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July 31, 2012, 4:20 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Outlook.com: an all-new Metro style Hotmail with Skype video calling  —  Microsoft is also tying together its new email service with support for the latest mobile and smartphone devices, along with a tightly integrated aspect to Windows 8.  If you're an Outlook.com user and you sign …
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.
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:
Hulu, Apple Finally Get It Together: Hulu Plus Comes to Apple TV, Lets You Subscribe With iTunes  —  Here's how to make Apple TV less of a hobby: Add more content.  —  Like this: Today Hulu Plus subscribers can finally start using the service on Apple's Web TV peripheral, via a software update Apple pushed out overnight.
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:
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The 7 men and 3 women who will decide Apple v. Samsung  —  They include a social worker, a systems engineer and a would-be video game designer  —  FORTUNE — Oh to be a fly on the wall in the jury room for this case.  —  After more than two years of thermonuclear rhetoric …
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.
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify launches unlimited free radio for Android users in the US  —  About a month after Spotify launched its unlimited free radio feature for iOS users in the US, the company today announced the same deal for Android users.  This is the first time Spotify has allowed Android users to listen …
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 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.
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?
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube to Double Down on Its ‘Channel’ Experiment  —  YouTube has launched nearly 100 new online video “channels” so far this year, attracting talent such as actor Amy Poehler to create or star in original episodes that can draw new audiences-and blue-chip advertisers-to the Google website.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Facebook introducing ‘save for later’ feature  —  Facebook is reportedly rolling out an update to its mobile platform that allows users to save friends' posts for reading later.  According to iMore, users will soon see a notification letting them know that they can 'press and hold anywhere …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
App Store infested with zombie software, claims analytics startup Adeven  —  Zombies may provide a perennial source of material for mobile games, but no developer actually wants their app to be the walking dead.  Nonetheless, according to new mobile analytics and ad verification firm Adeven …
Justin Sink / Hillicon Valley:
Romney campaign to announce VP selection via smartphone app  —  Mitt Romney's campaign announced Tuesday that supporters can sign up to be the first to learn of the presumptive Republican nominee's vice presidential choice by downloading a new smartphone app.

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