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7:30 AM ET, August 17, 2011

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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Ouchpad: Best Buy Sitting on a Pile of Unsold HP Tablets  —  There have been plenty of hints that Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad isn't selling well.  First there was a $50 discount.  Then there were spot discounts of $100 at outlets like Costco.  Then the $100 discount became permanent.
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
Android Isn't Free  —  How Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will make it more like Apple.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a knack for making completely boneheaded predictions about his competitors' products, so when he took to blasting Google's Android strategy last year, many observers—myself included—dismissed him.
Discussion: @fxshaw, The Microsoft Blog and HBR.org
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Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
What Google lost—and gained—by not buying Motorola in 2010  —  Google just plunked down $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility.  Would the deal have been cheaper if Big G had just purchased a handset maker back in January 2010 rather than launching the ill-fated Nexus One instead?
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Facebook: Google+ has no users  —  Facebook executives have choice words for Google's efforts to bring casual games to its fledgling social network.  —  FORTUNE — A little less than two months after Google launched its fledgling social network, Google+, Silicon Valley's latest rivalry is heating up.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google, Facebook spar over Google+ invite issue  —  The link that some Google+ users were reportedly unable to see.  —  A purported mishandling of Google+ invite links that keeps them from surfacing on Facebook user news feeds has resulted in a “he said, she said” match between the two companies.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Why is LTE equipment being installed in an Apple Store?  —  Well, this is certainly interesting.  While rumors of an LTE-enabled iPhone had died down for a little while, they sprung back to life yesterday with a report that just such a device was being tested by carriers.
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
ATandT Planning First LTE Devices For Aug. 21 Debut
Discussion: BGR and iClarified
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple currently plans to start pre-orders for next iPhone on Sept. 30, launch Oct. 7  —  We've independently heard that Apple has plans to begin selling the next-generation iPhone on Friday, October 7th; the date first reported by TiPB.  According to our sources, Apple has been weighing between launching …
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
New Xbox LIVE features, games on the way for Windows Phone  —  It's a sweet day for mobile gamers.  Today Microsoft previewed new Xbox LIVE titles and features coming to Windows Phone in the months ahead.  The announcement came at the annual Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany.
Scientific American:
How Did BART Kill Cellphone Service?  —  The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system initially claimed a phone service shut-down was performed by telecoms, but that's not the latest story  —  The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) shut down subterranean cellular phone service …
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
San Francisco Subway Spokesman Says Cellphone Shutdown Was His Idea
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechEye
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Exclusive: Paul Ceglia says Facebook is doing the forgery  —  Summary: Following Facebook's accusations of forgery, courtroom adversary Paul Ceglia fires back as he looks to open source his lawsuit through a wiki.  —  Paul Ceglia, a man in a heated lawsuit with Facebook, wants his side heard.
Discussion: memeburn, Techdirt and Epicenter
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Zynga Acquires Mobile Games Studio Astro Ape  —  We received a tip today about some suspicious LinkedIn activity.  —  Employees at NYC mobile games studio, Astro Ape, are changing their places of employment to Zynga on the professional network.  —  Chieh Huang, Astro Ape's CEO, has switched his profile information.
John Martellaro / The Mac Observer:
Calculating the Size of Apple's Spaceship HQ  —  TMO TALK (25)  —  New architectural information has been released about Apple's proposed, so-called spaceship headquarters in Cupertino.  There are lots of things to know about it, but one interesting fact is the diameter.
Bloomberg:
Kodak Worth More in Breakup With $3B Patents  —  Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) may hold patents worth five times more than the business itself, making the 131- year-old camera company a target in the billion-dollar hunt for inventions used in mobile phones.  —  Kodak, which once had a market value …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A Bull Market in Tech Patents  —  Google was willing on Monday to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility in no small part because of its stockpile of 17,000 patents.  The patent portfolio, some analysts estimate, could represent more than half of the value of the deal, or more than $400,000 a patent.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Jeremy, Call Your Mother — She's Worried Sick  —  When we switched to Facebook comments several months ago, we spun it as a way to combat the trolls.  But you know, there was actually a secret agenda.  We wanted to bring families closer together.  —  And it's with great pleasure that I can now announce that it's working.
Chris Smith / AppleInsider:
Apple predicted to ‘strike back’ at Google with its own patent purchase  —  Following Google's bid to purchase Motorola Mobility, Apple is predicted strike a deal — perhaps with competitors Nokia or RIM — to consolidate its already significant patent portfolio and better position itself both offensively and defensively.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablet and Grid 4 smartphone hands-on  —  Yesterday we gave you the lowdown on Fusion Garage's second foray into tablet computing, the Grid 10.  While its tablet world topping pixel density, Tegra 2 silicon, and fresh to death OS certainly sound awesome …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
What's the Most Popular Channel on YouTube?  —  ComScore Measures Largest Channels; Music Brands Top the List  —  Viewers pining for MTV's early era of three-minute lip-synched dramatizations have long known to turn to that grand repository of all video: YouTube.
Daniel Rocha / The Official Google Blog:
The evolution of sitelinks: expanded and improved  —  (Cross-posted on the Inside Search 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 …
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 …
Joseph Menn / FT Tech Hub:
Icann CEO Beckstrom to step down  —  Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers chief executive Rod Beckstrom said late on Tuesday that he would leave the most central job in internet governance when his contract expires in July.  —  An Icann press release gave no reason for the departure …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
A peek at Steve Jobs' book jacket - front, back and spine  —  The look of Walter Isaacson's bio will be as spare and restrained as any Apple product  —  Click to enlarge.  Copyright Simon & Schuster … He's talking, of course, about Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, the first book …
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by South Korean IPhone Users Over Location Data  —  A group of South Korean users of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone sued the company in a local court, claiming it invaded their privacy by allowing the smartphone to collect location data without their consent.
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Now Powering ESPN's Billion-Plus Video Streams
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Major Patent for Integrating Cellular Antennas into MacBook and iMac Keyboards
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
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