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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.
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
How Much Did HP Lose on the TouchPad?  Here's a Good Guess.  —  Sales of Hewlett-Packard's abandoned TouchPad tablet are spiking today on word that prices have been slashed on existing inventories of the device at retailers like Best Buy to $99 for the 16 gigabyte version and $149 for the 32GB version.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
HP Pre 3 Cancelled in U.S., Will Sell for $75 In Europe  —  The $99 HP TouchPad isn't the only amazing deal coming out of HP's fire sale on WebOS devices.  The unlocked HP Pre 3 smartphone will go on sale “shortly” in both France and the U.K. for a mere $75 unlocked, according to HP.
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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Thinking The Unthinkable: Is Oracle Considering Buying HP?  —  Larry Ellison: Biggest deal ever?  —  In what would be Larry Ellison's crowning achievement if he could pull it off, the market is buzzing over the idea that Oracle could make a run at Hewlett-Packard.
Discussion: Kellblog and ITProPortal
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA files appeal in Jammie Thomas case  —  The large record companies have filed an appeal in their long-running copyright case against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota woman who was found liable for illegal file sharing.  —  In court documents filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techdirt and Electronista
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:
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 …
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 …
Mercury News:
Opinion: Subsidizing Netflix  —  One of the success stories of the Internet era has been Netflix, the company that provides movies and TV shows to home viewers.  In its earlier years, Netflix was a snail-mail-only service.  You ordered a movie.  It showed up in your mailbox.
Discussion: Brad Ideas
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 / 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.
Eric Young / bizjournals:
BART warns of protests during evening commute … BART said today protests may disrupt service during the evening commute.  —  BART recommended riders consult www.511.org for information on alternate routes.  —  For the third time in less than a month, BART is coming under fire from the computer hacker group Anonymous.
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
SimpleGeo Cofounder Matt Galligan Steps Down; Will Focus On Helping TechStars And A Non-Profit  —  Last November, location startup SimpleGeo brought in former Digg CEO Jay Adelson to replace co-founder Matt Galligan as CEO.  At the time, Galligan slid into the role of Chief Strategy Officer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SimpleGeo and @shervin
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.
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: App Advice and VentureBeat
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Ticket Search Expert SeatGeek Gets Front Row Seats on Yahoo  —  SeatGeek, a two-year-old start-up that aspires to be the Kayak of sports and concert tickets, has signed a multiyear partnership with Yahoo Sports to drive traffic to its site.  —  Visitors to Yahoo Sports and its Rivals.com fan properties …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Video: Microsoft bridges Xbox, Windows Phone games via Kinect and QR codes  —  Microsoft this morning showed a new way share game content across Xbox 360 and Windows Phone.  One Microsoft executive described it as an example of a larger strategy to use companion devices to supplement games on the Microsoft console.
Ambarish Kenghe / The Official Google TV Blog:
Preview of Google TV add-on for the Android SDK  —  At Google I/O, we announced that Android Market is coming to Google TV.  Today, we are excited to announce a preview of the Google TV add-on for the Android SDK.  With the upcoming OS update to Honeycomb, Google TV devices will be Android compatible.
 
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Glassboard lets you setup private groups using the iPhone
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Brings Location-Based Shopping Alerts To Retailer Smartphone Apps
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
FTC commissioner calls for new ‘do not track’ approach
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP unveils new PC days after saying it exits unit
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Android, iOS gain U.S. market share in Q2 while BlackBerry slides, NPD says
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