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10:40 AM ET, August 4, 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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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”.
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:   How Microsoft makes money from Android
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
Mark Douglas / The Big Blog:
Skype 2.1 for Android enables video on majority of Android devices  —  We promised to add support for additional handsets when we launched our new Skype for Android app with video a couple of weeks ago.  Today we are pleased to announce that with the release of Skype 2.1 for Android …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Security researchers hack Google's Chrome OS  —  When Google first started talking about its Google Chrome OS software a few years ago, one of the selling points was the promise that it would come with much better built-in security than other operating systems.
Discussion: The Download Blog and The Register
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Study: Android is least open of open source mobile platforms  —  Market research firm VisionMobile has published a report that evaluates the openness of eight major open source software projects.  The study—which was partly funded by the European Union—focuses largely on open governance …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ben / Carrypad:
Exclusive: Eight Leaked Sony S1 and S2 Screenshots Reveal Honeycomb 3.2, Chumby App, Proprietary Adapter and More  —  Today I went snooping around Sony's support site where I was able to uncover some support documents for their upcoming S1 and S2 tablets that have gone public before they were supposed to.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
FYI Google, Facebook's Former CTO Says It Would Take Two Years For ~250 People To Build A Clone  —  As the fruits of Google's rush to build a social network are now achingly public, someone has asked a pretty apropos question on Quora, “How long would it take to build Facebook as of July 2011?”
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Microsoft Research's .NET Gadgeteer steps out into the light, shoots daggers at Arduino (video)  —  Arduino, meet .NET Gadgeteer — your newest homebrew hacking rival.  Born from Microsoft Research engineers' desire to build prototypes quickly and easily, the two-and-a-half-years …
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.
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.
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.
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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Amar Toor / Engadget:
T-Mobile loses 50,000 customers in Q2 2011, revenue dips slightly  —  T-Mobile USA issued its Q2 earnings statement today and, while the outlook isn't quite as bleak as it was during the first quarter of this year, there's still some cause for concern up in Bellevue.
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: Music Ally, GigaOM and MediaPost
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LocalResponse Buys Social TV Advertising And Check-In Platform Philo  —  Local Response, a recently launched social advertising platform that allows local businesses to respond to the “check-in” with marketing campaigns, is making its first acquisition today.
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews and GigaOM
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korean hackers hired to attack South Korea game network  —  (Reuters) - More than 30 North Korean hackers were hired to work in China by a South Korean crime ring to steal the personal data of South Korean gamers, and channeled $5 million to their impoverished country in compensation, South Korea's police said on Thursday.
Discussion: Inquirer and Guardian
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 …
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?
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.
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.
 
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