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12:25 PM ET, August 20, 2011

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Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP begins TouchPad liquidation; 16GB cut to $99, 32GB $149  —  We were wondering how exactly HP was going to handle the glut of TouchPads in the market now that they've decided they're done making hardware for webOS.  Now we have our answer: fire sale!  —  In a memo sent to HP affiliates …
Marc Andreessen / Wall Street Journal:
Why Software Is Eating The World  —  This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth.  Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility.
Discussion: Data Central, Pitos Blog, @blam and Slashdot, Thanks:hpnews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Sneaks A Big Change Into iOS 5: Phasing Out Developer Access To The UDID  —  Apple is making a lot of big changes to its mobile operating system with iOS 5, which is dribbling out in betas for developers ahead of a general release later this year.  But there is one big change some developers …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5 beta 6, iTunes 10.5 beta 6, Xcode 4.2 preview 6 to developers (full change log)
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Losing the HP Way  —  Hewlett Packard was different from other Silicon Valley companies and always a leader.  By the time I met Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in the late 1970s they were nearing retirement but still active and I knew them, working occasionally for both men and for their respective foundations.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Kerris: work on webOS and app ecosystem will continue  —  Like you, we're wondering about where the future of webOS will take this community.  At the very least, HP intends to continue working on the operating system, even if they're not going to be making any devices of their own.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Worth More Dead Than Alive: Could HP Turn a Profit on Palm's Patents?
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Big shake up at Twitter continues  —  Big shake up at Twitter continues  —  This week this group no longer is working at Twitter:  —  @crystal  —  @bs-eng  —  @evan- eng manager and reportedly a very very good one  —  @jeremy  —  @robey- eng  —  @stevej
Discussion: The Business Insider, @bs, @crystal and @ded
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google+ Rolls Out Verified Profiles, Still Struggles With Real-Name Policy  —  William Shatner, rejoice!  Earlier today, Wen-Ai Yu from the Google+ team announced with a post on Google+ and an accompanying YouTube video that the social network now boasts ‘verification badges’ for celebrities …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft slams post-PC idea, claims “PC isn't even middle aged yet”  —  Microsoft rejects the idea of a “post-PC” era of technology.  —  The company is labelling the current era as the “PC Plus” realm where PCs are surrounded by new devices designed for a specific niche purpose.
Robin Kwong / Financial Times:
Apple overtakes Lenovo in China sales  —  Apple's sales in greater China have for the first time overtaken those of Lenovo, the world's third-biggest personal computer maker by shipment volume, results from the two companies confirm.  —  Lenovo, which was the PC industry's fastest-growing company …
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID Bionic Hits Verizon MAP at $299 Starting September 8 (Updated)  —  The DROID Bionic just hit Verizon's MAP (minimum advertised price) list and is looking poised for a $299 on 2-year contract price along with a second confirmation that September 8 should be the day that it finally lands in stores.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft offers webOS developers free Windows Phones and dev tools  —  Microsoft is offering webOS developers free Windows Phone devices and dev tools.  —  Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft made the offer in a twitter message on Friday.
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Firefox 7 Beta Puts Priority on Performance  —  Just days after the ready-for-primetime version of Firefox 6 was released, Mozilla, sticking to its aggressive development schedule for the browser, has rolled out the beta for Firefox 7 —a release of the software that is emphasizing performance improvements.
 
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Stephen Lawson / Network World:
US surges to near global lead in mobile data
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Would-be Heir to Facebook Ordered to Turn Over More Devices
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HTC pledges support for Google: “Its the ecosystem, not the operating system”
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
‘Anonymous’ hacker quits, calls group's members hypocrites and its efforts fruitless
Discussion: Neowin.net, CNET News and Ars Technica
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Flickr now offering real-time web APIs to developers
Discussion: VentureBeat and Code
 Earlier Items: 
Asher Moses / The Age:
Aussie Apple boss comes out of the shadows to confront ‘rip-off’ claims
Discussion: MacRumors