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July 12, 2012, 9:50 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.
Anders Nilsson / Säkerhetsbloggen:
Statistics about Yahoo leak of 450.000 plain-text accounts  —  Recently, Ars Technica reported about a leak by “D33ds Company” of more than 450.000 plain-text accounts from a Yahoo service, which is suspected to be Yahoo Voice.  —  Since all the accounts are in plain-text …
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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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.
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.
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 …
BBC:
O2 says mobile network services are fully restored after fault  —  O2 said that it had fixed network problems that left hundreds of thousands of customers without voice and data connections.  —  “Our tests now show that all our 2G and 3G services have been fully restored for affected customers,” the firm said in a statement.
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%.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Possible Instagram security vulnerability reportedly revealed; update: Instagram says bug fixed, no private data made public  —  Security researcher Sebastián Guerrero has posted some details on an apparent security vulnerability within Instagram.  Guerrero claims to have discovered …
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 …
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 …
More: AllThingsD
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 …
More: Betabeat and The Verge
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.

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