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12:10 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 …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Updated plist suggests new Apple device “iProd” coming soon  —  An updated USBConfiguration.plist in the most recent version of iPhone OS 3.1 beta offers compelling evidence that Apple has continued development on an unknown device, referred to as “iProd,” that was first discovered in March.
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.
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Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
Bad Apple?  —  By keeping tight-fisted control over its products …
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gearlog and Slashdot
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?
The Big Lead:
ESPN's Memo on Social Networking: Smells Like They're Cooking Up Some Changes  —  The kind folks at ESPN PR just passed along - without us even asking!  - ESPN's ‘additional guidelines for social networking.’ The rules are printed after the jump.  Guess our homework tonight is to find out why this initiative was kick-started now?
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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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, WideOrbit, CNET News and ClickZ
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Shafqat / NewsCred Blog:
Some Suggestions for Chris Ahearn & Reuters  —  There is no question that Chris Ahearn, President of Reuters Media, ‘gets it’.  In fact, Reuters as a company seems to understand and evolve smartly with the times.  While other media organizations and wire services are struggling …
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Chris Ahearn / MediaFile:
Why I believe in the link economy
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sony launches two new readers including a pocket-sized $199 device  —  Sony on Wednesday will unveil two new e-book devices, a pocket edition with a 5-inch screen for $199 and a touch-screen version starting at $299.  The devices will be available at the end of August.
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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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla shuts Firefox e-store after security breach  —  Blames firm that runs store's backend ops; no details on what was accessed, when or how  —  Computerworld - Mozilla shuttered its online store late Tuesday after finding out that the firm it hired to run the backend operations …
Discussion: Macworld
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The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Store Vendor Security Breach
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
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.
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Why consumers won't buy tablets  —  Rumors have it Apple is a month away from announcing a tablet computer.  Another tablet, the Crunchpad, is also due for imminent release.  These and other fine keyboardless computers get great play on gadget blogs (including our own Crave), but in the real world …
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.
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:atul
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Open-Xchange Tries To Liberate Your Contact List  —  Hear that?  It's the sound of servers in Switzerland sucking down information from social networking sites.  —  Open-Xchange, an open-source e-mail and collaboration software maker, has set up a test Web site that allows people to pull …
Marco.org:
It's only a race to the bottom if you make it one  —  In nearly every critique of the App Store, developers and journalists cite the “race to the bottom”: the supposedly inevitable price drops until an app reaches $0.99.  They make it sound like you can't sell an app in any reasonable volume …
Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
 
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