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Push Pop Press:
Push Pop Press acquired by Facebook  —  Last year Push Pop Press set off to re-imagine the book.  We created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics, then teamed up with Melcher Media and Al Gore to create a new kind of book.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Acquires Interactive iPad Book Maker  —  Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press, the company behind iPad app “Our Choice,” based on a book by Al Gore.  —  Push Pop Press was founded by former Apple design prodigy Mike Matas, who demoed “Our Choice” at the TED conference this year to rave reviews.
Timo Burkard / Google Chrome Blog:
Instant Pages on Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago, we announced that Google's Instant Pages feature would be available to our Chrome beta channel users.  Today, we're happy to let you know that Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome.
Shifty Jelly's blog of mystery:
Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core  —  About 3 months ago, we set off on a little experiment into the world of the Amazon App Store.  Back then people were hailing it as the solution to the problems with the Google Market, industry pundits like Andy Ihnatko called it ‘An Excellent Work in Progress’.
EJ / Around The World and Back Again:
How I feel today  —  I imagine many of you are wondering how I feel today, having read the statement that Brian Chesky posted yesterday on his Airbnb blog.  I thought I might best explain my reaction here, in my own words.  —  When I originally wrote my story, I did so as a personal account …
Buzz Moody / Ausdroid:
Samsung Australia's official comment on Apple's complaint to the Federal Court, Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sold in AU  —  After reaching out to Samsung late last night for a statement in regards to Apple's complaint to the Federal Court of Australia about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its likeness to the iPad …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Hands-on with the Skype iPad app that came and went (and came back again)  —  Update: The Skype iPad app is now available once again in the U.S. App Store, so if you like the looks of what you see below, go ahead and check it out for yourself.  —  Late Monday night, Skype for iPad finally went arrived …
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Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
ZocDoc Staff Gets $50M Surprise From DST Global's Yuri Milner  —  One way to tell you work at a successful start-up company is when one of the founders of Russian venture firm DST Global appears at your quarterly meeting and says he is giving the company $50 million to continue disrupting the status quo.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Federal court to order film service Zediva shut down  —  Zediva, the video service that attempted to build a business by exploiting loopholes in copyright law, suffered a serious setback today when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the service.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ning Is Being Shopped Around at $150M Price Tag  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Ning has been talking recently to a large pool of companies about selling itself, including Google and Groupon, as well as to a number of private equity companies.
Discussion: @jason and @rafat
Fred / A VC:
Are Real Names Required For Real Socializing?  —  Over the weeekend my friend Jeff Jarvis and I had a twebate about this topic.  You can see it in action on storify thanks to David Connell.  —  I'm all for real names if people want to use them.  I use “fredwilson” on every web service I can and that is almost all of them.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
The Latest Groupon Killer: Amazon … The clones are attacking in droves.  —  While Groupon has become perhaps the fastest-growing company in the history of humanity, Groupon fans have been forced to fend off nagging questions about when and whether competitors would start pecking away at its business model.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FiOS dominates as FCC measures actual Internet speeds  —  For the first time ever, the FCC has collected data (PDF) showing real-world speeds that Americans receive from their Internet providers.  And the news is pretty good!  Or, perhaps, it's pretty bad!  —  Advocacy group Free Press blasted the results, released today.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Turntable.fm Picks Union Square Ventures as Investor Over Kleiner and Accel  —  In a room of bobbing avatars, “Radiohead” takes on new meaning.  —  While the legal paperwork is still being finished, Betabeat has learned from multiple sources that Union Square Venture is the big new investor in Turntable.fm.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Android Trojan records phone calls  —  CA security team finds more advanced Android malware  —  A new Android Trojan is capable of recording phone conversations, according to a CA security researcher.  —  While a previous Trojan found by CA logged the details of incoming and outgoing phone calls …
Benedict Evans:
Facebook's mobile users  —  A little idle browsing: Facebook has a page for every app authorised to connect to its system, and those pages give active users (examples: iPhone, Blackberry).  So, you can see how many people are using each Facebook app on each mobile platform.
Discussion: MediaPost, iPhone, Adotas and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Editions Delivers A Daily Briefing To Your iPad  —  The dream of a personalized magazine tuned just for you keeps showing itself on the iPad.  Today's edition comes from AOL Editions, which is finally coming out after much fine-tuning and a silly video.  (Disclosure: TechCrunch is also owned by AOL).
John Forsythe / Blamcast:
Why You Can'T Search For PhpBB On Bing  —  I've discovered an interesting bug: You can't search for “phpBB” on Bing.  —  I was doing some research for my startup naming business when I came across a deleted forum post I wanted to read.  Google didn't have a cached copy, so I decided to paste the URL into Bing.
Discussion: Technologizer
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Some 13 Percent of Twitter Employees Used to Work at Google  —  A significant portion of Twitter employees — something like 13 percent — used to work at Google.  —  According to LinkedIn, 87 of the 641 people who say they currently work at Twitter were formerly employed by Google.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPad 2 finally ships within 24 hours from Apple's U.S. and Canada online stores  —  In mid-July, Apple seemingly caught up with the iPad 2 rush as orders were finally shipping within 1-3 from the Apple Online Store.  Now, Apple has taken this improvement in supply and demand even further.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google complainants in EU probe now 9  —  (Reuters) - The European Commission is now investigating a total of nine antitrust complaints against Internet search engine giant Google, two sources said on Tuesday.  —  The EU antitrust regulator has up to now only confirmed four cases against Google.
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Government hankers for hackers  —  (Reuters) - The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by working on the “hardest problems on Earth.”  —  Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyber wars that pose …
Discussion: Digital Trends and DailyTech
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Backs Former Hulu CTO Eric Feng's Social Startup Erly  —  Kleiner Perkins is announcing a new investment this morning in stealth company Erly.  Interestingly, Eric Feng, newly appointed partner at KPCB and previously founding CTO of Hulu, is starting the new new social company …
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Compaq Mini will be Verizon's first LTE netbook, cost $449.99 on contract this Thursday  —  Verizon may already have its first LTE laptop in the shape of the HP Pavilion dm1, but that bad boy costs a cent under $600 (with no subsidies in sight), so it's reasonable to expect that the company …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
InMobi Buys Sprout for HTML5, Rich Media Expertise  —  InMobi acquires HTML5 rich media creative platform maker Sprout in a move to beef up its mobile ad business.  —  InMobi, the independent mobile ad network, announced its acquisition of Sprout, the maker of an HTML5 rich media creative platform.
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet  —  * Interior minister's call raises fear of Internet controls  —  * Russian-language bloggers ridicule Nurgaliyev's remarks  —  Russia's interior minister called on Tuesday for limits on the Internet to prevent a slide …
David Plotz / Slate Magazine:
My Fake Facebook Birthdays … Like This Story … - Hitchens: What It Means That Turkey Has Pushed Out Its Top Generals- Why Did Seven Heads of State Attend the Opening of This Shopping Mall ... in Kazakhstan?  - Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo Discuss Their Torture Memos With Dahlia Lithwick …
Discussion: Gawker
 
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Boston Globe creates a Twitter board for the newsroom
Dylan Love / The Business Insider:
The IBM PC, One Of The Most Important Milestones In Computing History, Just Turned 30 Years Old
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Virgin Media to ‘take a punt’ on free London WiFi network
Discussion: The Next Web
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
Foursquare Gets 3 Million Check-Ins Per Day, Signed Up 500,000 Merchants
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD regains microprocessor market share in Q2
Discussion: Engadget, The Register, Neowin.net and IDC
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Brains And Bots Deep Inside Yahoo's CORE Grab A Billion Clicks
Discussion: MediaPost, Yodel Anecdotal and Poynter
Christina Larson / Foreign Policy:
Red, Delicious, and Rotten
Discussion: The Business Insider and Gizmodo