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August 21, 2012, 2:00 PM

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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 …
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.”
Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
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: DealBook
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
This Week in MarissYa: iPhones for All, Flickr Love and Management Musical Chairs  —  Even with all the swirl around the worrisome stock declines at Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, along with happier expected new product launches from Apple and Amazon, don't think things aren't cooking over in the land where Marissa Mayer reigns.
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 …
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
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: Betabeat and Gizmodo
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
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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Groupon is not a tech company.  Why was it valued like one?  —  The summer of discontent — well, that's what it seems to be from the perspective of the not-so-new web darlings — might be coming to an end, but months (perhaps years) of misery awaits these erstwhile rocket ships.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
AT&T's FaceTime Restrictions Could Be Violating F.C.C. Rules  —  When Apple releases its next version of its mobile operating system iOS this fall, iPhone customers will have the option to place FaceTime video calls over the cellular network, whereas before they could do so only on Wi-Fi.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Ad Startup Nanigans Grabs Ex-Yahoo Exec Marc Grabowski As Its New COO  —  Yahoo has been losing a lot of steam to Facebook in the advertising game, and now it's lost one of its execs to it, too.  Nanigans, the Facebook advertising company, is today announcing the appointment of a new COO …

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