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6:10 PM ET, August 15, 2011

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Larry Page / 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Guess who else wanted to buy Motorola?  —  Google may not have had much of a choice when it came to buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.  If it didn't, someone else would have and that would have put the company in an even bigger patent hole.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GOOGLE-MOTOROLA DEAL: It Could End Up Being A Disaster  —  A very interesting move by Google this morning, buying handset hardware maker Motorola for $12.5 billion.  —  Google deserves credit for a big, bold move.  —  But let's be real: This deal could end up being a disaster.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Suck on it, AppleSoft — Google pulls a rope-a-dope  —  Everyone was baffled when Google made those crazy bids for the Nortel patents last month.  Remember?  They bid things like the distance from the earth to the sun, the number pi, and some other wacky numbers from mathematics.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility bet: 6 reasons why it makes sense  —  Summary: Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility solves the search giant's patent problems, gives it a bigger say in hardware integration and fixes a few other issues.  Here's a look at the moving parts.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Google buying Motorola: Nokia, Samsung, and other industry players react  —  Google said this morning that it dropped its “top five” Android partners a line yesterday to let them know that this Motorola acquisition was taking place — so naturally, many of them had prepared statements ready to go.
Discussion: BGR and BGR
Bloomberg:
Google Deal Said to Have $2.5 Billion Reverse Breakup Fee
Discussion: AllThingsD, FOSS Patents and Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Google's Motorola acquisition: Microsoft patent case takes a new turn
Andreas Udo de Haes / Computerworld:
Apple's evidence may be flawed in European Samsung case  —  Pictures of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 submitted into evidence look more like the iPad than the actual Samsung device does  —  (COMPUTERWORLD NETHERLANDS) — Apple and its lawyers have, perhaps inadvertently, misled the judge …
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Did Apple alter photos of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in its injunction filing?  —  Previously, on Apple Versus Samsung: Cupertino's finest sued Samsung for making “similar” products — a legal spectacle that most recently culminated with an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe (with one exception).
Discussion: BGR and Tools
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: 4G LTE iPhone currently in carrier testing  —  Apple's iPhone 5 is set to be unveiled in the next month or so, though no one quite knows what the device will feature thanks to the ongoing flood of rumors.  Sure, we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
TabCo reveals itself as Fusion Garage, unveils Grid 10 tablet and Grid 4 smartphone  —  After months of teasing, TabCo finally revealed itself to the world — as suspected, the brand is, in fact a reboot of Fusion Garage, the company that gave the world the much maligned JooJoo tablet.
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Todd Haselton / BGR:   Fusion Garage unveils $499 Grid 10 tablet, $399 Grid 4 smartphone
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Microsoft declares victory over Linux, names Apple and Google main rivals  —  Summary: Normally, reading a company's annual report is better than Ambien for lulling oneself to sleep.  But this year Microsoft's lawyers allowed some actual competitive insight to sneak into the normally dull 10-K reports …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Official Steve Jobs biography set for November 21 release, based on forty interviews  —  According to Barnes and Noble's website, the official Steve Jobs biography - titled Steve Jobs: A Biography - is becoming available on November 21, 2011.  This is a big leap from the previously announced March 6 …
Lee Mathews / ExtremeTech:
Mozilla takes Firefox version numbers to the next level... by removing them  —  A great collective gasp issued from tuned-in Firefox fans when Mozilla announced that it was switching to a Chrome-like release schedule for its browser.  The goal was to make Firefox more adaptable and to keep pace …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Most Android vendors lost their Linux distribution rights, could face shakedown or shutdown  —  Last week I read about an Android licensing issue that I wasn't previously aware of.  It's a pretty serious one, and it's not that hard to understand.  The short version is that
Laura Hazard Owen / mocoNews:
New Amazon Student App Also Offers 6 Free Months Of Amazon Prime  —  It's not as good a deal as Amazon's offer last year that gave anyone with a .edu e-mail address a free year of Amazon Prime, but the new Amazon Student iOS app does come with six months of free two-day shipping.
Sara Jerome / Tech Daily Dose:
FCC Probing Wireless Blocking by San Francisco Authorities  —  The Federal Communications Commission is investigating actions last week by the transportation authority in San Francisco which interrupted wireless service in commuter stations in an effort to foil protesters who had planned demonstrations.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5 Assistant based on Siri technology, may tap into contacts, calendars, e-mail  —  Siri's iPhone app promotional video: how iOS Assistant will likely function  —  While we were able to exclusively report on substantial evidence that Apple is planning a system-wide voice navigation system called …
Discussion: iPhone and SlashGear
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Gets Into The Crowdsourced Curation Game With Tip Lists  —  Foursquare has launched its Tip Lists features today, attempting to capitalize on people's unending desire to create lists about locations, like Top Five Coffee Shops in SF, etc etc.  Up until now your Foursquare Tips …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS devs pay $50,000 for collecting children's info in apps  —  The parent company of Broken Thumbs Apps—a prominent iOS app maker responsible for games like Zombie Duck Hunt, Truth or Dare, and Emily's Dress Up—has today settled with the Federal Trade Commission over its apparent collection …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Electronista
AppleInsider:
Construction begins at site of Apple's Grand Central Terminal store  —  Construction is now underway at New York's Grand Central Terminal, where Apple is hard at work on a new retail store that may open this year.  —  Temporary scaffolding can now be seen on the second floor at the world-famous terminal.
Discussion: MacRumors, iDownloadBlog.com and MacNN
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pew Survey: Half Of U.S. Mobile Consumers Use Cell Phones For Realtime Info Retrieval  —  Mobile computing is more realtime than desktop computing.  That's just obvious.  Typically when you are on the go, you want to know what is going on right now around you.
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
IAB Calls on ICANN to Withdraw Controversial Plan for New Top-Level Domains
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The Lesson of Dropbox: Usage = Value
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The Elusive Big Idea
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
McAfee launches anti-theft mobile app for the iPhone
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