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6:20 PM ET, August 2, 2010

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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Android Sales Overtake iPhone in the U.S.  —  Sales of Google Android phones in the U.S. are rising so quickly, the devices have outsold Apple handsets for the first time on record.  New smartphone subscribers choosing Google phones accounted for 27 percent of U.S. smartphone sales …
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Android smart phone shipments grow 886% year-on-year in Q2 2010  —  Nokia retains smart phone leadership position, but competitors close the gap Palo Alto, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Monday, 2 August 2010 Nokia retained a substantial lead in the worldwide smart phone market in Q2 2010, achieving a 38% market share.
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Said to Target Visa, MasterCard With Smartphones  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile carriers, are planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones, posing a new threat to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., three people with direct knowledge of the plan said.
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Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Apple Vet Makes First Venture Bet On Mobile-Pay Start-Up Payfone
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   Specter of Apple Looms Over Verizon, AT&T's Cell Phone Credit Cards Game
Nielsen Wire:
What Americans Do Online: Social Media And Games Dominate Activity  —  Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs, up from 15.8 percent just a year ago (43 percent increase) according to new research released today from The Nielsen Company.
Microsoft:
Office for Mac 2011 Hitting Store Shelves This October  —  Qualifying new purchases of Office 2008 will include a full upgrade to Office 2011.  —  Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, the next version of the leading productivity suite for the Mac, will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October.
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Low Office for Mac Pricing Reflects Google Effect  —  Microsoft on Monday announced pricing for its Office 2011 for Mac productivity suite, and the cost savings are dramatic, particularly for business users.  Redmond's two editions of Office 2011 for Mac, slated to ship in October …
Discussion: WebProNews
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 coming to Europe in October, US in November, according to Microsoft COO (video)  —  Here's something that seems to have slipped the net from Kevin Turner's recent presentation on Windows Phone 7 devices.  While discussing the move to Microsoft's next great hope in the mobile space …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Amazon: We have 70-80 percent of e-book market  —  Recently, I sat down with Ian Freed, Amazon's vice president of digital, to get a sneak peek at the new Kindles and discuss e-books and the Kindle business in general.  Naturally, a good portion of the conversation centered on the design …
Discussion: Electronista
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
No Hotspot, No Tethering for Motorola Droid  —  Verizon Wireless announced on July 30 that the Motorola Droid would receive the Android 2.2 update starting the week of August 2.  Android 2.2 natively supports tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot creation.  The Motorola Droid, however, will not offer these features.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
What Microsoft isn't saying about its iPad compete strategy  —  Some believe Microsoft is being coy about its slate plans.  Others simply think the company is being clueless.  I think the Redmondians are planting decoys, hoping they'll provide cover for missteps.
Gadget Lab:
Why Does the New Kindle Have A Microphone?  —  At this point, you probably know a lot about the new Kindle.  But it's this little hardware addition on the underside of the device that's caught our attention:  —  What's that in the middle?  Why, yes — it's a microphone!
Discussion: TeleRead and SlashGear
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Andrys Basten / A Kindle World blog:
Unsung features of Kindle 3.  PDF contrast, Web Zoom-ins, Time-setting etc
Discussion: SlashGear and TeleRead
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Would-Be Owner Says He Owes Claim to Arrest, Andrew Cuomo Lawsuit  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims in a lawsuit that he owns 84 percent of Facebook Inc., said his case wouldn't have been possible if state troopers hadn't come to his house in October to arrest him for fraud.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Jailbreak Only: FaceTime Goes 3G  —  Well that was quick!  Less than 24 hours after the public release of the iPhone 4 jailbreak, FaceTime has already been tricked into working over 3G connections.  It's made possible thanks to My3G, a jailbreak app that tricks your iPhone into thinking it's on Wi-Fi instead of 3G.
Net Market Share:
Internet Explorer on a Roll - Gains Another .42%  —  Internet Explorer extended its usage share gains by another .42% in July, gaining about 1% global share since May.  This is the second month in a row of global gains for Internet Explorer and the third straight month of gains for Internet Explorer 8 in the United States.
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail Plugin Rapportive Raises Over $1 Million From Gmail Creator, Many Others  —  Rapportive, a startup that looks to make Gmail better by providing contextually relevant information about your contacts, has raised an impressive seed round of over $1 million with participation from some well known angels.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and techno.blog
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: PlayOn brings Hulu and Netflix to the iPhone — without Apple's help  —  PlayOn, the service that allows you to view streaming media from the web and PCs on a variety of devices, is finally headed to the iPhone as of tomorrow.  It originally planned to release an iPhone app via …
CT.gov Portal:
Attorney General Investigates Potentially Anticompetitive E-Book Deals With Amazon And Apple  —  Attorney General Investigates Potentially Anticompetitive E-Book Deals With Amazon And Apple  —  Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating agreements between the country's largest e-book publishers …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows 7 wins, Mac OS X loses July battle for share  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 reached a major milestone in July, while Apple's Mac OS X lost ground for the fourth straight month, a Web analytics firm Net Applications said Sunday.  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 reached a major milestone in July …
Ben Dobbin / Associated Press:
1962 glass could be Corning's next bonanza seller  —  CORNING, N.Y. — An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc.  —  The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production …
New York Times:
Bing and Google in a Race for Search Features  —  Edwin Perello discovered that Bing, the Microsoft search engine, could find addresses in his rural Indiana town when Google could not.  Laura Michelson, an administrative assistant in San Francisco, was lured by Bing's flight fare tracker.
 
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HP:
HP Announces Settlement with U.S. Department of Justice
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botnet with 60GB of stolen data cracked wide open
Discussion: AVG Blogs and Computerworld
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Android's Serious Piracy Problem Costs Developers Big Money
Discussion: FierceDeveloper
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases “Canary Build” of Chrome for the Early, Early Adopters
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire isn't Even Halfway to its 4G Coverage Goals
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Wall Street Journal:
Sites in Like, Not Love, With Facebook Link
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Wikileaks signs up to Pirate Bay founder's online ‘tip jar’
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Dave Methvin / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Phone Idea Is Nuts
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Dell, HP to resell Oracle's operating systems
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Sex industry embraces FaceTime, world feigns surprise
 

 
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