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August 6, 2012, 5:20 PM

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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Apple: YouTube app will not be included in iOS 6, Google working on standalone version  —  Apple obviously did away with Google Maps in iOS 6, but another of the web giant's biggest properties won't be available as a default option, either.  The latest beta version of iOS 6 has removed …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Why is Apple ditching the YouTube app from iOS 6?  It's about money and machismo  —  If the reports coming in today are accurate, then Apple will remove the YouTube app from its iOS devices with the iOS 6 software update this fall.  Both Macrumors and 9to5Mac are reporting that it is gone from the current beta and
Adam Ewing / Bloomberg:
Nokia's Fight For AT&T Shelf Space Shows Hurdle For Lumia  —  When Angelo Amato, a former Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) customer, went to get a new smartphone at an AT&T Inc. (T) store in Manhattan last week, he never got a chance to even see the Finnish company's models.
David Christopher / ATT Blogs:
AT&T Mobile Share Plans Available August 23  —  Our new AT&T Mobile Share plans will be available starting Thursday, Aug. 23.  —  As families prepare to send students back to school, many are looking for a convenient way to connect tablets and laptops or add new smartphones.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Slaps $100M Golden Handcuffs On Wildfire To Retain Employees After $350M Acquisition  —  After buying social marketer Wildfire for $350 million, Google wants to ensure it keeps earning money and the employees don't bail.  That's why Google set up $100 million in earn-outs and retention bonuses, multiple sources confirm.
More: ZDNet
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple to roll new Dock connector out across entire iOS product lineup this fall  —  iMore has learned that Apple intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized Dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 6 beta 4, Xcode 4.5 Developer Preview 4 released to developers  —  Three weeks after it released iOS 6 beta 3, Apple has unleashed a fourth beta of the next-generation version of iOS to developers.  The new beta is currently available as an over-the-air update to those running iOS 6 beta 3 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Busted As A Gift To The United States Government  —  Last week thousands of Demonoid users feared the worst when their beloved site disappeared from the Internet.  Many thought that the site had been busted, but were eventually relieved to hear that it was ‘only’ a massive DDoS attack.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Gets Googley Q&A Tool at Friday FYI and Uses It to Ask About Exec Accountability and Leaks  —  Well, it wasn't as tasty as free food this week at Yahoo, but in her second official all-hands meeting with employees — now reportedly called “Friday FYI” — new CEO Marissa Mayer rolled …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @qthrul
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Samsung: Our smartphones are ‘distinctly different’  —  Samsung says it markets a huge number of smartphones models, and that their physical design varies significantly because U.S. carriers ask for elements of “uniqueness.”  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — A Samsung executive testified that the company …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft said to block ability to boot straight to desktop in Windows 8  —  Summary: Leaked builds of Microsoft's Windows 8 are providing more clues as to what kinds of user behaviors will and won't be permitted.  —  If you were one of those business users counting on being able to circument …
Bloomberg:
Best Buy Founder Offers $26 A Share To Buy Retailer  —  Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze, who stepped down as chairman this year, offered to take the electronics retailer private at $24 to $26 a share, according to a copy of a letter he sent to the board today.
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 coming worldwide this month, UI shown off on YouTube  —  We've got a good few updates rolling in on the Galaxy Note 10.1 front today.  For starters, Samsung has announced that the S-Pen equipped slate will available globally from August in WiFi and 3G varieties …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Facebook's Stock Crash Has Created A Bunch Of New Problems For The Company...  Facebook's stock crash has done more than blindside investors who figured that no price was too high for the IPO.  —  The crash has also created a bunch of new problems for the company:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon plans textbook rentals as cheaper option for students  —  Amazon.com is moving into the business of physical textbook rentals, expanding its footprint by offering a cheaper alternative to students, according to a support page on the company's site.  —  The service will let students keep books …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Microsoft commits to WebRTC - just not Google's version  —  Microsoft officially announced its own proposal for plugin-free real-time communication Monday.  “Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web,” or short CU-RTC-Web, is Microsoft's contribution to the W3C WebRTC working group …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Unannounced HP tablet glimpsed in official picture (again), could be Slate 8  —  HP's Make it Matter site features a shot of a medical-type person using a mysterious device that's the spitting image of one we saw in July.  While the company's made no secret of its plans for a Windows 8 tablet …
Robert Tait / Telegraph:
Iranian state goes offline to dodge cyber-attacks  —  Iran is to move key ministries and state bodies off the worldwide internet next month in an effort to shield them behind a secure computer wall from disruptive cyber attacks like the Stuxnet and Flame viruses.  —  A student surfing the internet in Tehran
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Apple Touts Success Of Its Land Rover iAd Campaign In New Video  —  Apple is famous for its slick ads highlighting its latest gadgets (though it does have occasional misfires).  Now the company has released its first iAd customer video, essentially selling its mobile advertising program to brands and advertisers.
More: 9to5Mac and MacRumors
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Gorging on Mobile Industry Revenue  —  Samsung shipped about 50 million smartphones last quarter — about double the number Apple sold and, according to IDC, the largest number of units ever shipped by a handset vendor in a single quarter.  But does it matter?  —  No.

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