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3:30 PM ET, August 5, 2009

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Google:
Google to Acquire On2 Technologies  —  CLIFTON PARK, NY and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (August 5, 2009) - On2 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ONT) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire On2, a leading developer of video compression technology.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Video Compression Technology Company On2 For $106 Million  —  Google and On2 Technologies jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire On2, a developer of video compression technology.  The acquisition is expected to close later this year.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Watch Out, Flash; Google Buys On2  —  Google today announced it bought On2 Technologies in a stock-for-stock transaction worth $106.5 million.  On2 has historically been a core underpinning of online video with its encoding and compression technologies.  However, the company is not an obvious pick …
Boy Genius Report:
Apple launching iPhone 3GS 8GB soon?  —  We've had a number of unconfirmed tips over the last few days about this so we figured we'd post it... apparently it seems that Rogers in Canada is in the process of shipping iPhone 3GS 8GB flavor handsets to stores.  Again, unconfirmed, no idea on pricing …
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Zune HD hands-on, impressions, tears of joy  —  Do you believe in miracles?  —  (Credit: Donald Bell/CNET Networks)  —  I'll admit right off the bat that I've been a pretty big fan of the Zune ever since I bought my first one back in 2007.  I've also had some disappointments …
Min Li Chan / Google Chrome Blog:
A New Beta: Why slow down when you can speed up?  —  There's a brand new beta for you to try out today.  As always, we continue to focus on speed, and this beta release shows over 30% improvement on both the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over our current stable channel release.
Randall C. Kennedy / Randall C. Kennedy's blog:
Critical Windows 7 bug risks derailing product launch  —  An apparent fatal flaw in the NTFS driver stack may bring Microsoft's Windows 7 impending victory parade to a grinding halt  —  Oh boy!  It appears that Microsoft's glowing track record with Windows 7 is about to come to an abrupt and unceremonious end.
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Windows 7: Tested in depth  —  Deserved or not, Microsoft had dug itself a cold, deep, dark hole with Windows Vista.  Users demanding that Redmond extend the life of Windows XP wasn't exactly something they could be proud of, either.  Bombarded by complaints and negative press …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Goodbye iPod, hello iPhone  —  Apple passed an important milestone last quarter that nobody on Wall Street seems to have noticed: the iPod, once Apple's (AAPL) No. 1 source of revenue, fell into third place after the Mac (No. 1) and the iPhone (No. 2).  —  Think of Apple's business model …
Nick Lee / Google LatLong:
I didn't know that was there!  —  Here at Google Maps we're always looking for new ways to allow people to easily explore the world's information.  Well, what could be easier than putting things right on the map?  We've now added icons and labels of prominent businesses and places of interest directly on the map itself.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ninjawords: iPhone Dictionary, Censored by Apple  —  Two years ago I linked to a web site called Ninjawords — a fast, simple online dictionary backed by a good data source (Wiktionary).  —  The developers behind Ninjawords, Matchstick Software, have released an iPhone version, currently available from the App Store for just $2.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Closed Deal: WideOrbit Acquires Google Radio Assets  —  Google Radio, the Internet search and advertising giant's online radio ad buying service, has been sold to online ad and media management software firm WideOrbit for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition was first reported by PaidContent …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google sells radio assets, in latest sign of failed offline ad strategy
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Other Companies Should Have To Read This Internal Netflix Presentation  —  Ever since Netflix's awesome vacation policy was revealed to the public (basically, there is no policy, it's take the time you think you need), the company's work policies have been of interest to people.
Tam Huynh / Ovi blog:
I love my Mac.  And so does Ovi Files.  —  Like many of us at Nokia, I lead a double life.  I'm a Thinkpad guy by day and a MacBook guy by night.  —  So you ask, how do you, Mister Ovi Files product manager, update that Word document you were working on until 2 am?  You know, the one you forgot to copy to your USB stick?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Yahoo May Terminate Microsoft Search Ad Deal if Revenue per Search Lags Google  —  Yahoo may quash the Microsoft search ad deal if search engine giant Google's revenue-per-search query rate is higher than both Microsoft's and Yahoo's RPS rates.  Microsoft will also hire 400 Yahoo employees …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Here Come The Twitter Patent Lawsuits.  TechRadium Files The First One.  —  Twitter is being sued again, and this time it isn't some angry baseball manager who doesn't like people impersonating him on the service.  This time it is a little more serious.  Twitter is being sued for patent infringement …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Claims 32 Percent of Handset Industry Operating Profits  —  With the iPhone, Apple is doing to the handset industry what it has done to the PC industry with the Mac: Claiming an inordinate share of profits relative to revenue.  —  Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimates that Apple …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Hot Story to Has-Been: Tracking News via Cyberspace  —  Like a lot of new ideas, Media Cloud started with a long-running argument among friends.  Ethan Zuckerman and a handful of his colleagues at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School found themselves in endless disputes …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Palm's Pre Is Trying to Live Up to the Hype  —  Wall Street is reducing forecasts for Sprint's sales of the smartphone.  That doesn't bode well for Palm as it works to sign up new carriers for Pre  —  Palm's road to a comeback is hitting a few speed bumps.
Discussion: PreCentral.net and PalmAddicts
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Banned App Store Developer Had Been Trying to Auction Off Business  —  Yesterday we reported on a MobileCrunch story about developer Khalid Shaikh, whose developer status was terminated by Apple over third-party intellectual property complaints, resulting in the removal of all of his apps from the App Store.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
T-Mobile myTouch 3G storming retail stores today for $199.99 on contract  —  You knew good and well this day was coming, but if you're sick and tired of lusting after your proactive neighbor's myTouch 3G, today's your lucky day.  The highly customizable HTC handset will be widely available starting …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to be Traded on NASDAQ  —  Ever since Global Gaming Factory (GGF) announced that it would acquire The Pirate Bay and turn it into a legal file-sharing site, exact details on what will happen after the sale is completed have been scarce.  —  TorrentFreak spoke with GGF's CEO Hans Pandeya …
Staska / Unwired View:
RIM files for hybrid capacitive/ resistive Blackberry touchscreen patent  —  In the minds of hardcore touch phone fans the answer about which - resistive or capacitive - touchscreen technology is better, is already answered.  And the clear winner is capacitive screen.
Wall Street Journal:
What Does KUTGW Mean?  —  The confusion has given rise to a number of resources that provide English translations for terms like WRUD ("What are you doing?") and TTYL ("Talk to you later")—among them independent Web sites like NetLingo.com and UrbanDictionary.com and corporate ones like LG Mobile Phones' DTXTR.com.
Discussion: Glass House
Inside Edge:
TomTom iPhone pricing leaked  —  Please support our Hardware and Software advertiser: Programming Forums  —  How much for an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav?  That's the question that has been on the lips of many an iPhone user ever since TomTom announced it was developing a version …
Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Yang Is Gorilla in Room on Yahoo-Microsoft: Rich Jaroslovsky  —  Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) — Wall Street is jeering Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz for the deal she cut with Microsoft Corp. last week.  The blame is misplaced.  —  Yahoo shares plummeted 12 percent …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
WSJ's New Policy: Won't Take Herd Embargoes  —  The Wall Street Journal has a new policy for its editorial staff, we have learned: it will not accept embargoes for stories, but will take exclusives if handed to them.  We have confirmed the policy from various sources, although a WSJ spokesman told us …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Hide labels, see subject lines on netbooks  —  Some time ago I bought a netbook.  It's perfect in terms of portability, weight and space usage, but the natural drawback is the size of the screen.  It's so small that sometimes I find it hard to read the subjects of emails in my inbox.
 
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