile Backend Service  —  Flurry just announced that it's getting into the mobile app infrastructure business with a new service called Flurry AppCloud.  —  To make that happen, the company acquired a mobile startup called Trestle.
More: CNET, VentureBeat and GigaOM
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Project Glass pre-orderers welcomed as ‘Explorers’, promised super secret updates on progress  —  Google's Project Glass had a surprisingly large presence (skydivers) during its I/O event earlier this year, and now company co-founder Sergey Brin has checked in with the attendees who promised $1,500 …
Daniel Nasaw / BBC:
Meet the ‘bots’ that edit Wikipedia  —  Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world.  Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of “bots” - autonomous computer programmes that keep the encyclopaedia running.  —  “Penis is the male sex organ,” the Wikipedia page in question read.
More: Guardian and Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Build 2.0: Microsoft's Windows 8 developer conference is on for late October in Redmond  —  Summary: The rumors were right: There's another Build conference.  It's this October, right after Windows 8 is made generally available.  —  Mary Jo Foley  —  Follow @maryjofoley
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
24.9M Tablets Sold In Q2, With Apple's Share Of That Now Over 68%, Says Strategy Analytics  —  One of the strong points in Apple's quarterly earnings report yesterday was sales of the iPad.  Globally, they were up 52% by revenue and 84% by unit sales, respectively to $9 billion and 17 million.

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