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3:45 PM ET, August 11, 2011


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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
The patent system isn't broken — we are  —  There is a fundamental problem with patents in the United States.  —  It is us.  —  By that I mean all of us: the companies and people who directly interact with the patent system, the media that reports on those interactions …
Marco Arment /   Why software patents are not fixable
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
The Case for Software Patents
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blaming the tools: Britain proposes a social-media ban  —  It seems totalitarian states like Egypt and Libya aren't the only ones struggling with the impact of social media and the desire to muzzle services like Twitter and Facebook.  In the wake of the riots in London …
Discussion: Guardian, BBC, GeekSugar and @chrissaad
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK Govt. to meet Facebook, Twitter and RIM about their responsibility to not fuel riots
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Greater Manchester Police tweeting names, dates of birth and addresses of looters
Discussion: @gmpolice
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango landing 1 September  —  Microsoft will roll out its 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.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Tells ITC Judge: Microsoft Revealed Our Secret Source Code  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has asked a judge at the International Trade Commission to sanction Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), saying that the company revealed “highly confidential source code” to an expert witness in violation of the court's rules.
Nintendo's Mario Pressured to Jump to IPhone  —  In “Super Mario 3DLand,” Nintendo Co. will make its iconic Italian plumber battle turtle-like Koopa Troopas on its 3-D player.  The company instead should develop titles for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone, investors say.
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Even Mark Zuckerberg Gets Annoyed With Spammy Facebook Apps, Does Not Think Dave Morin is ‘Chill’  —  Downside of having a technology company once completely beloved but now that everyone's more than ready to delete their account from?  Watching it grow large enough to actually find yourself …
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.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, InfoWorld and MacDailyNews
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Focuses Probe on Android, Web Search
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook: We Aren't Stealing Your Phone Numbers And Posting Them So Everyone Can See  —  Facebook has responded to a privacy scare meme likely deriving from a recent HackerNews thread called “Facebook has your complete phonebook” both with an official post on Facebook's Wall and a personal message …
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.
Staska / Unwired View:
Motorola's Sanjay Jha openly admits they plan to collect IP royalties from other Android makers  —  As you have probably heard, a major patent war is raging in mobile industry, and competitors are ganging up on Android, exploiting Google's weakness in intellectual property assets.
Discussion: paidContent, Engadget, TechCrunch and 9to5Google, Thanks:uvstaska
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Andy Baio /
Helloo is Twitter for Fakesters  —  It's easy to write off Heello as a Twitter clone.  Created by the founder of Twitpic, the shameless knockoff looks and behaves like a stripped-down version of Twitter, down to the [tweets] pings, [followers] listeners, and [retweets] echos.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga's New S-1: Zynga's Internal Valuation In March 2011 Was $11.5 Billion  —  Zynga just filed another version of its S-1 for the company's $1 billion public offering and here's what's new.  First, Zynga says in the filing that in March of this year, the company had an internal valuation at around $11.5 billion.
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.
George Avalos / Contra Costa Times:
Google signs big lease at Sunnyvale offices that the tech giant could fill with 2,900 employees  —  In the midst of an unprecedented growth spurt, Google (GOOG) said Wednesday it has struck a deal to lease four Sunnyvale buildings that could accommodate as many as 2,900 employees.
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 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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