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1:45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
Google TV plan is causing jitters in Hollywood
Discussion: CrunchGear and ReadWriteWeb
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 …
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: Inside Facebook, Thanks:rwwmike
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!
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?).
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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.
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 …
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: eWeek, 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 …
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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!
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Foxconn Group to Increase China Workforce as Much as 40% in Next 12 Months  —  Foxconn Technology Group, maker of Apple Inc iPhones and Sony Corp. games consoles, plans to increase its China workforce by as much as 40 percent and locate factories closer to the homes of its migrant workers …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and TechCrunch
 
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Debate Over P vs. NP Proof Highlights Web Collaboration
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Rolling Stone Offers ‘A Big Fat Thanks’ …
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