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12:00 PM ET, August 12, 2010

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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Exclusive: Dell Thunder prototype rumbles into the wild (video)  —  Did it get hot in here all of a sudden or is it just this extremely sexy prototype we're looking at?  Yes, the Dell Thunder that boomed onto your internet screens back in April is back, and this time we've got video of it too.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Can Google Get Social Networking Right?  —  The company has many social projects, but may struggle to improve on Facebook.  —  Rumors that Google is building a new social network have persisted since late June, when Kevin Rose, CEO of Digg.com, posted on Twitter that the Web giant was working on a challenger to Facebook.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Upcoming Apple TV loses 1080p playback, gains apps... and will be renamed iTV  —  You might remember that we broke news of an updated Apple TV headed to market just a few months ago.  If your brain isn't working right, let us jog it: a trusted Engadget source asserted that the gang …
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Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Rumor: iTV Hitting in the Fall, $99?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone  —  There's no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it's all about to change.  It seems that Sony Ericsson …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Hackers Hijack Gmail in China  —  Here in the U.S., we've been complaining about Gmail for its new design (Why do we need a “Mail” button and “Inbox” button only an inch apart!?!).  In China, they're complaining about Gmail too, but for a very different reason.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Device Sales Grew 13.8 Percent in Second Quarter of 2010, But Competition Drove Prices Down  —  Android Became the World's Third Most Popular Smartphone Operating System and Claimed Top Spot in the U.S  —  Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 325.6 million units …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:   Gartner and IDC agree: the Android invasion's accelerating around the world
Cpen / Twitter Blog:
Pushing Our (Tweet) Button  —  Twitter is great for sharing interesting things you find on the web.  In fact, close to a quarter of all Tweets include a link in them.  Despite the high volume of sharing, there is plenty of room to make it easier.  Copying and pasting, link shortening …
Discussion: Erictric
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Pulls Camera+ From The App Store After Its Developers Reveal A Contraband Feature  —  The fun's over, folks*.  About a week and a half ago, iPhone developers TapTapTap pushed an updated version of their Camera+ photography app to the App Store, and all seemed well.
Paul Graham:
What Happened to Yahoo  —  When I went to work for Yahoo after they bought our startup in 1998, it felt like the center of the world.  It was supposed to be the next big thing.  It was supposed to be what Google turned out to be.  —  What went wrong?  The problems that hosed Yahoo go back a long time …
Discussion: Lockergnome Blog Network and SmoothSpan Blog, Thanks:zee
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
N92  —  Let's concede for the moment that Amy Thomson's report for Bloomberg back on June 29 is correct, and that Verizon is going to start selling iPhones in January 2011.  Let's further say that this first Verizon iPhone will be a CDMA iPhone 4 — pretty much the same specs as the iPhone 4 we have now, but with CDMA instead of GSM.
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
CDMA iPhone 4 codenamed N92, in engineering verification test …
Discussion: Computerworld
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Flipping for Gesture Search  —  You may already be familiar with Gesture Search, our Android app from Google Labs that lets you search by writing out characters on the touchscreen of your device.  Today we're happy to announce a new version, Gesture Search 1.2, which includes a new motion gesture.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Boomerang for Gmail: Send email later or receive it when you want  —  TNW Quick Hit  —  Boomerang for Gmail lets you control when you send and receive emails.  —  Love It: Scheduled sends.  Get email when you need it.  No more cluttered inbox.  —  Hate It: It's 3rd party …
Discussion: VatorNews and Techie Buzz
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sprint Epic 4G Android Slider Phone Engages on August 31 for $250  —  Sprint's second 4G Android phone, the Samsung Epic 4G, is going to be available August 31 with a $100 rebate to make it $250. … The phone is based off the same core as the other Samsung Galaxy S devices …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Quick Change in Strategy for a Bookseller  —  In the movie “You've Got Mail,” Tom Hanks played the aggressive big-box retailer Joe Fox driving the little bookshop owner played by Meg Ryan out of business.  —  Twelve years later, it may be Joe Fox's turn to worry.
Larry Downes / Technology Liberation Front:
Deconstructing the Google-Verizon Framework  —  I've just published a long analysis for CNET of the proposed legislative framework presented yesterday by Google and Verizon.  —  The proposal has generated howls of anguish from the usual suspects (see quotes appearing in Cecilia Kang …
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Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:   UPDATE: AT&T Pleased With Verizon-Google Net-Traffic Proposal
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Village Emerges in SoMA's 410 Townsend  —  The technology start-up scene is rebounding strongly from the recession.  That's evident at 410 Townsend Street in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.  —  The 75,000-square-foot office building was about 60% vacant in late 2008 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dell's Streak: a Tiny Tablet That Takes Calls, Too  —  In just a few months, Apple's iPad has established that there is indeed a consumer market for a multitouch tablet computer.  —  The 1.5-pound slate with a 10-inch screen has already sold more than 3 million units, even though it costs $499 …
John A. Byrne / C-Change Media Inc.:
Google?  Where are you?  —  Monday of this week was a big day for me.  I launched http://PoetsandQuants.com, the first in a network of niche business websites.  The site is devoted to the coverage of MBAs and graduate business education.  One of the most fascinating aspects of our debut …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In iPhone Game Developer ngmoco  —  Google Ventures, the VC arm of the search giant, has made an investment in popular iPhone/iPad game developer ngmoco, say multiple sources.  The company, which is already profitable, took the money as part of a new round of funding …
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live  —  When Adam Savage, host of the popular science program “MythBusters,” posted a picture on Twitter of his automobile parked in front of his house, he let his fans know much more than that he drove a Toyota Land Cruiser.
 
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
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Electronista:
Firefox 4 beta 3 hits with Windows 7 multi-touch
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Two Days After Steve Slater's Slide Ride, JetBlue Comes Back to the Web
James Hawkins / Google Chrome Blog:
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