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August 7, 2012, 5:15 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.
More: Gizmodo, blog.chron.com and SlashGearTweets: @robpegoraroThanks:@strngwys
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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: Forbes, CNET and The Verge
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 …
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 …
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.
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.

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