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August 3, 2012, 8:30 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Metro branding to be replaced ‘this week’ according to internal memo  —  Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8.  We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft advises developers to stop using ‘Metro’ name in apps following possible trademark dispute  —  Microsoft has started to notify its Windows developers that they should refrain from using the word “Metro” throughout their applications if they refer to the Windows Phone or Windows 8 interface.
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung to unveil new Galaxy Note in late August  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is set to take the wraps off a sequel to its popular Galaxy Note smartphone at an event on August 29, about two weeks before the possible debut of Apple's new iPhone.  —  The two arch rivals are bracing …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Revolving Door: Yahoo Departures Begin, Even as Mayer's Team Still TBD  —  After former interim CEO Ross Levinsohn departed Yahoo earlier this week, I noted that it was only a matter of time before more execs headed out the door with the changeover to new leader and former Googler Marissa Mayer.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer Brings in First Googler — in PR — to Yahoo  —  New CEO Marissa Mayer has brought in her first Googler over to Yahoo — one of her longtime PR staffers, Anne Espiritu.  Espiritu has worked closely with Mayer at the search giant, especially on various media appearances and on consumer products.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Prepaid Cellphones Are Cheaper.  Why Aren't They Popular?  —  Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want.  So why haven't they really caught on?
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Final copy of Windows 8 leaks online  —  The final build of Windows 8 has leaked to the internet, just a day after Microsoft confirmed it had finished the development cycle for the new operating system.  Although MSDN and TechNet customers won't officially receive access …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Q2 Earnings Beat The Street: $228.2M In Sales; EPS of $0.03  —  LinkedIn has just released Q2 earnings, and the enterprise-focused social network continues to rise.  It's posted revenues of $228.2 million and earnings per share of $0.03 (non-GAAP EPS: $0.16).
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Court: Embedding videos is not a crime  —  Embedding an infringing video doesn't violate copyright laws, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.  The court sided with the video bookmarking site myVidster, which had been sued by the gay porn production company Flava Works in 2010.
ProPublica:
Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?  —  Gen. Keith Alexander is the director of the National Security Agency and oversees U.S. Cyber Command, which means he leads the government's effort to protect America from cyberattacks.  Due to the secretive nature of his job …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
PSA: Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners now have direct access to Google Wallet  —  Nobody puts Google Wallet in the corner for long, not even Big Red.  Though the carrier courted controversy late last year by withholding support for the burgeoning NFC-based platform amidst security concerns, it appears to have finally changed tack.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amex Knocks Google for Misleading Comments About Its Role in Google Wallet  —  American Express has not formally agreed to participate in Google Wallet, which is why it was surprised yesterday when Google said it, along with Visa, Discover and MasterCard, were now forms of payment in Google's mobile payments application.
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
BREAKING: David Pogue Has Lost His iPhone (UPDATE #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16—THEY GOT IT—Still Updating #17 #18)  —  New York Times technology writer David Pogue has lost his iPhone.  He has posted a screenshot of where it might be on Lockerz.com, though.

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