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8:00 PM ET, August 15, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire Like.com After Leaving Them At The Altar In 2005  —  In late 2005 Google was on the verge of acquiring a company called Riya - the first real attempt at image facial recognition and tagging for consumers.  Google eventually walked away from Riya, and the company trudged on.
Thanks:bobcaswell
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
‘Super angel’ Aydin Senkut raises $40M fund  —  Felicis Ventures, the firm created by early Googler (and VentureBeat investor) Aydin Senkut, just announced that it has raised $40 million.  It's the firm's first institutional fund.  —  Felicis says it will continue to focus on early-stage mobile and Internet investments.
Discussion: GigaOM and Wall Street Journal
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Snaps Up Chai Labs  —  In yet another small acquisition, Facebook has bought Chai Labs, several sources said.  —  BoomTown could not confirm the price for the purchase of the content-focused start-up, but it is likely to be around $10 million and more focused on acquiring talent.
Discussion: CNET News
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google to open ‘Google Ideas’ global technology think tank  —  Hoping to apply technology solutions to solve the world's problems, Google is hiring Washington technology insider Jared Cohen.  —  Jared Cohen in 2007.  Image Credit: Washington Life Magazine
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:llsethj
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Murdoch's New iPaper: One Last Tragic Roll Of The Digital Dice  —  “Rupert Murdoch To Launch New National Newspaper”.  —  As headlines go, that's up there with “DeLorean To Unveil New ‘Gull-Wing’ Car”, “Freddy Laker Reveals Trans-Atlantic Airline Plans” and “Charge! says Light Brigade” …
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Felix Salmon:
The huge obstacles facing Murdoch's new tablet newspaper
Discussion: Engadget
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Conceptual USGA golf scoring app by Microsoft shows Windows Phone 7 apps done right  —  With the developer momentum building behind Windows Phone 7, there's a lot of work-in-progress applications flying around.  Although many of them show a lot of potential, it's easy to get distracted …
Agence France Presse:
N.Korea uses Twitter for propaganda offensive  —  SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's propaganda campaign has surged into the 21st century with a new Twitter account, hot on the heals of its foray into video with clips posted on YouTube.  —  South Korea blocks the site and few in North Korea have access even to a computer.
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
New Satellites Aim to Offer Improved Internet Service  —  Satellite companies have been the also-rans of Internet providers.  —  They serve a little more than one million customers, most in rural areas that have no other options.  Their services can be painfully slow and cost twice as much as high-speed broadband.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
iPadversaries!  32 Tablets, Slates, Pads, and More  —  Why are iPads selling as fast as Apple's Chinese subcontractors can crank them out?  In part, it's because the iPad has a suddenly-hot product category pretty much to itself.  Before scuttlebutt that Apple was working on a tablet started to heat up …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Slide's History Points to Google's Social Plans  —  Why did Google buy social application developer Slide?  A main line of speculation has been that the company wants to build a social gaming platform, and there are many reasons to assume that.  —  But we're hearing that the search leader …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Leaked Intel roadmap details Sandy Bridge CPUs, expands SSD lineup?  —  If a set of supposedly leaked slides are legitimate (and they sure look convincing to us) then the shape of Intel's dirt-brown 2011 plans has finally been revealed.  As you can see immediately above …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
Why Playfish is rooting for Google Me  —  As Google gears up its social push, attracting the right games to its platform will be critical.  So the search giant will welcome the endorsement of Playfish, and with it, parent company Electronic Arts, for its plans in Google Me.
Discussion: Financial Times
 
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Discussion: Andy Beard
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