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August 16, 2012, 3:50 PM

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Debuts Monthly Pricing Option For Small Businesses With Zero Swiping Fees  —  On the heels of announcing a mega-deal with Starbucks, mobile payments processing company Square is announcing another piece of key news—specialized, lower pricing per swipe for small businesses.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
[Updated: Screenshots] Google Is Gearing Up To Finally Introduce Play Store Gift Cards And A Wishlist [APK Teardown]  —  A new Google Play Store v3.8.15 apk started rolling out to Android devices today, but upon running through its UI, I was unable to uncover anything different from the versions before that.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Google Play gift cards are real - and here's what they look like  —  We've already seen the Google Play Store app getting prepped for gift cards — and now we've scored the cards themselves.  (Or, at least, a look at the outer wrapping.)  We've been slipped a few pics of $10 and $25 gift cards …
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Facebook stock slumps 5% as insiders get first chance to sell  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook's life as a public company has been a nightmare from day one, and the pain continued on Thursday as some company insiders got their first chance to dump shares.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Instagram 3.0 bets on location with Photo Map, adds infinite scrolling  —  Looking forward, Systrom envisions an Instagram that instantly pipes photos into one location-tagged stream for concertgoers, or one stream of photos tagged in front of the Eiffel Tower.  “All sorts of cool things hapen once people use geodata,” he said.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple says Retail Stores still hiring, recent staffing changes were a ‘mistake’, are being reversed  —  Apple says that recent reports about Retail Store employee hours being cut and hiring events being halted were misleading.  Still, it says that some staffing changes were made, but that they were a mistake.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Three years later, deleting your photos on Facebook now actually works  —  It has been more than three years since Ars first started covering Facebook's inability to remove “deleted” photos from its servers, but this particular saga appears to be coming to an end.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Diaspora's Next Act: Social Remixing Site Makr.io  —  If you were to come across a group of people sitting in a room together, all with their own laptops out, sending each other jokes online, you might think that was a little weird, right?  —  “Antisocial” is one word that comes to mind.
More: The Verge and BetabeatTweets: @kessler and @andythegiant
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New Front in Battle for TV  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with some of the biggest U.S. cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device as a set-top box for live television and other content, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The talks represent Apple's …
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange granted asylum in Ecuador  —  Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government after taking refuge in its London embassy in June.  —  LONDON — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
‘Friends’ can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules  —  A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so.  The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Samsung expert knocks Apple's $2.5 billion damages tally  —  Surprise, Samsung thinks Apple's asking for too much in its damages bill.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — The $2.4 billion Apple says Samsung earned on devices with its looks and technology is certainly a hefty sum, but about $1.7 billion off, according to Samsung.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Apple bashes Amazon and proposed ebook settlement  —  In a memo filed with the Southern District of New York this afternoon (PDF; embedded below), Apple argues that the Department of Justice's proposed settlement with three book publishers forces Apple to tear up existing contracts.
John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Puts Real Money Into Gambling Lobby  —  Zynga Inc. has begun investing in state and federal lobbying efforts around gambling with real money, even as the social gaming firm predicts the U.S. won't be an initial market for the potentially lucrative new line of business.

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