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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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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.
Discussion: Fortune, SlashGear, BGR, Bits and iClarified
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.
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
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 …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Researcher Exposes Flaws In Sophos Software, Slams Antivirus Industry  —  Researcher Tavis Ormandy at the Black Hat security conference.  (Click to enlarge.)  —  The security industry usually spends its time analyzing viruses, not the programs meant to catch them.
Discussion: Naked Security, Thanks:forbestech
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 FacebookOfSex.com run by FriendFinder Networks.
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP knocking $100 from TouchPad pricing August 5-7  —  Looking to grab an HP TouchPad?  If you buy one from HP.com 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and threatpost
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.”
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):
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Keeps Gobbling Up Smartphone Share, Now 40 Percent  —  When it comes to smartphones in the U.S., Android and Apple keep growing at the expense of other mobile platforms like RIM, Windows Phone, and Nokia's Symbian.  The latest mobile subscriber numbers are out from comScore.
 
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
Top China paper scoffs at suggestion Beijing is hacking villain
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
DirecTV Says It's Kicking Hulu's Tires, Too
Discussion: Associated Press
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Groupon's Strikeouts Reveal an Unspoken Truth: Jonathan Weil
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Twitter to open source Hadoop-like tool
Kay Kremerskothen / Flickr Blog:
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News gets a new human touch, launching publisher-curated Editors' Picks as a standing section
Bloomberg:
Hacker ‘Armageddon’ Forces Symantec, McAfee to Seek Fixes
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple No. 1 in worldwide smartphone shipments
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Inductive Charging Patent Finally Surfaces
 

 
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