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1:50 PM ET, August 16, 2011

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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
RIM Left in 'No Man's Land' By Google Deal  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), maker of the BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet computer, may have the most to lose from Google Inc. (GOOG)'s deal to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.  —  Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Google-Motorola: Winners and losers  —  Google's move to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion will shift some of the power and balance in the mobile industry.  Here are some of the initial winners and losers:  —  Winners  — Motorola and Sanjay Jha: Let's be honest — the comeback wasn't going great.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Is Google Turning Into a Mobile Phone Company?  No, It Says  —  Back in 2004, Eric E. Schmidt, then Google's chief executive, proclaimed, “We're not going into the phone business, but we're going to make sure Google is on those phones.”  —  Less than a year later, however, Google did the opposite.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Defending Android”  —  Bravo Google, well played.  —  There's no denying that Google's maneuver this morning to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion in cash is remarkable.  Everyone is talking about every possible angle of the deal, as they should.  The summertime is usually the doldrums when it comes to tech news.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
U.S. Carriers Silent on Motoroogle, but France Telecom Gives It a Thumbs Up
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:   Google Said to Approach Motorola Before Public Nudge From Icahn
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Now Is The Perfect Time For HP To Step Up And License WebOS
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
10 questions about Google's Motorola deal
Reuters:
Taiwan's HTC sues Apple over patents  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc, claiming infringement of three patents through Apple's sale of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices.  —  The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware seeks …
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Starbucks serves up free iPhone apps  —  Starbucks is now serving up paid applications for free as part of its “Pick of the Week” program.  —  The next time you go into a Starbucks for a drink or snack, you could end up walking out with a free iPhone app too.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction suspended for all EU countries except Germany  —  Dutch website Webwereld, which also raised issues yesterday concerning pictures of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 presented by Apple to the Düsseldorf court, was first to break the news that the Landgericht (district court) …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Balls  —  I'm fascinated by Dan Lyons's take on Google acquisition of Motorola today, “Suck on It, AppleSoft — Google Pulls a Rope-a-Dope”: … Lyons has always been an ass, but when did he get so bitter?  Siegler is one of the top writers on the Apple beat, period.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases $69 OS X Lion thumb drive, ships in 1-3 business days  —  As expected, Apple has released OS X Lion on a USB thumb drive via their online store.  The $69 thumb drive ships in 1-3 business days and requires 7GB of available storage space.  One caveat for users that install OS X Lion via …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Fox Starts Its Web Pullback, and ABC Gets Ready to Follow  —  Fox has formally kicked off the The Great Free TV Web Pullback of 2011.  Now get ready for ABC to do the same.  —  Yesterday Fox followed through with its previously announced plans to keep its new shows off the Web for eight days …
Daniel Rocha / Inside Search:
The evolution of sitelinks: expanded and improved  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  When you're searching, you often have a specific task in mind, like figuring out which exhibits are showing at a nearby museum.  Despite this narrow goal, people often start with a broad query …
Discussion: 9to5Google and Search Engine Land
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Redesigns Android, iPhone Apps With Groups And More; Debuts HTML5 Mobile Site  —  LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner explained on the company's first earnings call a few weeks ago that the company is planning to make a big investment in its mobile strategy.  Today, the professional social network …
Kinnari Jhaveri / The Official Google Blog:
Shop your favorite catalogs with Google Catalogs  —  (Cross-posted on the Commerce and Mobile blogs)  —  For years, shoppers have enjoyed flipping through glossy print catalogs to be inspired, discover new trends and find great products.  Today, mobile technologies can make catalog shopping more engaging, social and creative.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
CyanogenMod founder joins Samsung Mobile, plans to make Android more awesome  —  “I'm so tired of waiting for my smartphone to get the latest update of Android.  The CyanogenMod team releases updates days after the source code is available.  Why doesn't [insert handset maker] just hire Cyanogen?”
John Markoff / New York Times:
Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this fall by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe — a class nearly four times …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
BuyWithMe Scoops Up New York City's Scoop St.  —  Daily deal contender BuyWithMe has acquired its fifth company this year, purchasing Scoop St., a company focused on offering discounts exclusively for New York City.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DigiTimes:
HTC to launch 10-inch Puccini tablet PC in September-October, says paper  —  HTC plans to launch its 10-inch tablet PC, the Puccini, at the end of the third quarter or early fourth quarter, the Chinese-language Liberty Times quoted HTC's CFO Winston Yung as indicating.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel rejects 50% Ultrabook CPU price cut demand from notebook players  —  Intel, facing notebook players' demand of supplying Ultrabook CPUs at a price 50% lower than original to help increase their profitability, rejected the proposal and is only willing to provide 20% discounts …
Todd Yellin / Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches “Just for Kids”  —  Watch kids watch a movie or TV show.  Notice how they differ from adults.  First, kids love to watch the same thing over and over again.  More importantly, kids identify with shows more by the characters than by the title.  —  Todd Yellin here.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook Offers Court ‘Smoking Gun’ Against Paul Ceglia  —  This would have been easier had Mark Zuckerberg held onto his copy of the Streetfax contract  —  Facebook knows how to fend off lawsuits.  After vanquishing the Winklevoss twins, the company's lawyers turned their full attention to Paul Ceglia …
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Android App Inventor Saved!  Finds a New Home at MIT  —  Last week, I broke the news that Google plans to shut down Android App Inventor, its DIY tool for building mobile phone apps.  Google did indicate that it will open source the code for App Inventor and said that due to App Inventor's adoption …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
BART Shuts Down Cell Service To Thwart Rumored Protests, Gets Actual Protests (And Has To Close Stations)  —  Since shutting down cell service on Thursday to try to quell rumored protests which never came to fruition, the Bay Area Transit Authority (BART) has had an interesting weekend and Monday.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft adding more voice to Xbox, Windows Phone, and pretty much everything else  —  Speech technology from Microsoft's Tellme group is quickly becoming a bigger part of the company's products, starting with the upcoming revamps of Xbox Live and Windows Phone.
 
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly kills plans for new iPad this fall due to Retina Display issues
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
It's official: Facebook is the 21st century Nielsen family
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