Verge Open Thread: August 10th, 2012


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Nilay Patel: Thursday, August 9th, 2012

News from The Verge compromised, Blizzard investigating

"This week, our security team found an unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network here at Blizzard," Morhaime wrote on the company's website. "We quickly took steps to close off this access and began working with law enforcement and security experts to investigate what happened."

Kinect 2 image leaked, shows increased detail and depth data

Microsoft is working with the Durango Xbox Development Kit (XDK) and the user interface is the same as shown in the picture, according to one person familiar with Microsoft's Durango work. Microsoft's testing involves a focus on depth and movement data, something shown in the picture.

Confidential Apple and Samsung sales numbers revealed in court filing

The document, prepared for the trial by the Invotex Group, lists the US sales numbers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as 24 different Samsung smartphones, and three members of the Galaxy Tab line.

All four major US carriers join with Google, ISIS to form Mobile Payments Committee

"The idea behind the committee is to get all the players around the table, ask everyone to take off their company hats and put on their industry hats, and talk about what issues need to be resolved"

Microsoft now using 'Modern UI Style' to refer to Windows 8 'Metro Style' apps

Microsoft employees have started using "Modern UI Style" to refer to the new Windows 8 Start Screen and "Modern UI" design in reference to Windows 8 apps.

Quantum teleportation achieved as Chinese researchers send data across a lake

The team was able to teleport a qubit (a standard unit of data in quantum computing) 97 kilometers across a lake using a small set of photons without fiberoptic cables or other intermediaries.

Apple retail stores now price matching iPhone 4S and 4

According to a picture sent by the source, stores can take up to $49.01 off of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, and an Apple store employee was more than happy to offer us the 16GB 4S for $149.99 when we mentioned Sprint's recent price drop.

Google to pay $22.5 million to settle privacy charges

Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million penalty to settle FTC privacy charges that the search giant ignored user settings within Apple's Safari browser.

Sony Xperia Tablet design details revealed in leaked pictures

Like the Tablet S, this new device — which will reportedly be called simply "Xperia Tablet" — has a curved design, resembling a folded book or piece of paper.

Beck's new album, 'Song Reader,' is actually 20 pieces of sheet music

Beck has teamed up with McSweeney's for his upcoming December release, Song Reader, which includes twenty songs, 18 of which feature original lyrics, that have never been released or recorded. Instead of performing the songs himself, Beck is releasing them as sheet music that buyers will have to bring to life themselves.

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