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August 23, 2012, 5:35 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Tumblr becomes next property after Instagram to have Twitter friend-finding privileges revoked  —  Updated below with Tumblr's confirmation.  —  The enormous blogging platform Tumblr appears to have become the next property after Instagram to have its friend-finding privileges revoked.
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
The Twitter Hit List  —  Why your favorite apps are in danger of annoying Twitter.  And what Twitter is going to do about it.  —  Twitter's Olympics page  —  Twitter used to be something like a utility, but at some point along the way it decided to become a media company.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Tumblr ‘Truly Disappointed’ That Twitter Revoked Its Friend-Finding Privileges  —  Twitter isn't done with its efforts to take tighter control of its API — now Tumblr users can no longer search for their Twitter friends when they sign up on the microblogging service.  —  Twitter did the same thing to Instagram last month.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Officially Launches “Sponsored Results” Search Ads  —  While it hasn't been publicly announced, Facebook is now telling marketers the Sponsored Results search typeahead ad unit it began testing last month “launches today”.  It lets marketers target users searching for specific apps …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Why The OFT And FTC Let Facebook Buy Instagram: FB Camera Is Tiny, IG Makes No Money, And Google  —  Evidence from Facebook and Instagram plus analysis from outside experts has convinced the Federal Trade Commission to today approve the landmark acquisition.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Pulls ‘Genius’ TV Ads from YouTube and Apple.com  —  Apple has removed the controversial ‘Genius’ TV spots from its YouTube channel and from the Apple.com marketing page for the Mac.  The ads were poorly received with some critics asking if it was a good idea to make potential customers seem clueless.
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
OnLive owed $30 million to $40 million, was facing imminent shutdown  —  At the time of its insolvency last week, streaming game company OnLive was in far greater trouble than was publicly known.  —  The company owed $30 million to $40 million to various creditors and had little money to pay them.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Google's Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — At Google, data is king.  Now the company is using data to figure out if it can anoint a few queens.  —  The company hopes its famous algorithms can solve one of the most vexing problems facing Silicon Valley: how to recruit and retain more women.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
How Big Is Facebook's Data?  2.5 Billion Pieces Of Content And 500+ Terabytes Ingested Every Day  —  Facebook revealed some big, big stats on big data to a few reporters at its HQ today, including that its system processes 2.5 billion pieces of content and 500+ terabytes of data each day.
More: VentureBeat and CNET
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Purported next-gen iPhone charge/sync cable appears online  —  A single photo of a purported charge and sync cable for the next-generation iPhone has appeared online.  A representative of Veister.com alerted iLounge to the picture, which has been posted to Twitter.
Bob Quinn / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Enabling FaceTime Over Our Mobile Broadband Network  —  Last week, we confirmed plans to make FaceTime available over our mobile broadband network for our AT&T Mobile Share data plan customers.  —  FaceTime is a video chat application that has been pre-loaded onto every AT&T iPhone since the introduction of iPhone 4.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Zynga Spurning Sale Strands Owners At Worst Web Value  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA)'s operations are getting the least credit in public markets among Internet media companies, and management's refusal to consider a sale as growth slows is blocking an avenue for shareholders to recoup losses.
More: PC Magazine and Forbes
Nate Ralph / The Verge:
Boost and Virgin launch new Android smartphones: Galaxy S II, Galaxy Reverb (hands-on photos)  —  Prepaid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are getting their own Samsung Galaxy phones, set to arrive in September.  Boost will be getting the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, a WiMAX-enabled version of the near-ubiquitous smartphone.
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Sabu Gets 6-Month Sentencing Delay for Continuing to Help Feds  —  Sabu, the hacker who turned informant on the rampaging Anonymous offshoots Antisec and LulzSec, is getting a six-month reprieve from being sentenced on 12 counts of violating federal law, due to his continued cooperation with the feds, prosecutors told a court Tuesday.
YouTube Blog:
The U.S. election, live on YouTube  —  Today we're introducing the YouTube Elections Hub, a one-stop channel for key political moments from now through the upcoming U.S. election day on November 6.  You can watch all of the live speeches from the floor of the upcoming Republican …
Rachel Metz / Technology Review:
Fred Wilson  —  The well-known investor behind the likes of Twitter and Foursquare says venture capital funds have gotten too big.  —  Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, is a preëminent figure in venture capital.  He's been at it for 25 years …
NYT Bits:
Despite #NBCFail, NBC and Twitter Say Partnership Was Success  —  If you followed the griping by Twitter users about NBC's handling of the Olympic Games, you might think the NBC-Twitter Olympics partnership was an epic disaster.  NBC's decision to time-delay most events prompted angry kvetching …

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