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August 14, 2012, 6:05 PM

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Chris Jones / The Windows Blog:
A new modern SkyDrive.com, updated apps, and Outlook.com 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 …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Flash for Android dies tomorrow, long live the ‘full web experience’  —  In November of last year, Adobe made a surprising about-face on its popular Flash plugin, announcing that it would stop development of Flash for mobile devices.  Tomorrow, Adobe will disable new installs of Flash on Android …
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Microsoft Surface RT to cost $199.99?  Doubts ensue  —  Get out a pinch of salt as a new rumor from Engadget is stating that the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT will cost a budget friendly $199.00.  The source, of course, is anonymous but the price point, which we hope is true …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Says It Now Has 235M Monthly Gamers, App Center Hits 150M Monthly Visitors  —  Facebook's push for more engagement on its platform, to drive advertising and other monetization efforts (and to counterbalance that drooping stock price), is showing some gains, according to updated figures …
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.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Khan Academy Launches The Future of Computer Science Education  —  As educators struggle to motivate more students to take up technology-related majors, breakout online education startup, Khan Academy, has a novel approach.  “Computer Science is an intensely creative field,” says Shantanu Sinha …
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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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Salesforce.com confirms it has completed the acquisition of Buddy Media  —  Salesforce.com 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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Uber Hit With Cease And Desist In Boston, Promises To Continue “Full Speed Ahead”  —  Uber is facing heat from yet another city it operates in, this time receiving a cease and desist letter in Boston.  On its blog today, Uber revealed that the letter came from the Division of Standards …
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.
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 …
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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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.

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