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Twitter Blog:
Timely Tweets: Now easier to see  —  We all come to Twitter to connect with the latest information on the topics and people we care about.  So when we decide to follow a favorite brand, business or charitable organization, we expect to be among the first to get a special announcement, access to exclusive content or a great offer.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Pumps Up Its Ads Today With “Promoted Tweets To Followers”  —  Twitter's slow-moving ad business takes another step forward today: Sources tell me that the company will formally launch its new “Promoted Tweets To Followers” ad plan.  —  What that means to advertisers …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's latest Google-compete weapon: The Gmail man  —  Microsoft managed to keep its 12,000 or so attendees of its annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference from tweeting and blogging company secrets last week.  But at least one enterprising attendee managed to grab …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
That Didn't Take Long: Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement Just Weeks After Entering US Market  —  Hello Spotify.  Welcome to America, where if you do anything even remotely innovative, you get sued for patent infringement.  Indeed, just a couple weeks after entering the US market (finally) …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
New iPad 3 contract goes to Pegatron, not Foxconn [updated]  —  Pegatron has been awarded a new contract to build Apple's next-generation iPad tablets, Taiwan Economic News reports.  According to the report, Pegatron underbid Hon Hai for a new contract to manufacture the iPad 3 …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 Launching in Second Week of September? iPad 3 Later?  —  The China Times pinpoints the iPhone 5 release to the second week of September with an initial order of 4 million units.  Suppliers are said to be currently preparing 400,000 trial run units.
NielsenWire:
In U.S. Smartphone Market, Android is Top Operating System, Apple is Top Manufacturer  —  According to June data from Nielsen, Google's Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent.  Apple's iOS is in second place with 28 percent …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Logitech CEO steps down after money losing Q1, Revue price slashed to $99  —  This is becoming a trend.  After a disappointing Q4 saw Logitech reduce the price of its Revue it revealed today that after a net loss of $29.6 million for the first quarter it is cutting the price of the Revue to $99 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Steve Perlman unveils DIDO white paper explaining “impossible” wireless data rates  —  DIDO is a new wireless technology that is supposed to be impossible, since it allows people to send and receive data over a wireless network at speeds that aren't possible with today's technology.
Bill Hartzer:
Facebook Sues Over Massive Cybersquatting Attack on Its Brand  —  Facebook, the social network, has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California, claiming trademark infringement.  The case, “Facebook, Inc. v. Cyber2Media, Inc. et al”, involves a lot of domain names, which are essentially …
Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
[Video] Microsoft's SkyDrive Starts Streaming Music On WP7  —  Let's file this one under - “Holy sweet Microsoft, why don't you talk about this stuff?!”  —  Last month I wrote about how Microsoft could use Azure as a paid expansion to SkyDrive.  The idea behind it was the consumer cloud offering …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The inside scoop on Apple's new giant Los Angeles “Apple Store 2.0″ location  —  Apple Upper West Side in New York - Showing the floating Apple in the glass front  —  Apple will open their newest Apple Store this Saturday at 10 AM in the heart of Glendale, California; a city within the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Discussion: MacNN and TUAW, Thanks:jakeosmith
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Motorola Mobility: 440K Xoom tablets shipped in Q2, but earnings outlook weak  —  Motorola Mobility topped Wall Street expectations for the second quarter, but it could still be doing better.  Meanwhile, the company's earnings outlook fell short of expectations.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill  —  Internet providers will be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year in case police want to review them in the future, according to legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.
Discussion: PC World
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Fusion Garage Grid 10: the JooJoo lives on  —  They're back!  Oh yes, you read that headline correctly — the infamous creators of the JooJoo tablet (née CrunchPad) are back at it again, according to the FCC.  There aren't many details to be had, but according to the documents …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Feds Approve $44K Doctor Reimbursement for Using Drchrono's iPad App  —  As we've written in the past, Drchrono, a startup thatsimplifies the professional lives of doctors by bringing electronic health records and much more to the iPad, has received official government certification.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, The Next Web, eWeek and GigaOM
Timothy B. Lee / Disruptive Economics:
The Supreme Court Should Invalidate Software Patents  —  Last weekend I was thrilled to hear one of my favorite radio programs, This American Life, take up the issue of software patents.  Computer programmers have been sounding the alarm about this problem for two decades …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers To Re-Write Your Webpages On The Fly, Promising 25% To 60% Speed Improvements  —  Google has long been obsessed with speed.  It's paramount in pretty much everything they do.  Which is why the launch of Google+ with some — gasp — attention paid to design is even more surprising.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Exclusive: British Police Duped by LulzSec Into Arresting the Wrong Guy  —  Chat logs, video evidence indicate that the arrest was misdirection  —  Earlier today the blogosphere lit up with news that “Topiary” a key hacker from Anonymous and LulzSec was arrested.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google launches ‘Hotel Finder’, a new experimental search tool  —  Google is today launching an experimental search tool called Hotel Finder, which is specifically designed to help users find the perfect hotel.  Google's Hotel Finder helps users narrow down their search options in the following ways:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Expedia And Zillow Founder Launches Location-Based Mobile Discovery iOS App Trover  —  The idea of discovering items, products and locations around you is a challenge that a number of startups and companies are trying to solve, including Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp and many others.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Improved Lion compatibility coming to Office, but not for a few months  —  Microsoft's iconic productivity suite Office for Mac will gain support for new Lion features, including auto save and fullscreen mode, in an upcoming update.  But don't get excited just yet, as those features won't be available for the next few months.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Isostick: the USB memory stick that thinks it's an optical drive  —  Is it a portable DVD drive, or is it a 32GB thumb drive?  As a matter of fact it's both: the Isostick, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, is basically a memory stick that automatically converts ISO images into physical …
Discussion: GigaOM
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After CBS, Amazon Lands Movie Streaming Deal With NBCUniversal  —  Following the e-commerce giant's recent deal with CBS, Amazon has just announced its licensing agreement with NBCUniversal to allow U.S. Amazon Prime customers to stream movies from Universal Pictures' library of content.
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Yelp Names Rob Krolik CFO  —  Every now and then we like to break some news here.  So, live from my desk to yours, I'm proud to announce that Rob Krolik, former CFO of Move, Inc. will be joining the ranks of our management team.  —  As Yelp's CFO, Rob will oversee corporate finance …
Discussion: AllThingsD, GigaOM and PR Newswire
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Two-Factor Authentication Now Live In 150 Countries And 40 Languages
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Accused AT&T-iPad hacker Andrew Auernheimer in plea talks
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Ex-HP Executive Sued by Former Employer Says Evidence False
United Nations:
UN Economic and Social Council sets up committee on global geospatial information
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Gartner:
Gartner Says Less Than Half of Security Software Market Belongs to Top Five Vendors
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
TaskRabbit goes mobile! And it's in NYC, which is awesome.
Lynnley Browning / Reuters:
Insight: Microsoft use of low-tax havens drives down tax bill
Discussion: TechFlash
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Nintendo posts earnings, drops 3DS from $249 to $169 August 12th, current owners get 20 free games
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Raiders of the Last Nerd
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
HP joins OpenStack
Discussion: InfoWorld
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hollywood Forces UK ISP To Block Newzbin Usenet Site
Thijs van As / The Official Google Blog:
Catch the London Underground with Google Maps
Discussion: 9to5Google, iClarified, eWeek and WebProNews
Mike Luttrell / TG Daily:
Republican Tea Party leader arrested for computer piracy
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Growth Unsettles Mountain View
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