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July 12, 2012, 11:55 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.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
IMDb announces 40m app downloads, as it introduces check-ins and new discovery features  —  The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) feels like it has been around since the dawn of the Web.  And you may be surprised to learn that it has in fact been around since the advent of the modern Internet era …
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 …
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.
More: 9to5Mac and MacNN
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas  —  More Accurate Technology Helps Firms Discern What Draws Consumers  —  Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Moving beyond Angry Birds, Rovio launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android  —  Rovio has proved there is life beyond Angry Birds by today launching its new puzzle-based games series Amazing Alex on iOS and Android devices, challenging gamers to complete 100 levels using 35 fully interactive objects.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ross Still Not the Boss (Yet): Yahoo CEO Selection Now Likely to Take Longer Than Many Expect  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, the selection of a CEO of Yahoo will not be announced today at its annual meeting, as many anticipate.  —  In fact, sources said …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google shows developers how to make iOS app links open in Chrome  —  There's plenty of demand for Chrome on iOS, but most third-party apps still only let users directly open a link in Safari.  Now, Google hopes to change this by laying out exactly how to add Chrome support to an app in iOS.
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 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Copious Raises $5 Million Series A To Build Out The eBay With A Social Backbone  —  Copious, a San Francisco startup that makes an online marketplace where people can buy and sell things, has raised $5 million in Series A funding.  —  The new round was led by Foundation Capital …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Chinese Vendors Already Taking Orders for ‘iPhone 5’ as New Physical Mockup Photos Surface  —  Reuters reports on the growing number of Chinese vendors that have already begun taking orders for the “iPhone 5”, despite the fact that Apple has made no announcement about the next-generation iPhone's specs or availability.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
SOPA architect now pushing for “IP Attaché” legislation  —  Ars has previously opposed overly draconian IP laws, such as SOPA.  —  Ars Technica  —  Another week, another controversial intellectual property enforcement bill hits Capitol Hill.  This time, it's called the IP Attaché Act …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Hashable, The App That Aimed To Replace Business Cards, To Shut Down On July 25  —  Seems it's not time to throw out those business cards just yet.  —  Hashable, the startup that launched back in fall 2010 with the aim of replacing business cards with mobile and web apps that helped people meet …
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%.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Greystripe Founders Michael Chang And Andy Choi Join Digitization Company YesVideo, Invest $5M  —  Michael Chang and Andy Choi, the founders of mobile ad network Greystripe, are taking the reins at a new company.  However, it's not the hot new startup you might be expecting.
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 …
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 …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
LG, Toshiba, AUO to settle display panel price-fixing case  —  (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp, LG Electronics Inc and AU Optronics Corp have agreed to pay a combined $571 million to settle a lawsuit over price fixing in the liquid crystal display panel market, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.
More: Inquirer, TechEye and ZDNet
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 …

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