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August 16, 2012, 9:10 PM

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Michael Sippey / Twitter Developers blogs:
Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API  —  At the end of June, I wrote about how we're working to deliver a consistent Twitter experience, and how we would soon introduce stricter guidelines about how the Twitter API is used.  I'd like to give you more information about coming changes …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's TV Vision: Sharing, Full On-Demand, Icons  —  TV Device Interface Would Simplify Programming; Company Faces Hurdles With Cable Operators  —  Apple Inc.'s vision for a new device that can be used as a set-top box includes features designed to simplify accessing and viewing programming …
More: The Verge and 9to5MacTweets: @pkafka and @parislemon
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Why Apple really bought AuthenTec: It wanted “new technology” for upcoming products, and quickly  —  On July 27, seemingly out of nowhere, security company AuthenTec announced in a regulatory filing that it had agreed to a $356 million acquisition offer from Apple, making it one of the Apple's biggest mergers in its 36 year history.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple boss tries to gut retail operation  —  One of the smartest decisions that Apple made over the last decade was to open retail stores worldwide, giving users a chance to get some hands on time with its products.  One of the worst decisions came recently when the new vice president …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Yes, We Need All These Witnesses, and No, I'm Not Smoking Crack  —  Already frustrated with the amount of paperwork in the Apple vs. Samsung case, Judge Lucy Koh boiled over with frustration on Thursday after lawyers for the sides filed a new round of objections over witness testimony.
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.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Braintree, a Payments Company, Buys Venmo for $26.2 Million  —  The mobile payments war continues to escalate.  —  Braintree, a payments company that supplies technology to process credit card transactions on a mobile phone, said it purchased Venmo, a start-up that lets people send and receive money to their friends.
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.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Why I Changed My Mind On Klout (And Invested)  —  Klout has been one of my go to punchlines for some time now.  For example - in May I wrote a post titled “My Detailed Thoughts On Klout” that contained a single word in the post itself: “Why?”  —  The problem I had with Klout …
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Conducting a Search for a COO as No. 2 to Mayer  —  According to several sources, Yahoo is now on the hunt for a COO — with special emphasis on someone with turnaround experience — presumably to be a worker-bee No. 2 to product-guru CEO Marissa Mayer.
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Lenovo dings Microsoft Surface: We'll provide better hardware  —  Lenovo executives believe it can beat Microsoft on hardware and claims not to be worried about Microsoft's Surface tablet.  —  During Lenovo's first fiscal quarter 2013 earnings call, executives didn't mince words in attacking Microsoft's Surface strategy.

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