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1:05 AM ET, August 9, 2011


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Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
After 21 Years: Goodbye Microsoft  —  Today I announced that after 21 years I am leaving Microsoft to build a new company.  —  I'm not yet ready to disclose details about the new venture but I can say I will be staying in the Seattle area to build it.  It has to do with sports, advertising …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone GM leaving Microsoft, with a rallying cry  —  Microsoft veteran Charlie Kindel, who led the effort to get independent app developers on board with Windows Phone, is leaving the company after 21 years to launch a startup — but he says he still believes strongly …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM's first QNX phone revealed: BlackBerry Colt to launch in Q1 2012  —  While Research In Motion just recently announced its new BlackBerry 7 device lineup — including the fantastic BlackBerry Bold 9900 — we all know that the real-deal smartphones are still in the oven.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
First QNX BlackBerry currently runs a single core processor, no BES support?
Discussion: Pulse2 and
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify's U.S. Score So Far: 1.4 Million Users, 175,000 Paying Customers  —  That Spotify invitation you scored may be a little less rare than you thought.  The streaming music service has already signed up 1.4 million U.S. users for its free trial, according to a source familiar with the company's operations.
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Dropbox funding: Are founders personally cashing in on $300M round?  —  [Update: We've just heard from a close source close to the investor syndicate on the pending round, and he said it's not true the founders are getting a majority of the round.  He would not specify details.]
Discussion: GigaOM
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Lion Support & HD Video Calls with Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X  —  On the heels of our recent update to Skype 5.2 for Mac OS X, we are pleased to announce that we are making even more improvements to our Mac client with the release of Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X. Along with a number of fixes and improvements …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Updated: Fresh IPOs stumble amid market tantrum.  Is the IPO window closed?  —  It's day two of complete market mayhem.  Has the chaos closed the window for companies looking to file for an initial public offering?  —  As of market close, the NASDAQ composite index was down nearly 7 percent for the day.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:   Silicon Valley VC Tim Draper: “U.S. just dropped a notch”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Network effects: Social media's role in the London riots  —  In the wake of a controversial police shooting, Britain's capital city has been rocked by two straight days of widespread rioting and looting.  As with previous riots — such as those in Vancouver, British Columbia following …
Luke Wroblewski / LukeW:
On Twitter Acquiring Bagcheck...  Very proud to let you all know that Twitter has acquired Bagcheck.  As co-founder & CPO, I wanted to offer my personal thanks to everyone that was part of our journey, and share some of the technology and design lessons we learned over the past year in the hopes …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
200,000 BitTorrent Users Sued In The United States  —  Mass file-sharing lawsuits have been filed all across the United States in recent months, almost exclusively targeting BitTorrent users.  Copyright holders have embraced this new revenue stream by the dozen and new lawsuits are being filed every week.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
What's the Fastest Web Browser in the “Real World?”  Chrome.  —  Compuware's benchmarks division, Gomez, has just released new data from a website measurement project whose goal was to determine what the fastest web browser is in the “real world” of desktop users.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed Links Status Updates to Pages Even If Users Don't  —  Facebook is now showing a special type of news feed story that links to a Page when multiple friends post updates that mention the Page's name, even if they don't explicitly tag it.  The story reads “[Friend's name] …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
A New Kind of Marketing Company From Former Apple Exec Forming With Backing of Twitter's Dorsey  —  Allison Johnson, who had been a top marketing exec for Apple, is finally close to launching on a new kind of marketing firm, sources said, with backing from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Malaria No More co-founder Ray Chambers.
Discussion: The Next Web
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
MobileMe users who migrate to iCloud get 25GB of storage in transition  —  Since opening the tool for developers to migrate from MobileMe to iCloud, Apple has revealed to MobileMe users that they will retain their MobileMe storage when their account becomes an iCloud account.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg's New Newswire is a Radical Experiment in Social News  —  Digg, the social news site that was once the darling of tech-loving web users everywhere, has faced a rapid decline in interest as the rest of the web grew up and it remained relatively slow and impersonal.
Discussion: Digg Blog, Walyou and BlueGlass
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Down Goes The Internet... Again.  Amazon EC2 Outage Takes Down Foursquare, Instagram, Quora, Reddit, Etc  —  Are you trying to use the web right now?  Just stop.  It's largely broken.  —  As indicated by about 20 tips in the last few minutes and pretty much all of Twitter, Amazon's EC2 service appears to be down.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple fires back at Lodsys, insists on intervening on behalf of developers  —  Apple insists it will intervene on behalf of developers being sued by patent troll Lodsys, reports Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.  This insistence on behalf of Apple shows that the company is serious about stepping …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's New(ish) Social Network — Now Lifting Even More Info From Facebook, Twitter  —  Screenshot of my Public Notes profile at  —  Amazon's “Public Notes” feature for Kindle has been available for months.  So why did my following and follower counts rocket up overnight to five times what they had been?
Discussion: @dannysullivan
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Meet Google's Voice Hunter On A Quest For 300 Languages  —  Google wants Voice Search to master the Tower of Babel.  So Linne Ha travels the world, gathering the language samples used to train it.  —  Google's Voice Search, which launched on cellphones in 2008 and was added to the desktop in June …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Touchgrind’ Brings Multi-Touch Trackpad Gaming to OS X  —  Way back in January 2010, development firm Illusion Labs demoed a Mac version of its popular iPhone game Touchgrind, showing off how the sophisticated multi-touch trackpad included on Apple's notebook computers could be used in a novel …
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases tool to create an OS X Lion recovery/installation external drive  —  For those who are unable to use the web-based recovery tool for OS X Lion, Apple has released a new Mac application that allows users to create their own OS X Lion recovery/installation external drives.
Agam Shah / PC World:
AMD Sitting out Smartphone Market  —  Advanced Micro Devices is not immediately chasing the market for smartphones as it does not align with the company's strength in technologies like graphics, an executive said on Monday.  —  Smartphones are constrained on battery, pixels and screen space …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart's E-Commerce Revolution  —  Walmart is planning to launch several new projects this holiday season based on the technology it acquired from the social media startup Kosmix back in April.  Kosmix's platform previously powered several services …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Syrian hackers retaliate, deface Anonymous' social network  —  Counters Anonymous' earlier sabotage of nation's Ministry of Defense site  —  Computerworld - After the hacking gang Anonymous took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, a Syrian group today retaliated …
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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
IPad rivals have better chance in Europe: Forrester
Discussion: The Next Web
Amruta Sabnis / Reuters:
Trade agency to eye Apple complaint against HTC
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
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Brian Chesky / The Airbnb Blog:
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Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Warrantless “emergency” surveillance of Internet communications by DOJ up 400%
Discussion: Techdirt
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge does not allow Google to outmaneuver Oracle with untimely invalidity contentions
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions

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