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7:05 AM ET, August 30, 2010

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Financial Times:
Google plans pay-per-view films  —  Google's YouTube video site is in negotiations with Hollywood's leading movie studios to launch a global pay-per-view video service by the end of 2010, putting it head-to-head with Apple in the race to dominate the digital distribution of film and television content.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Full-On Assault On Cable Is Underway  —  Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon — when you hear these names, you usually think about how these tech giants all compete with one another.  But what if they all teamed up for one cause?  They'd be unstoppable, right?  We're about to find out.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco May Be Making A Run For Skype  —  Cisco has made an offer to acquire Skype before they complete their IPO process, says one of our more reliable sources.  We have not been able to confirm this rumor one way or another via other sources, which isn't surprising.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Joojoo lawsuit shocker!  Court rules Fusion Garage and TechCrunch were business partners, tosses most everything else  —  It's been a few blissful months since we've thought about or had to interact with the Joojoo, but the court case Michael Arrington and TechCrunch filed against Fusion Garage …
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Judge Says TechCrunch Case vs. JooJoo Tablet Likely Has Merit  —  I Just read on Daring Fireball that the judge has denied TechCrunch's claim for preliminary injunction against their former tablet partners and makers of JooJoo, Fusion Garage.  —  Gruber claims that “Mike Arrington gets smacked around …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Gets It Up: V.2 Is Now Live  —  The transformation is now complete.  Our favorite random video chat site Chatroulette has gone through a redesign over the past week and is now back up, in what founder Andrei Ternovskiy and those who believe in second chances hope will be a more nudity-free i.e. more monetizable version.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to buy Infineon's wireless unit for $1.4 billion  —  Intel has agreed to acquire Infineon Technologies' Wireless Solutions business for approximately $1.4 billion, the companies announced late Sunday, as the world's largest chipmaker seeks to boost its presence in smartphones.
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Intel to Acquire Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley's Dark Secret: It's All About Age  —  An interesting paradox in the technology world is that there is both a shortage and a surplus of engineers in the United States.  Talk to those working at any Silicon Valley company, and they will tell you how hard it is to find qualified talent.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Farewell to ATI, AMD to Retire the ATI Brand Later this Year  —  Four years ago AMD did the unthinkable: it announced the 5.4 billion dollar acquisition of ATI in a combination of cash and stock.  What followed was a handful of very difficult years for AMD, an upward swing for ATI …
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Behind The Bidding War: The Real Reasons Why HP And Dell are So Desperate For 3Par  —  As I was writing this, news of the HP / Dell bidding war for 3PAR broke on the front page of Yahoo.  This made me laugh, as it typified just how crazy this story has become—few things outside of a bidding war …
Discussion: The Register
Sylvia Hui / Associated Press:
Internet may phase out printed Oxford Dictionary  —  LONDON - It weighs in at more than 130 pounds, but the authoritative guide to the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, may eventually slim down to nothing.  Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday so many people prefer …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Calcanis Pays Lip Service To Facebook's “Embrace” Of Entrepreneurs  —  Jason Calacanis appears convinced that entrepreneurs are at risk of “partnering” with Facebook, claiming that Facebook will steal any startup's technology.  This follow's Facebook's recent announcement that the company …
 
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