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August 9, 2012, 10:50 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 …
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 …
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 …
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Good News: Craigslist drops exclusive license to your posts  —  In a welcome course correction, craigslist has removed its short-lived provision that required users to grant it an exclusive license to—in other words granting them ownership of—every post.  We were unhappily surprised …
Billy Steele / Engadget:
OUYA console pre-order now available for non-backers starting at $109, slated to ship in April  —  Miss out on your chance to snag the Android-based gaming console during OUYA's Kickstarter tour-de-force?  Worry not, friends.  The outfit has opened up pre-orders it promised …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple vs. Samsung Trial Forces Companies to Open Up the Books  —  Everyone knows Apple and Samsung sell a lot of phones.  Thanks to earnings reports there is even a pretty good sense of how many both companies sell in total each quarter.  —  However, the Apple-Samsung trial is providing …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Spindle, Ex-Microsoft Engineers Rethink the Social Discovery App  —  There's a running dialogue that has bubbled up with the rise of Facebook and Twitter over the past decade: Googling the indexable, global Web isn't the end-all for information anymore.  The Social Web can serve us data just as pertinent, if not more so.
More: NeowinThanks:@patk
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Spotify Effect Shows Up: Streaming Music Boosts Warner's Bottom Line  —  Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have made a lot of noise.  Now they're actually generating money for the music labels, too.  —  Warner Music Group says streaming services contributed 25 percent …
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.

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