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August 11, 2012, 6:50 PM

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Offered to License its Patents to Samsung for $30 Per Smartphone, $40 Per Tablet  —  Apple executives have testified the company was “shocked” when Samsung debuted its first Galaxy phones.  But, considering the Korean company was a major supplier, Apple apparently was also willing to make a deal with its rival.
Jason Ding / Barracuda Labs:
The Twitter Underground Economy: A Blooming Business  —  Many people dream of becoming popular or famous, and Twitter provides an outlet to make this possible.  Most Twitter users try the standard way to get popular and gain followers: constantly tweet funny quotes or comments …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How YouTube Will Escape Google's New Pirate Penalty  —  Google has announced that it will soon penalize sites that are repeatedly accused of copyright infringement.  But one site in particular doesn't need to worry: Google's own YouTube.  It has a unique immunity against the forthcoming penalty.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
MG Siegler:
You Either Die A Hero Or You Become The Villain  —  Over the past month, I've been watching Dalton Caldwell's App.net experiment with much interest.  Essentially, he's trying to rebuild Twitter from the ground up, only as a fully user and developer-supported network.
More: The Next Web and GigaOM
Violet Blue / CNET:
Piracy witch hunt downs legit e-book lending Web site  —  commentary: Several authors on Twitter mistook an e-book lending Web site for a piracy hub, a mistake that eventually took the site offline.  As the dust settles, a disturbing picture of file-sharing hysteria emerges.
Don Lehman / The Tech Block:
The unibody iPhone  —  This is could be one of four things  —  1. A very elaborate hoax.  If it's a hoax, kudos to whoever made it because it would require the same amount of design and engineering effort that would go into an actual smartphone.  Not to mention all of the collaboration …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Becomes Ad-Supported to Rake in Millions  —  uTorrent for Windows saw its first public release in September 2005 and soon became the most widely used BitTorrent application.  Today over 125 million users worldwide use the client regularly and this number continues to rise.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Facebook drops off the greatest places to work list  —  A new list of the 25 companies that give employees a good work-life balance has 12 tech companies on it, but the only big name is LinkedIn.  And Facebook has fallen off the list since 2011.  —  Marquee tech companies have always …
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
NASA uses Amazon's cloud computing in Mars landing mission  —  Although it boasts having “Earth's biggest selection,” Amazon.com's reach has stretched to Mars.  Better known for being an e-commerce giant, Amazon has become a major player in cloud computing, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory using …

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