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August 21, 2012, 5:55 PM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Verizon Vacation Blackout Reveals The New iPhone Will Launch On Friday, September 21  —  A trusted Verizon employee has just confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier is having an all-staff vacation blackout from the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30.  You know what that means, right?
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 Pro to be priced at $199 following $69.99 promotional pricing  —  Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro software will be priced at $199 after a promotional price of $69.99 expires on January 31st 2013, according to one source familiar with Microsoft's plans.  The software maker will also offer …
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 …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by Ex-Worker Who Says Jobs Guaranteed His Job  —  Wayne Goodrich, who says he was a confidant, sounding board and close adviser to Apple Inc. (AAPL) co- founder Steve Jobs, sued the iPhone maker claiming he was fired for no legitimate reason despite Jobs's promise of job security.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Live: Apple and Samsung Go Into the Final Round  —  After a last fruitless effort to reach a settlement in their closely watched patent battle, Apple and Samsung presented their closing arguments to the jury that will determine who ripped off whom.  —  At issue in the case: Whether Samsung …
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Barry Diller's IAC offers $300 million for About.com  —  (Reuters) - Barry Diller's IAC/Interactivecorp submitted an offer in excess of $300 million to buy the About.com information website from the New York Times Co, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Reyhan Harmanci / BuzzFeed:
Tech Confessional: The Googler Who Looks At The Worst Of The Internet  —  Sitting in the sun at a tech company cafeteria, this former Google worker described a year spent immersed in some of the darkest content available on the Internet.  His role at the tech company mainly consisted …
More: Gizmodo and Betabeat
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Lockups and Insider Selling  —  There is a lot of sturm und drang out there in the worlds of social media, finacial media, and just plain media about all the lockups coming off and all the insider selling going on in some big internet stocks.  As someone who has played this game a few times, I tought I'd post some thoughts about this.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patent lets users switch away from broadcast commercials automatically  —  Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent that allows users to skip unwanted audio and video broadcast segments such as commercials with on-device content like songs, podcasts or other media, possibly hinting …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ness Nabs $15M From AmEx And SingTel To Expand Data-Driven, Personalized Search To Other Verticals  —  Ness Computing, a startup that has developed a highly personalized, data-driven search engine, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by SingTel Innov8 with American Express Ventures participating in the round.
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 …
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
A ‘Superior’ Galaxy Nexus?  Rumored specs for refreshed flagship appear online  —  With the Galaxy S III on the market, Google's eight-month-old Galaxy Nexus is already feeling a little long in the tooth.  However, a spec sheet spotted by SamMobile suggests that Google's developer device …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Google, Boingo bring their free Wi-Fi experiment to mall rats  —  Google and Boingo are building on their free Wi-Fi project in New York City, launching the advertising-paid access model in eight malls across the country.  Though the project is still in its infancy, it represents a growing trend …

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
Freshdesk:
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VMware:
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Zoho:
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