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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
When patents attack Android  —  I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades.  Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other's throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on.  Here is what's happening:  —  Android is on fire.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Threw A Punch, Microsoft Fires Back With A Missile  —  Earlier today, Google came out swinging.  Seemingly sick of being continuously slapped in the face by the patent issue, Google's SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, wrote a blog post calling out several of Google's rivals …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google: Patently Absurd  —  David Drummond, Google senior vice president and chief legal officer, “When Patents Attack Android”: … So if Google had acquired the rights to these patents, that would have been OK.  But when others acquired them, it's a “hostile, organized campaign”.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Randi Zuckerberg Leaves Facebook to Start New Social Media Firm (Resignation Letter)  —  Randi Zuckerberg, who is director of marketing at Facebook and also the sister of CEO and Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg — is leaving Facebook after six years to start a new media firm to help companies become more social.
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Randi Zuckerberg / @randizuckerberg:
It is with mixed emotions that I announced my departure from Facebook today to launch my own initiative. More info soon... http://t.co/m3XpphA
Discussion: Gawker
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: Apple To Launch iTunes Replay In The Coming Weeks  —  While rumors of Apple launching a proper streaming service for its iTunes content have been around for years, it's only recently that Apple has begun turning the dream into a reality.  Just a few days ago …
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Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
THE BILLION-DOLLAR CLUB: 12 Startups With Skyrocketing Valuations  —  After watching startups like Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon explode in valuation, VCs are now pouring money into the next crop of startups.  —  Valuations are skyrocketing as VCs compete to get in the next hot deal.
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Behind The Numbers Of Google+'s Monumental Rise To 25 Million Visitors  —  This week comScore released findings on Google+'s monumental surge to 25 million unique global visitors.  Launched just over a month ago, Google+ has become the fastest social networking service to reach 25 million unique visitors.
Discussion: eWeek and Search Engine Journal
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Skype goes VP8, embraces open video codec  —  Skype has adopted Google's open source video codec VP8 as its default solution for video conferencing, according to a blog post from Google Product Manager John Luther.  The new Skype for Windows client 5.5 will automatically use VP8 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
HBO Go coming to connected TVs, game consoles  —  Time Warner's HBO Go service has been a big hit, and it's helping to drive more viewers to the premium cable network.  Building on that success, CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company's earnings call Wednesday morning that HBO's TV Everywhere service …
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Skype definitely bringing video calling to Windows Phone, sooner than later  —  Looks like Skype, now owned by Microsoft, is serious about bringing video calling over to Windows Phone.  In a job advertisement put out by the company, they are looking to hire someone … Video engine?
Bill Pardi / Windows Phone Blog:
Look who's talking: Speech in Mango  —  On a recent run around town with my wife to grab dinner and pick up one of the kids, a text message came in from my son.  Not an unusual event in itself, but what made this message interesting is that my phone read it aloud to me — and I replied back with my voice.
Discussion: WMPoweruser
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Web.com acquires Network Solutions for $405M plus stock  —  Web.com is buying Network Solutions, a domain registration company dating back to the 1970s and the origins of the Internet.  —  The terms of the deal include $405 million in cash plus 18 million shares of Web.com stock.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to focus on HTML5 and JavaScript for Office 15 development  —  Microsoft officials have made it clear that HTML5 and JavaScript are going to be key for developing for Windows 8.  But Microsoft's HTML5/JS love doesn't stop there.  —  It turns out that HTML5 and JavaScript …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Find My Mac Goes Live For Developers  —  Find My Mac has gone live for developers beta testing Apple's iCloud service.  Find My Mac was officially added to Lion in Developer Preview 4, released after WWDC in June, though evidence of the feature had leaked in prior releases.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Airlines And Gogo Roll Out In-Flight Personal Device Video Streaming To 767 Fleet  —  As we heard earlier this Spring, American Airlines became one of the first North American airlines to begin testing Gogo's in-flight streaming video to personal devices for passengers.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Clearwire embraces LTE as subscribers top 7.6 million and losses mount  —  Clearwire made a bold — yet highly-anticipated step today — as the Kirkland broadband wireless company announced plans to build a 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network that can deliver speeds to customers of as much as 120 Mbps.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: 'A6′ Chip Will Merge iOS With OS X In 2012, Says Jefferies  —  Is Apple (AAPL) looking to combine its computer operating systems — “OS X” — and its gadget operating system — “iOS”?  —  That's the theory offered today by Peter Misek, who follows the shares for Jefferies & Co …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired:
Former Google Engineer Builds Turntable.fm Clone: Rolling.fm  —  One good turn(table) deserves another, one might say.  —  Hot on the heels of Turntable.fm's big reported round of funding comes Rolling.fm, a clone that does just about everything the original service does.  Will it achieve the same popularity?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sources: Storm8 Raising Huge $300 Million Round At $1 Billion Valuation  —  Storm8 is about to become an even bigger powerhouse in mobile gaming.  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that the development shop, which focuses exclusively on mobile games, is raising a massive round …
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered  —  This past June, we noted that Instagram hit a big milestone: 5 million users.  At the time, the total number of photos shared on the service was at 95 million, and given the rate of growth, they expected to pass 100 million shortly.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Spotify, Spokeo, AOL, Others Sued Over Web Tracking  —  Website analytics firm KISSmetrics and more than 20 of its customers, including Spotify, AOL's About.me, Slideshare.net, Spokeo and the news site Gigaom.com were sued Monday on the grounds that KISSmetrics' tracking technology violated federal and state privacy laws.
Discussion: GigaOM and MediaPost
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
HTC Explains Android Bootloader Unlock Process, Warranty-Voiding Tool Coming Later This Month  —  It's been a few months now since HTC CEO Peter Chou announced that the company will no longer be locking bootloaders on their devices, and enthusiasts have had nothing to show for it.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Why Zillow insiders want to keep the stock above $25 per share  —  Team Zillow ringing the opening bell on Nasdaq  —  Shares of Zillow tumbled a bit this week — falling below $30 for the first time since its red-hot initial public offering on July 20th.  Investors are closely watching …
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