Verge Open Thread: August 7th, 2012

We landed a rover on Mars yesterday. Wikipedia went down. We won some gold medals in the Olympics. And Apple will not include a native YouTube app in the final version of iOS 6. That, and much more. Chime in!

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Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars, sends back first images

After a journey spanning 36 weeks and 352 million miles, NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars at approximately 1.32AM ET.

Exclusive: Microsoft's Windows 8 packaging revealed

Microsoft has chosen to display its Windows 8 style UI logo prominently on the front of the packaging, with a darker variant for the Windows 8 Pro edition.

Apple: YouTube app will not be included in iOS 6, Google working on standalone version

The latest beta version of iOS 6 no longer includes the long-standard YouTube app, and Apple just told us that its license to include YouTube in iOS had expired.

Apple's expert witness struggles as Samsung goes on the attack

Apple's first expert witness took the stand today to outline what appeared to be damning similarities between the company's design patents and several Samsung devices — but Samsung responded with a lengthy and detailed cross-examination that may have left the witness damaged in jurors' eyes.

Acer CEO warns Microsoft to 'think twice' about its Surface plans

"Think twice," he says. "It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice."

NASA's new rover arrives on Mars, crash lands in YouTube's DMCA hell

"Everything from imagery to music gets flagged," Jacobs told Motherboard. "We’ve been working with YouTube in an effort to stop the automatic disabling of videos. So far, it hasn’t helped much."

Wikipedia's main page down, article pages loading incorrectly (update: restored)

Pointing a browser at "en.wikipedia.org" currently throws up a boilerplate error message advising users that the problem "should be fixed soon" and the site's status dashboard is littered with red and amber warnings.

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