August 14, 2012, 4:15 PM

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Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
A new modern, updated apps, and at 10 million users … Over the past months, we've shared our approach to building versatile personal cloud storage that can scale to a billion people.  Today, we're excited to announce the next step towards that vision …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home robbed by clueless thief  —  The late Apple co-founder's home was burglarized by an alleged thief who didn't even seem to know whose home he was robbing.  —  The late Steve Jobs  —  The Palo Alto home of the late Steve Jobs was robbed on July 17 of more than $60,000 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Bad News For Bieber?  Klout Unveils Redesign And A Scoring System That Looks At Real World Influence  —  Klout, the site that aims to measure your online influence, has made some big changes to its scoring system, and it has a new look to match the new algorithm.
Jon Russell / The Next Web: confirms it has completed the acquisition of Buddy Media  — has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Buddy Media more than two months after the enterprise software giant first revealed that a $689 million deal to buy the social media-focused site had been reached.
Klint Finley / TechCrunch:
Putting An End To The Biggest Lie On The Internet  —  It's long been said that “I agree to the terms of service” is the biggest lie on the internet.  And even if you do read them, many TOS are so ridden with legalese that you practically need to be a lawyer to understand them.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: Global Mobile Sales Down 2%, Smartphones Surge 43%, Apple Stalls As Fans Hold Out For New iPhone  —  Gartner is the latest of the big analyst houses to release its numbers for smartphone and overall mobile sales in Q2.  The picture it paints is one of a market that has, effectively …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Pixel Perfect  —  I've spent my whole life thinking about dots, largely in the form of on-screen pixels.  I remember first seeing a Pac-Man coin-op arcade game, wondering how it worked, and deducing the basic gist: the screen was a matrix of dots, like animated graph paper.  I loved graph paper.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Telenav's Scout gives iOS users offline navigation in exchange for ten bucks  —  We know that iOS 6 will bless iPhone users with some in-house-made mapping, but that hasn't stopped Telenav from bettering its own Scout navigation offering for Apple's favorite handsets.
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Building apps for Facebook: A dance with the devil  —  Facebook has created a booming app economy that's made plenty of developers rich.  It's also forcing a lot of them to lose sleep.  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  —  Dalton Caldwell caused a stir recently when he posted an open letter …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
YouTube's new app for the PlayStation 3 rolling out, allows remote control from smartphones  —  While YouTube has always enjoyed support on Sony's PlayStation 3 thanks to the console's Flash-enabled browser and even offered a YouTube XL layout for connected devices, now it's rolling out a new app …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Researchers Seek Help Cracking Gauss Mystery Payload  —  A string pair from the Gauss malware.  Image courtesy of Kaspersky Lab  —  Researchers at Kaspersky Lab in Russia are asking the public for help in cracking an encrypted warhead that gets delivered to infected machines by the Gauss malware toolkit.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Judge Refuses to Toss Most of Apple's Suit Against Samsung  —  With Apple having finished its primary case, the court took time on Monday to hear Samsung's arguments that the Cupertino-based company failed to meet its legal burden and that the case should be dropped.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Report: 46% Of U.S. Bank Account Holders Will Use Mobile Banking By 2017  —  According to a new Forrester Research report, mobile banking will reach 108 million users in the U.S. by 2017.  That's about 46% of all U.S. bank account holders.  Today, according to Forrester's latest survey …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Shares Unlocking  —  An avalanche of privately held Facebook shares could begin hitting the market this week—potentially putting further pressure on the company's stock—as rules expire that have kept some early investors from cashing out.  —  Angel investor Peter Thiel …

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