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1:25 AM ET, August 18, 2011

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Shadi Mahassel / The Big Blog:
Skype WiFi - now available on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch  —  Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access) is coming to iOS.  We've just launched a new iOS application that's free to download from Apple's App store.  —  With the new Skype WiFi app, you can go online on your iPhone …
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Skype WiFi Comes to iOS: Get Online for $0.06 Per Minute
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Apple's Mobile Ad Head Andy Miller Departs for Highland Capital  —  Andy Miller (pictured here), the high-profile VP of mobile advertising at Apple, is planning on leaving the company, according to sources close to the situation.  —  Sources said Miller — who sold Quattro Wireless …
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Prodigy visual interface designer leaves Apple for Square  —  Louie Mantia is leaving Apple, where he served as a visual interface designer for the company's iTunes Design team, an announcement was made yesterday on Twitter.  He is leaving for Square, a San Francisco mobile payment startup founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Discussion: Edible Apple and Electronista
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Welcome to the patent valuation bubble
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Kodak: Patents For Sale
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Online Store Gets More Social With Twitter and Facebook Links  —  Following today's mysterious downtime for Apple's online stores, users have been scouring the store pages to look for any changes.  While the store remains largely unchanged with no major new product offerings …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ashton Kutcher Is a Massive Whore  —  Not only did Ashton Kutcher pose for the cover of Details' September issue, he also edited a special “online only” version, out today.  Turns out Hollywood's prettiest boytoy is one compromised whore of a magazine editor, directing most of his recommendations …
Discussion: @dondodge and Details
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Alarmist, But Groupon Is Running Low On Cash  —  One of the fastest-growing companies in the history of the world, Groupon, is now running seriously low on cash.  —  The company is not broke, by any means.  It can also presumably raise additional capital in the private markets if its IPO gets further delayed.
Discussion: HBR.org, reDesign and LAUNCH
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Beyond Windows 8: Patent Hints To A Future Streaming OS  —  Microsoft already has an idea how the Windows operating system may evolve after Windows 8.  A patent filing entitled “Fast Machine Booting Through Streaming Storage” describes a chain of storage devices with different priorities …
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Electronista and WinRumors
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Music Blog To Remind People That Google Music Beta Still Exists  —  Music Beta, remember it?  It's the online music locker service that Google unveiled at I/O in May.  But the keyword in the title very much remains “Beta” — as in, not in any way ready for prime time.
Lydia Leavitt / Engadget:
Apple snags MagSafe patent for iOS devices  —  We've all tripped on power cords, sending laptops or other precious items tumbling to the ground.  With the introduction of the MagSafe connector, back in 2006, Apple fixed the problem for clumsy MacBook owners, but has since left plugged-in iPad users up a creek.
Discussion: MacNN and MobileWhack.com
Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
The Future of the Living Room  —  Summer is a transition time for many people: the break between school years; a vacation before tackling another year of work; and for network television that's been a guest in our living rooms for so long, summer is a time of transition between seasons.
Discussion: LiveSide.net, Techie Buzz, WinRumors and Bing, Thanks:rajupp
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Windows 8 Will Have An App Store And A “Human Interaction Platform”  —  Microsoft's Windows chief Steve Sinofsky said he was ready to start talking about Windows 8 on Monday, and today he followed up on his promise by listing the feature teams who are working on the next version of Microsoft's flagship product.
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Caroline Chen / The Snitch:
Anonymous Hacks BART Police Website, Releases Personal Information of 100 Officers
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Motorola's new Droid HD makes cameo alongside Droid Bionic  —  We've just received a fascinating set of photos from a sharp-eyed tipster, who sent along images of what appear to be Motorola's Droid Bionic and, most alluringly, that rumored handset known as the Droid HD (pictured above).
Vincent Messina / AndroidGuys:
Come Tomorrow, More Than Half of the U.S. Population will Have Access to Verizon's 4G LTE Network  —  Verizon announced it will be flipping the 4G LTE switch on for another 15 cities come this Thursday, an announcement that will bring Verizon's 4G LTE network to more than half of the U.S. population.
Discussion: PR Newswire and DSLreports
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T streamlining individual messaging plans August 21st, leaving unlimited as the sole survivor  —  Do not adjust your computer screen, because the screenshot you're seeing above is real.  Confirmed by multiple sources, we've exclusively learned that AT&T — the protagonist of choice …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Next Web
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Judge bounces Google's complaint over Android code viewing  —  ITC rejects Google effort to block expert testimony in Microsoft-Motorola patent battle  —  Computerworld - A U.S. trade judge has rejected Google's move to block the testimony of a Microsoft expert witness in the latter's 10-month dispute …
Betabeat:
Jumo ‘Acquired’ for $0 and a Graceful Exit  —  Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has struggled with his ambitious solo start-up, the social network for activism Jumo, ever since its bumpy launch.  Waning traffic and disinterested users were making it obvious that the site was not going to catch on …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Co-Founder And Others Put $17M In Online Merchant Lender Kabbage  —  Atlanta-based startup Kabbage, which provides working capital to online merchants, has raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures with BlueRun Ventures, David Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital …
Terry Baynes / Reuters:
AT&T sues customers seeking to block T-Mobile deal  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is turning to the federal courts to thwart an effort led by law firm Bursor & Fisher to derail AT&T's $39 billion takeover bid for Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile.  —  In eight lawsuits filed last week …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and SlashGear
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Sees ‘Signs of Danger’ for Google Partners After Motorola  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said Google Inc. (GOOG)'s purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. would pose a danger to companies using Google's Android mobile-phone operating system.
Adrian Glick Kudler / Curbed LA:
Someone Wants to Build a Glass-Roofed Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade  —  A tipster points us to this item scheduled for consideration by the Santa Monica Planning Commission tomorrow night—an unnamed retailer wants to tear down the old three story Borders space on the Third Street Promenade …
John Hiesler / Edible Apple:
Delta deploying iPads to pilots as electronic flight bag replacements  —  By John Hiesler:  —  Delta Airlines has begun testing Apple's iPad as electronic flight bags (EFB).  EFBs help reduce paper by digitizing on-board flight information that has typically been printed out.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:edibleapple
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Android Boss Andy Rubin Split His First Huge Bonus Check With His Employees  —  When the first Android phone shipped in 2008, Andy Rubin received a multimillion dollar check from his bosses at Google.  —  He turned around and gave some of the money away to the 100 or so employees on the Android team.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
It's iPad or nothing, survey says  —  The tablet market continues to be summed up like this: the iPad and everything else.  And everything else doesn't amount to much.  —  That's according to a recent survey conducted by Robert W. Baird.  The study found that out of more than 1,100 potential …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Fanbois treat criticism of favorite brands as threat to self-image
Discussion: Wired Science and PetaPixel
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Miami court deals huge setback to Motorola Mobility's defense against Microsoft
Discussion: Examiner, Electronista and ITProPortal
Bloomberg:
Jive Software Said to Hire Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs for IPO
Discussion: AllThingsD
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft issues statement on cloud downtime
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC Philadelphia checks into Foursquare partnership
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Jeremy Ford / Singularity Hub:
$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes in Kenya, the World Next?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Android Phone Fans
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Encoding.com's Vid.ly ready to go pro
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Amazon is retail king, reaching 1 in 5 Web users
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Photovine Grows Ready For Public Use; Easily Google's Most Ambitious Photo-Sharing App Yet
 

 
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