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July 13, 2012, 6:50 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 …
Spencer E. Ante / Digits:
Kevin Rose: Digg Failed Because ‘Social Media Grew Up’  —  In his first interview since the remains of fallen social media Digg star were sold to Betaworks, Digg's founder Kevin Rose said he sold some company shares during the its venture-capital financing rounds but “did not make a lot of money.”
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Dalton Caldwell:
Announcing an audacious proposal  —  The overwhelmingly positive response to my blogpost, What Twitter could have been has been inspiring.  The post has generated 80K pageviews thus far.  Without really meaning to, I touched a nerve.  The responses to my post largely fell into two camps.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many Lumia phones were sold in the US?  —  Nielsen and comScore survey US consumers through different methodologies, however they both try to paint a picture of the smartphone patterns of ownership and consumption.  —  I regularly report on comScore's data as it's published on a monthly basis.
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 …
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.
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.
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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.

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