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11:10 PM ET, August 13, 2011

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Jason Cross / PC World:
Windows Laptop Makers Can't Catch Up to the MacBook Air  —  The PC world is buzzing lately about how laptop manufacturers are struggling to compete with Apple's MacBook Air, which has exploded in popularity since the introduction of the third-gen model in 2010.
Discussion: ZDNet and TechPinions
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Google Steps Up to Defend Android Developers From Patent Lawsuit  —  Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between smartphone application developers and a patent-holding firm, Wired.com has learned, marking the Mountain View company's first public move …
Discussion: The Next Web, Electronista, CNET News and TiPb, Thanks:mj_isaac
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google's reexamination requests against two Lodsys patents don't stand on their own
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
Dale W. Eisinger / NBC New York:
The Game Tweets up a Telephone Flash Mob  —  Phone tag is no game to the Los Angeles Police Department.  —  A police investigation has been opened in LA concerning the source of Twitter messages sent from the account of the LA-based rapper The Game.  The LA Times reports that Friday around 5 p.m …
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Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Twitter timeline of The Game's ‘telephone flash mob’  —  Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials are continuing their investigation into rapper The Game and the tweets that sparked a “telephone flash mob” Friday night that jammed emergency phone lines.  —  Authorities say the rapper sent …
Discussion: Reuters and Gizmodo
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Apple To Eliminate Printer Drivers  —  Apple has filed two patent applications that describe an approach as well as file formats and APIs to eliminate the printer driver as a requirement for users to access a printer and print documents.  Software drivers have been one of the big inconveniences in mainstream computing.
Discussion: Slashdot
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
City of Cupertino posts further details, renders of Apple mega-campus  —  The City of Cupertino has revealed more details and renderings regarding Apple's plans to build a 2.8 million square-foot spaceship-like circular office building in the city.  —  The city is currently in the midst of its review process of Apple's plans.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Windows Security wrap-up: praise for Vista and a historic first  —  Summary: At last week's Black Hat conference, a security expert who spent time “beating up Vista” talks about Microsoft's approach to security.  Microsoft falls off a top 10 list.  And you should visit Windows Update now to get a new Critical update for IE.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
How the NYT paywall is working  —  When I wrote about the success of the NYT paywall last month, I got a lot of pushback in the comments and on Twitter.  Here's a sample: … But of course the paywall is working — with the emphasis very much on the “pay” rather than on the “wall”.
Nick Pinto / Runnin' Scared:
Your Phone Numbers and Facebook: What You Should Actually Worry About  —  ​If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen the panicky message that's been circulating, warning that the social networking behemoth has started publishing all your phone contacts for everybody to see:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Reddit and community journalism  —  I've come to love Reddit.  What started as a better Digg (and is yet another happy outcome of the remarkable Y Combinator) has turned into a way of sharing and interrogating news.  Reddit as it stands is not the future of news.  It is, however, a hope for news.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Chooses Investor Group, Valuation Set at $5+ Billion  —  We've been tracking the twists and turns of the Dropbox mega funding round feeding frenzy for over a month now.  In July Sarah Lacy wrote that they'd be raising $200 million to $300 million at a $5 billion or higher valuation.
Discussion: The Business Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Brings The Sign In Button To The Browser Level  —  If you're on a website that uses accounts, the sign in button can be anywhere.  Sure, there are some common best practices, but I can think of dozens of sites that put them all over the place.  Mozilla is looking to fix that, by bringing the sign in to the browser level.
Discussion: Examiner and Identity at Mozilla
 
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Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Roku grabs $8M, weeks after releasing Roku 2
Discussion: GigaOM
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Hacker Mitnick Duped Corporate Cyber-Cops, Cracked Wiretaps
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Flickr is Dead  —  Poll:  —  Which one of these two albums looks better?
Discussion: @thatdrew