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August 9, 2012, 5:45 PM

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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 …
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 …
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) …
More: BGRTweets: @mylespeterson and @piecritic
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Marissa Mayer: I Might Not Return Cash To Shareholders If We Sell Our Alibaba Stake  —  In a new Yahoo filing, CEO Marissa Mayer reveals that she may not be returning cash to shareholders if Yahoo sells its stake in Alibaba:  —  On July 17, 2012, Marissa Mayer became the Chief Executive Officer …
More: AllThingsD and ForbesTweets: @bloombergtv
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 …
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.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Google Translate app gets weighty update, will translate signs through your smartphone camera  —  Google's multi-lingual translation app decided that (online) words were not enough.  Beyond digital text, a new update to Translate will let Google's bots translate what you're looking at …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
OTA Update Center makes it easier for developers to update custom Android ROMs  —  A new tool has been released that makes it easier for the developers of custom Android ROMs to push out new updates over the air.  Called OTA Update Center, the service is free to use and, according to the creators, relatively simple to implement.
More: Engadget and GigaOM
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snailmail Photos To Friends With Facebook's New Postcards Feature  —  In what could blossom into an ecommerce opportunity, Facebook is testing a new “Mail A Postcard” feature powered by Sincerely that lets you choose one of your photos,and have Facebook send it to a friend as a postcard — in real life.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
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