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August 8, 2012, 2:15 PM

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Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Square Partners With Starbucks Raises $25M For Series D; Howard Schultz Joins The Board  —  It might not be the funding announcement we've been hearing rumors about but today Square announced that they've partnered with Starbucks.  But there's more!  —  Square will soon begin processing …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Let's Clear Up Some Details About Square's Big Partnership With Starbucks  —  Last night, Square announced that it would take over credit-card processing for Starbucks stores and that Starbucks would now accept Square as a payment tool.  It's a big deal, but it left more questions than answers.
AllThingsD:
Samsung's 2010 Report Says Its Galaxy Would Be Better if It Were Just More Like the iPhone  —  As part of its case against Samsung, Apple has shown snippets of an internal Samsung document comparing the original Galaxy S phone with the iPhone.  —  On Tuesday, Apple managed to get the whole 132-page document admitted into evidence.
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.
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.
Groklaw:
SCO Files for Chapter 7: “There is no reasonable chance of ‘rehabilitation’”  —  SCO Group has now filed [PDF] for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.  They are in Chapter 11 now.  What is the difference?  Chapter 11 means you are trying to reorganize and survive as a corporate entity.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
IDC: Android and iOS now power record 85% of all smartphones shipped, as RIM hits 3-year low  —  If you own a smartphone, the chances are it is an iPhone or powered by Google's Android operating system.  That observation has rung true for some time but the two platforms have taken their domination …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Brings ‘Just For Kids’ User Interface To The Xbox 360  —  Netflix is making it even easier for kids to bypass channel surfing and search for their favorite shows and characters, with an updated app for the Xbox 360.  The latest version of Netflix's Xbox 360 app, which went live this morning …
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
A brainchild of ex-Googlers, Upstart lets you invest in people  —  Would you fork over a small portion of your income for the next decade in exchange for funding?  —  The team behind Upstart, (pictured, above) a new crowdfunding platform, is willing to bet that this will be a viable option …
Reuters:
Analysis: EBay lures big retailers in Amazon battle  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc, once a scrappy auction site for mom and pop sellers, is enticing some of the world's largest retailers by arguing it can help them compete better against e-commerce leader Amazon.com Inc.
Natalie Apostolou / The Register:
Google ordered to destroy Oz Street View data  —  Privacy Commissioner demands seek, destroy, audit  —  The Australian Privacy Commission has followed the lead of its global counterparts demanding that Google Australia immediately destroys payload data which was siphoned by the SteetView wi-fi data sucking car squads.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Up Next: Highlight (Or Something) To Crush Craigslist  —  Twas just a week ago that the NY Times argued that Craigslist was virtually bulletproof.  Not because it's anything special, but because they cultivate a false image of doing good while simultaneously bullying competitors with their lawyers:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse's plan to fight AT&T and Verizon: ‘doing the right thing’  —  Sprint is feeling pretty positive about itself these days.  Most obviously, it dodged a bullet when AT&T failed to acquire T-Mobile, but since then Sprint's last quarterly results were better than usual …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office 2013: Bye-bye add-ins, hello apps  —  Summary: Microsoft is looking for developers to ‘think different’ when developing apps for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 and their respective Stores.  —  In the new Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 worlds, add-ins are passe.  Apps are in.
CHINAdaily:
iPad takes over 70% of China's tablet PC sales  —  BEIJING - The iPad's market share in China's tablet PC sector climbed to over 72.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report released Monday by market researcher Analysys International.  —  The figure marked …

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