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July 13, 2012, 5:30 PM

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's in-app purchasing process circumvented by Russian hacker  —  Today we received some disturbing tips that a Russian developer has published a method of obtaining in-app purchases from iOS apps for free.  First noticed by Russian blog i-ekb.ru, the “in-app proxy"method does not require a jailbreak …
The Next Web:
How a flaw in Apple's in-app purchase process enabled more than 30,000 illegal virtual transactions  —  Exclusive.  Earlier today a method came to light that allows Apple device users to ‘purchase’ any kind of in-app content for free.  The content can be obtained without “hacking” …
More: MacRumorsThanks:@m4tt
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Digg Sold To LinkedIn AND The Washington Post And Betaworks  —  Sun Valley and self-driving cars aside, the story of the day today is that social news site Digg has sold its remaining assets for $500K to the NYC-based tech firm Betaworks.  While that number is indeed in the ballpark …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM Is Bleeding Developers  —  Research In Motion's sad decline is having all manner of ill effects on the company's long-suffering developer community.  —  Disillusioned with repeated delays to RIM's next generation BlackBerry 10 operating system and the company's ebbing smartphone market share …
Ben Kuchera / Penny Arcade Report:
Ads up, games down: The ugly, profitable details about Xbox Live advertising  —  Xbox Live is the online platform for the Xbox 360 that allows people to play against each other online, chat across games, and manage their friend list.  Xbox Live is also a for-pay service …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reverses course: Apple products go back on EPEAT, letter from SVP Bob Mansfield  —  Following complaints, Apple has reversed its decision to pull its elgible products from the EPEAT standard.  Apple's SVP of Engineering has issued a letter:
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Google begins shipping Nexus 7  —  Google announced on Google+ that it has begun shipping units of the Nexus 7.  —  Google has begun shipping units of its tablet, the Nexus 7.  —  The company announced the news on its Google Play account on Google+ complete with a picture of a boxed-sealed Nexus 7 in an opened shipping box.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft may scrap full retail edition of Windows 8, offer OEM and upgrade only  —  Microsoft is reportedly planning to kill its retail full edition of Windows 8, offering simplified upgrade and System Builder options for home users.  The software maker has typically sold upgrade, full …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Korean company's tiny quad-core ARM Linux computer packs a punch at $129  —  Hardkernel's little Linux computer, with a quad-core Samsung Exynos CPU  —  Little Linux computers have attracted a lot of interest from hobbyists this year.  The $35 Raspberry Pi ARM board, which met with huge demand …
More: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Facebook for Android update lets you use the front-facing camera  —  Facebook version 1.97 for Android is here, and it comes with the usual array of minor interface tweaks and bug fixes.  One feature of note, however, is that you're now able to take and upload photos using your device's front-facing camera.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Social networks scan for sexual predators, with uneven results  —  (Reuters) - On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious.  —  A man in his early thirties was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day.
Evan Rapoport / The Official Google Blog:
Street View goes on a road trip through California's national parks  —  One hot summer day in Yosemite National Park in Northern California, I sat under a tree along a lazy river in awe of the natural beauty around me.  I looked out at the majestic granite mountains, the chirping birds …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
U.S. Pursues Richard O'Dwyer as Intermediary in Online Piracy  —  Richard O'Dwyer, an enterprising 24-year-old college student from northern England, has found himself in the middle of a fierce battle between two of America's great exports: Hollywood and the Internet.
Rob Walker / New York Times:
Can Tumblr's David Karp Embrace Ads Without Selling Out?  —  It's been said (by Steve Jobs, no less) that good design is not just about how a thing looks but rather about how a thing works.  But maybe design is also about how a thing feels.  —  The design of Tumblr, the blogging tool and social network, is guided by feeling.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify helps Swedish music sales rise 30.1% in first half of 2012  —  Streaming music now accounts for 89% of digital music sales in Sweden, according to figures released by GLF, the local arm of music industry body the IFPI.  In fact, the entire music market in Sweden is buoyant.
Bloomberg:
Diller Says Aereo Will Expand To Most Large U.S. Cities  —  Aereo Inc., the online television service backed by Barry Diller, will expand from New York to other large U.S. cities following a favorable court ruling, the 70-year-old billionaire said.  —  “We're going to really start marketing …
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Shuffles China Operations  —  BEIJING—Nokia Corp. is closing two regional sales offices in China and laying off staff as it reorganizes its operations in the world's largest smartphone market.  —  The closures involve the company's Chengdu and Shanghai sales offices, a spokesman for Nokia's China business said Friday.

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