Verge Open Thread: August 1st, 2012
A new day, a new month, which only means one thing — technology news! This is the second installment of the Verge Open Thread, where we bring you only the best stories from the internet, the dark corners of the world, and the vast emptiness that is outer space. There's a ton of stories to be talked about, so let's get to it! And remember, we're always looking for ways to do things better, ways to improve, etc., so sound off in the comments!
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Judge Lucy Koh is furious that the company sent the press rejected evidence after the court overruled repeated attempts to introduce it at trial.
Stringer said that Apple created "hundreds" of different models over the course of the design process, some of which would receive even more iterations as the team would try out different individual elements for the device.
Built with the same Metro design as Windows 8, Outlook.com brings together cloud connected accounts, data, and a familiar email service with a new look. Microsoft is also enabling threaded messaging by default and introducing Skype video web calling.
Old features like the Newsbar and Newsrooms have been scuttled in favor of a simpler site that emphasizes top stories, popular stories, and "upcoming" stories. Betaworks also says that it's changed the Digg score to take social sharing from Facebook and Twitter into account when ranking stories. The front page of Digg will also be editorially driven instead of entirely based on a Digg score algorithm.
The expected landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars next Monday will be shown live on twin LED displays in New York's Times Square, according to an announcement from the space agency.
Google has just let us know that it is delaying the launch of the Nexus Q as it works to improve the device. It's not all bad news for those who pre-ordered, however: Google has informed us that those who did reserve the device will be receiving it in its current form for free.
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