August 6, 2013, 9:35 PM

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Elliot / Elliott Kember:
Chrome's insane password security strategy  —  Chrome does something interesting when you first run it.  —  I have a set of bookmarklets that I use to enhance my internet experience.  Actually, that's not entirely true.  I have one bookmarklet: Embiggen.js, which I use to expand images on Reddit.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Twitter's Killer New Two-Factor Solution Kicks SMS to the Curb  —  When Twitter rolled out two-factor authentication back in May, it hinted that the SMS authentication would be merely a first step in a more robust security solution.  Today, WIRED got a better look at the company's just-announced …
More: Twitter BlogTweets: @jimio and @couch
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Twitter for iOS and Android gets login verification, photo galleries, search improvements, and list management  —  Twitter today announced an update to its Android and iOS apps that adds multiple new features, including a new form of two-factor authentication.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Windows Phone web tool to let anyone create apps  —  Microsoft wants Windows Phone developers and apps, and it's launching a developer tool on Tuesday in its latest effort to secure apps for its ecosystem.  A beta version of Windows Phone App Studio is now available …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm With New “Story Bumping” & “Last Actor” Factors  —  Facebook is changing the way it ranks organic posts that are eligible to show up in its users' News Feeds.  —  The company announced two new factors — “Story Bumping” and “Last Actor” …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
TextNow launches IP-based mobile phone service starting at $19 per month  —  Some people are afraid of commitment, and that includes vowing to stick with a carrier for two years.  Thankfully, the list of choices keeps on growing for those who'd rather use contract-free devices …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
FreedomPop offers 500MB of free LTE a month, upgrades to Sprint's faster 4G network  —  FreedomPop is a mobile network operator with a pretty crazy business model.  You buy the wireless hotspot or USB dongle, and they provide the internet for free: 500MB of free data every month, with no contracts, activation or cancellation fees.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Hortonworks CEO confirms co-founder and CTO's departure  —  Hadoop startup Hortonworks has confirmed that its co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschwieler is no longer with the company.  We reported on evidence suggesting the move on Monday, and CEO Rob Bearden confirmed Baldeschwieler's departure in a blog post on Tuesday.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 23 arrives with a new logo, Share button, mixed content blocker, network monitor, and more  —  Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 23 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  Improvements include the addition of a Share button, mixed content blocker, and network monitor on the desktop side.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Music publishers file copyright suit against big YouTube channel operator  —  A group of music publishers and songwriters have claimed in a copyright lawsuit that Fullscreen, which operates a network of popular YouTube channels, is including unlicensed music in its videos.
More: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Flickr Gets New Leader From Google — Longtime Mayer Favorite Bernardo Hernandez  —  Yahoo has hired former Google exec Bernardo Hernández González, a longtime favorite of CEO Marissa Mayer when she was at the search company.  Hernandez, who most recently worked on Zagat at Google, announced the new job on Twitter.
More: Engadget and GigaOMTweets: @berniehernie and @jyarow
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Amazon launches Amazon Art marketplace with over 40,000 fine artworks  —  Amazon has just announced the Amazon Art marketplace, giving users access to 40,000 pieces of fine art from over 150 dealers and galleries.  Over 4,500 artists will be represented at launch, making the site …
Michael Moritz / LinkedIn:
Stop the Presses: A New Press Lord Appears  —  Word that Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post might cause consternation in its newsroom, but uneasy journalists wondering about what lies in store might be reassured if they read the letters he has sent to shareholders since 1997.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Search Starts Highlighting In-Depth Articles On Search Results Pages  —  Google today announced a new feature for Google Search that highlights in-depth articles related to your search queries.  Google says while many users just want a quick answer, its own research indicates …
Phone Arena:
Intel announces two Atom-based Android tablets for school use  —  More and more classrooms around the world are going digital.  Paper textbooks are gradually being replaced by electronic copies, which are loaded with interactive content, thus significantly improving the education process.
Paul Ducklin / Naked Security:
OpenX ad servers “pre-compromised” - official distro contained remote code backdoor  —  You don't always have to break into someone's web server to get them to deliver your malware for you.  —  You may be able to implant malware onto a site from which your victim fetches third-party content …

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