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10:55 AM ET, August 22, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe  —  Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010.  GroupMe was founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci.  —  The terms of the deal, including price, aren't being disclosed.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Skype Pays Around $85 Million For GroupMe  —  Skype has agreed to acquire GroupMe, a company that has developed a way to for a group of people to send messages to each across various smartphone platforms.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Skype is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Skype bought GroupMe & Why it isn't enough
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
GroupMe Acquired by Skype for More than $50 Million
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5 includes early earthquake warning notifications for Japanese iPhone users  —  Following the devestating earthquake in Japan earlier this year, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option to iOS 5. iOS 5 users in Japan can turn on early earthquake notifications …
Bloomberg:
Motorola's Value Found in 18 Patents  —  Among Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.'s more than 17,000 patents, a group of 18 may prove most useful in Google Inc. (GOOG)'s effort to fend off litigation targeting the Android mobile platform.  —  The inventions date back to 1994 and form the heart …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Android vs Windows Phone 7: At least one handset maker thinking about it  —  The blockbuster deal between Motorola and Google is going to be a game-changer, and it will force many of the smaller handset makers to rethink their reliance on Google's Android operating system.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Simple Explanation for Why HP Abandoned Palm and Is Getting Out of the PC Business  —  HP acquired Palm at the end of April 2010, for $1.2 billion.  HP's CEO was Mark Hurd.  —  Three months later, in early August, Mark Hurd was forced to resign over that scandal with forged expenses and lies about his lady friend.
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Analysis: HP - Dial “M” for mayhem
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechEye, Pulse2 and Gizmodo
Jean-Louis Gassee / Monday Note:
HP: What Léo Apotheker's Decisions Mean
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
The Battle for Tripoli's Internet  —  As dawn broke in Libya on the morning of Sunday 21 August, it appeared that the battle for control of Tripoli was underway.  Throughout the night, a steady stream of tweets and retweets emerged from Libyan sources, painting a confusing, often contradictory picture of the evolving situation.
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Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Hackers deface Libya's top level domain registry with anti-Gadaffi message
Discussion: DomainIncite, Thanks:sophoslabs
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Unleaked: Former WikiLeaks Spokesperson Destroys Over 3,500 Unpublished Documents  —  Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German technology activist and former spokesperson for whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, announced today that he has destroyed over 3,500 unpublished documents that used to sit …
Paul Taylor / Financial Times:
Lenovo chief puts down Apple channel  —  Lenovo, the Chinese PC-maker, is looking to challenge Apple's dominance of the tablet computer market with a family of devices designed to appeal to a broader audience than Apple's single iPad model.  —  “We will be one of the strongest of the players in this area …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon seeks Lab126 trademarks in advance of expected tablet debut  —  Amazon.com has quietly applied for trademarks on the name and logo of Lab126 — the internal group behind the Amazon Kindle e-reader and, by all accounts, an upcoming Android tablet from the Seattle company.
Sean Collins Walsh / New York Times:
Federal Push for ‘Cloud’ Technology Faces Skepticism  —  WASHINGTON — Before cost-cutting became fashionable in Washington, Vivek Kundra, the White House's chief information officer, was working to shrink the federal government's enormous budget for information technology.
James Robinson / Guardian:
‘Google needs television industry’ will be message at Edinburgh  —  Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, is expected to offer television executives an olive branch - and perhaps even some funding  —  • An open letter from Tess Alps of Thinkbox  —  When Google's chairman Eric Schmidt gives …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD stays the course with new desktop and laptop chips  —  Advanced Micro Devices is doing something today that seems rather unfashionable.  The chip maker is announcing a series of new additions to its desktop and laptop microprocessors.  —  It seems so mundane to introduce PC chips …
 
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Miramax Launching Multi-Title Facebook Movie App In U.S., UK & Turkey
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
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Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Google Street View gets the green light in Israel
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
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Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Google fined in Brazil for refusing to reveal bloggers' identities
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Facebook, Twitter Drew Record Numbers Of U.S. Visitors In July
Zusha Elinson / New York Times:
After Cellphone Action, BART Faces Escalating Protests
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Another EA Exec Jumps Ship To Zynga; Jeff Karp Joins As Chief Marketing And Revenue Officer
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