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11:40 AM 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  —  If you want to watch Internet video on most televisions, you need a gadget that pulls it in.  And a growing number of technology companies want to sell it to you.  —  Start-ups and tech giants alike are offering what they say are easy ways …
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 …
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.
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John Oates / The Register:   eCrime cops charge 12 over iTunes royalty ‘fraud’
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.
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.
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Chrome's bundled Flash results in much faster update  —  Chrome's bundling of Flash resulted in a dramatic drop of out-of-date users after the latest update, according to our stats.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
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity  —  A little over a week ago, I closed down all of my social media accounts, with the exception of Twitter, which I locked.  The explanation I gave was that, in an age when everyone and their dog is sharing every aspect of their life …
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.
Jack McKenna / TechCrunch:
You Can Block Any Facebook User Except Mark Zuckerberg  —  The title of this post kind of says it all.  As pointed out by blockzuck.com, you can block anyone on Facebook except CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  If you try to do it (we did), you'll get a message saying “General Block failed error: Block failed.”
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.
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).
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) …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AngelPad: Seven Ex-Googlers Are About To Launch A New Incubator  —  The problem is obvious: it's hard to launch a startup.  But one potential solution, great mentorship and support, isn't so easy to come by.  With their own startup of sorts, seven ex-Googlers are going to attempt to solve that.
Discussion: Xconomy, Thanks:bobcaswell
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Taken Down.  Get Ready For Chatroulette V.2  —  Chatroulette, the service that lets strangers meet over video, has been taken down.  A message reads “The experiment #1 is over for now.  Thanks for participating - Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Celebrating A Year Of Apple Pondering Google Voice  —  My, how quickly things change.  It wasn't much more than a year ago that Apple and Google were happy partners — at least from the public's perspective — working in tandem to push technology forward at a clipping pace.
Discussion: TiPb
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Antivirus vendor Avast Software raises $100M in private equity
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Pay no attention to that playful UI behind the Google Maps curtain (video)
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Dish Network Is Joining Other Carriers in Offering Its Content for Online Viewing
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Engadget
JD Rucker / Soshable:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Facebook, Apple's ‘Walled Gardens’ Make Analytics That Much Harder for Brands
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:steverubel
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Kindle Outselling iBooks 60 To 1
Discussion: TechCrunch, PC World and MSDN Blogs, Thanks:m4tt
Fred / A VC:
The Expanding Birthrate Of Web Startups
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Jeff Rivera / GalleyCat:
New York Times Bestseller Seth Godin to No Longer Publish Books Traditionally
Discussion: GigaOM, Seth's Blog and TeleRead
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
When you google, think Ben Gomes
Thanks:mattcutts
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Forget Ads In Books, Lit-Lovers Face An Even More Hideous Prospect
 

 
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Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

 
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