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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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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: BetaNews and 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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Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Man who found Apple iPhone prototype in bar, sold it to Gizmodo, to face charges in case  —  REDWOOD CITY — The Redwood City man who found a lost iPhone 4 prototype in a bar and then sold it to a website that covers technology now faces misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident that drew global attention.
Discussion: Associated Press and Bloomberg
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TwitPic Founder's Heello Launches As A Simple Twitter Clone  —  Last August, we reported that Noah Everett, the founder of Twitter photo sharing site Twitpic, has launched a new site, called Heello.  The site wasn't open to the public yet, but a year later, it looks like the curtains have finally been drawn on Heello.
Discussion: VentureBeat and @mathewi
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 …
Kevin Fitchard / Connected Planet Online:
Ford investigates creating a mobile data network using the cars themselves  —  By embedding advanced Wi-Fi in every car, vehicles could become nodes on a gigantic collaborative mesh network that could mitigate traffic and prevent accidents  —  A car can already tap into the mobile wireless network …
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Watch Out Mossberg, Pogue, Josh Topolsky Is Getting A Weekly Tech Column At The Washington Post  —  Joshua Topolsky, the former Engadget editor, and current editor in chief of tech site, The Verge, is about to get another title: columnist for the Washington Post.
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.
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.
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 …
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
CERN Invites Citizens to Help the LHC Find the Higgs Boson  —  Latest @home projects look to protect the environment, save lives, and crack physics mysteries  —  While the accuracy of its most ambitious simulations is still is a work in progress, Stanford University's Folding@home …
Discussion: ZDNet, PC Advisor and TG Daily
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paper, scissors, and a new membership model for video firm Common Craft  —  Seattle's Common Craft video firm has built a business out of simple, explanatory online videos made of paper cutouts — most famously the “Twitter in Plain English” video that was featured for more than a year on the Twitter home page.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Atari, EA, Quickoffice and Square-Enix ask court to let Apple intervene in Lodsys lawsuit  —  Four of the companies defending themselves agaist Lodsys in its lawsuit against (mostly) iOS and (partly also) Android app developers — Atari, Electronic Arts, Quickoffice and Square-Enix …
Discussion: Touch Arcade and Ars Technica
 
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Royce Cheng-Yue / Facebook Developers:
Manage App Roles with Facebook Groups
Discussion: WebProNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Value Of Tech M&A Deals Nearly Doubled In Q2 2011 To $52.1 Billion
Drew Curtis / Fark:
Patent-infringement lawsuit against Fark settled for zero dollars.  Also, patent trolls suck hairy donkey balls
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechCrunch and VatorNews
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Anonymous does not support killing Facebook on November 5
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Trendyol takes Turkey with $26m from Kleiner Perkins
Discussion: AllThingsD and VatorNews
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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
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Discount Means U.S. Portal Free in Deal
Discussion: The Business Insider
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Toshiba Introduces First Glasses-Free 3-D Notebook
Discussion: Mashable! and The Toybox Blog
 

 
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Mirror and Express are only two Fleet Street titles not to name British journalist hostage held by IS

Tamara Baluja / J-source:
Winnipeg Free Press adds social media element to letters to the editor

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Politico Editor Susan Glasser praises newsroom's clear-cut mission, acknowledges need to adapt constantly

 
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