August 17, 2012, 5:40 AM

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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 …
Marco Arment /
Interpreting some of Twitter's API changes  —  Twitter has posted some of their upcoming API-policy lockdowns and restrictions in this post from Michael Sippey, euphemistically titled “Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API”.  —  First, from Twitter's Display Guidelines, which will become requirements for all apps:
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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 …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Google Flips The Switch On Smart App Updates In The Play Store [Video]  —  There seems to be quite a lot of movement happening behind the scenes at the Play Store - yesterday we discovered that Google Play Store gift cards and wishlist are getting prepped for launch, and today Google seems …
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.
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
State Department withdraws $16.5m contract for Kindle ebook readers  —  The US State Department's $16.5 million contract with Amazon for Kindle ebook readers has been officially canceled.  The details of the contract were proposed back in June and would have netted the State Department 2,500 Kindles …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Microsoft resumes publishing Windows Phone apps, all is right with the world  —  Everybody, you can stop panicking.  Microsoft has solved the digital signing problem that prevented app installations on older Windows Phones, as promised, and the flow of new apps is back to a steady stream.
Thoughts on Jack Dorsey, by Steve Jobs  —  I have no problem with your success.  You've earned your success; for the most part.  The problem is, you wholesale ripped off my identity.  Grand theft.  I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way.  You are not just trying to be the next me, you are trying to be me.
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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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Private justice: How Hollywood money put a Brit behind bars  —  Anton Vickerman, 38-year old owner of the once popular link site (STC), was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday by a British judge.  But the prosecutors sitting across the courtroom from him didn't work for the Crown …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Ustream's BFF brings simple broadcasting to Facebook's News Feed  —  If you've spent any amount of time on the internet, chances are you've come across Ustream.  The company's focus is streaming-as-broadcasting, with a platform designed to scale to support tens of thousands of simultaneous viewers …
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.

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