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August 9, 2012, 8:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
The Mobile Payments Committee: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile unite for the future of payments  —  The mobile payments industry is still very much like the Wild West — there's little law and order, and plenty of gunslingers itching to strike gold.  But a new committee today could finally civilize the mobile payments wild lands.
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 …
Meghan Casserly / Forbes:
Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die  —  Google employee benefits last into the afterlife  —  It's no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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

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