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July 31, 2012, 7:45 PM

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Chris Jones / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Introducing Outlook.com - Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes  —  Recently, we talked about how we've reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive, and how cloud services power the new Office Preview …
Twitter Blog:
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information  —  We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don't address matters pertaining …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Gets Its Social Ad Start-up By Buying Wildfire  —  Google tried and failed to buy its way into the social ad business a couple months ago.  This time it got it done: The ad giant has picked up Wildfire, which helps marketers manage their presence on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Wildfire Social Media Marketing Blog:
Wildfire is Joining Google!  —  Four years ago, we set out on a journey to make social media marketing easier and more effective.  We thought our idea had potential, but little did we know what an incredible ride it would be.  Not only have we helped to define and build an entirely new industry …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Arielle Now Works For Google  —  Google's acquisition of Wildfire Interactive, one of Facebook's top marketing partners, is awkward for the social network on a business level.  —  But it's even more awkward on a personal level.  —  That's because one of Facebook …
More: Betabeat and 9to5GoogleTweets: @randizuckerberg
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google suspends Nexus Q launch, will send free dev devices to pre-order customers  —  Google has just let us know that it is delaying the launch of the Nexus Q as it works to improve the device.  The Nexus Q order page on Google Play has been taken down, and now simply leaves customers with a note that the device “is coming soon.”
Dallas Mahrt / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Arrives on Apple TV  —  Keeping up with the latest episode of Family Guy, MasterChef and New Girl on Hulu Plus just got a little easier.  And my living room just got a whole lot happier.  —  Hulu Plus arrives on Apple TV today.  —  To start watching Hulu Plus shows instantly, find “Hulu Plus” on the Apple TV home screen.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily's plans.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Microsoft to Google: Enough With the Diversionary Tactics, Let's Hug It Out  —  Microsoft is more than happy to take Google and its Motorola subsidiary to the mat over their alleged patent infringement, but it would much prefer to settle its differences with the companies more amicably.
More: 9to5Google
TechNet Blogs:
A Solid Foundation for Patent Peace  —  July 18 marked the effective date for the International Trade Commission's order excluding from the U.S. market Motorola's Android devices that implement Microsoft's ActiveSync technology.  In addition, Microsoft has secured two injunctions …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC to Verizon: Don't block tethering apps.  Verizon settles for $1.25M  —  Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot -apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn't want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee.
Aaron Levie / The Box Blog:
Why Box Is Raising $125 Million to Change the Enterprise  —  “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”  - Popular Mechanics, 1949.  —  We're at the beginning of a transformative and discontinuous shift in the enterprise landscape.  The confluence of mobile, social …
More: CNETThanks:@box_europe
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive: iPhone was ‘nearly axed’  —  Apple's groundbreaking iPhone was nearly axed before it hit the shelves, its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed.  —  Apple's groundbreaking iPhone was nearly axed before it hit the shelves, its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Digg launches redesign and new app with editorial curation, no comments  —  Digg's “Rethought' redesign after its acquisition by Betaworks has just gone live, just one day after the company showed off its v1 preview that was the result of a very rapid 6-week redesign process.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
FTC votes to penalize Google $22.5 million for Safari cookies  —  (Reuters) - Regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari browser, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
The Atlantic:
Statistical Probability That Mitt Romney's New Twitter Followers Are Just Normal Users: 0%  —  It is virtually impossible that the former governor's recent spike in Twitter followers resulted from normal activity on the social network.  —  Reuters.  —  Last week Zach Green of 140Elect …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Sony Xperia Tablet leaks: Tegra 3 SoC, Surface-style keyboard case, starts at $449.99  —  The successor to the Sony Tablet S has been leaked through what seem to be internal slides on German news site Mobiflip.  The slides reveal a thinner, lighter, and more powerful tablet that refines the Tablet S' folded-magazine aesthetic.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon Updates Cloud Player: Scan & Match Imports, 256 Kbps Audio Upgrades, Premium Accounts  —  Amazon just updated its Cloud Player music storage service with a number of interesting new features, including an iTunes Match-like scan and match technology that allows Amazon to just scan …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Official Nexus 7 Accessory Lineup Leaks, POGO Dock and Premium Leather Case Incoming  —  According to leaked slides obtained by Nordic Hardware, the Nexus 7 accessory lineup is about to get a lot more interesting.  —  You know those pogo pins on the side of the device?
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
HootSuite digs deeper into enterprise via integrations with Zendesk, Storify, and Evernote  —  Today HootSuite is announcing three new integrations with Zendesk, Storify, and Evernote.  In addition, the company is now officially saying that “nearly five million” people are using its social media management tools globally.

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