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12:05 AM ET, August 23, 2011

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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.
Steve Kovach / Tools:
Your TouchPad May Not Be A Brick After All — These Guys Are Working On Making It Run Android  —  Since HP began its fire sale of the TouchPad for $99 (16 GB) and $149 (32 GB) this weekend, the tablet has quickly sold out.  —  If you snagged one and are worried about the future of WebOS …
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 …
Mark Striebeck / Google+:
A first, tiny step: view recent Google+ posts in the Gmail people widget!  —  You can now see the most recent Google+ post that the sender of the email shared with you in the Gmail people widget - see screenshot below.  —  BTW: +Bella Kazwell is a tech lead on the Gmail team and +Steven Bills …
Discussion: 9to5Google and Gizmodo
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 …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Amazon, Dropbox, Google and You Win in Cloud-Music Copyright Decision  —  The disk drives powering Dropbox, Amazon's Cloud Drive, and Google Music likely issued a small sigh of relief Monday, after a federal court judge found that the MP3tunes cloud music service didn't violate copyright laws …
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.
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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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 …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Mixed Messages: Early Reddit Employee Says He Co-Founded Reddit; Reddit Founders Say He Didn't  —  Twenty-four-year old digital information activist and Reddit alumnus Aaron Swartz, in the news lately due to extreme charges of cyber crime, says on his website that he “co-founded the online news site Reddit.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
John Callaham / Neowin.net:
Microsoft confirms USB 3.0 support for Windows 8  —  As we get closer to Microsoft's BUILD conference in mid-September, the company is revealing more tidbits about Windows 8.  Today the official Windows 8 blog site has confirmed that the operating system will include native support for the USB 3.0 standard.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
New fund for GroupMe VC Thrive  —  Thrive Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage tech investments, has raised $40 million for its second fund, according to a regulatory filing.  —  Thrive was launched in 2009 by Josh Kushner, the 25 year-old founder of Brazilian social gaming company Vostu.
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: TomsTechBlog.com and Brad Ideas
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Source: The iPhone 5 Will Indeed Be A Dual-Mode CDMA / GSM ‘World Phone’  —  The upcoming iPhone 5 will almost certainly be a single phone that supports multiple networks, namely CDMA (such as the one used by Verizon or Sprint in the United States) as well as GSM (which is used by AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.).
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft opens the Windows Phone Mango app floodgates  —  Summary: The Windows Phone Mango app marketplace is open for business, as of August 22.  Microsoft also has made available to developers a near-final test build of its Mango SDK today, as well.  —  Late in the day (EST) on August 22 …
Discussion: The Windows Blog and PhoneArena
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.
Rachel Emma Silverman / Wall Street Journal:
Web Surfing Helps at Work, Study Says  —  Don't feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work—turns out it may actually improve your performance.  —  According to a new study, Web browsing can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity, compared to other activities …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Techland and Gawker
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP unveils new PC days after saying it exits unit
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Ubergizmo, Thanks:rajupp
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Microsoft gets over 500 responses to webOS recruitment attempt
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