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August 7, 2012, 9:50 AM

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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 …
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Herman Lai / M.I.C. Gadget:
This Time, Apple's FaceTime Got Sued!  —  A Tawinese man recently filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly infringing his technology patent that he claimed is used on Apple's FaceTime.  The Intermediate People's Court in Zhenjiang has confirmed that they had accepted the case on July 31 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Donna Tam / CNET:
Congressman introduces new cell radiation warning label law  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduces new proposed legislation as a federal appeals court prepares to hear arguments on a similar San Francisco ordinance.  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a democrat from Ohio …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Google selling off Motorola set-top box unit?  Here's why it shouldn't  —  Summary: A new report suggests that Google is already planning to jettison Motorola's set-top box unit, which seems either unlikely or a foolish decision.  —  Rachel King  —  Just a few months after the deal closed …
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 …
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 …
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
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC preparing a 5-inch phone with 1080p display for September, say reports  —  Are 720p displays not enough for you?  HTC is reputedly working on cramming Full HD resolution into its next flagship smartphone, a purported 5-inch device that is expected to launch in either September or October.
Danny Sullivan / CNET:
iPad Mini or iPod Touch Maxi — it may not matter  —  Will Apple's rumored 7-inch tablet be a smaller iPad or a bigger iPod Touch?  The Nexus 7 experience suggests it might make no difference, especially when content is the new killer app.  —  It's widely expected that Apple will release a 7-to-8-inch tablet next month.

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