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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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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Media Companies Play With Steve Jobs's New Rules: Give In, Go Around or Compromise  —  Apple's new subscription rules for its iTunes app store have been in effect for less than two months.  But that's long enough for us to get a good idea of how media companies are responding.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Kindle Cloud Reader: can it replace a native iPad app?
Discussion: 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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Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Man who found Apple iPhone prototype in bar, sold it to Gizmodo, to face charges in case
Discussion: CNET News and Associated Press
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 …
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Apple injunctions against similar-looking tablets just beginning
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp Says It Lost $254 Million On MySpace  —  News Corp lost $254 million on MySpace, the company said as it reported revenue that beat analysts' expectations.  —  The loss pushed News Corp.'s Q4 net income down 22 percent to $683 million.  —  News Corp said MySpace's losses during …
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 …
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) …
Discussion: GeekWire and The Outbrain Blog
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
AT&T Bid for T-Mobile Faces California Review  —  AT&T Inc. (T), looking to win approval for its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, is facing a challenge in California where regulators have raised questions about the deal's effect on consumers and corporate customers.
Discussion: GeekWire and eWeek
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Focuses Probe on Android, Web Search  —  Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.'s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Comes Alive With Realtime Activity Streams  —  Since its inception, content on Twitter has largely been displayed in the same basic manner.  That is a linear, reverse chronological stream of Tweets.  Two new sections being added to the service are about to change that.
Discussion: Twitter Blog and The Next Web
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:
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC announces plan to update 911 to receive texts, video  —  Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski announced a five-step plan to deploy the next generation of 911 services at a conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday.  —  The plan will allow emergency responders …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Atari, EA, Quickoffice and Square-Enix ask court to let Apple intervene in Lodsys lawsuit
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
CERN Invites Citizens to Help the LHC Find the Higgs Boson
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Royce Cheng-Yue / Facebook Developers:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
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