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2:00 PM ET, August 10, 2011

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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.
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Amazon.com:
Introducing Kindle Cloud Reader  —  Read over 950,000 Kindle books in your web browser - no download or installation required  —  Based on HTML5, Kindle Cloud Reader optimizes for the platform you're using and automatically stores your latest book locally for offline reading
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Kindle Cloud Reader: can it replace a native iPad app?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Joe Brown / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo Officially Not Being Charged in iPhone 4 Case  —  The District Attorney of San Mateo County is moving forward in the case of the iPhone 4 prototype we posted about last year.  Fortunately, nobody from our team is being charged.  —  Here's our parent company, Gawker Media's official statement on the matter:
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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 …
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.
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: Gizmodo, Reuters and SiliconFilter
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
Why are restaurant websites so horrifically bad?  —  The first thing that pops up when you visit the website of the San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys is a nearly full-screen animation of celebrity chef Hubert Keller's autograph.  That makes sense—when I'm choosing a restaurant …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Vudu avoids the Apple tax 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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google engineer, Adobe squabble over Flash bug credit  —  Adobe patched 13 critical bugs in its nearly-ubiquitous Flash Player on Tuesday, but came under quick criticism from a security engineer who works for Google, a close partner of Adobe.  —  Adobe patched 13 critical bugs …
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
NYPD forms new social media unit to mine Facebook and Twitter for mayhem  —  The NYPD has formed a new unit to track troublemakers who announce plans or brag about their crimes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.  —  Newly named Assistant Commissioner Kevin O'Connor, one of the department's online …
Discussion: Digits, Pulse2 and textually.org
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Lost More Than $100 Million Last Quarter - Again - As Hiring Costs Jump  —  Daily deals juggernaut Groupon managed to significantly slash marketing costs last quarter, but its net loss in the second quarter of this year has almost tripled compared to last year as it hired more than 1,000 …
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Erik Prusch named CEO of Clearwire, taking over a battered company in need of a lifeline  —  The job in front of Erik Prusch — who was promoted to president and CEO of Clearwire today — may be one of the toughest in wireless.  The former CFO and COO at Clearwire will need to manage …
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.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Anonymous does not support killing Facebook on November 5  —  Summary: Some Anonymous members are looking to kill Facebook, but the larger hacktivist group does not appear to support their cause.  —  News broke yesterday that the hacktivist group Anonymous is vowing to destroy Facebook on November 5, 2011 (Guy Fawkes Day).
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 …
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
W3C Publishes an HTML5 Spec for Web Developers  —  Chances are, despite embracing the tools therein, you've probably never read the HTML5 spec.  We don't blame you.  Frankly the worst part of this job is when we have to translate gibberish from the actual HTML5 spec into words normal humans can understand.
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Survey: Consumers Don't Trust Google or Apple With Mobile Payments  —  Despite Slew of New Payment Apps, Credit-Card Companies Preferred Over Tech Brands to Handle Transactions  —  When we think “mobile payments,” a slew of tech brands fly to mind: Google's new Wallet app …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence  —  Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and most recently Foursquare, is adding more services today, totaling 10 different ways to measure your social influence on the web.
Drew Curtis / Fark:
Patent-infringement lawsuit against Fark settled for zero dollars.  Also, patent trolls suck hairy donkey balls  —  A lot of you were already aware that Fark was sued by a patent troll back in January.  I wanted to share that as of today, after eight months of legal work, that lawsuit was dismissed.
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechCrunch and VatorNews
Zach Epstein / BGR:
News360 2.0 brings web app, updates for iPad and Honeycomb  —  In a world packed with more news aggregation services and RSS readers than we could ever need, only a few manage to rise to the top.  News360 is an example of one such service, and we have mentioned it several times here on BGR.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Value Of Tech M&A Deals Nearly Doubled In Q2 2011 To $52.1 Billion
Discussion: PR Newswire
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Trendyol takes Turkey with $26m from Kleiner Perkins
Discussion: AllThingsD and VatorNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Founder Jay Adelson Brings His Hard-Earned Entrepreneurship Lessons To Revision 3
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Not even Huffington Post or TechCrunch could save AOL, which value plummeted over 25% today
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
BT kills Ribbit's web phone platform, sends customers to the fast-growing Twilio
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lightbank-Backed oBaz Launches Crowdsourced Haggling Service
Discussion: DailyFinance.com and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Discount Means U.S. Portal Free in Deal
Discussion: The Business Insider
Andrew Hetzel / coffee business strategies:
Starbucks and the ‘Starkbucks’ Jonathan's Card Viral Marketing Campaign
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Police use Flickr to identify London riot suspects
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Law Firm Says 1,000 Customer Arbitration Cases Filed Seeking to Stop AT&T-T-Mobile Deal
Discussion: PC World
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
The tech IPO delays have begun
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Toshiba Introduces First Glasses-Free 3-D Notebook
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
LightSquared will not be allowed to harm GPS: FCC
Discussion: VentureBeat and IntoMobile
 

 
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