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8:30 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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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Kindle Cloud Reader: can it replace a native iPad app?
Discussion: Gadgetwise
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Vudu avoids the Apple tax with iPad mobile site
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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CNET News:
Prosecutors file charges in prototype iPhone case  —  The San Mateo County district attorney's office has filed criminal charges against two men who obtained a prototype iPhone 4 last year and sold it to the gadget blog Gizmodo, CNET has learned.  —  Brian Hogan, the man who acknowledged finding …
Discussion: Bits and Pulse2
Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Man who found Apple iPhone prototype in bar, sold it to Gizmodo, to face charges in case
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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.
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:   Enter the Era of the Favorite
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Skype On Google Voice: We Never Said We'll Be The Cheapest  —  Google recently expanded calling through Gmail via Google Voice, amping up competition with Skype  —  Google's phone service, Google Voice, has been regarded as a Skype competitor since its 2009 launch because of its desktop …
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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 …
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Apple injunctions against similar-looking tablets just beginning
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
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.
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foodspotting Hits A Million Downloads, Celebrates By Upping The Gluttony  —  I remember when I first wrote about Foodspotting a year and a half ago.  At the time, nearly everyone I knew was using various social networks to share pictures of their food.  Foodspotting was a service built around that very idea.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco promises more focus, but sees economic uncertainty ahead  —  Summary: Cisco's fourth quarter was better than expected, but economic worries persist.  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems put a troubled fiscal 2011 to bed and CEO John Chambers promised a “focused, agile, lean and aggressive company” in the year ahead.
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google Parcel Service?  Search company patents electronic shipping notifications  —  Google's battle against Microsoft and Apple over their use of “bogus” patents promises to result in greater scrutiny of its own intellectual property holdings.  And we have a hunch that Amazon.com, UPS …
Thanks:johnhcook
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
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 …
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: Gizmodo, Betabeat, The Register and Pulse2
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 …
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
 
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Seeking Street Cred, HTC Investing $300 Million in Beats Electronics
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Sean Hollister / This is my next:
HP TouchPad gets permanent $100 price cut: $399 for 16GB, effective now
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEx) website hacked, impacts trades
Discussion: TG Daily
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC announces plan to update 911 to receive texts, video
Discussion: Gizmodo and Reuters
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Begins Testing t.co Shortened Links Today
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CERN Invites Citizens to Help the LHC Find the Higgs Boson
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
W3C Publishes an HTML5 Spec for Web Developers
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