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8:05 PM ET, August 7, 2011


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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Growing Portrait Of Google As A Big, Scary, Expanding Everywhere Copy Monster  —  Twice this year, Google's been fairly frank and vocal about something competitors have done that it feels is unfair.  Twice, I've watched the technosphere largely react by beating the company over the head with a …
Discussion: FM Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood  —  “I have a competition in me.  I want no one else to succeed.”  —  I'm reminded of Daniel Plainview's admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google.  —  While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems …
Tom Krazit / paidContent:   Why Google Is Right Yet Short-Sighted To Complain About Mobile Patents
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s Nuance-powered speech-to-text feature revealed (screenshots)  —  iOS 5′s speech-to-text functionality appears like it will actually be happening, and we have the screenshot to prove it.  A reliable source has sent us the above screenshot which details how the iOS 5 speech-to-text functionality will be activated.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Went to Great Lengths to Obscure its Speech Recognition Interface in iOS 5  —  Apple's latest iOS 5 Beta 5 contains the interface elements for their rumored upcoming Speech Recognition features.  The screenshot below (via 9to5Mac) shows a microphone button found on the standard text keyboard in iOS.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Super 8 Screener Leaks - With Howard Stern's Name All Over It  —  Back in June, Paramount Pictures were setting their lawyers on Todd Blatt, a mechanical engineer from Baltimore.  —  Blatt had used his design skills and 3D printing company ShapeWays to come up with replicas …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
If you want to see more jobs created - change patent laws  —  Sometimes it's not the obvious things that create the biggest problems.  In this case one of the hidden job killers in our economy today is the explosion of patent litigation.  —  Every technology company I have is getting hit …
Rob Walker / New York Times:
The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter  —  We had this idea, some friends and I, for a small public art project in New Orleans last year.  The problem was, it involved some professional printing that would cost a few thousand dollars, which none of us had.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More  —  It's no secret that credit card companies are shelling out big bucks and aggressively forming partnerships and deals to start cashing in on the mobile and digital payments innovations currently taking place.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Android could allow mobile ad or phishing pop-ups say researchers  —  Sean Schulte, SSL developer at Trustwave, and Nicholas Percoco, the senior vice president and head of SpiderLabs at Trustwave, revealed at DefCon what they said was a design flaw in Android.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Retailer Lets Online Shoppers Virtually Try on Clothes Using Augmented Reality  —  Have you been waiting for more practical implementations of augmented reality (AR) technology outside of gaming and marketing initiatives?  So have we.  That's what makes the technology Zugara is launching now so interesting.
Discussion: PC Magazine, Techland and VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded Interview Street Streamlines The Search For Great Programmers  —  Talk to any tech company and they'll tell you that hiring quality programmers is an incredibly difficult task — the smaller companies often have a hard time getting in front of the best candidates …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Tech and the San Francisco Rental Bubble  —  I've recently learned that real estate brokers in San Francisco have reached a consensus on a topic that entrepreneurs and investors can't seem to agree on: that we are in the midst of a technology bubble.  —  Technologists have been debating …
John D. Sutter / CNN:
DEF CON: The event that scares hackers  —  The masked figure has two faces and four digital eyes — clairvoyant blue — that track back and forth constantly, as if recording the movements of everyone who enters.  —  That awkwardly self-conscious — even slightly paranoid …
Discussion: Reuters and Bits
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon panel: Anonymous is here. LulzSec is here. They're everywhere
Discussion: Computerworld and Bits
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After Auction, Dropbox Close To Choosing Investors — Round Could Put Valuation At $10 Billion
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Exclusive: Facebook's Smoking Gun in the Ceglia Case? The Authentic Contract
Discussion: Friending Facebook Blog, Thanks:wired
Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
Group hacks US law enforcement sites, steals data