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August 9, 2012, 1:30 PM

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Federal Trade Commission:
Google Will Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Misrepresented Privacy Assurances to Users of Apple's Safari Internet Browser  —  Privacy Settlement is the Largest FTC Penalty Ever for Violation of a Commission Order  —  Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty …
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
OUYA's Kickstarter funding is complete: over $8.59 million raised, starts shipping in March  —  It's a wrap!  Suffice it to say, it's a been a relatively short, yet astoundingly fruitful — and initially record-breaking — funding run for OUYA, the hackable, Android-based gaming console.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The long-delayed TextMate 2 text editor has been open-sourced under GPL 3  —  The long-delayed TextMate 2 text editor has been open-sourced under the GPL 3 license, says its creator Allan Odgaard.  The editor, after being announced years ago, was released as an alpha in December of last year.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Burner wants to help you temporarily obfuscate your phone number  —  “Burning” a communication device has been a mainstay of those interested in privacy, from the IMF (you know, from Mission: Impossible), the corner boys on The Wire, and everyone in between.
Cade Metz / Wired:
If Xerox PARC Invented the PC, Google Invented the Internet  —  The truth about Jeff Dean appeared on April Fool's Day 2007.  —  Somewhere inside Google, a private website served up a list of facts about Dean, one of Google's earliest employees and one of the main reasons the web giant handles …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
A win for RIM: Mformation patent ruling overturned, BlackBerry maker doesn't have to pay $147.5m after all  —  Remember when BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) was ordered to cough up $147.2 million after a company called Mformation succesfully won a patent lawsuit against the smartphone and tablet maker in a U.S. court?
Phil Muncaster / The Register:
PayPal parts company with major China partner  —  Payments giant on lookout for fresh blood  —  Global payments behemoth PayPal could be in for a spot of bother in Asia after a much heralded partnership with Chinese e-commerce platform DHGate.com, its biggest in the region, ended this week.
More: CNET
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Digia to acquire Qt business from Nokia, port it to Android and iOS  —  Up to 125 Qt personnel at Nokia will join Digia to continue Qt development.  —  Finnish software company Digia announced today that it is acquiring the Qt software business from Nokia.
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
ThinkPad Celebrates 20 Years, Announces Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2  —  1992 was a big year.  Bill Clinton was elected president.  Price Charles and Diana separated.  And the first ThinkPad laptop was released by IBM.  —  Twenty years have passed now and a lot has changed.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload  —  A newly uncovered espionage tool, apparently designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran, has been found infecting systems in other countries in the Middle East, according to researchers.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Launches A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks  —  Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup Boundless has been on a mission to ensure that college students have a free alternative to the pricey and bulky world of physical textbooks.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Finally Ditches Invitations, Now Lets Anyone Sign Up  —  Calling all chefs, wedding planners, stylists, and crafty-types: Pinterest has just opened registration to the public after two years of requiring an invite to join.  Anyone can now sign up with Twitter, Facebook, or just an email address.
Grant McCool / Reuters:
U.S. will not challenge computer fraud case to high court  —  (Reuters) - The government has decided not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a divided appeals court ruling in a criminal case that drew attention to a 28-year-old computer hacking law that critics argue is being used too broadly.
More: The Verge and CNET
Yezel Rosales / The Big Blog:
Introducing new Skype Cards in Mexico  —  Skype is always working towards more and more ways to bring people together whenever they are apart.  At Skype today we are happy to introduce a new payment option for the Mexico market, Skype Cards.  —  Skype users in Mexico will now have all the benefits …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Adds Personal Gmail Results Into Search  —  In a major move to integrate personal search and Web search, Google is adding some users' Gmail into their search results as a “limited field trial,” it said today.  —  So when participating users search for “Amazon,” information …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
LinkedIn Q3: Marketing Solutions Revenue Up 45% As Bizo Integration Continues  —  LinkedIn's revenue grew 45% YoY in Q3 to $568 million.  Its Marketing Solutions division also increased 45% YoY, totaling $109 million in revenue.
 

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