Verge Open Thread: August 9th, 2012
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Following a devastating hack of writer Mat Honan's iCloud account, Apple has confirmed that it's stopped offering password resets over the phone. "We’ve temporarily suspended the ability to reset AppleID passwords over the phone," spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Wired.
Gmail results, like Knowledge Graph results, will appear in a small box on the righthand side. The content won't be shown by default (in case anybody's looking over your shoulder), but you can click "show results" to see more.
Pinterest has dropped its invite-only policy, opening its doors to all comers. The photo-sharing social network had previously kept its population in check by requiring invites, but CNET reports that Pinterest has increased its capacity to accept new users.
Zynga's chief operating officer John Schappert has resigned from the social games maker, according to an SEC filing from the company. The resignation comes a week after Schappert was reportedly stripped of his duties in overseeing Zynga's game development.
Conan O'Brien debuted a video on last night's episode of Conan that takes a fair number of shots at Samsung, portraying the company as slavishly cribbing designs from Apple for everything from washing machines to vacuum cleaners.
Ouya's Kickstarter campaign ended today, with the project raising $8,596,178 from 63,413 backers at the time of publishing, smashing their target goal by 900 percent.
The income growth is despite a net loss of 205,000 customers over the quarter; nearly four times the number it lost over the same period a year ago, and a far cry from the 187,000 new customers it added last quarter.
Lenovo has just revealed most of the details on the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a 9.8mm-thick Windows 8 Pro tablet first shown earlier this year in prototype form whose details we published recently. 3G and AT&T LTE models will be available along with an optional digitizer (for "precision" pen input), keyboard, and dock.
The new model has a few key upgrades over the J1: the J2's 3-inch LCD is now filled with 921,000 dots, it has a new metallic body, and there's now a Creative Mode stop on the mode dial offering the scene modes and filters that were previously (and oddly) absent from the camera.
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