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11:35 PM ET, August 4, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Responds To Google's Response To Microsoft's Response  —  If you thought that Microsoft and Google, two massive public companies, would quickly and quietly retire behind the scenes to continue their fight after their very public back-and-forth over the past couple of days, you'd be wrong.
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Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Google Fires Back At Microsoft, Both Companies Are Looking Lame Right Now  —  Google has fired back in its war of words with Microsoft.  —  If you missed it yesterday, Google accused Microsoft of participating in a hostile campaign against Android using bogus patents.
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 …
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
How Microsoft makes money from Android
Discussion: Electronista
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google: Patently Absurd
Maciek Nowakowski / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Preview Pane  —  When I check my email, I often rely on the message snippets to figure out which messages to open first.  Sometimes, though, I want to see more than snippets, which is why I'm happy to announce that you can now preview messages in your inbox using a new feature in Gmail Labs called Preview Pane.
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google adds tablet-like preview panes to Gmail inbox
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beats The Street In First Quarter As A Public Company; Revenue Up 120 Percent To $121M  —  For the first time as a public company, professional social network LinkedIn is reporting its first quarter results today.  LinkedIn's revenue for the quarter came in at $121 million …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
New iPhone App Provides a Glimpse of the Moments Before a Photo is Taken  —  Though there are plenty of apps for sharing still pictures taken on an iPhone, a three-person start-up is hoping to carve a niche with a program that captures not only a still picture but the several seconds of video that preceded the picture's taking.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Jailbreak hotspot-ers: AT&T is moving you to a tiered data plan involuntarily  —  We've gotten word from some readers that AT&T is moving forward and removing unlimited plans for users who jailbreak iPhones to tether or hotspot off of AT&T's unlimited data plans (for those grandfathered):
Bing:
Mall Maps and Map Search come to Bing for Mobile  —  Today, we're happy to announce that we have added mall maps and map search to Bing for Mobile Browse.  You may recall that we initially announced mall maps for the desktop last December.  Since then we've been listening to your feedback …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple takes aim at copycat fake retail stores with new lawsuit  —  After a number of fake Apple retail stores in China gained publicity online, Apple appears to have taken legal action, undoubtedly looking to shut down the counterfeit locations designed to look like its own operations.
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Groupon's Strikeouts Reveal an Unspoken Truth: Jonathan Weil  —  Groupon's Strikeouts Reveal an Unspoken Truth: Jonathan Weil  —  About five miles south of Groupon Inc.'s headquarters, at U.S. Cellular Field, there's a veteran baseball player for the Chicago White Sox named Adam Dunn who is having a remarkable season.
Julie M / Groublogpon:
We call it Grouptiva (Groupon Acquires Obtiva)  —  Today, Groupon is announcing that it is acquiring Obtiva (www.obtiva.com) the largest Ruby on Rails software development firm in Chicago.  —  We've been working side-by-side with our Obtiva colleagues since way back in 2009, when Groupon had a handful of engineers.
Discussion: TechCrunch and AllThingsD
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Inductive Charging Patent Finally Surfaces  —  On August 4, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals two specific concepts of an “Inductive Charging System” for use with iOS devices.  The first concept involves an oddly designed charging tower.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Plans To Bake Android-Like Web Intents Into Chrome  —  There's a lot of innovation going on in the browser wars these days, with huge strides in features and performance from all the top vendors.  And there's a new feature on the horizon that's going to make web apps …
Nick Clayton / Tech Europe:
Nokia's Losses Become Finland's Gains … A few weeks ago Microsoft's European chairman told TechEurope that the average amount of venture capital per head across Europe was just $7.  Finland beat that with a single deal.  The reported $42 million investment in Angry Birds developer Rovio translates …
Zephoria / danah boyd:
“Real Names” Policies Are an Abuse of Power  —  Everyone's abuzz with the “nymwars,” mostly in response to Google Plus' decision to enforce its “real names” policy.  At first, Google Plus went on a deleting spree, killing off accounts that violated its policy.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Lion USB sticks now available for $69 through AppleCare, free to some  —  Our good friends in Applecare alerted us to the fact that Lion USB keys were now available and in stock at Apple.  While officially they will cost a lofty $69, it appears, at least from the wording above …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone 5, “Simplified iPhone 4” Headed to China Telecom in October?  —  If Apple hasn't yet signed an agreement to bring the iPhone to China Telecom, it must be very close to doing so.  In July, Reuters reported that long-running discussions between the two companies were moving toward a deal …
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 …
Hiten Shah / The KISSmetrics Marketing Blog:
Official KISSmetrics Response to Data Collection Practices  —  I'm Hiten Shah, the CEO of KISSmetrics.  First of all, I'd like to thank you for being part of the KISSmetrics community and allowing us to help you make better decisions for your online business.  That's a responsibility that I take very seriously.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple No. 1 in worldwide smartphone shipments  —  Market research firm IDC on Thursday released its worldwide smartphone market numbers for the second quarter of 2011 and Apple is in the lead.  —  “The smartphone market crowned a new leader in 2Q11, and its name is Apple,” said Ramon Llamas …
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
Top China paper scoffs at suggestion Beijing is hacking villain  —  (Reuters) - China's top official newspaper on Friday dismissed as irresponsible suggestions that Beijing was the “state actor” that security company McAfee said this week was likely behind massive Internet hacking of government and companies.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Will Apple discontinue the Magic Mouse in favor of the Magic Trackpad?  —  Cult of Mac claims that a previously reliable source told them that Magic Mouse inventory is not being replenished at Apple Stores.  From this, they say that the Magic Mouse will soon be discontinued.
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Rdio Launches Official iPad App, Beating Spotify and MOG  —  Users of the on-demand music streaming service Rdio now have a much prettier interface from which to browse and listen to songs on their iPads.  The service's official iPad app finally launched earlier today.
Bloomberg:
Hacker ‘Armageddon’ Forces Symantec, McAfee to Seek Fixes  —  A surge in high-profile hacker attacks this year is demonstrating the limits of an older generation of security software from Symantec Corp. (SYMC) and McAfee Inc., putting pressure on them to revamp their product lines.
 
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Chris Eidhof:
Why I develop for iOS  —  Sometimes I ask myself the question: why do I develop for iOS?
Discussion: GigaOM
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
DirecTV Says It's Kicking Hulu's Tires, Too
Discussion: Associated Press
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Twitter to open source Hadoop-like tool
Discussion: Twitter Engineering
Kay Kremerskothen / Flickr Blog:
6,000,000,000  —  The beautiful Montbretia flower photo shown …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Keeps Gobbling Up Smartphone Share, Now 40 Percent
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researcher Announces N00ter, A Tool For Catching Net Neutrality Cheats
Discussion: Digital Trends, TechCrunch and DSLreports, Thanks:jasonsknife
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meltwater Acquires Mark Cuban-Backed Realtime Search Engine IceRocket
Bloomberg:
Sony's Debut of PlayStation Vita Player in U.S., Europe to Miss Christmas
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Security researchers hack Google's Chrome OS
Discussion: BGR and ITProPortal
 

 
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