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The Official Google Blog:
Update on Google Wave  —  We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users' lives.  Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wave Goodbye To Google Wave  —  Maybe it was just ahead of its time.  Or maybe there were just too many features to ever allow it to be defined properly, but Google is saying today that they are going to stop any further development of Google Wave.  —  Wave, a real time messaging platform …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Give Google Credit For Quickly Getting Rid Of Projects That Don't Work  —  Google just announced that it is going to kill its super-futuristic messaging service, Google Wave, because no one wanted to use it.  —  Similarly, earlier this summer, Google announced that it was killing its Nexus …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Slide for $182 Million, Getting More Serious about Social Games  —  We've just learned that Google has agreed to buy Slide for $182 million, in a deal to be announced Friday.  And sources also tell us that this is not the last move Google is going to be making to cobble together …
ChangeWave Research:
iPhone 4 Owners Tell Us What They Really Think About Their Smart Phones  —  The iPhone 4 launched in late June and was initially heralded as one of the most successful product releases in Apple's history.  But within days the firestorm over reception and antenna issues unleashed an exceptional degree of critical commentary.
NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Motorola, HTC drive Android to Smartphone OS lead in the U.S.  —  Android now installed in one of every three smartphones sold at retail.  BlackBerry OS share drops 9 points to 28 percent. … - Motorola Droid  — HTC Droid Incredible  — HTC EVO 4G  — HTC Hero
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NPD: Android is now top-selling OS in American smartphones  —  Step aside, BlackBerrys and iPhones, the American consumer has voted with his wallet and picked Android as his favorite flavor in the quarter just gone.  NPD's number crunchers have just announced their findings for Q2 2010 …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Leaked Details On 2010-2011 iPods, iPhone 5, Bumper 2 + iPad mini  —  Take this report with the requisite grains of salt, but here's what we've heard about the upcoming late 2010/early 2011 iPod, iPhone, and iPad lineups from a highly reliable source.  If you remember our exclusive first details …
Michael's Minute:
Apple Quietly Enables Online Streaming To iPhones, iPad and iTouch  —  Buried in the release notes of an updated iPhone app is significant new functionality which lets Apple devices stream music from its online storage in a useful manner for the first time.  This is in defiance …
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Chief Fires Back  —  Research In Motion Ltd. co-CEO Michael Lazaridis lashed out at governments seeking to ban his company's BlackBerry phones, saying they risk undermining the growth of electronic commerce by demanding access to secure communications and transactions.
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
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Michael Eyal Sharon / Facebook Blog:
Control Your Information: Anywhere, Anytime  —  You are in control of how you connect and share on Facebook.  Recently, many of you said you wanted more streamlined controls, so we made a number of changes to provide them.  As of today, you can use these controls no matter where you are …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Schmidt: “People Aren't Ready for the Technology Revolution”  —  Eric Schmidt spoke at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe today and dropped some serious rhetorical bombs.  “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003,” Schmidt said …
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Dish to stream live TV on iPad, other devices  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dish subscribers will soon be able to watch live satellite TV on their mobile devices at no extra cost.  —  Dish Network Corp. is planning to offer the feature on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and The Next Web
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Buys Friendster Patents for $40M  —  Facebook bought the entire Friendster portfolio of social networking patents earlier this year.  The seven patents and eleven patent applications had been transferred to MOL Global when it bought Friendster for about $39.5 million late last year.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images  —  For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed.  The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.”
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Why Clear's 4G iSpot is cheap: it's limited to iOS devices  —  Cell carriers that are not AT&T continue to try and piggyback on iPhone and iPad success by offering wireless hotspots marketed towards users of those devices.  Clearwire is the latest to take that angle with its newly announced iSpot.
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MrK / AlienBabelTech:
[ABT Exclusive]TMobile's “Project Emerald” is HTC Glacier, has a dual-core Snapdragon CPU, three times faster than EVO 4G and benchmarks!  —  With the evidence that we present to you below we can safely say now that TMobile's fabled “Project Emerald” is in fact the rumored HTC Glacier.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google, Verizon Said to Have Reached Deal on Web Traffic Rules  —  Verizon Communications Inc. has reached a deal with Google Inc. on how to handle Internet traffic, striking their own accord on policy being weighed by U.S. officials, two people briefed by the companies said today.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Clearwire Announces LTE Trial This Fall - Will work with Huawei Technologies on Phoenix tests  —  Will work with Huawei Technologies on Phoenix tests  —  Clearwire has repeatedly stated they want to leave the option open to migrate to LTE should they see that the Mobile WiMax future …
Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Settles Charges of Anticompetitive Conduct Against Intel  —  The Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement with Intel Corp. that resolves charges the company illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips.  Intel has agreed to provisions that will open the door …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Salesforce pays Microsoft to settle patent infringement suit  —  Microsoft announced on August 4 that it has settled its patent infringement case with Salesforce.  While the terms of the agreement aren't being disclosed “Microsoft is being compensated by Salesforce.com,” according to a Microsoft press release.
Richard Ziade / Basement.org:
The New Clutter  —  There's a new kind of clutter littering Web pages.  It's not just the obnoxious “Refinance your mortgage” ads plastered atop and alongside articles.  It's also not just the animated nonsense that floats by as you're trying to read.  —  It's the article itself.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR!  It's Patton v. Rommel: Vic Gundotra Will Lead Google To Victory In Social War With Facebook  —  Google has chosen a General in their War With Facebook - VP Engineering Vic Gundotra, we've heard from multiple sources.  This is the person who will control overall product strategy …
Joel Evans / The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog:
Kindle Development Kit finally births two games: Shuffled Row and Every Word  —  We've covered the Kindle Development Kit (KDK) in the past, and each time we cover it, we mention how no titles have actually been shipped using it.  Well, today that all changes.
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online game service OnLive's latest filing points to $1.1 billion valuation
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Time Warner Looks to Tie Tablet, Print Magazine Subscriptions
Reuters:
Microsoft objects to Google-Yahoo Japan deal: report
Wall Street Journal:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google declares suspicious Android wallpaper apps safe, lifts ban
Discussion: PC World and Android Phone Fans
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Copies Facebook's “Like”
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CardMunch for iPhone Converts Your Business Cards Into Contacts — By Hand
Discussion: Teens in Tech, GigaOM and K9 Ventures
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Dick Blumenthal, Stop Bashing Tech Companies To Boost Your Campaign
Kathryn Schulz / The Wrong Stuff:
Error Message: Google Research Director Peter Norvig on Being Wrong
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Tim Mayer, Who Worked For Practically Every Search Engine, Leaves Yahoo
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Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung thinks about putting touchscreen on a tablet's back
Discussion: Geek.com
 

 
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