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8:20 PM ET, August 13, 2010


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Miguel de Icaza:
Initial Thoughts on Oracle vs Google Patent Lawsuit  —  Today Oracle sued Google over Java patents and copyrights that they claim Google's Android OS infringes.  The lawsuit claims that Google knowingly infringed on those patents, and that the continued distribution of Google's Android is harming Oracle's Java Business.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Java Creator Gosling: Oracle's Android Lawsuit Is No Surprise  —  While the Oracle lawsuit against Google over Java may have come as a surprise to some, it was not unexpected by others, including Java creator James Gosling.  —  In what some characterize as a battle in the making ever since …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Calls Oracle Patent Suit Baseless And An Attack On The Open-Source Java Community  —  Last night, Oracle filed suit against Google over its Android operating system, alleging that Google was infringing on seven Java patents with Android and its Dalvik virtual machine.
New York Magazine:
Google Is Having a Pretty Crappy Friday the 13th
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:   Facebook Live: Vokle, Livestream and Facebook respond.
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Amateurish Facebook Live will suck up your time
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Joan Marsh / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Wireless is Different  —  It's now day four of the aftermath of the Verizon-Google net neutrality announcement and the number of voices weighing in on the matter continues to grow.  Monday's news fanned what was already a passionate discussion.  And it also brought into focus a critical aspect …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
No Shock: AT&T Backs Different Rules for Wireless in Net Neutrality
Discussion: TechCrunch and Techdirt
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.
PayPal Talking With Google About Handling Android Payments  —  EBay Inc.'s PayPal business is in talks to add its payment service to Google Inc.'s Android smartphone software, making it easier for users to pay for applications, three people familiar with the matter said.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google Blog:
The problem with Google Voice Actions for Android  —  Google Voice actions is a “cool” new feature for Android (Froyo 2.2).  With this new feature you are able to tell your phone what to do, with just your voice.  How about some of these examples:  —  1) “send text to bob hey are you coming for lunch or what?”
Scott Webster / AndroidGuys:
Vlingo Sets $10 App Free After Google Voice Actions Announcement
Discussion: Android Tapp, AndroidSPIN and Vlingo
Kris Colvin / Fresh from the Arboretum:
Breaking: New Features from Twitter Just Appeared: TLists & Also Followed By  —  I'm a bit befuddled but wanted to share some mysterious features that just showed up on my screen.  —  The first is TLists - a similar feature to Listorious, TList appeared on my page to show others the lists I am on.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Hires Former Facebook, MySpace Exec Owen Van Natta  —  Zynga has hired former Facebook Chief Revenue Officer and MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta as EVP Business, reporting to CEO Mark Pincus.  Van Natta was most recently in the news in February, when he stepped down as CEO of MySpace after just less than a year on the job.
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The $99 Kindle - Why e-readers will soon cost less than $100.  —  Late last month, Amazon unveiled a new version of its Kindle e-book reader that, like every new Kindle, is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the previous one.  It's also the cheapest Kindle ever—the new Wi-Fi version sells for just $139.
Discussion: TeleRead, CrunchGear and Kindle Review
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Microsoft's lost eight years online: More than $6 billion down the tubes  —  Microsoft has recently touted its success with Bing — and with good reason.  The search engine is gaining share and will continue to as Microsoft's partnership with Yahoo kicks in.
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.
Social Gold:
Social Gold Joins Google - A Letter From Our Founders  —  We are excited to announce that Jambool is becoming a part of the Google family today.  —  Jambool started as a social collaboration platform in 2006.  In 2007, we shifted our  —  focus to build applications on social networks.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Survey Says: 34 Percent Of AT&T iPhone Owners Are Waiting To Switch To Verizon  —  When AT&T's monopoly on the iPhone ends in the U.S., it is not going to be pretty.  With increasing evidence that Verizon is preparing to offer the iPhone 4 early next year, many people are waiting before buying one or upgrading.
Discussion: Fortune, Macsimum News and Electronista
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Cable Firms Eye Tablet Space  —  Comcast, Verizon and Others Plan New Apps; Licensing Content Slows Process  —  More TV shows and movies may be coming to tablet computers like Apple Inc.'s iPad—for those who pay to watch.  —  At least seven of the ten largest subscription-TV providers …
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Gowalla CEO: Sorry Mobile Web: Users Prefer Apps  —  In the ongoing debate over apps versus the web on smartphones, apps are clearly winning.  There's hope from companies like Opera and Google that the web will surge ahead as HTML 5 becomes more widespread, and access to native phone hardware …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
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