The Weekly Hash - September 7, 2012

A review of some of the top tech stories for the past week, with tongue planted firmly somewhere near cheek.

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ITworld/Phil Johnson

It may have been a short week, but, boy, between the Democratic National Convention, smartphone-unveiling-palooza, the NFL season kickoff, and the Kindle-a-thon, it was a busy one! While we get ready for Friday Happy Hour and next week’s big Apple announcement(s) (do you have a Golden Ticket?), let’s review this week’s big tech news:

Twitter released the new, more restrictive version of its API on Wednesday. Here’s how restrictive it is: every single API call will now have to be made via telephone.

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram became official on Thursday. The Instagram staff will soon move to Facebook headquarters, where they’ll work in washed-out, sepia-colored office space with a white border.

On Wednesday Nokia unveiled new versions of their Lumia Windows 8 phones, while later that day Motorola announced new versions of their Droid Razr smartphones. Nobody was more excited about these announcements than smartphone junkies - except possibly Apple’s IP lawyers.

Microsoft will allow users of Windows 8 Pro to downgrade their new PCs to Windows 7 or Vista, if they choose. Users choosing to downgrade will be responsible for getting the installation media and, for those choosing Vista, paying to have their heads examined.

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