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4:25 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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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, Gadgetwise 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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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.
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Nokia exec: Android and iPhone focus on the app is “outdated”  —  Nokia's new superphones will offer a superior user interface and a better, cloud-enabled experience than its chief competitors, the company's top U.S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 …
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 …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:   The Average Groupon Customer Has Purchased Four Deals
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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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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Hulu to launch subscription service in Japan  —  Hulu just announced that it will launch in Japan before the end of the year.  The move marks Hulu's first international expansion, it sounds like this foreign offspring will be squarely based on paid subscriptions.  From the Hulu blog:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Begins Testing t.co Shortened Links Today  —  Starting today, Twitter will begin testing its link-wrapping feature which will automatically shorten all URL's 20 characters long or greater into t.co-wrapped links.  This test will affect a certain percentage of tweets posted publicly through …
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
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 …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Study: Links from other news sites matter more than social networks  —  A new study of Web referrals to online publishers shows links from other content sites are more important than those from social media.  —  Links from content sites (including other news publishers or aggregators) …
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
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Royce Cheng-Yue / Facebook Developers:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Not even Huffington Post or TechCrunch could save AOL, which value plummeted over 25% today
Dylan Love / The Business Insider:
10 Facts About Steve Jobs We Just Learned From CNBC's Latest “Titans” Special
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
BT kills Ribbit's web phone platform, sends customers to the fast-growing Twilio
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Yahoo Discount Means U.S. Portal Free in Deal
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