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August 9, 2012, 4:40 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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores Begin Price Matching iPhone Discounts from Carriers and Major Retailers  —  With a number of retailers and carriers beginning to drop prices on the iPhone as the introduction of Apple's next-generation hardware approaches, Apple has officially continued to maintain standard …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New Data Exposes BitTorrent Throttling ISPs  —  Hundreds of ISPs all over the world limit and restrict BitTorrent traffic on their networks.  Unfortunately, most companies are not very open about their network management solutions.  —  Thanks to data collected by Measurement Lab (M-Lab) …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple suppliers see best July on record as they prepare for ‘largest launch in history’  —  A basket of Apple suppliers responsible for delivering parts for the iPhone maker's future products witnessed their best monthly sales jump last month, a trend financial experts are attributing to the ramp …
BBC:
Anonymous vows Demonoid revenge  —  The US suggested Demonoid used to be one of the 300 most visited websites in the States  —  Members of the Anonymous hacktivist community have attacked websites belonging to the Ukrainian authorities after Demonoid was forced offline.
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.
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga Is Said To Grant Stock Awards To Staff After Earnings Miss  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), the biggest maker of games played on Facebook Inc.'s website, doled out equity grants to all full-time employees after an earnings shortfall caused a share-price decline and lessened the value of existing grants …
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition expected at Best Buy: $249 with bundled keyboard and USB adapter  —  If you're looking for something — anything — to lessen the burden of summertime studies, then a trip to Best Buy may soon be in order.  We've just heard from a helpful tipster …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Foursquare fans rejoice: ‘Nearby Friends’ is back on iOS and BlackBerry, Android to follow  —  There was a minor omission from Foursquare's recent redesign, with Crowley & Co. opting to erase the popular ‘Nearby Friends’ view.  —  But fret not, the location-based social network has reintroduced …
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?
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Don't call it Metro.  Call it ‘Windows 8’  —  Summary: Microsoft may go the simple route and replace ‘Metro’ with ‘Windows 8,’ my sources are saying.  —  After a seeming naming dispute with a European partner (cough...Metro Group... cough), Microsoft has decided to switch rather …
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.

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