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August 7, 2012, 12:25 PM

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Mat Honan / Wired:
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking  —  Meet Mat Honan.  He just had his digital life dissolved by hackers. … In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.  First my Google account was taken over, then deleted.  Next my Twitter account was compromised …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Windows 8 packaging revealed  —  Microsoft announced the finalization of its Windows 8 operating system last week with some gloriously crazy Start Screen improvements.  The final copy may have leaked online already, but if you're waiting to secure an official boxed copy …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Only Windows Phone 8 will support in-app purchasing  —  Microsoft has revealed that its plans to support in-app purchasing on Windows Phone will be limited to its upcoming version 8 release.  In MSDN documentation, the software maker advises developers that you can only add in-app products to Windows Phone 8 apps.
David Kaplan / Houston Chronicle:
Houston-born blog guru stays true to his roots  —  WordPress made Matt Mullenweg a multimillionaire  —  Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of the blogging software WordPress, keeps an apartment in Houston, his hometown, to get away from the East and West coasts.  He's one of the most influential people in the tech world.
More: Om MalikTweets: @cdixon
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Facebook now allows adult UK users to play games for real money - Gamesys first to App Center with ‘Bingo Friendzy’  —  UK-based online gambling holding Gamesys has launched a new Facebook app called ‘Bingo Friendzy’, the first to hit the social network's App Center that lets UK users aged 18 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The New Yorker Lands on the iPhone, With Help From Lena Dunham and Jon Hamm  —  Here's another way to crack the “big stack of old New Yorkers you don't have time to get to” problem: You can now read the magazine on your iPhone, via a new app.  —  If you've used the New Yorker's iPad app …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Fluent, the email service that was tipped to kill Gmail, is shutting down on August 17  —  Six months after releasing its well-regarded beta, the Fluent email service is shutting down due to problems with fundraising, runways and scaling.  —  Built by three Australian ex-Googlers …
More: Fluent.io
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
“We're coming for you, bitches!”  500 Startups' Dave McClure takes over Mexican.VC  —  Mexican.VC, a startup accelerator based in Mexico City, announced today it is merging with 500 Startups to source and fund a growing number of promising Spanish-speaking startups.
More: GigaOM and TechCrunchTweets: @davemcclure
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 …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Kleiner's Bing Gordon Is In A Tough Spot All Of A Sudden  —  Amazon and Zynga just went to war with the launch of Amazon's first social game.  —  The companies share a board member: Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Bing Gordon, the voluble and beloved former chief creative officer of Electronic Arts.
Tweets: @owenthomas
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Acer CEO warns Microsoft to ‘think twice’ about Surface  —  Microsoft knew it would be stepping on the toes of its partners when it announced plans to make the Surface tablet computer — competing with Windows 8 tablets from the major PC makers.  And now we have some public evidence of one of those partners feeling bruised.
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Apps Coming That Recommend TV Shows  —  Apps Developers Want Viewers to Suggest TV Shows to Their Friends  —  Social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have given television viewers a virtual water cooler to chitchat about their favorite shows.  Now some companies are trying to extend …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Inside NASA's Curiosity: It's an Apple Airport Extreme... with wheels  —  Late last night, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity successfully navigated its way through Seven Minutes of Terror and touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, heralding a new age of extraterrestrial exploration …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Cloud telephony startup Infratel lands $3M, adds ‘click-to-call’ to Facebook pages  —  Infratel, a Seattle startup that provides cloud-based telephony services to small businesses, has raised $3 million in startup financing.  Investors in the round include Prostor Capital and Runa Capital.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Operators Face Criminal Investigation in Mexico  —  Confirmation came out of Ukraine yesterday that not only had Demonoid suffered a DDoS and hacker attack, it had also been raided by the authorities.  —  In the middle of last week government investigators arrived at ColoCall, Demonoid's webhost, to shut Demonoid down.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Kno starts offering K-12 textbooks on tablets, scores industry-first deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  —  Kno's tablet textbooks have only ever been available to the college crowd; the younger among us have typically had to get a comprehensive digital education from either the tablet maker's own solution …

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