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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB  —  As a part of today's iCloud.com launch for developers, Apple has revealed the price points for extra iCloud storage for end users.  As you can see in the screenshot above, iCloud will come with 5GB of free storage …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Not Only Do iCloud Web Apps Exist, They're Beautiful  —  Perhaps you recall that back in June, there was some confusion as to whether or not there would be web apps for Apple's upcoming iCloud suite of products.  While we maintained from the beginning that we had heard that there would be …
Brian Chesky / The Airbnb Blog:
Our Commitment to Trust & Safety  —  Last month, the home of a San Francisco host named EJ was tragically vandalized by a guest.  The damage was so bad that her life was turned upside down.  When we learned of this our hearts sank.  We felt paralyzed, and over the last four weeks, we have really screwed things up.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Offers Unconditional Apology, And $50,000 Insurance Guarantee  —  It's never too late to fix bad press with a straightforward, unconditional apology.  That's what the world got from Airbnb today.  It was the first time that the company addressed the robbery/ransacking issue on its blog …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Meet Comex, The 19-Year-Old iPhone Uber-Hacker Who Keeps Outsmarting Apple  —  Nicholas Allegra, better known by the hacker handle Comex.  —  A version of this story will appear in the upcoming issue of Forbes, published later this week.  —  Nicholas Allegra lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York.
The Dealmap:
Deal of the Day: Google Buys The Dealmap  —  We're thrilled to announce that The Dealmap has been acquired by Google.  —  Since launching The Dealmap in May 2010, our team has worked to build a great product where people can find and share all the best local deals, all in one place.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple TV Adds Support for Cloud-Based Storage of Purchased TV Shows  —  Apple hasn't updated the Apple TV release notes page yet, but I just ran software update on my Apple TV 2 and got a new update that adds support for a major new feature: purchased TV shows.
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Bloomberg:
Apple Suit Puts Samsung Tablet Sales in Australia on Hold  —  Apple Inc. escalated a patent dispute against Samsung Electronics Co. and won an agreement that the South Korean company won't sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a lawsuit is resolved.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple in U.K. Following Loss in U.S. ITC Patent Case  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with competitor Apple Inc., sued the iPhone maker in Britain.  —  The complaint, filed July 29 in London, comes two weeks after HTC lost a ruling …
Jerry Neumann / Reaction Wheel:
Pace of VC investing by subsector  —  I couldn't sleep last night so I figured I'd see if I could confirm a nagging suspicion about the early-stage VCs I know.  About six months ago it seemed like they were slowing down their pace of investing while the corporates and newer super-angels were doing a lot more deals.
Discussion: @dougw
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Retailers dropping prices on iPhone ahead of impending update  —  Some retailers have begun marking down the price of the iPhone 4, suggesting stock clearing measures have begun in anticipation of an expected hardware update.  While most recent rumors have suggested a September launch …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and SlashGear
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Launching New iPhone in October, Not September  —  So those rumors claiming the iPhone 5 will debut in late September?  They're wrong.  —  Instead, it's going to be an October surprise — the month in which Apple plans to launch its next-gen iPhone.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft and Nokia to hold special Windows Phone event on August 17  —  Microsoft and Nokia are holding a joint party later this month.  —  The party will be held at the GamesCom trade fair in Cologne, Germany.  Both companies sent an invite to a joint party on Monday that will be held on August 17.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
How Facial Recognition Technology Can Be Used To Get Your Social Security Number  —  What does your face give away?  —  Those freaked out by facial recognition technology have fresh fodder: a study from Carnegie Mellon University in which researchers were able to predict people's social security numbers …
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
SimpleGeo Switches Pricing Models, Alters Free Plan  —  Location data and storage company SimpleGeo has announced plans to change its pay-per-use pricing for the SimpleGeo API, removing a free option for low volume users.  Instead, the company will offer tiered pricing, with 60 day free trials at every tier.
Discussion: SimpleGeo and LAUNCH
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Officially Launches Ads API, Opening Efficient Ad Management Tool Development  —  Facebook today announced the official launch of Ads API, which allows developers to create tools and services that programmatically create, buy, and manage Facebook ad campaigns.
Discussion: WebProNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Designer's Mockups Give A Glimpse At The Future Of Firefox  —  Firefox may be getting a very nice facelift soon.  —  Mozilla designer Stephen Horlander has posted a set of screenshots showing off what may be the the future of Firefox's interface, and it includes some major changes that give it a more modern look.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Halo Effect: All AngelPad Companies Will Get $100K Investment Offers From 2 VC Firms  —  Earlier this year, Yuri Milner, SV Angel, and Y Combinator shook the early-stage investment world with Start Fund, a $150,000 investment offered to every startup in every new Y Combinator class, no questions asked.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In Coupon Startup Whaleshark Media  —  Whaleshark Media had already raised $120 million in capital to roll up the online coupon space.  Now they've raised $10 million more in a round led by Google Ventures, with some participation from previous investors.
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Judge: Email in Oracle-Google Case Will Remain Public  —  The judge overseeing the lawsuit Oracle filed over the Android mobile OS has denied Google's attempt to get a potentially damaging e-mail redacted.  —  “What we've actually been asked to do by Larry and Sergey is to investigate …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Autodesk Acquires DIY Community Instructables  —  In its third acquisition this year, Autodesk, maker of design, engineering and entertainment software, has acquired San Francisco-based Instructables, a popular online community where people can upload, discuss, rate and collaborate on a wide variety of do-it-yourself projects.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
NTP Wins Court Ruling on 7 Patents From Apple, AT&T Cases  —  NTP Inc., the patent licenser that extracted a $612.5 million settlement from Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) in a dispute over wireless e-mail technology five years ago, won an appeals court ruling in a battle over the validity …
Discussion: mocoNews, IntoMobile and CNET News
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Skype for iPad goes live, has video and audio calling over both 3G and WiFi  —  Skype has finally released their native application for the Apple iPad.  The application brings everything you love from the iPhone version to the iPad's larger display.  These includes instant messaging, audio chatting, and video conferencing.
Phil Schwarzmann / Nokia Conversations:
What's in a name?  Nokia's product name conventions  —  GLOBAL - The launch of the Nokia 500 today marked a new departure for us.  Not just because it's our newest Symbian smartphone, but because of what we called it.  Just numbers, no letters.  More details on the reasons for this change after the jump.
 
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Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Democrats Introduce Federal Bill to Collect Online Sales Tax
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
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