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9:55 AM ET, August 23, 2011

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple suppliers building cheaper, 8GB iPhone 4  —  (Reuters) - Asian suppliers to Apple Inc have begun manufacturing a lower priced version of its hot-selling iPhone 4 with a smaller 8 gigabyte flash drive, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Building Cheaper 8GB iPhone 4, End of September Launch alongside iPhone 5
Discussion: 9to5Mac, App Advice and The Next Web
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.
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David Daw / PC World:
Huh?  TouchPads Now Selling for Almost $300 on eBay  —  TouchPads selling for $300 on eBay.The TouchPad may be DOA thanks to HP's recent decision to drop WebOS but you wouldn't know it from the prices the tablet fetches on eBay.  After fire sales over the weekend dropped the price …
Steve Kovach / Tools:
Your TouchPad May Not Be A Brick After All — These Guys Are Working On Making It Run Android
Discussion: The Business Insider
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.).
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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Aaron Draczynski / gdgt:
Palm post mortem: what could have been
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android (Finally) Taking Steps Towards WebKit And Chromium  —  Why isn't Chrome a part of Android?  It's a question as old as time itself.  Or at least a few years old.  But given that the same company, Google, makes both products, it never made much sense.  Now they're finally taking steps to resolve this.
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.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
This Is What Google REALLY Meant By “Don't Be Evil”  —  Google has been throwing its weight around and pissing a lot of people off.  —  It allegedly leaned on Motorola not to use a competing location-detecting service from Skyhook.  Then it turned around and dropped $12.5 billion on Motorola …
Discussion: Raw Thought
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
China airs documentary proving military university is hacking U.S. targets  —  For a long time now there has been suspicion that China is a hotbed of hacking activity either endorsed or ignored by the government and targeting foreign individuals, companies, and even governments.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seeks Acquisitions to Fend Off Google  —  Facebook Inc., the world's largest social network, is planning acquisitions that will improve site design, keep its service reliable and advance mobile features to stave off competition from Google Inc. (GOOG) and Twitter Inc.
Discussion: The Register and The Next Web
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet now available for order, priced at $500 and up  —  It's been a while coming, but Lenovo's ThinkPad tablet has finally made its way to market.  As expected, the line of Honeycomb slates is now available for order on the company's product page, with the 16GB …
Richard Stallman / Guardian:
Beware: Europe's ‘unitary patent’ could mean unlimited software patents  —  The battles seen in the US over software patents could spread to the UK and the rest of Europe if the unitary patent is allowed to come into force  —  Just as the US software industry is experiencing the long-anticipated …
Discussion: TechEye
Karen Weintraub / Boston Globe:
‘Wormhole’ links MIT and Stanford  —  In a Massachusetts Institute of Technology cafeteria, down the hall from an early radar dish, is the “wormhole,” an oddly-shaped plexiglass dome hovering over a video screen.  The live signal displayed on the screen shows a similar cafeteria scene at Stanford University …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
McAfee says criminal hackers will sell a million email addresses for $25  —  If you want to buy a million email addresses from criminal hackers, the going rate is $25, according to a second quarter report from antivirus firm McAfee.  —  The new McAfee Q2 2011 Threats Report also shows …
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Curve 9350, 9360, 9370 announced with BlackBerry OS 7; hit Canada this month  —  Curve 9350, 9360, 9370 announced with BlackBerry OS 7; hit Canada this month  —  RIM has announced three new BlackBerrys: the Curve 9350, Curve 9360, and Curve 9370.  Each brings BlackBerry OS 7 to lower-end handsets …
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
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon ‘ElastiCache’ promises to boost web app performance  —  Amazon Web Services this morning made a new pitch for running web apps on its cloud computing platform, introducing a feature called ElastiCache that promises to improve the performance of web apps such as social networks, games and media-sharing sites.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House pledges new Net privacy approach  —  Danny Weitzner pledges new privacy laws without a “traditional regulatory structure.”  —  ASPEN, Colo.—A White House aide today previewed the administration's forthcoming approach to Internet consumer protection, saying it will provide “privacy law without regulation.”
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 …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Verizon Wireless' LTE expansion keeps on trucking, 15 new markets on September 15th  —  Not content to rest on its milestone-achieving laurels, Verizon's trek towards an America blanketed in 4G continues to plow ahead.  Hot on the heels of the operator's last expansion …
 
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iTunes Gains Share in Online Movies in First Half of 2011
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