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5:30 PM ET, August 22, 2011

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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
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP: webOS Still Coming to PCs and Printers, Pre3 Launching in “Limited” Markets  —  Even as the rest of the world is writing the obituary of webOS, Hewlett-Packard insists the software has a bright future.  It's just not clear what that future is.  —  In an interview on Monday …
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Lee Mathews / ExtremeTech:
Download.com wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivations  —  There was a time long, long ago when Download.com was the place I went for software.  It's been years, however, as the site repeatedly showed signs of devolving into a site every bit as bothersome as the many third-tier …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: HP EVP Todd Bradley looking to jump ship for CEO role elsewhere  —  BGR has exclusively learned that Hewlett-Packard Executive Vice President Todd Bradley is looking to leave HP.  While HP reported last week that the company plans to discontinue its webOS smartphones and tablets …
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 …
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 …
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP unveils new PC days after saying it exits unit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard launched a new desktop on Monday, days after the technology company revealed plans to spin off or sell its personal computer unit.  —  HP billed the new computer — the HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-in-One Business Desktop …
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 …
Rob Lewis / Techvibes.com:
Vancouver's Zite to be acquired by CNN for $20-25 Million?  —  Last week's GROW Conference in Vancouver was a huge success.  All week the city was abuzz as Canada's smartest entrepreneurs descended on the city along with venture capitalists from across Canada and south of the border.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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 …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5's Battery, Back Camera, and Audio Flex Cable Parts Leaked [Updated]  —  As we approach the anticipated launch of the iPhone 5, we are seeing an increasing number of small leaks related to the production of the device in China.  As the design is finalized, and production begins to ramp up …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Twitter improves photo sharing again with user photo galleries  —  Twitter now aggregates all of the photos you've shared across a bunch of different image hosts — including Twitter's own photo service, Instagram, Twitpic, and Yfrog — into a single gallery on your profile page.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Evernote Updates iOS App With New iPad UI, Rich Text, Shared Notebooks  —  Teased at the first Evernote Trunk Conference last week, the long-awaited new version of Evernote for iPhone and iPad has been released today on the App Store, bringing much requested features to the iOS platform …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft allies Ford and Toyota to collaborate on technology standards  —  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is introduced to his new car by Ford's Alan Mulally (Microsoft file photo)  —  A new partnership announced between Ford and Toyota this morning is attracting lots of attention …
 
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Updated V Cast Brings Live Sports, 250+ Channels, And A New Name: Verizon Video
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
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Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web and WinRumors
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Thinking The Unthinkable: Is Oracle Considering Buying HP?
Discussion: ITProPortal and Kellblog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Brings Location-Based Shopping Alerts To Retailer Smartphone Apps
Discussion: VentureBeat
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FTC commissioner calls for new ‘do not track’ approach
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