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July 12, 2012, 8:25 AM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hackers expose 453,000 credentials allegedly taken from Yahoo service  —  Hackers posted what appear to be login credentials for more than 453,000 user accounts that they said they retrieved in plaintext from an unidentified service on Yahoo.  —  The dump, posted on a public website …
Dave Kennedy / TrustedSec:
Yahoo! Voice Website Breached 400,000+ Compromised  —  Few details are known at this point however, a recent post over 400,000 plus accounts that have clear text passwords were posted online.  The passwords contained a wide variety of email addresses including those from yahoo.com, gmail.com, aol.com, and much more.
Phone Arena:
Court rules live TV can be sent to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad in New York City  —  U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled on Wednesday that Aereo, a start up firm that relays live, over-the-air television to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users for $12 a month, can continue to send live television to those devices in New York City.
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
I Want It Today — How Amazon's ambitious new push for same-day delivery will destroy local retail.  —  How Amazon's ambitious new push for same-day delivery will destroy local retail.  —  Amazon has long enjoyed an unbeatable price advantage over its physical rivals.
Jamal Abdi / New York Times:
Why Is Apple Discriminating Against Iranian-Americans?  —  IMAGINE if your ethnicity determined which products you were able to buy.  Or if sales clerks required you to divulge your ancestry before swiping your credit card.  —  Some of us don't have to imagine.
Rich Karlgaard / Forbes:
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Talks About Windows 8, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs — and Why Microsoft's Lost Decade Is A Myth.  —  On July 9th, I did an onstage interview with Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, at Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference.  The venue was Toronto's Air Canada Centre …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Uber to Experiment With Ice Cream on Demand in 7 Cities  —  Uber, the San Francisco start-up that offers a smartphone app for summoning cars, is expanding its service to ice cream trucks in seven cities for a one-day test on Friday.  —  Customers will be able to use the Uber app to request …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Apple's upgrade page confirms older Macs can't run Mountain Lion  —  When Apple released the developer build of Mac OS X 10.8, owners of older machines weren't able to run it.  Now, it looks like the final version of Mountain Lion will have the same compatibility limits.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
New York starts turning payphones into free Wi-fi hotspots  —  Payphones, those relics of the pre-cellphone era, may just get a new lease on life in New York.  The city is testing a pilot program in which it installs free Wi-Fi on select payphone kiosks.  —  The hotspots are initially coming …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
HP Q2 PC Share Tumbles; Gartner, IDC Diverge on Apple Results  —  Gartner this afternoon reported that Q2 PC sales fell 0.1%, year over year, to 87.5 million units, and that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) maintained the top spot in the world even as its total shipments fell by 12%.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finally Redesigns Events, Adds Calendar and List Views So You Don't Miss Birthdays  —  Facebook has finally redesigned Events so you don't miss another party, birthday, or cool get-together your friends are going to.  Today the site launches the Events Calendar so you can see what coming …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Dropbox gifts early users free premium subscriptions  —  Dropbox is thanking its most loyal customers by no longer charging them for their premium subscriptions.  It started emailing its “earliest Dropbox users” recently to inform them of the news: … It seems that a small group of early users …
Mark Jardine / Tapbots:
Tweetbot for Mac  —  It's finally here! (sort of)  —  Tweetbot for Mac is finally available!  However it may not be quite as you had hoped.  Developing for the Mac is no easy task, especially a full-featured Twitter client.  However, we've gotten to a point where while not complete, it is useable.
Coleen Baik / Twitter Blog:
Overhauling mobile.twitter.com from the ground up  —  Twitter is all about making real-time information available to everyone, everywhere.  In order to reach every person on the planet we recently released an update to mobile.twitter.com for feature phones and older browsers.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Netflix's lost year: The inside story of the price-hike train wreck  —  Before he angered customers by raising prices, before he became the butt of Saturday Night Live satire for his Qwikster schemes, Netflix CEO Red Hastings alienated some of his key executives.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Chrome OS version 20 hits stable release channel, brings Google Drive and Aura UI for Cr-48s along  —  If you're a Chrome OS user who doesn't live on the bleeding edge, it's finally time to experience the latest version 20, which most notably adds support for its Drive cloud storage.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Groups Start Showing Exactly Who Saw Each Post  —  No need to wonder if your family saw that reminder about dinner or if co-workers noticed you uploaded a PowerPoint, as Facebook Groups will soon display a count and a list of names of who saw each post.  For example: “Seen by 2″, and when hovered “Josh Constine |
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
With 50,000 Videographers, PopTent Raises $5.5 Million From MK Capital To CrowdSource Ads  —  High-quality video ads can be expensive to produce, running in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, depending on the ad format.  But rather than hire a production agency to do their dirty work …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Who's afraid of Google fiber?  Time Warner for starters.  —  Apparently, Time Warner Cable and I have something in common — we both want to figure out the details on Google's fiber-to-the-home deployment in Kansas City.  Time Warner Cable, one of the ISPs providing broadband access in Kansas City …
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Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Sustrans and Google Maps launch cycling routes in UK [Video]  —  Sustrans, a British charity promoting sustainable transport, just announced that it partnered with Google to bring cycling routes to United Kingdom-based Google Maps users.  —  Greener-minded Americans are quite familiar …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New service offers wireless data to European travelers for just $5 per day  —  Staying connected while traveling abroad is a painful endeavor, at best.  Roaming with your U.S.-based wireless device can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and sourcing local handsets or foreign SIMs for an unlocked phone is often a hassle.

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