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3:05 PM ET, August 22, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HTC's September 1st event to feature only Windows Phone Mango devices: Eternity, Omega  —  BGR has exclusively learned that HTC plans to unveil several upcoming Windows Phone Mango devices at the company's upcoming event taking place on September 1st.  While Android is HTC's bread and butter of course …
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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.
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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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says Motorola's Android Phones Infringe Its Patents  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world's largest software maker, began arguing its U.S. trade case that Android- based smartphones made by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. use technology derived from Microsoft inventions.
New York Times:
Motorola's Identity Crisis
Discussion: MediaPost
Brian Heater / Engadget:
HP TouchPad tops Amazon US sales, rumored for UK price drop  —  Well, it's official, the TouchPad is currently the hottest piece of consumer electronics around, and all it took was HP's complete abandonment of its current line of webOS devices.  The once maligned slate is currently atop Amazon's electronics sales list.
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:
HP unveils new PC days after saying it exits unit
Discussion: Engadget, Wall Street Journal and Ubergizmo, Thanks:rajupp
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
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Fox's 8-Day Delay on Hulu Triggers Piracy Surge  —  One of the main motivations for people to download and stream TV-shows from unauthorized sources is availability.  If fans can't get a show through legal channels they turn to pirated alternatives.  —  This is one of the reasons …
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Microsoft gets over 500 responses to webOS recruitment attempt  —  Looks like Microsoft's Brandon Watson got more than he expected when he Tweeted about webOS devs switching to Windows Phone.  In a follow up Tweet, he notes the overwhelming response:
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Former Expedia Employees Raise $8 Million For Travel Search Startup Hopper  —  Hopper, a Montreal, Canada-based startup, has raised $8 million in fresh funding from Atlas Venture and previous backer Brightspark Ventures to try and ‘reinvent travel search’.  —  Hopper is still in stealth mode …
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM, alarm:clock, Tnooz and Pulse2
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
LG denies deal with Apple for OLED TV  —  With a firm belief in its domination of the smartphone and tablet markets, Apple, the U.S.-based consumer electronics firm, has shifted its sights to the tentatively named “Apple TV.”  —  But possibilities are currently very low that the iPhone maker …
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.
Discussion: TechFlash
Mark Gurman / 9to5Google:
Verizon plans to take 300MB for $20/m data plan nationwide this holiday season  —  Late last week, Verizon introduced a new 300MB data plan for $20/month for the carrier's mid-Atlantic region.  This covers Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Makes iOS Apps Speedier, No Longer Requires Signatures For Transactions Under $25  —  Disruptive mobile payments company Square has pushed a number of new updates to its iPhone and iPad apps today and rolled out a redesigned and updated website.  First, the apps are speedier and transaction speed has improved, says the company.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Miramax Launching Multi-Title Facebook Movie App In U.S., UK & Turkey  —  Watching movies on Facebook isn't new—Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX), Paramount and Universal each are trying variations on the theme.  But today, paidContent can report, Miramax is launching the largest-scale Facebook …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android, iOS gain U.S. market share in Q2 while BlackBerry slides, NPD says  —  Android's lead in the U.S. smartphone market was extended further in the second quarter of 2011 according to leading market research firm The NPD Group.  The firm on Monday released its second-quarter Mobile Phone Track report …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Best Buy Offering iPhone 3GS Free Today on Contract  —  The iPhone 3GS is still holding strong in the U.S. smartphone market, ranking as the second most popular handset during the second quarter.  The device's success is clearly due to the low $49 price tag, even if the cost …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Tumblr Talking To Top VCs About An $800 Million+ Valuation  —  New York-based blogging platform Tumblr is talking to fancy venture capital firms about raising another huge pile of cash at a very generous valuation.  —  We hear, and a source confirms, that Tumblr is talking about raising $75 million …
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.
 
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: HP EVP Todd Bradley looking to jump ship for CEO role elsewhere
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP: webOS Still Coming to PCs and Printers, Pre3 Launching in “Limited” Markets
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired:
Rdio Launches Unique Family Plan for Digital Music
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Microsoft allies Ford and Toyota to collaborate on technology standards
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson unveils Live with Walkman handset for music-loving Android users
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China's Sina invests up to $40 million in Tudou: source
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Google Street View gets the green light in Israel
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Having trouble landing investors? Try showing some attitude on Twitter
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Boutique startup accelerators: Natural progression, or impending danger?
Discussion: Tech Cocktail
James Robinson / Guardian:
‘Google needs television industry’ will be message at Edinburgh
 

 
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