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July 12, 2012, 2:20 PM

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Dave Kennedy / TrustedSec:
Yahoo! Voices 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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
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 …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
The Nexus 7 Has One More Trick Up Its Sleeve: A Magnetic Smart Cover Sensor  —  You thought you knew everything there was to know about the Nexus 7?  Well, you thought wrong.  A curious owner of the device started doing what any totally rational person does with a brand-new tablet: expose it to magnetic forces.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Square Issues Cease And Desist On Mobile Payment Competitor mPowa: Hands Off Our Hands Picture  —  They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Square is definitely feeling insulted right now.  The well-funded and popular mobile-payments startup has issued a cease and desist letter …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nexus 7 arrives: here's where you can buy it right now  —  With little in the way of fanfare, Google has made good on its mid-July availability estimate for the Nexus 7: the Asus-manufactured tablet is now on sale at a variety of retailers.  Ebuyer was the first to officially launch …
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
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Brewster, a Mobile App, Wants to Transform Your Address Book  —  On average, how many contacts do you have in your phone?  How about on Facebook?  On Twitter?  —  Steve Greenwood, an entrepreneur in New York, is willing to bet that the average person is juggling at least a thousand contacts and could use a little help.
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.
More: Gawker
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
Twitpic Founder Launches Helpmint to Simplify Customer Service  —  This week Twitpic founder Noah Everett launched his new startup, Charleston, SC-based Helpmint, to create simple conversation streams out of all a company's email, SMS and Twitter support requests.
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.
More: iClarified
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 …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Another Windows Phone Director joins Amazon ahead of rumored smartphone debut  —  Robert Williams, Microsoft's former Senior Director of Windows Phone business development, has joined Amazon this month.  Williams' lists his new role as Amazon's App Store director in his LinkedIn profile and a tweet …

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