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August 21, 2012, 11:50 AM

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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Apple and Samsung CEOs did speak but ‘there was no resolution’  —  We'd heard rumors that the CEOs of Apple and Samsung were getting together today for one last court-mandated meeting, but their discussion proved unfruitful.  Samsung attorney Kevin Johnson just told Judge Lucy Koh that “The CEOs did speak... There was no resolution.”
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger  —  In late 2010, Sean Brooks received three e-mails over a span of 30 hours warning that his accounts on LinkedIn, Battle.net, and other popular websites were at risk.  He was tempted to dismiss them as hoaxes …
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Jonathan Watson / Skype Blogs:
Updates to Skype for iPhone & Skype for iPad Improves Performance & Adds Photo Sharing  —  Millions of people use Skype for iPhone or Skype for iPad each month.  Today, with updates to both apps, we are introducing a frequently requested feature: Photo Sharing for iOS.
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Early Facebook Investor and Board Member Peter Thiel Sells Nearly All Of His Company Shares  —  Billionaire Peter Thiel sold nearly all of his remaining Facebook shares last week according to a financial document filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon Glacier: Archival Storage for One Penny Per GB Per Month  —  You Need Glacier  —  I'm going to bet that you (or your organization) spend a lot of time and a lot of money archiving mission-critical data.  No matter whether you're currently using disk, optical media or tape-based storage …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Vicarious Raises $15M Led By Dustin Moskovitz's Good Ventures To Build Software That ‘Learns Like A Human’  —  Vicarious, a startup that says it's “building software that thinks and learns like a human,” has just raised a $15 million Series A.  —  The round was led by Good Ventures …
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
The Rise Of Third Party Services And Fall Of Google In iOS  —  When Apple introduced iOS 6 to the world at this year's WWDC, one of the most talked about moves was Apple's decision to step away from their partnership with Google Maps and create their own maps app.
Twitter Blog:
Bootstrap 2.1 and counting  —  A year ago we introduced the world to Twitter Bootstrap, a sleek and powerful open source project that helps you build awesome stuff on the web with speed, ease and style.  Bootstrap was made to help our engineers improve the tools we use to run Twitter internally …
More: Softpedia News and The Next WebTweets: @mabb0tt
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Samsung invests $4bn in U.S. chip-making plant renovation  —  Summary: In a major investment, Samsung will throw its weight behind a U.S. plant in order to build more chips for smartphones, as the world's largest phone maker seeks to meet growing demand.  —  Zack Whittaker
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Ofcom approves Everything Everywhere's early UK rollout of 4G services starting September 11  —  We discussed there could be a possibility of 4G services launching in the UK before the end of the year, and now the UK's communications regulator Ofcom has announced it will allow that to happen …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
7 Is The New 10?  Google Showing Fewer Results & More From Same Domain  —  It looks as if Google is testing a move away from showing the traditional 10 listings to only displaying seven, and it also appears that it's even easier than ever for one site to dominates all those results.  —  7 Blue Links
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
END OF AN ERA: Once-Dominant VC Firm Kleiner Perkins Gets Blown Up In Groupon, Zynga, And Facebook  —  One of the big developments in Silicon Valley in recent years has been a quiet passing of a torch from the venture capital firms that dominated the tech-investing world in the 1990s to a new group that is eating the old group's lunch.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Ramp Up 7.85" iPad Mini Production in September?  —  Digitimes reports that the long-rumored 7.85" iPad will begin volume production in September with a target of 4 million units per month. … The goal is said to launch the new device before the 2012 holiday season.  —  iPad Mini mockup (left) by iMore

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