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10:10 PM ET, August 3, 2011

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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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Brad Smith / @bradsmi:
Discussion: GeekWire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Rips Into Microsoft, Apple, Oracle For “Bogus Patents” And Trying To “Strangle” Android  —  In the past, I've been critical of Google for trying to dance around directly calling out their competitors who are actively attempting to screw them.  Today, they're no longer dancing.
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:
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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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Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Apple Has Secret Deals In Place To Launch A Video Streaming Service, Says Jefferies  —  Apple might be ready to roll out its own video subscription service similar to Amazon and Netflix, Peter Misek at Jefferies reports in a note this morning.  —  Specifically, he says …
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 …
Dmitri Alperovitch / McAfee Blog Central:
Revealed: Operation Shady RAT  —  For the last few years, especially since the public revelation of Operation Aurora, the targeted successful intrusion into Google and two dozen other companies, I have often been asked by our worldwide customers if they should worry about such sophisticated …
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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 …
BBC:
Internet Explorer story was bogus  —  The story claimed that users of internet explorer had a lower IQ than those who opted for other browsers  —  A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.
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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 …
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.
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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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
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Facebook News Feed to get face-lift?  —  Might we finally be getting the long-sought-after “dislike” button on Facebook?  —  The social-networking giant is working on an overhaul of its News Feed product, where users post status updates, photos, videos, and other items of interest, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Patrick Klepek / Giant Bomb:
Read Satoru Iwata's Apologetic Letter to Existing 3DS Owners  —  Nintendo's charismatic leader tries to explain the company's drastic price drop.  —  UPDATE: Overseas readers point me towards a similarly honest note from Nintendo of Europe, though it's not attributed to anyone particular at the company.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Promoting “Free” Nexus S On Homepage  —  Hurry, supplies are limited.  If you've been to Google.com today (from a US IP address) then you've already seen the Nexus S “free today only” offer.  Users can obtain the phone from US retailer Best Buy and must sign up for a two-year contract.
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Progress On The Startup Visa Movement  —  Yesterday there was solid progress on the Startup Visa Movement - specifically making it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to start their companies in the US.  The WSJ had a good summary article titled U.S. to Assist Immigrant Job Creators that discusses …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Comcast gets boost from NBC Universal  —  NBC Universal gave Comcast a boost in the second quarter as the cable operator announced a 16 percent jump in profits.  —  Comcast also said it lost fewer pay-TV subscribers and saw broadband subscriber growth surge, besting its phone company rivals.
Discussion: GigaOM
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Or Kevin Rose, Whose Tweets Are Worth More?  —  Whose tweets lead to more actual sales, Ashton Kutcher's or Kevin Rose's?  The answer is not immediately obvious.  Kutcher boasts 7.3 million Twitter followers to Rose's 1.3 million, but a recent promotion run …
Discussion: betashop
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Sues Google Over Vostu Dispute, Brazilian Judge Grants Injunction  —  Two big pieces of news today in the Zynga/Vostu lawsuit (details on lawsuit here and here).  In addition to that first lawsuit filed in California, Zynga also quietly sued Vostu on its home turf in Brazil (lawsuit embedded below, but it's in Portugese).
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Q4 iPhone Sales: Is 30 Million in Reach?  —  With a new iPhone expected in October, Apple is poised to reap record sales of the device in its December quarter — far beyond some of Wall Street's more aggressive estimates.  —  How far?  —  BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Breaking: Shake up at YuMe, founder replaces CEO  —  YuMe founder Jayant Kadambi is back in the CEO position at the video ad optimization company, the company has confirmed.  He replaces Michael Mathieu, who was brought in about three years ago to bring some sales expertise to the tech-heavy startup.
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Shock, awe: British government agrees that copyright has gone too far
Discussion: nds.coi.gov.uk and BetaNews
Joanna Geary:
Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Doubles Down on Tablets, Promises All Magazines on All Platforms by End of Year
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