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12:30 PM ET, August 13, 2010


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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Oracle sues Google over Android and Java  —  Two Silicon Valley heavyweights are about to reenact the Java wars: this time, in a court room.  —  Oracle issued a press release late Thursday saying it has filed suit against Google for infringing on copyrights and patents related to Java …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft could be a winner in Oracle's patent attack over Java  —  I'd think there could be a whole lot of celebrating going on in Redmond today, the day after Oracle announced it is suing Google over alleged patent infringements involving Java in the Android mobile operating system.
New York Magazine:
Google Is Having a Pretty Crappy Friday the 13th
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle vs. Google over Java: Android lawsuits may begin to pile up
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Launching Official Live Streaming Channel: Facebook Live  —  Today at 3 PM PST (6 EST), Facebook will unveil its new official live video streaming channel, Facebook Live.  To kick off the launch, actress America Ferrera will stop by Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto …
Discussion: All Facebook and The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google, Just Cut The BS And Give The Gordon Gekko Speech Already  —  The past few days I've been bookmarking posts about Google, Verizon, and net neutrality to read later.  For the past few hours I've been doing that — and I've barely made a dent.  It seems that everyone who has ever written …
Fred / A VC:
Regulation Strangulation  —  I've written a bit about net neutrality on this blog in the past few years.  Every time I do, I hear about problems with regulating the Internet.  The readers of this blog are a fairly “laissez faire” bunch.  Guess what?  So am I.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Axon Logic Hackintosh Tablet May Just Out-iPad The iPad  —  Back in April we heard word of an affordable hackintosh tablet called the Axon Haptic.  We were skeptical, since all we had was an anonymous tip and a render — something any 3D concept artist could have cooked up in an hour or two.
Royal Pingdom:
The top countries on Facebook (chart)  —  Facebook recently passed an incredible milestone, 500 million active users.  And it keeps growing.  —  Although Facebook initially focused on the United States, it soon turned its eyes towards the horizon and the rest of the world.
Motorola Droid 2 Teardown  —  Is this the Droid we're looking for?  Why yes!  Yes it is!  We've acquired the latest smartphone on the market, the Motorola Droid 2.  Join us as we break down this Droid into its most basic components.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How Starbucks Plans to Capitalize on Free Wi-Fi  —  Starbucks stores nationwide now have free Wi-Fi, but details around the second piece to the coffee retailer's digital strategy — the Starbucks Digital Network — have been slim.  Here's how Starbucks plans to cater to digital consumers …
Justin James / TechRepublic Blogs:
Windows Phone 7 through a developer's eyes  —  Developer Justin James shares his perspective about the pros and the cons about development for Windows Phone 7.  Find out what he thinks could be the Achilles' heel for Windows Phone 7.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 7 secret sauce: developers, developers, developers
Discussion: Electronista and MobileCrunch
Boy Genius Report:
RIM holding conference call for customers, government officials to talk privacy  —  We've been alerted that a Research In Motion VP has sent out a letter to top business customers and government officials inviting them to join in a conference call bridge at 10:00 AM this morning.
India says Google, Skype, RIM must meet security needs
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
PayPal hopes to make micropayments easier online  —  SAN FRANCISCO — PayPal wants to make it easier to buy low-cost digital goods online, whether it's a single article on a news website or virtual items in a video game.  —  Scott Thompson, the online payment service's president …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
David Crawford / Wall Street Journal:
Probe of Bribery at H-P Heats Up  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Hewlett-Packard Co. to provide a trove of internal records as part of an international investigation into allegations that H-P executives paid bribes in Russia, according to people familiar with the investigations.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia CEO: We have a CPU strategy  —  Nvidia's chief executive officer is emphatic that his company has a strategy for building processors beyond its mainstay graphics chips.  —  During an interview with CNET, Jen-Hsun Huang addressed a longstanding issue with the company's chips that has become …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Data-visualization duo turns down Knight funding over open source  —  Normally when you win a Knight News Challenge grant, there's not much of a question about what to do.  You take the money!  But for Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg of Flowing Media, winning in the 2010 competition prompted a tough decision.
Mike Subelsky / Mike Subelsky's Blog:
Why You Might Not Want That Cybersecurity Job  —  Cybersecurity, while offering lucrative job opportunities, might not be an ultimately rewarding career for Maryland technologists.  I worked in this sector for about eight years as a military officer, government civilian …
Discussion: BaltTech
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM buys Unica for $480 million  —  IBM said Friday it will buy Unica in a deal worth $480 million.  Unica makes marketing automation software.  —  With the move IBM adds another software company to its arsenal.  IBM recently acquired CoreMetrics and Sterling Commerce for its analytics lineup.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Broadcaster ITV “consults lawyers” over Apple TV rename rumours [Updated]  —  UPDATE: Apple has been in touch to tell us that it denies they told the Mirror the name “Wouldn't be too similar”, stating that as usual it does not comment on speculation and rumour.  —  UPDATE 2: We've added a statement from ITV at the end of the post.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How a 16-yo Kid Made His First Million Dollars Following His Hero, Steve Jobs  —  His name: Christian Owens.  His age: 16.  He made his first million dollars in two years, “inspired by Apple's CEO Steve Jobs”.  This is how he did it.  —  The British teen—who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire—got his first computer age seven.
Discussion: The Register and, Thanks:gizmodo
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Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
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