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12:45 PM ET, August 18, 2010

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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, goes on sale November 26  —  The title pretty much says it all on this one, folks.  —  Yes, our source tells us that Google is building a Chrome OS tablet.  It's real, and it's being built by HTC.  No surprise there, since HTC churned out the Nexus One for Google.
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Sam Kennedy / 1UP.com:
Google Shows the Future of Browser Games  —  Google's game developer advocate Mark DeLoura demonstrates the Google App store and more.  —  Earlier today at GDC Europe, which takes place before Gamescom this week in Germany, Google's new game developer advocate Mark DeLoura …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse revealed?  —  It's not official until Microsoft says it is, but the image above of the rumored Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse was just snagged off a German online store.  Amazingly, the mouse arches its back for comfortable mousing before packing flat for easy transport.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For the Class of 2014, No E-Mail or Wristwatches  —  Every year the administrators at Wisconsin's Beloit College put together a list of information about incoming freshmen that is shared with the school's professors.  It's not a list of student names, or the books they'll need to order for class.
New York Times:
Investors Chide Michael Dell  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Dell's shareholders delivered a sharp rebuke of Michael S. Dell, the company's founder and chief executive, when a fourth of the investors withheld support of Mr. Dell in a recent vote.  —  In a regulatory filing released Tuesday …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV Is a Tough Sell Among Would-Be Partners  —  Google Inc. is launching a campaign to line up TV networks' support for its new Google TV software, but many remain reluctant to partner with a service that encroaches on their turf.  —  The service will allow people to watch and search cable …
Rio Caraeff / VEVO:
VEVO Goes Mobile!  Introducing VEVO for iPhone and iPod touch  —  The wait is over!  We are thrilled to announce today that our VEVO iPhone (including iPhone 4) and iPod touch App is available now FREE for download at the iTunes store (US & Canada).  —  Brought to you exclusively …
Howard Breuer / People.com:
Plastic Surgeon Was Texting in Car Before Fatal Crash  —  Dr. Frank Ryan, plastic surgeon to Heidi Montag and other celebrities, was sending a Twitter message about his border collie just before his fatal car accident, his ex-girlfriend tells PEOPLE.  —  “He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street …
Discussion: Mashable!
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
If German Homes Can Now Opt Out Of Google, Then How About People?  —  Google made their “opt out of street view” service live in Germany today, giving select Germans until September 15th to exclude their properties from being mapped when the Street View service launches.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Facebook Rolling Out A New Slimmer, Sexier Like Button  —  Though it has only been out for a few months, it seems as if Facebook's Like button is all over the web.  And despite some initial backlash, a lot of people seem to like it (see what I did there?).
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple won't change antenna for Verizon iPhone, says expert  —  Dismisses talk of coating or change in design for possible CDMA iPhone  —  Computerworld - If an iPhone does appear on Verizon, don't expect Apple to change its antenna design, an expert said today.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android OS Grew By 47 Percent In July, iPad Requests Up 327 Percent  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media is releasing its monthly mobile mix report today.  According to Nielsen, Millennial's ads reach 63 million of a total of 77 million mobile web users in the U.S., or 81% of the U.S. mobile web.
Discussion: Fortune, MediaPost and Electronista
Pharyngula:
Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain  —  There he goes again, making up nonsense and making ridiculous claims that have no relationship to reality.  Ray Kurzweil must be able to spin out a good line of bafflegab, because he seems to have the tech media convinced that he's a genius …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Wired Says ‘The Web is Dead’ — On Its Increasingly Profitable Website  —  Chris Anderson will generate plenty of chatter with his “The Web is Dead” Wired cover, foretold here previously.  Fair enough; that's what a smart magazine editor does.  But all the more reason to note the rich ironies in his eulogy.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Verizon to Put Live TV on the iPad  —  Verizon unveiled a series of new video applications today, including an upcoming iPad app that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch the same linear programming that is available on their TV screens on their tablet devices.
Discussion: Reuters
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your fears confirmed: “up to” broadband speeds are bogus  —  Broadband providers in the US have long hawked their wares in “up to” terms.  You know—"up to" 10Mbps, where “up to” sits like a tiny pebble beside the huge font size of the raw number.  —  In reality, no one gets these speeds.
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Swipely Opens to Public, But Are People Ready to Broadcast What They Buy?  —  The social shopping network Swipely, in private beta for three months, is opening up to the public today.  Users upload credit and debit card information so the site seamlessly records where they're “swiping,” …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Outnumber Paid Wi-Fi in the U.S. Says JiWire  —  The number of free wireless hotspots in the U.S. outnumber paid Wi-Fi locations for the first time, with 55.1 percent of public Wi-Fi locations available at no charge, according to a report from JiWire …
Discussion: Macworld, Computerworld and JiWire
Los Angeles Times:
Google TV plan is causing jitters in Hollywood  —  Many worry that Silicon Valley will upend the entertainment industry just like the Internet ravaged the music and newspaper industries.  —  The two men leading Google TV believe technological innovation can make TV better and more profitable for everyone.
Discussion: CrunchGear and ReadWriteWeb
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
T-Mobile G2 gets a teaser site, will be network's first HSPA+ phone  —  It's called the G2, it'll run Android, and it's T-Mobile's first phone to ride those wannabe-4G HSPA+ airwaves.  Those are the facts we have.  As to the speculation, a previous roadmap leak and T-Mobile's own …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Status Gets Auto-Suggest  —  Facebook has begun automatically suggesting links to Facebook pages, groups, interests and even other users this morning, offering a drop-down list of suggestions as you type.  —  The feature is reminiscent of Google Suggest, which tries to predict …
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple awarded patents for Slide to Unlock, keyboard letter pop  —  In the fast-changing world of smartphone design, often the most valuable thing that a company can own is a patent for a specific feature they've invented.  No matter how seemingly trivial the design feature is …
Discussion: Geek.com, The Next Web and MacStories
 
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PC World:
Swedish Pirate Party to Host Wikileaks Servers
Discussion: Tech Eye and The Register
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Rounds (Formerly 6Rounds) Rolls Out Facebook Video Chat App
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News and TechCrunch
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Get ready for ‘Catfish’, another Facebook movie
Discussion: The Next Web and BoomTown
John Markoff / New York Times:
Debate Over P vs. NP Proof Highlights Web Collaboration
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Jumps On User Stories Bandwagon; Debuts ‘Tales’
Discussion: Twitter Blog, GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
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Twifficiency & It's Accidental 15 minutes of Fame.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rolling Stone Offers ‘A Big Fat Thanks’ …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Android's Pursuit of the Biggest Losers
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