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10:00 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
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 …
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.
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: Electronista and Gizmodo Australia
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Yahoo Wins Over Users, but Not Advertisers  —  YAHOO is the granddaddy of all-things-to-all-people Web sites.  And the concept still shows surprising life: Yahoo has users, in spades.  But it has failed dismally in translating popularity into strong revenue growth.
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 …
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.
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is G+ Putting Facebook On The Defensive?  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  —  If it's not obvious yet, Google+ is going to be able to “undercut” …
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
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:
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
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Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
Group hacks US law enforcement sites, steals data