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August 7, 2012, 11:00 PM

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wired:
After Epic Hack, Apple Suspends Over-the-Phone AppleID Password Resets  —  Apple on Tuesday ordered its support staff to immediately stop processing AppleID password changes requested over the phone, following the identity hacking of Wired Reporter Mat Honan over the weekend, according to Apple employees.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
∞ Apple's motivation for suing Samsung  —  Apple's motivation for suing Samsung  —  Reading the press from the Apple vs Samsung trial lead me to believe that most people don't understand Apple's motives for suing Samsung.  This lawsuit isn't about getting compensation for products …
More: BloombergTweets: @netgarden
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.
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.
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 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The Internet Archive teams up with BitTorrent, starts seeding 1M torrents  —  The Internet Archive just embraced P2P in a big way: The site is making more than one million torrents of its books, movies, TV show episodes and music albums available for free download.
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.
Tweets: @sethporges
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.
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.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Study Shows Price The Top Consideration For Kindle Fire, Android Tablet Owners  —  Measurement firm comScore is launching a new tracking and metrics program for tablets.  To publicize the new service comScore released some initial data, “based on a 3-month rolling sample of 6,000 US tablet owners.”
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon Wireless reveals $150 20GB shared data plan, and four others  —  The high-end plans are available, but are not posted on Verizon's Web site  —  Verizon Wireless Tuesday revealed that there are five additional data tiers over and above the six tiers announced with its Share Everything plans earlier this summer.
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.
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
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 6 points to new 9-pin connector: is this the new, smaller dock port?  —  At this point, it seems highly likely that the next-generation of Apple's iOS devices will carry smaller dock connectors.  That new hardware feature has been reported by multiple sources.
David Kravets / Wired:
Appeals Court OKs Warrantless Wiretapping  —  The federal government may spy on Americans' communications without warrants and without fear of being sued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a decision reversing the first and only case that successfully challenged President George W …
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 …
Stephanie Mlot / PC Magazine:
SiriusXM Adds On Demand Option for Web, iOS  —  SiriusXM's new On Demand subscription option provides users with access to their favorite radio stations on their own schedule.  —  The company announced today that its On Demand option offers the ability for listeners to choose their favorite episodes …
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.

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