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August 8, 2012, 12:35 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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The New York Times Is About to Say Goodbye to About.com  —  The New York Times' time with About.com may be coming to an end.  The paper has been looking to get rid of the struggling Web site, which produces high-volume, low-cost content, and has a deal in place to sell it to Answers.com.
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.
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.
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.
TechCrunch:
Realtime Gets $100 Million To Build “Whole New Era Of The Internet,” AKA The Real-Time Web  —  Realtime, a technology developed by a company which has been around since the Internet's earliest days with the practically un-Googleable name “Internet Business Technologies,” …
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 …
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.
Jim Louderback / AllThingsD:
The Bottom Line on Apple and YouTube  —  Normally, losing home page placement for an app on the iPhone and iPad would cause gnashing of teeth and wailing of tongues in the afflicted boardroom, along with wholesale firings and restructuring.  —  But in YouTube's case, losing that coveted spot …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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