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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
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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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple and Samsung respond to the European Galaxy Tab injunction
Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in Europe
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.
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 …
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John Leyden / The Register:
Security watchers question supposed Facebook hack
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Nokia exec: Android and iPhone focus on the app is “outdated”  —  Nokia's new superphones will offer a superior user interface and a better, cloud-enabled experience than its chief competitors, the company's top U.S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 …
Discussion: Google Watch, Inquirer and Electricpig
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Founder Jay Adelson Brings His Hard-Earned Entrepreneurship Lessons To Revision 3  —  Silicon Valley survivor Jay Adelson has worn many hats in his two decades in the technology space: Equinix co-founder, Digg CEO, Simple Geo CEO and Revision 3 Co-Founder among others.  His latest hat?  Talk show host.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Facebook, SocialTimes.com and Gizmodo
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Trendyol takes Turkey with $26m from Kleiner Perkins  —  Meet Demet Mutlu, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of Trendyol — a fashion website that is breaking boundaries in Turkey in more ways than one.  —  Since launching her flash sales service and fashion brand less than 18 months ago …
Discussion: AllThingsD and VatorNews
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
On Its Own, Europe Backs Web Privacy Fights  —  MADRID — All 90 people wanted information deleted from the Web.  —  Among them was a victim of domestic violence who discovered that her address could easily be found through Google.  Another, well into middle age now, thought it was unfair …
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Law Firm Says 1,000 Customer Arbitration Cases Filed Seeking to Stop AT&T-T-Mobile Deal
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
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