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9:25 AM ET, August 15, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility  —  Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users.  Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide …
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Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
BOMBSHELL: Google Buying Handset Maker Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion  —  Huge!  —  Google is buying handset maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash.  —  That's a 61% premium.  —  Needless to say this is a gamechanger in the mobile world, as Google moves down the stack …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Google's Motorola acquisition: Microsoft patent case takes a new turn  —  Summary: With the Google announcement that it intends to buy Motorola Mobility, the Microsoft vs. Motorola patent battle just took a new turn.  —  The Microsoft vs. Motorola patent case just took a new turn on August 15 …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility bet: 6 reasons why it makes sense
Discussion: CNET News and The Business Insider
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve, Please Buy Us A Carrier!  —  We're at the end of the 2011 iPhone 5 launch.  The demos went well; Steve Jobs has come back on stage to thank everyone and conclude the proceedings, “...but before you go, just One More Thing.  I'd like you to meet someone.”  And the CEO of Deutsche Telekom walks onstage.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Pal Buddy Media Raises $54 Million  —  Facebook is worth anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion.  Now Buddy Media, which helps advertisers manage their presence on the social network, is worth $500 million.  —  That's the valuation sources say the company earned in its most recent $54 million financing round.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Adobe debuts Muse, a no-code-required site builder  —  Adobe's targeting graphic designers with a new product codenamed Muse that aims to help them build working Web sites just like they'd design a prototype in one of the company's other design apps.  —  VIDEO  —  Your e-mail's been hacked: Now what?
Neal Gabler / New York Times:
The Elusive Big Idea  —  Neal Gabler is a senior fellow at the Annenberg Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California and the author of “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.”  —  THE July/August issue of The Atlantic trumpets the “14 Biggest Ideas of the Year.”
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Firefox 6 ‘Released’ Two Days Early  —  Itching to get your hands on the next major revision of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser?  The official release for Firefox 6 is scheduled for this Tuesday, but Mozilla has already thrown up the installation files on its FTP for industrious and impatient users to download and install.
Zee / The Next Web:
Anonymous hacks SF's myBART website.  Thousands of names, addresses & numbers released.  —  Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, has released thousands of names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers believed to be from myBart.org, an independent site that uses BART's …
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SF Appeal:
BART Calls In Feds After Hack Exposes User Info, Another Cell Block Possible For Protest Monday
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
McAfee launches anti-theft mobile app for the iPhone  —  McAfee, one of the leaders in PC antivirus software, is launching a consumer-focused anti-theft app for the iPhone today.  The new McAfee WaveSecure allows users to protect their privacy and data in case their iPhones are lost or stolen.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Lion $69 USB stick enters Apple's inventory system, release is imminent  —  In early August we broke the news that Apple began selling OS X Lion USB sticks through AppleCare.  Now, Apple will likely begin selling these USB sticks sometime this week to the general public for $69.
Discussion: I4U News and SlashGear
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Photos of a Prototype MacBook Pro with Integrated 3G Cellular Modem  —  One of the most requested features for Apple's MacBook Pro line has been for the integration of some sort of built-in 3G cellular data to allow for anywhere wireless connectivity.  MacBook Pro users presently need …
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Apple Bitch:   Prototype MacBook Pro With Integrated 3G Modem (Circa 2007) Appears On eBay
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Superfast broadband gets ready to go UK-wide  —  High-speed internet access soon to include broadband-starved communities as government unveils £530m fund  —  Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will fire the starting gun on the race to turn Britain's internet “not spots” …
Discussion: ITProPortal
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple ups iPhone orders to 56M units for 2H11, iPhone 5 to be almost half  —  According to Digitimes, Apple has increased their second-half of 2011 iPhone orders to 56 million units from a previous goal of 50 million units.  These 56 million iPhones cover current and next-generation models …
 
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Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: TabCo's tease
Chris Yeh / Adventures in Capitalism:
The Lesson of Dropbox: Usage = Value
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Gunning for the Copyright Reformers
Discussion: Guardian
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The Grand eBook Conspiracy: Class Action Efforts Launched against Apple
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bans Netlog For Violating Its Policies
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
Administration issues far-reaching plan for building cyber workforce
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Habit Labs Gets $250K To Turn Leading A Healthier Life Into A Game
Discussion: GeekWire
Max Eddy / Geekosystem:
Researchers Develop Remote, Real-Time Cell Phone Photo Search
Discussion: I Programmer News and Slashdot
Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Said Near $3B Purchase of Insight
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
‘London Riots Facial Recognition’ Vigilantes Abandon Their Project
Discussion: SlashGear, Thanks:forbestech
Fred Wilson / A VC:
On Porous Paywalls  —  Felix Salmon has a couple great posts …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded MobileWorks Aims To Be A Hands-Off Mechanical Turk