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August 1, 2012, 11:20 AM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Samsung Goes Public With Excluded Evidence to Undercut Apple's Design Claims  —  Denied the opportunity to make the argument in court that the design of the original iPhone was derived from Sony concepts, Samsung has decided to make it in the court of public opinion.
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive: iPhone was ‘nearly axed’  —  Apple's groundbreaking iPhone was nearly axed before it hit the shelves, its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed.  —  Apple's groundbreaking iPhone was nearly axed before it hit the shelves, its design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed.
Aditya Agarwal / The Dropbox Blog:
Security update & new features  —  A couple weeks ago, we started getting emails from some users about spam they were receiving at email addresses used only for Dropbox.  We've been working hard to get to the bottom of this, and want to give you an update.  —  Our investigation found …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Reports User Accounts Were Hijacked, Adds New Security Features  —  Several weeks ago, reports started to trickle out that a number of Dropbox users were under attack from spam.  Since then, Dropbox has been investigating those attacks (with some help from a third-party) …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Amazon Instant Video app for iPad hits the App Store with offline viewing and Prime streaming  —  Click to view slideshow.  —  Just 24 hours after Hulu started popping up on Apple TV, We now see Amazon's Instant Video Store in the App Store for iPad.  It looks like a full app capable …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Power of Internet Censorship, in 1 Chart  —  Sometime late in the evening of July 28, Twitter suspended the account of journalist and NBC naysayer Guy Adams.  Earlier today, with apologies from Twitter's lawyer to Adams, the service reinstated his account.  —  There are many lessons to be learned from this brief affair.
Chris Jones / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Introducing Outlook.com - Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes  —  Recently, we talked about how we've reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive, and how cloud services power the new Office Preview …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Apple's CPU architect Jim Keller departs to head up chipmaker AMD's processor group  —  Chipmaker AMD this morning announced that it has hired Jim Keller as corporate VP and chief architect of the company's microprocessor cores.  —  Before, Keller was a director in the platform architecture group at Apple …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Digg launches redesign and new app with editorial curation, no comments  —  Digg's “Rethought' redesign after its acquisition by Betaworks has just gone live, just one day after the company showed off its v1 preview that was the result of a very rapid 6-week redesign process.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google suspends Nexus Q launch, will send free dev devices to pre-order customers  —  Google has just let us know that it is delaying the launch of the Nexus Q as it works to improve the device.  The Nexus Q order page on Google Play has been taken down, and now simply leaves customers with a note that the device “is coming soon.”
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
The Future of Twitter's Platform Is All in the Cards  —  On June 29, Twitter VP of Product Michael Sippey posted a foreboding 439-word letter to the company blog, broadly sketching the direction Twitter's platform is headed.  —  Upon its reception, most of the public attention focused on a single passage …
Benjamin Jackson / The Next Web:
First Look: Simple Reimagines Banking  —  You and I probably don't see eye to eye on everything.  You may not agree with my taste in music, or my politics, or my positions on the Oxford comma and tucking in of collared shirts (pro, and only when worn with a tie).
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Back to square one: Hulu blocks overseas Apple TV owners streaming via US iTunes accounts  —  A number of us across TNW's global team got rather excited when appeared that Hulu was allowing Apple TV owners to use its service from anywhere in the world so long as they had a US iTunes account …
Dave Greenbaum / GigaOM:
Google Fiber in the real world: Here's what's good and what needs work  —  Although Google Fiber is not yet available to residential customers, select Retail Partners in Kansas City went live on Saturday, July 28th.  One of these places was Mud Pie Vegan Bakery.
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Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
New Rules on Kids' Web Ads  —  Social networks and Internet advertisers are likely to face new restrictions on how they interact with children online.  —  The Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce Wednesday new rules that close loopholes that currently allow companies …
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
Poker Site Pays $731 Million Fine  —  PokerStars agreed to pay $731 million to end a Justice Department lawsuit alleging bank fraud, money laundering and violations of gambling regulations against it and a another poker website.  —  Under the terms, PokerStars, based in the Isle of Man …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily's plans.
Iain Thomson / The Register:
Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo  —  Really bad business plans 101  —  A French company trying to trademark the Anonymous logo and slogan for commercial purposes has inspired an angry response from a team claiming to be affiliated with the hacking group.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC to Verizon: Don't block tethering apps.  Verizon settles for $1.25M  —  Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot -apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn't want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Buys Facebook Ad Start-Up Wildfire  —  Google tried and failed to buy its way into the social ad business a couple months ago.  This time it got it done: The ad giant has picked up Wildfire, which helps marketers manage their presence on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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