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July 13, 2012, 8:35 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 …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Reuters:
Google's Nexus tablet selling fast across retail chains  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's “Nexus 7” tablet is off to an encouraging start, with major retailers running out of the gadgets as the Internet company's first entry in an increasingly crowded market showed up in U.S. stores on Friday.
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple contacted U.S. carriers and retailers to demand removal of banned Samsung products  —  During the last 24 hours there have been various filings with the Federal Circuit in the cases relating to Apple's preliminary injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
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 …
More: Kotaku and The Next Web
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 …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook Starts Automating Home-Page Ad Buying  —  Premium Ads Now Available Through Third-Party Sellers  —  Two months after announcing it would automate the buying of premium ads that appear on user home pages and in their news feeds, Facebook has opened the floodgates.
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 …
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.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
LinkedIn Today gets Facebook-esque commenting, liking and trending features  —  Now that LinkedIn has gotten rid of all of the Twitter spam from its service, the company is now focusing on bubbling up great content via its “Today” product.  —  Today, the company announced some new social features for Today …
More: CNET, LinkedIn Blog and AllThingsDThanks:@thatdrew
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Amazing Alex Shoots to No. 1 on First Day  —  Rovio doesn't need birds to fly it to the top of the app charts.  Its new non-Angry Birds game, Amazing Alex, is already No. 1 in many regions, just a day after it was released, with particular strength on iOS.  —  The iPhone version of Amazing Alex …

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