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2:50 PM ET, August 22, 2010


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Kevin Rose:
Why Apple's iTV Will Change Everything  —  The rumor: Apple will be releasing a revamped/renamed version of their ‘Apple TV’ set-top box, called ‘iTV’.  The box will run the Apple iOS (same as the iPhone/iPad), and be priced around $99.  —  Why will this change everything?
Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Buzz Kill  —  Something happened tonight that made me question everything I've done with social media since I first joined Twitter in late 2006.  —  You know me - I'm a complete web whore.  I sign up for every site, try every web app, use every service I can find.  It's my job, but I also love doing it.
Discussion: The Next Web and The Raw Feed, Thanks:rawmeet
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google Tests Search Results That Update As You Type  —  SEO consultant Rob Ousbey has noticed an interesting thing happening to his search results, live updates of results as he types in every letter.  —  Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that the above video is in fact real.
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Swedish prosecutors defend WikiLeaks about-face  —  STOCKHOLM — Swedish prosecutors defended their handling of a rape allegation against the founder of WikiLeaks, saying Sunday that they had made no mistakes in issuing an arrest warrant and withdrawing it less than a day later.
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
Assange claims ‘smear campaign’  —  Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has said the now-dropped charge of rape levelled against him in Sweden was “a smear campaign”.  —  Assange told Al Jazeera on Sunday that while he had been forewarned by Australian intelligence …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones  —  ...for your own good  —  Apple has applied for a patent covering an elaborate series of measures to automatically protect iPhone owners from thieves and other unauthorized users.  But please withhold the applause.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile USA fortells unlimited prepaid mobile broadband for $40 a month  —  Whereas AT&T's move to tiered smartphone data pricing signaled “the end of unlimited” to some, Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA has just defied that notion with an all-you-can-eat broadband buffet priced at $40 per month.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola clamps down on Droid X's leaked Android 2.2 upgrade with cease and desist scare  —  Hoping to spoon-feed your Droid X some Froyo before the official OTA rollout?  You'd better do it now — Motorola's sending out cease and desist emails in an attempt to shut the leaked ROM down.
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Roommates Who Click  —  MADDI GILJE, who will soon leave home in St. Louis to start at New York University, has chatted all summer with her new roommate, Amelia Dudley of Baltimore.  She could be talking to her twin.  —  They share the same bedtime (between 10 p.m. and midnight) and a high tolerance for clutter.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Office Back To Approving Pretty Much Anything  —  In the late '90s and early '00s, the US Patent Office saw a massive jump in patent grants — including tons of really, really bad patents, that have been tied up in huge, expensive lawsuits for years, wasting tons of judicial time and …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Etiquette  —  Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use.  It's nearly perfect.  Except that you people are using it to drive me crazy.  —  It's made my list of “can't live without” products for the last five years, and more recently the screen sharing feature …
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested Over Anonymous Source  —  About four months ago, Ed Felten blogged about a research paper in which Hari Prasad, Rop Gonggrijp, and I detailed serious security flaws in India's electronic voting machines.  Indian election authorities have repeatedly claimed …
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Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:
The New Yardstick: If You're Not Apple, You Lose
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Must Switch To Android Now, Before It's Too Late
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Throwing out software that works
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Questions linger about the HP split with Hurd
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Crowley: The Giants Are “Generic,” …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But How In The World Is LG Going To Make …
Martin Heller / InfoWorld:
Oracle's Android lawsuit: A Pandora's box of serious evils
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Kept Thousands Of Check-Ins On Lockdown For Months.  Impressive.
Discussion: Inside Facebook

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