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4:45 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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's App Store Director Sells His Own Fart Apps  —  Apple has long been an icon for quality products, but its overflowing iOS App Store is a crapshoot: Nuggets of quality are buried in a vast, steaming heap of inanity.  In fact, the man who oversees the App Store process runs a side business selling fart and urination apps.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Apple's ‘Freedom From Porn’ Enforcer Drawn To Porn Stars and Escorts on Twitter  —  As the director of Apple's app store, Phillip Shoemaker is responsible for enforcing Apple's controversially draconian policies on iPhone code and content.  So you'd think he'd have done a better job cleaning the online skeletons out of his closet.
Discussion: Wired News and everythingiCafe
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.
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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Tragic Death of Practically Everything  —  Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson is catching flack for the magazine's current cover story, which declares that the Web is dead.  I'm not sure what the controversy is.  For years, once-vibrant technologies, products, and companies …
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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.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Skype Loses Engineering Chief Ahead of Offering  —  After just a month as chief development officer at Skype, Madhu Yarlagadda has left the company for “personal reasons,” a company spokesman said Wednesday.  —  Mr. Yarlagadda's responsibilities at Skype included running engineering for all of its products …
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.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV Is a Tough Sell Among Would-Be Partners
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
The Facebook Location Perspective, Then and Now  —  Back when I first got a Facebook account as a college student in the spring of 2004, it had a location feature.  There was a space on each user's profile that automatically indicated the dorm cluster from where they'd last logged in, based (I guess?) on their IP address.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Guardian
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.
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: Techmamas, GottaBeMobile and Mashable!
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook, Thanks:rwwmike
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 …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
‘Powered By Bing’ Shows Up On Yahoo Search Pages—In Size 8 Font  —  Microsoft's Bing search engine isn't getting much branding play on the “powered by Bing” Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) search result pages, which are making their debut this week.  Do a search on Yahoo, and you'll need a magnifying glass …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
GDGT Gets Serious About User Gadget Reviews And Rising Above The Flamewars  —  As a site for gadget-lovers, obviously a lot of people on GDGT are going to want to review the gadgets they own.  Unfortunately, that's easier said than done when you have a blank review slate in front of you and can say whatever you want.
 
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
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Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Swipely Opens to Public, But Are People Ready to Broadcast What They Buy?
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android OS Grew By 47 Percent In July …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Facebook Rolling Out A New Slimmer, Sexier Like Button
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple awarded patents for Slide to Unlock, keyboard letter pop
Discussion: Geek.com, The Next Web and MacStories
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your fears confirmed: “up to” broadband speeds are bogus