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10:15 AM ET, August 11, 2011

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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?
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
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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
Discussion: AllThingsD
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
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.
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
Discussion: Disruptors and Bits
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Gizmodo ‘not motivated by financial greed’ in iPhone case, D.A. says
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Betabeat and SocialTimes.com
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.
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 …
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
HP TouchPad gets permanent $100 price cut: $399 for 16GB, effective now  —  HP execs told us they would stop at nothing to be #2 in the tablet space, and this last weekend the company offered some deep discounts on its flagship HP TouchPad to get the ball rolling.
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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: FlowingData
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sifteo launches intelligent blocks as a new form of entertainment  —  Sifteo, a table-top game startup, is announcing today that it has begun selling intelligent blocks known as Sifteo Cubes.  These devices are like little dominoes with displays on one side.
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.
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 and AllTwitter
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 …
Discussion: FierceVoIP
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple reportedly turns to Samsung after LG's iPad 2 panels experience issues  —  Apple has reportedly suspended new orders for iPad 2 panels with LG Display and move to rivals Samsung and Chimei Innolux after the display manufacturer's recent shipments to Apple experienced quality issues, Digitimes has revealed.
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 …
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.
 
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Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Sony WhiteMagic LCD boasts 50% power reduction coupled with a much brighter display
Discussion: Engadget and Sony Global
John Anderson / Hornell Evening Tribune …:
Ceglia, Facebook claimant from Wellsville, in Ireland to avoid Zuckerberg investigators
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Gawker
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
LinkedIn's Algorithm Taps Talent Graph, But Still Needs Human Touch
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Verizon opens Application Innovation Center in SF
Discussion: Engadget and PR Newswire
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
Discussion: InfoWorld, @parislemon and BGR
 Earlier Items: 
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEx) website hacked, impacts trades
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google Parcel Service? Search company patents electronic shipping notifications
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:johnhcook
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC announces plan to update 911 to receive texts, video
Discussion: Gizmodo, Examiner and Reuters
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TwitPic Founder's Heello Launches As A Simple Twitter Clone