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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Seeking Street Cred, HTC Investing $300 Million in Beats Electronics  —  Taiwanese cell phone maker HTC is making a strategic tie-up with Beats Electronics, investing $300 million in the digital sound company and working to incorporate Beats technology into its product line.
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Can HTC's $300M Stake In Beats Electronics Crack Apple's Music Stronghold?
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Pocket-lint and Droid Life
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Why the FTC is likely to hit a dead end probing Google's Android  —  Summary: The FTC is looking into Google's business practices around Android, but the probe may not yield much given the smartphone industry is so competitive.  —  The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly eyeing Android …
Discussion: Digits
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Silicon Valley's Undertaker: 'We're Anticipating a Major Fallout'  —  As longtime readers know, we occasionally like to check in with Sherwood Partners in Palo Alto, long known to industry insiders as “the undertaker” because its primary role is to efficiently shutter companies.
Paul Ducklin / Naked Security:
LinkedIn ‘does a Facebook’ - your name and photo used in ads by default  —  I'm not a LinkedIn user - at least not yet, though I suspect that like many of my friends and colleagues I may eventually feel compelled to “be there or be square”.  As a non-user I haven't been tracking changes …
Economist:
Slicing an Apple  —  How much of an iPhone is made by Samsung?  —  APPLE doesn't make the iPhone itself.  It neither manufactures the components nor assembles them into a finished product.  The components come from a variety of suppliers and the assembly is done by Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm, at its plant in Shenzhen, China.
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Digitally Fatigued, Networkers Try New Sites, but Strategize to Avoid Burnout  —  WHEN Jessica H. Lawrence left her job with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Redlands, Calif., to pursue a new life in New York City, she arrived in late January without a job, an apartment or someone to keep her warm through the winter nights.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Chromebooks molt, grow fresh browser  —  Two month olds get new lease on life  —  Google has released a new version of Chrome OS - the browser-based operating system that first arrived less than two months ago - offering VPN hooks, 802.1x secure Wi-Fi , and what the company claims is a 32 per cent faster resume time.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK Govt. to meet Facebook, Twitter and RIM about their responsibility to not fuel riots  —  UK Prime Minister David Cameron has today made a statement in Parliament, following the riots that have plagued London and many other parts of England this week.  —  It seems that the Government …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: How the London riots showed us two sides of social networking
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe and BBC
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
IBM executive says PC era is in its twilight  —  On the eve of the IBM PC's 30th anniversary, Mark Dean says the PC era is on its last legs.  As one of the IBM engineers who helped create the original PC, he is certainly qualified to make this claim.
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Gartner Q2: Nokia Still On Top Overall, Android Killing It In Smartphones  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is losing its market share in phones at an alarming rate right now.  But despite all the profit warnings, drastic strategic shifts, and massive strides being made by the likes of Google (NSDQ …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Daily deal site Zulily raises $43 million at huge valuation of more than $700 million  —  Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens in front of the company's expanding employee photo wall  —  Plopped in the middle of Zulily's Seattle office is a colorful cardboard rocket ship marking the entrance to the company's HR and recruiting department.
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
The Case for Software Patents  —  It's become popular lately to call for the elimination of software patents.  Tim Lee at Forbes sounded the call last month (link), and this week Mark Cuban joined the chorus (link): … I have a ton of respect for many of the people arguing against software patents …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Why Zynga Might Buy Angry Bird's Rovio  —  Zynga walked away empty-handed last month after bidding unsuccessfully for PopCap, which went to Electronic Arts.  —  So what's next for the acquisition-hungry company?  —  What about an even tastier target: Rovio, the Finnish developer of the popular Angry Birds franchise.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
August Capital, Google Ventures Put $18.5M In Online Legal Service Rocket Lawyer  —  More big money for online legal services.  After LegalZoom raised $66 million from Kleiner Perkins And IVP, competitor Rocket Lawyer is also announcing a new round of funding.
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat and Pulse2
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Enter the Era of the Favorite
Discussion: AllThingsD
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Today's Weather Channel Forecast: a Chance of Tweets  —  Twitter has a new way to make money from the online messages known as tweets, courtesy of The Weather Channel.  —  The online-messaging service on Thursday will begin to give TWC access to users' tweets about local weather, according to the companies.
Discussion: Betabeat, GigaOM, WebProNews and AllTwitter
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango landing 1 September  —  Microsoft will roll out it's latest phone operating system, currently codenamed Mango, to Windows Phone 7?users starting on 1 September, Pocket-lint has exclusively learnt.  Therefore, that will be the date that the company will start its fightback against Android and the iPhone.?
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Big Plans to Integrate Projectors into iOS Devices +  —  On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a grand patent application from Apple that reveals their plans of integrating mini or pico-like projectors into future iOS devices while introducing a likely projector accessory for MacBooks.
Cliff Kuang / Co. Design:
Infographic Of The Day: Google's Hotel Finder Is D.O.A.  —  Travel booking, more than most industries, is primed for a game-changing disruption.  Consider: Orbitz, Travelocity, and Hotwire have all merely rearranged the deck chairs on a pretty crappy user experience.
Discussion: Google Maps Mania and FlowingData
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gizmodo ‘not motivated by financial greed’ in iPhone case, D.A. says  —  The San Mateo district attorney's office has opted not to charge Gizmodo and writer Jason Chen for buying an iPhone prototype from a man who found it in a bar last year, months before the device was made public.
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Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's Cloud Reader Still Doesn't Take the Web Seriously  —  Late on Tuesday, Amazon deployed its new Cloud Reader, a multiplatform HTML5 web app for reading and buying Kindle e-books in a web browser.  Wednesday morning, the company issued a press release about the new product …
Discussion: Subtraction.com and Kindle Review
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Closes as the Most Valuable Company in the World  —  Apple passed ExxonMobil as the most-valuable publicly traded company several times yesterday, but ExxonMobil ended the day ahead of Apple.  Both companies' stock prices were down today, but XOM fell quite a bit farther …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Bids Expected Next Week  —  Quick update on the Hulu auction: Would-be buyers are expected to offer up their initial bids by the end of next week, according to people familiar with the company.  —  That will end the first step of a sales process that began in late June …
Discussion: The Business Insider
 
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George Avalos / Contra Costa Times:
Google signs big lease at Sunnyvale offices that the tech giant could fill with 2,900 employees
Discussion: 9to5Google and The Next Web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sifteo launches intelligent blocks as a new form of entertainment
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ars Technica and SlashGear
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Sony WhiteMagic LCD boasts 50% power reduction coupled with a much brighter display
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Ceglia, Facebook claimant from Wellsville, in Ireland to avoid Zuckerberg investigators
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
LinkedIn's Algorithm Taps Talent Graph, But Still Needs Human Touch
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple reportedly turns to Samsung after LG's iPad 2 panels experience issues
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Verizon opens Application Innovation Center in SF
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Sony and LG Resolve Patent Disputes Over Digital Televisions
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel Capital Launches $300M Ultrabook Fund To Invest In Tablet Technologies
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Scoop: Sprint to launch cloud services in 4th quarter
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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