Today in Tech: The Facebook-HTC smartphone

July 26, 2012: 1:45 PM ET

Meet the man engineering Facebook's revenues; a list of the Zynga insiders who cashed out before the stock crashed.

Facebook is said to work with HTC on mobile phone for mid-2013 [BLOOMBERG]

The companies had intended to release the device as early as the end of this year, and pushed back the timetable to give HTC more time to work on other products, said some of the people, who requested anonymity because the plans aren't public. Facebook is also developing a modified operating system for the device and has assembled a team of former Apple Inc. programmers to improve its iPhone application, people said.

Apple: Google warned Samsung against copying us [ALLTHINGSD]

"Samsung's documents show the similarity of Samsung's products is no accident or, as Samsung would have it, a 'natural evolution,'" Apple argues in its brief. "Rather, it results from Samsung's deliberate plan to free-ride on the iPhone's and iPad's extraordinary success by copying their iconic designs and intuitive user interface. Apple will rely on Samsung's own documents, which tell an unambiguous story."

Meet the man engineering Facebook's revenues [WIRED]

The gist of Rajaram's message is that our lives are consumed by purchase decisions, more than we might care to admit. Look at all the product shots on display at Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Or just skim your Facebook news feed for brand names like, say, Netflix, or Nexus, or Apple, or "Downton Abbey". "I will see just a shitload of my friends' stuff where they're talking about a brand," Rajaram says.

Here are the Zynga insiders who cashed out just before the stock crashed [BUSINESS INSIDER]

Yesterday, four months later, Zynga reported a horrible quarter, and the stock plunged to $3. In other words, Zynga insiders cashed out at exactly the right time. In fact, they cashed out in the same quarter in which Zynga imploded.

Google redesigns the TV with Fiber TV: a new DVR, mobile apps, and voice search [THE VERGE]

Alongside its new super-fast internet in Kansas City, Google announced Fiber TV today, an entirely redesigned experience for how you watch TV. It's part-DVR part-cable box, with the ability to watch and record all the channels you expect, via Google's new network. You'll be able to record 500 hours of TV, and can record a ridiculous eight shows all at once.

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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