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August 21, 2012, 3:10 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
More: Forbes and DealBook
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.”
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Inside Intellectual Ventures, the most hated company in tech  —  Nathan Myhrvold and other executives at the controversial company say critics simply don't understand what they're doing.  CNET went behind the scenes to understand what 40,000 patents and an unapologetic plan to make money from them really means.
More: ZDNet
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
Lance Whitney / CNET:
MetroPCS unveils budget-friendly 4G plan and new 4G phone  —  The carrier is rolling out a $55 unlimited 4G LTE plan and a $149 LG Motion 4G phone to sweeten the deal.  —  MetroPCS may serve up some competition to the major carriers with a new 4G LTE plan for budget-conscious consumers.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
TomTom's iOS apps get Foursquare integration, an address copy/paste feature and more  —  TomTom is continuing its push to gain ground in the mobile satellite navigation (SatNav) space by rolling out a new version (v1.11) of its iOS app.  —  If you're not a fan of Google Maps navigation …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google Play gift cards officially announced, now rolling out to Target, RadioShack and GameStop  —  We've seen hints of them in the Google Play app and some pretty clear evidence of them in the wild, and now Google has finally officially announced the availability of Google Play gift cards.
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 …
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.
More: BuzzFeed and PhoneArena
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 …
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
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Veteran Twitter client Twitterrific moves ahead with new version despite Twitter API changes  —  The folks over at The Iconfactory have posted up a notice today that, even in the face of more restrictive Twitter API rules, the next version of its beloved client Twitterrific will launch as planned.

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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
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