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August 10, 2012, 1:05 AM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores Begin Price Matching iPhone Discounts from Carriers and Major Retailers  —  With a number of retailers and carriers beginning to drop prices on the iPhone as the introduction of Apple's next-generation hardware approaches, Apple has officially continued to maintain standard …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Don't call it Metro.  Call it ‘Windows 8’  —  Summary: Microsoft may go the simple route and replace ‘Metro’ with ‘Windows 8,’ my sources are saying.  —  After a seeming naming dispute with a European partner (cough...Metro Group... cough), Microsoft has decided to switch rather …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Quite smooth: Samsung actually sold 1/10 of the 2 million Galaxy Tabs it claimed in 2010  —  Samsung's secret sales data, exposed in court filings, show that the company only sold 262,000 Galaxy Tab units in 2010, rather than the 2 million units it claimed to have.
Federal Trade Commission:
Google Will Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Misrepresented Privacy Assurances to Users of Apple's Safari Internet Browser  —  Privacy Settlement is the Largest FTC Penalty Ever for Violation of a Commission Order  —  Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty …
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Good News: Craigslist drops exclusive license to your posts  —  In a welcome course correction, craigslist has removed its short-lived provision that required users to grant it an exclusive license to—in other words granting them ownership of—every post.  We were unhappily surprised …
Bloomberg:
RIM Said To Draw Interest From IBM Over Enterprise-Services Unit  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM)'s enterprise- services unit has attracted the interest of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), according to two people familiar with the situation.  —  IBM made an informal approach …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Blizzard's Battle.net Hacked; Company Recommends All Users Change Their Passwords  —  Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo, today informed customers that their internal security network had been breached.  —  The company doesn't believe that financial information …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
The Mobile Payments Committee: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile unite for the future of payments  —  The mobile payments industry is still very much like the Wild West — there's little law and order, and plenty of gunslingers itching to strike gold.  But a new committee today could finally civilize the mobile payments wild lands.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's New Bing Fund Announces Its First Two Companies  —  Just about a month ago, Microsoft officially announced its Bing Fund angel fund and incubator program.  Today, Bing Fund announced that it has enrolled its first two companies: app development service Buddy and Pinion …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Spindle, Ex-Microsoft Engineers Rethink the Social Discovery App  —  There's a running dialogue that has bubbled up with the rise of Facebook and Twitter over the past decade: Googling the indexable, global Web isn't the end-all for information anymore.  The Social Web can serve us data just as pertinent, if not more so.
More: NeowinThanks:@patk
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New Data Exposes BitTorrent Throttling ISPs  —  Hundreds of ISPs all over the world limit and restrict BitTorrent traffic on their networks.  Unfortunately, most companies are not very open about their network management solutions.  —  Thanks to data collected by Measurement Lab (M-Lab) …
More: Techdirt and BGRTweets: @mylespeterson and @piecritic
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga Is Said To Grant Stock Awards To Staff After Earnings Miss  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), the biggest maker of games played on Facebook Inc.'s website, doled out equity grants to all full-time employees after an earnings shortfall caused a share-price decline and lessened the value of existing grants …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Principal Mozilla Engineer Mike Hanson Departs, Joins Greylock As EIR  —  Greylock Partners announced tonight that it has added a new member to its team, with Mike Hanson joining the firm this week as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  Hanson joins Greylock from Mozilla, where he has been a principal engineer …
More: Greylock VCTweets: @greylockvc
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Spotify Effect Shows Up: Streaming Music Boosts Warner's Bottom Line  —  Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have made a lot of noise.  Now they're actually generating money for the music labels, too.  —  Warner Music Group says streaming services contributed 25 percent …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Ebook site Unglue.it hits bump after Amazon ends crowdfunding payment support  —  Unglue.it, which aims to release ebooks into the Creative Commons through crowdfunding, has only “freed” one book so far and has already hit a bump after Amazon Payments pulled support for crowdfunding accounts.

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