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2:00 PM ET, August 23, 2010

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New York Times:
The Sofa Wars: Plenty to Watch Online, but Viewers Prefer to Pay for Cable  —  It is a fantasy shared by many Americans: dropping cable television and its fat monthly bills and turning instead to the wide-open frontier of Internet video.  —  Some are finding that the reality is not that simple.
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:   Crowded Field for Bringing Web Video to TVs
Electronista:
Samsung Galaxy Tab seen in the wild [video]  —  Electronista today had the opportunity to spy a Samsung Galaxy Tab in live testing in Sydney, Australia.  The device, spotted in the hands of an anonymous telco worker at a train station, matches up with the official description of a seven-inch, 3G-capable Android tablet.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Verizon and Apple at loggerheads?  —  “Important details still being ironed out,” writes analyst.  Could T-Mobile and Sprint be next?  —  Apple (AAPL) needs another carrier to maintain the iPhone's current rate of growth in the U.S., says Kaufman Bros.'s Shaw Wu in a note to clients Monday …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: Verizon iPhone Deal Still Not Sealed
Discussion: MacStories and Electronista
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
The Fight For 3PAR: HP Outbids Dell, Offers $1.6 Billion In Cash  —  HP has proposed to acquire data storage company 3PAR for $24 per share in cash, or roughly $1.6 billion.  Thus, it trumps Dell's offer to buy out the company for $18 per share or $1.13 billion.
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Dave Vellante / SiliconANGLE:
Big Data and the Cloud: Why HP and Dell are Fighting Over 3PAR  —  HP today submitted a proposal to 3PAR to acquire the company for $24 a share, a 33% premium over the offer Dell made last week.  This puts the value of 3PAR at nearly $1.6B today — whereas the company's valuation …
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
LG E900 Windows Phone 7 smartphone caught on camera  —  The oddest things show up on youtube, such as this video of the LG E900, the keyboard-less version of the LG C900, likely destined for Europe.  —  The handset looks relatively sleek, but still could do with a bit more dazzle (possibly a less blurry video would help).
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft touts 300,000 Windows Phone 7 dev-tool downloads
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
The dirty little secret about Google Android  —  Google Android began with the greatest of intentions — freedom, openness, and quality software for all.  However, freedom always comes with price, and often results in unintended consequences.  With Android, one of the most important …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fraudsters Drain PayPal Accounts Through iTunes  —  Reports are appearing this morning about a major security hole in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal.  At least one group of scammers has found a way to charge thousands of dollars to iTunes accounts through PayPal.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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John Oates / The Register:   eCrime cops charge 12 over iTunes royalty ‘fraud’
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
Free of Freemium, Things Are Starting To Look Up At Ning  —  Ning, provider of on-demand social communities, has recently been one of Silicon Valley's most interesting companies.  Five months ago the company announced the sudden exit of chief executive Gina Bianchini, eventually gave …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Mac enterprise sales surged in June  —  Apple scored its biggest gains in government, big business and the European home market  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Needham, IDC  —  Given the Mac's tiny share of the worldwide PC market — roughly 3.5% as of June — Apple (AAPL) has a lot of room to grow.
Ben Kepes / GigaOM:
Nimbula Raises Another $15 Million in Funding  —  Nimbula, one of the LaunchPad finalists in this year's Structure conference, today said that it has secured $15 million in funding from Accel Partners.  The funding is set to continue Nimbula's investment in hybrid cloud computing technologies …
Discussion: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb and silicontap.com, Thanks:om
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
North Korea Tells Forbes That It Is Not Using Twitter, Facebook Or YouTube  —  For the last two weeks, North Korean propaganda has flooded the Internet-courtesy of the Internet, interestingly enough, and not North Korea.  —  A North Korea government official tells Forbes …
Discussion: The Next Web and Gawker
Guy Grimland / Haaretz:
HTC taps Israeli technology for its iPad-slayer  —  N-trig's screen software to go into Google's new tablet computer  —  The Kfar Sava-based startup N-trig will provide the touch-screen technology for the tablet computer that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is developing as direct competition for Apple's iPad.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Reinventing E-Mail, One Message at a Time  —  My e-mail inbox is a dejected, endless morass.  It's a desolate wasteland of unanswered messages that continue to appear like a never ending game of Tetris.  I can confidently say I hate my inbox and I know I'm not alone.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The Mother Lode: Welcome to the iMac Touch  —  While most of us were getting ready for the iPad's arrival in January and Patently Apple hard at work preparing our major series called the Tablet Prophecies, a major iMac Touch patent was being quietly published in Europe.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Why trust Facebook with the future's past?  —  An odd moment during the Facebook Places rollout last week has been bugging me ever since.  —  From Caroline McCarthy's account at CNet: … From Chris O'Brien's post: … Yeah, that's dope all right.  Doper still would be for Facebook …
Discussion: Faster Forward and CNET News
Panayiotis Mavrommatis / SecBrowsing blog:
Chrome's bundled Flash results in much faster update  —  Chrome's bundling of Flash resulted in a dramatic drop of out-of-date users after the latest update, according to our stats.  —  On Aug 10, 2010, Adobe released a security update for Flash.  On the same day, Chrome shipped …
Discussion: Download Squad and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile App Directory Appolicious Deepens Integration With Yahoo; Launches Android App  —  Social mobile app directory Appolicious is deepening its integration with Yahoo today with the launch of ‘yap.appolicious.com,’ a website that to help people find an apps that run on Yahoo's platform …
Dawn Kawamoto / DailyFinance:
White House May Overhaul Some $30 Billion in Troubled Tech Projects  —  Obama's administration is getting a taste of running the government more like a business each day.  —  Its latest brush comes with approximately $30 billion in technology projects that are running over budget …
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
ViewSonic to unleash Android and dual-boot Android and Windows tablets at IFA  —  ViewSonic has put the feelers out ahead of IFA next month by giving the assembled hacks the heads up to what it will be showing off at the massive tech expo.  —  And amongst all-in-one PCs (VMP74) …
 
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