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August 7, 2012, 2:15 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 …
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.
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.
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: TechCrunch and GigaOMTweets: @davemcclure
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.
More: CNET and Mashable!
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Office 2013 RT for Windows RT tablets will ship as Preview, lack macros and other features  —  Microsoft is planning to remove certain features from its Office 2013 RT edition, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  The software maker is planning to ship a Preview version …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung China Assembler Employs Child Workers, Group Says  —  A Chinese company that assembles devices for Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) hired children at its production facilities and forced employees to work excessive hours, violating labor laws, China Labor Watch said in a report.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Spotify lands on Kindle Fire  —  Spotify is now available to download for Kindle Fire, the company announced today.  —  The music-streaming service has been making waves across the mobile music sphere on multiple platforms, include iOS and Android, and it finally landed on iPad back in May.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft lays deal to license its exFAT tech to Sharp for use in Android devices  —  At this point it almost feels like Microsoft is bragging: Today the Redmond-based software giant announced that it has reached an agreement to license its exFAT technology to Sharp, a consumer electronics giant …

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