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1:20 PM ET, August 5, 2011


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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.
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.
Brian S. Hall / The Business Insider:
How Do I Hate Google?  Let Me Count The Ways...  I love Google Maps.  Like Google Search.  Use Gmail.  —  But, increasingly, I've grown nervous about the vast scope Google has over the Internet.  Users have virtually no place on the world wide web, no safe haven, no single moment, from Google's reach.
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Google Fires Back At Microsoft, Both Companies Are Looking Lame Right Now
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
RBC: Apple would only launch low-cost iPhone if it had ‘category-killer’ experience  —  After a meeting with two of Apple's top executives, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said the company's primary requirement for launching a lower-end iPhone is whether the handset would provide an “innovative, category-killer experience.”
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Researcher Exposes Flaws In Sophos Software, Slams Antivirus Industry  —  The security industry usually spends its time analyzing viruses, not the programs meant to catch them.  But Tavis Ormandy has been looking instead under the hood of one antivirus firm's tools.  And he doesn't like what he sees.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Naked Security and SlashGear, Thanks:forbestech
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC acquires Dashwire to bolster cloud services - and patent portfolio  —  HTC on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire Seattle-based cloud services company Dashwire for up to $18.5 million via its HTC America Holding division.  Dashwire currently offers a range of cloud services for carriers …
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Ultrabooks and tablet PCs are short-term fads, says Acer founder  —  Acer founder Stan Shih has commented that the fads for ultrabooks and tablet PCs are both short-term phenomena and urged companies in the notebook supply chain to come out with more value-added products through innovation.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Porn studio loses appeal in Google copyright case  —  A U.S. Appeals court didn't accept the assertion that an adult-entertainment company was nearly driven out of business by Google search results that display thumbnail photos of the site's porn photos.  —  The 9th Circuit ruled that Perfect 10 …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
A Call to Rethink Internet Search  —  “We could soon view today's keyword searching with the same nostalgia and amusement reserved for bygone technologies such as electric typewriters and vinyl records.”  —  So declares Oren Etzioni, a computer scientist at the University of Washington …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers find avenues for fraud in Square  —  Zac Franken, director at Aperture Labs, holds up the Square device for processing credit cards with a mobile device.  His company has just discovered two ways to steal credit card data using Square.  —  LAS VEGAS—Researchers …
Needham sees Apple stock hitting $540 on sales of 54M iPads in 2012  —  Investment firm Needham & Company on Friday upped its price target for Apple stock to $540, with projected sales of 54 million iPads and 108 million iPhones in 2012.  —  Analyst Charlie Wolf provides semi-annual updates on his AAPL 12-month price target.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and TUAW
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Spam King Sanford Wallace Indicted for Facebook Spam  —  Notorious spam king Sanford Wallace is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly breaking into Facebook accounts and sending 27 million spam messages in 2008 and 2009.  —  Wallace, 43, allegedly used a phishing attack to steal usernames …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Shagbook Attacks Facebook's Trademark, Calling It Generic  —  Facebook really doesn't like websites that have names sounding similar its own.  The company has gone after Teachbook, and also filed suit against a racy site called run by FriendFinder Networks.
Discussion: Inquirer, Techdirt, Mashable! and thinq_
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Netflix Hits A Million Subscribers In Canada  —  Rejoice!  It only took 10 months for Netflix to rack up a million users in Canada.  They launched in September of 2010, and in July a lucky Canuck by the name of Amanda, in the province they call Manitoba, became their one-millionth subscriber.
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
US internet providers hijacking users' search queries  —  Searches made by millions of internet users are being hijacked and redirected by some internet service providers in the US.  Patents filed by Paxfire, the company involved in the hijacking, suggest that it may be part of a larger plan …
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
IPhone 5 Sales in Russia May Start in November, RBC Daily Says  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 5 may start selling in Russia in November, “almost immediately” after sales begin in the U.S., RBC Daily reported, citing handset retailers it didn't identify.  —  Russian cellphone operators …
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Pentagon cyber program to fund hacker innovation  —  (Reuters) - A hacker-turned-defense official, decrying the government's slowness to change, rolled out a new program on Thursday that would enable the Pentagon to more quickly fund hackers to tackle its tough cybersecurity challenges.
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Refuses to Return Seized Domain Name, Claims Shutting Down Speech Doesn't Cause a Substantial Hardship  —  In a cursory opinion issued today that left us scratching our heads, a federal judge has ruled that the government does not have to return a domain name seized by Immigration …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
NewMe Accelerator, Aiming To Encourage Black Tech Entrepreneurs, Has Its First Demo Day  —  Yesterday someone asked me whether the reason most of my avatar photos are silly is because otherwise I would have to deal with people constantly bringing up the fact that I don't “look” …
Discussion: CNN
Derek Kessler /
HP knocking $100 from TouchPad pricing August 5-7  —  Looking to grab an HP TouchPad?  If you buy one from right now, you'll save $50.  But if you wait until this weekend, you'll be able to grab one for $100 off.  Sadly, it looks like the only one you'll be able to get at that ridiculous discount …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Intel places $30 million bet on the cloud, opens two new labs at Carnegie Mellon  —  Have you nerds heard?  The cloud is the word, and Intel's ready to put its bank account where the industry's buzzing mouth is.  Investing $30 million over a span of five years, the company has partnered …
Discussion: CNET News and Portfolio
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.
Chris Eidhof:
Why I develop for iOS  —  Sometimes I ask myself the question: why do I develop for iOS?  I could also do Haskell development, do cool HTML5 stuff, or build compilers.  As an indie developer, these are some important reasons for me.  —  High-end platform  —  The iPhone and iPad are the high-end of the smartphones and tablets.
Discussion: GigaOM
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