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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Answer To Apple's Terms: A Web-Based Kindle Cloud Reader — Brilliant On PC, Better On iPad  —  Much has been made about Apple's recent changes to the iOS terms.  At first, everyone was sure that many big players, would be forced to pull their apps, such as Amazon's popular Kindle app.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Facebook's Messenger app hides a dirty little secret: Video conferencing  —  Facebook isn't fantastic at hiding secret stuff in their Apps.  Just last month, its iPad ambitions were outed by some folks rummaging around in the App.  Today, Facebook released their Messenger app and seconds later …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Just Out-iMessaged iMessage — And SMS Is More Screwed Than Ever  —  Facebook did a strange thing today: they released a mobile application separate from their main app.  They've never done this before.  But it's genius.  And it's yet another long-term thorn in the side of SMS.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Messenger: a New Standalone Group Messaging Mobile App Built Off Beluga
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America  —  Nokia plans to stop selling both feature phones and Symbian-based smartphones in the United States and Canada as it tries to put all of its muscle behind the company's huge bet on Windows Phone.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Nokia exec: Android and iPhone focus on the app is “outdated”  —  Nokia's new superphones will offer a superior user interface and a better, cloud-enabled experience than its chief competitors, the company's top U.S executive told VentureBeat.  —  The reliance by Apple and Android phones on the …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Preliminary injunction granted by German court: Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands  —  The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple is also suing Motorola in Europe over the Xoom tablet's design  —  Here's a very interesting news item that is hidden deep inside Apple's complaint against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that led to an EU-wide preliminary injunction:  —  Prior to or simultaneously with the motion …
Discussion: The Next Web and Eurodroid
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in Europe
Ellis Hamburger / The Business Insider:
Hacker Group Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook On November 5  —  Hacktivist group Anonymous, which has been responsible for cyber-attacks on the Pentagon, News Corp, and others, has vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5th (which should ring a bell).  —  Citing privacy concerns …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Not even Huffington Post or TechCrunch could save AOL, which value plummeted over 25% today  —  AOL stock hit its lowest point since the company separated from Time Warner, after a 25.75 percent death-tumble.  A last-minute rally pulled shares up, which earlier had fallen by more than 26 percent.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Motorola: We'd Work With Microsoft If We Could Get That Nokia Deal  —  Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha now says he'd be interested in shipping Windows Phones if Motorola could get the same kind of deal that Nokia got from Microsoft.  —  In other words — a big up-front payment of at least $2 billion …
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Kellex / Droid Life:
Motorola CEO Talks Global Branding, New Tablets and If He Would Like to Be First to Ice Cream Sandwich
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
BT kills Ribbit's web phone platform, sends customers to the fast-growing Twilio  —  BT, the UK-based phone giant, has killed the Ribbit web phone and messaging platform it owns and is advising Ribbit customers to head to competitor Twilio.  —  Twilio is a fast-growing company that sources tell us is …
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Dylan Love / The Business Insider:
10 Facts About Steve Jobs We Just Learned From CNBC's Latest “Titans” Special  —  Few people have made as much of an impact on the computing world as Steve Jobs.  —  He helped make the idea of personal computers into a viable business, and to this day he seems to want to make last year's products obsolete with this year's releases.
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Discount Means U.S. Portal Free in Deal  —  Yahoo! Inc. has cost its shareholders so much money that a buyer would now be able take over the most- visited U.S. Web portal for less than the value of its stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo Japan Corp. (4689)
Discussion: The Business Insider
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Microsoft Keeps Chipping Away At Google's Search Market Share  —  Bing did not gain any market share between June and July, according to the latest numbers but Yahoo was up a notch, which amounts for a gain for Microsoft — and a slight loss for Google.  —  These month to month fluctuations …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Vudu avoids Apple rev share split with iPad mobile site  —  In its hunt to get on ever-more devices, Vudu is finally making its streaming video-on-demand (VOD) store available on the iPad.  But while most streaming video services have launched apps on the tablet, Vudu is coming to market …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
First Google Ice Cream Sandwich devices may launch in October  —  We've received some information from a source with knowledge of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich plans, and it's looking like the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices could start hitting the ground in as early as October.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Integrated Touch Screen, Voicemail & More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  There were three notable inventions presented today.  The first relates to Apple's “Integrated Touch Screen.”
John Cook / GeekWire:
Lawsuit claims Apple and publishers colluded on eBook pricing in fear of Amazon.com  —  A Seattle law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Apple and five book publishers of engaging in price fixing around sales of electronic books.  The suit, filed today in U.S. District Court …
Fred / A VC:
There Will Be No Files In The Cloud  —  I've spent a bunch of time talking to entrepreneurs who are building companies in and around the cloud storage space.  It's not a space I like very much because I don't think we'll be using files in the cloud.  Now Dropbox is a brilliant company …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Police use Flickr to identify London riot suspects  —  London has been the scene of utter chaos over the past few days, and last night it hit a new peak when it seemed many parts of the UK capital were under siege, from north to south.  —  Whilst many criticisms have been flung at the lack …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Skype Details Its Future With Microsoft And Facebook  —  Skype CEO Tony Bates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announcing Microsoft's intent to acquire Skype in May.  —  What does Skype's future look like?  According to the company's vice president, a lot of integration with Microsoft products …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Why 193,000 people stopped paying for TV last quarter  —  With Cablevision reporting a loss of 23,000 subscribers and Dish Network shedding 135,000 in the second quarter, the U.S. pay TV industry has lost nearly 200,000 subscribers in the second-quarter — and those are just the ones we know about.
Discussion: Reuters and SiliconFilter
Andrew Hetzel / coffee business strategies:
Starbucks and the ‘Starkbucks’ Jonathan's Card Viral Marketing Campaign  —  Starbucks may be back to its old viral marketing PR tricks again, this time with a new but familiar campaign called “Jonathan's Card.”  —  So the story goes, mobile payment application developer Jonathan Stark wanted to create a …
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Toshiba Introduces First Glasses-Free 3-D Notebook  —  The Toshiba Qosmio F755 will deliver 2-D or glasses-free 3-D content on a 15.6-inch display  —  One of the biggest obstacles to 3-D adoption in the home is the requirement for uncomfortable, eye-straining glasses.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lightbank-Backed oBaz Launches Crowdsourced Haggling Service
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Survey: Consumers Don't Trust Google or Apple With Mobile Payments
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Law Firm Says 1,000 Customer Arbitration Cases Filed Seeking to Stop AT&T-T-Mobile Deal
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
The tech IPO delays have begun
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Developers Frustrated By Android Market Payment Issues
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Nuance CTO: Speech tech will be mobile tech
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New Stats: Book Publishing Is Growing; E-Book Revs and Sales Up Over 1000%
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Tom Loftus / Digits:
Strange Tweets Haunt Syfy Series
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Wolfram Alpha sues Lodsys to defend its iPad app
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Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Google to Shut Down Educational Programming Tool Android App Inventor
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