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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 …
Discussion: Technologizer
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
The Case for Software Patents
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blaming the tools: Britain proposes a social-media ban
Discussion: Guardian and @chrissaad
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.
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.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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.
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
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
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.
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 MediaPost
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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.
Discussion: 9to5Google and The Next Web
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: TechCrunch, Engadget and 9to5Google, Thanks:uvstaska
Benny Evangelista / SFGate:
Zediva bows to court order, suspends online DVD service  —  Online DVD service Zediva Inc. has suspended operations to comply with a federal court order sought by Hollywood studios, which sued the Sunnyvale startup for copyright infringement.  —  Zediva sent an e-mail late Wednesday night …
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:
Sifteo launches intelligent blocks as a new form of entertainment
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Ars Technica
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
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's Cloud Reader Still Doesn't Take the Web Seriously
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Cliff Kuang / Co. Design:
Infographic Of The Day: Google's Hotel Finder Is D.O.A.
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Apple Closes as the Most Valuable Company in the World
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