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3:15 PM ET, August 5, 2011


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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.”
Todd Haselton / BGR:   Low-cost iPhone could launch soon; Apple execs hope to settle patent disputes
Justin Hyde / Jalopnik:
This is Google's first self-driving car crash  —  This photo of what looks like a minor case of Prius-on-Prius vehicular violence may actually be a piece of automotive history: the first accident caused by Google's self-driving car.  Whose name should the cop write down on the ticket?  UPDATE!
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:   Human Driver Crashes Google's Self Driving Car*
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.
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Cites ‘Smoking Gun’ Proof of Fraud by Man Claiming Company Stake  —  Facebook Inc. said its inspection of computers turned over by Paul Ceglia, the western New York man who claims he's entitled to half of Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's holdings in the social-networking company, shows “smoking gun” evidence of fraud.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:chadcat
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Domain Seizures Do Not Violate Free Speech, U.S. Court Rules
Discussion: TechEye
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
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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google adds tablet-like preview panes to Gmail inbox
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Responds To Google's Response To Microsoft's Response
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
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 …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google closes its Dictionary site, wants you to “search” for definitions instead  —  It seems the plug has been pulled on Google Dictionary.  If you visit the website now, there is a simple ‘Google Dictionary is no longer available message’.  —  From the four years leading up to late 2009 …
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, PadGadget and TUAW
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_
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Dolby: Our technologies are not built into Microsoft's Windows 8  —  Summary: Dolby Laboratories executives shared some information about Microsoft's Windows 8 during an earnings call this week.  What are the implications of the disclosure?  —  During an earnings conference call with analysts …
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.
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 …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Feds hack past anonymity, bust 72 users of child abuse “horror” site  —  They used proxy servers and encryption.  They used anonymous screen names like “Beast,” “Bones,” “Jailbird,” and “Johnny_5_is_@live” to post and share their child sex abuse films.  Admins carefully segregated participants according to how much they were trusted.
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
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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Pentagon cyber program to fund hacker innovation
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Intel places $30 million bet on the cloud, opens two new labs at Carnegie Mellon
Discussion: CNET News and Portfolio
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Eidhof:
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Discussion: GigaOM
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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Nick Clayton / Tech Europe:
Nokia's Losses Become Finland's Gains
Discussion: Slashdot
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
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John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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