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11:35 AM ET, August 7, 2011


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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.
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  —  Omar Little had it right: there's a game out there, and you either play or get played.  One of the most compelling characters from the television show The Wire probably wouldn't have cut it as a mobile executive or a patent lawyer …
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 …
Discussion: @dondodge, open and Tradigital
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Here's the full change log for iOS 5 beta 5  —  Apple just pushed iOS 5 beta 5 out to developers and wouldn't you know, we've got the full change log for you to feast your eyes on.  Hit the jump for all the iOS 5 changes you can handle.  —  Thanks, Jean!  —  Notes and Known Issues
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon panel: Anonymous is here.  LulzSec is here.  They're everywhere  —  A panel at Defcon that focused on the hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec was as confusing, chaotic and free-wheeling as the organizations themselves.  The panel included a masked man, introduced as Baron von Arrr …
Discussion: Computerworld
John D. Sutter / CNN:
DEF CON: The event that scares hackers
Discussion: Reuters and Bits
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
At a Hacker Conference, Plenty of Friendly Feds
Discussion: CNET News
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple now allows developer MobileMe users to migrate their accounts to iCloud  —  As promised, Apple has opened up a new portal at for developers that the MobileMe service to migrate their entire account over to iCloud.  The process is quite simple as you can see in the screenshots above and below.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside iCloud: Apple's new Documents & Data cloud service
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Super 8 Screener Leaks - With Howard Stern's Name All Over It  —  A high-quality copy of the Steven Spielberg movie 'Super 8′ has turned up online and is spreading like wildfire.  While it is hardly unusual for preview copy DVD screeners to become available in this way …
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 …
Discussion: The Business Insider
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Exclusive: Facebook's Smoking Gun in the Ceglia Case?  The Authentic Contract  —  On Friday, Facebook's lawyers made news when they told a court hearing a lawsuit brought by the alleged initial investor in Facebook, Paul Ceglia, that they'd found the “smoking gun” proving the alleged investment contract was a fraud.
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