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August 7, 2012, 6:45 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Upcoming iOS 6 is scalable to taller, 640 x 1136 iPhone display, shows possible next-generation device user-interface  —  Mockup of rumored next-generation iPhone design  —  With the next-generation iPhone's announcement and release approaching for next month, one of the most present rumors is a larger, nearly-four inch display.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wired:
Amazon Quietly Closes Security Hole After Journalist's Devastating Hack  —  Amazon closed a privacy hole on Monday that previously allowed hackers access to Amazon accounts over the phone using just a name, email address and mailing address — three pieces of information easily found for many on the web.
Matt Cutts:
Please turn on two-factor authentication  —  You should read Mat Honan's heartbreaking tale of a hack attack and the ensuing discussion on Techmeme.  Much of the story is about Amazon or Apple's security practices, but I would still advise everyone to turn on Google's two-factor authentication …
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
The iPhone patent Steve Jobs particularly cared about - inertial scrolling  —  Steve Jobs seemingly had a special affinity for Apple's '381 patent, which covers intertial scrolling  —  h(f)){c=a.createElement('script'); c.type='text/javascript';c.src='http:// ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Mac designer: Samsung phone fooled me  —  Apple's expert design witness, and former Mac icon designer says that she mistook one of Samsung's devices for Apple's.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of Apple's early designers apparently picked up a Samsung device believing it had been made by Apple.
Chris Urmson / The Official Google Blog:
The self-driving car logs more miles on new wheels  —  Technology is at its best when it makes people's lives better, and that's precisely what we're going for with our self-driving car project.  We're using advanced computer science to try and make driving safer and more enjoyable.
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.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Cell phone radiation limits under government scrutiny for the first time since 1996  —  Americans are getting pretty cozy with their cell phones.  We're on them at work, at home, on the weekends, and even in bed; we're also getting our first phones at a younger age than in the past.
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!:
Apple's ‘Genius’ Ads Disappear From the Olympics  —  1 of 3  —  Have you noticed that Apple's much-debated “Genius” ads have disappeared from the Olympics?  —  Well, you're not imagining things.  A rep for TBWA/Media/Arts Lab, Apple's ad agency, says the ads are not running anymore, but that was the plan all along.
Brendon Lynch / TechNet Blogs:
Do Not Track in the Windows 8 Setup Experience  —  With Windows 8's recent release to manufacturing, we know many people are interested in how customers will discover Do Not Track (DNT) in Internet Explorer 10.  DNT will be enabled in the “Express Settings” portion of the Windows 8 set-up experience.
Jason Feifer / Fast Company:
Who's That Woman in the Twitter Bot Profile?  —  They're sometimes called “bimbots”—the army of Twitter bots with pretty profile pictures.  Who are the women pictured in those photos?  This is the story of the quest to find out.  —  After weeks of trying, I'd nearly found the real person behind a Twitter bot.
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Craigslist reportedly removes listings from search engines, blocking 3Taps and PadMapper  —  Listings site Craigslist has reportedly asked all general search engines to stop indexing its postings, effectively obsolescing data provider 3Taps and sites and apps which use its API, including the popular PadMapper.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Facebook says ‘Likes’ are free speech in sheriff case  —  Facebook is supporting the court appeal of a deputy sheriff who lost his job after he ‘Liked’ the Facebook campaign page of his boss's rival.  The case is helping to define the extent of free speech rights in the age of social media.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
LinkedIn to Developers: We'll Give You the Clarity the Other Platforms Won't  —  In light of frustration with platform policy changes on other social media services like Twitter, LinkedIn today pushed out updated terms of service, a revamped developer-resources Web site and a more explicit approved-developer program.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Unveils First Non-Social Mobile Ad Unit, Allowing Developers To Buy Clicks To App Stores  —  Until now, every Facebook mobile ad had to be triggered by you or a friend's activity, but today Facebook begins testing a new non-social ad unit that lets developers buy mobile news feed ads …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Black Market Drug Site ‘Silk Road’ Booming: $22 Million In Annual Sales  —  In the year since Senator Joe Manchin called for the “audacious” drug-selling website Silk Road to be “shut down immediately,” the world's most high-profile underground pharmacy hasn't just survived.
More: Ars TechnicaThanks:@forbestech
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Android's Rise Helps Google Grow its Traffic Surveillance System  —  The movements of Android users let Google track live traffic—a service being extended to new countries and U.S. cities today.  —  Google will announce today that its mobile maps will provide live traffic data on 130 new U.S. cities …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
GoPago repositions itself as a free Square rival  —  When we last caught up with GoPago, the San Francisco startup was trying to sell consumers and businesses on the benefits of its line-skipping app that let people order ahead.  But that opportunity apparently wasn't big enough.
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
XBMC and Ouya team up on integrated Android media center  —  The team behind XBMC — the iconic cross-platform, open source media center which recently made its way on to Android — will receive early access to prototypes of the much-anticipated Ouya games console, making sure that the app provides a smooth experience on the platform.

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