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4:45 AM ET, August 24, 2010

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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.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Exclusive: Windows Phone 7 Web Browser Comparison (Video)  —  Following up to some previous thoughts about Windows Phone 7, we present a short video showing how the browsing experience on the upcoming smartphone platform compares to iPhone and Android 2.2.  Please note that the device shown …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
The Real iTunes Fraud Vulnerability: Gullible Users  —  So these reportsof a major security hole in iTunes, one through which people have had their PayPal accounts drained?  —  Not much to them, I'm told.  Or, rather, not much to their assertion that Apple (AAPL) is at fault here.
Discussion: PC World
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fraudsters Drain PayPal Accounts Through iTunes
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Intel bought McAfee  —  There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus-fighting processors, the chipmaker's motivations for the purchase are actually fairly straightforward.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Microsoft beats Intel, AMD to market with CPU/GPU combo chip  —  At Hot Chips today, Microsoft's Xbox team unveiled details of the system-on-a-chip (SoC) that powers the newer, slimmer Xbox 360 250GB model.  Produced on the IBM/GlobalFoundries 45nm process, it's fair to say that the new SoC …
Discussion: VentureBeat, VG247, Engadget and Fudzilla
Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Facebook is the first to jump into ARM servers  —  Tectonic change of our time  —  THERE HAVE LONG been rumors of a major player moving their data centers from x86 based PCs to the ARM architecture.  It looks like the first big player to jump in to the market is going to be none other than Facebook.
Discussion: Forward Thinking
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.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
TiVo launches QWERTY remote  —  TiVo today has finally launched the full QWERTY TiVo Slide Remote control.  The remote was extensively demonstrated at the TiVO Premiere launch in March.  —  “This is the first ever DVR remote with a full QWERTY keyboard, and we are certain that users will be excited to get their thumbs on it.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chomp Sinks Its Teeth Deeper Into Search; Wants To Be The Google Of Apps  —  It was last November that we first heard about Chomp, a sort-of Yelp for iPhone apps.  At the time, it was still very much in stealth mode, but we kept hearing they raised a seed round of funding from investors like Ron Conway insanely fast.
Louis Gray:
Social Me Me Me Me Me Media  —  With more places to share content on more networks, each having their own diverse social graphs, connections and features, many of us are splintering our online identities, choosing one or a few communities over others, and optimizing our sharing and consumption …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google Buzz bug spotlights tepid usage
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD unveils its Bulldozer and Bobcat processors for future PCs  —  As Intel is busy moving into the software business with its $7.68 billion purchase of McAfee, Advanced Micro Devices is taking the wraps off its newest processor designs, Bulldozer and Bobcat, which it hopes will give a one-two punch at Intel's core business.
Hamilton Ulmer / Blog of Metrics:
Understanding Private Browsing  —  Private Browsing was introduced in Firefox 3.5, giving users the option of browsing the web without keeping track of their history.  A recent Test Pilot study recorded - among other things - the time users activated Private Browsing, and the time they deactivated it.
Zee / The Next Web:
Gmail and Google Calendar push notifications come to the iPhone  —  Google Mobile App for the iPhone has just received a significant update bringing push notifications for Gmail and Google calendar to your mobile.  Get your hands on it here (update: According to Google the update may not immediately available, keep checking).
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.
Discussion: MediaPost and WebProNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Snoop Dogg Mafia Wars Promotional Stunt Breaks Ustream Record With 2 Million Views  —  One of Zynga's newest game titles, Mafia Wars Las Vegas, kicked off with a bang last week as rap star Snoop Dogg blew up a 4-ton armored truck in the middle of the desert in Nevada.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook Places ‘boring’ says Foursquare chief  —  Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, a location-based social network, has called Places, Facebook's new check-in tool, “boring” and “unexciting”.  —  Talking to The Telegraph, Crowley, said he had now had time to play around …
Julie / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Jury Invalidates One of EFF's ‘Most Wanted’ Patents  —  Good news in the fight against bad software patents: a jury in the Eastern District of Texas recently found the Firepond/Polaris patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,411,947) invalid.  This patent was on EFF's “Most Wanted” list …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jared Newman / PC World:
Motorola's Android 2.2 Rollout: What a Mess  —  Delays, missing features, cease and desist letters, oh my!  Verizon's rollout of Android 2.2 to Motorola Droid phones is becoming an exercise in frustration.  —  Motorola's Froyo problems started with the original Droid, whose Android 2.2 rollout began the first week of August.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How Google Goggles works to deliver visual search results for mobile phones  —  Google Goggles is one of the more interesting experiments being done in visual search.  If you have an Android phone, you can already use the Google Goggles visual search app to take a picture of something and then submit it to Google as a search query.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
New Numbers Reveal: Cord Cutting Is Real  —  U.S. pay TV subscriptions have declined for the first time in history this quarter, according to new data from SNL Kagan.  The business intelligence company reports that cable companies lost 711,000 subscribers, which represents the biggest quarterly loss in cable TV's history.
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 …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded The Fridge Takes The Privacy Headaches Out Of Sharing With Friends  —  Back in the old days, Facebook was a site where college students could share photos of their youthful indiscretions without having to worry too much about their boss or parents stumbling across them.  That isn't the case anymore.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Multifl0w is how iOS multitasking should work  —  Multifl0w is how we feel Apple should have implemented multitasking into iOS in the first place.  It works quickly, beautifully, and efficiently on jailbroken iPhones, iPod touches and... iPads!  The app collaborates with the free “backgrounder” …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Tencent Buys Google-Backed Online Community Company Comsenz  —  Tencent, the Chinese internet company behind IM service and portal QQ, has bought up Comsenz, a Google-backed company which is behind the Discuz online discussion board platform, which is extremely popular in China, among other community products.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Meet Wikileaks Founder's Alleged Sex Victim  —  Wikileaks leader Julian Assange implied that the rape and molestation charges against him in Sweden were part of a global conspiracy.  But a fringe-left accuser identified in the Swedish media hardly seems like a CIA plant.
Discussion: Tech Eye, Computerworld and Guardian
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Carpool Community Zimride Lands $1.2 Million In Seed Funding
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Apple Patent Application on Detecting ‘Unauthorized’ …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Picplz's Social Photo App Comes To The iPhone
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Forget Hall Monitors, School Investigates Tracking Students with RFID
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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Google CEO bets Scoop could be the next Facebook on campus
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft's Bing Shows Some IPhone Love
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