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1:50 PM 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  —  Reuters revives rumors that Apple is building a lower priced 8GB version of the iPhone 4 to launch this fall.  Reuters cites “two people with knowledge of the matter”.
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.).
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung cites Stanley Kubrick's ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ movie as prior art against iPad design patent  —  Late last night, Samsung filed its opposition brief to Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States.  The main part of Samsung's opposition brief has not yet entered …
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 …
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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
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.
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.
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.
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: PC World, eWeek, Techland and Softpedia News
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Geeks Beat Jocks as Bar Fight Breaks Out Over Control of the TV  —  Fans Muscle Into Sports Bars to Watch Pro Videogamers Do Battle on the Tube  —  SAN FRANCISCO—One Sunday afternoon last month, a hundred boisterous patrons crowded into Mad Dog in the Fog, a British sports bar here, to watch a live broadcast.
Fred / A VC:
Identity, Authentication, and Provisioning Them Online  —  Christina jotted down some thoughts on indentity on a flight to SF and I read them this morning.  In her post, she references Ev's excellent post on the same topic from a while back.  So I went on a bike ride as the sun rose …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Forkly Launches to Discover Food You'll Like the Taste Of  —  Forkly is a beautiful new iPhone app that helps you discover new restaurants you might like and recommends dishes once you're at restaurants, based on your individual taste.  Built by former leaders of location based social network Brightkite …
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 …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Here's What Twitter Should Do To Make Photo Galleries More Useful  —  I like the new user photo galleries that Twitter started rolling out yesterday.  They'll make photo search and discovery much easier, especially for those of us who've scattered our photo uploads across TwitPic, yFrog, Mobypicture and other photo services.
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.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
United Airlines deploys 11,000 iPads to pilots  —  United on Tuesday said it is converting its flight decks to be completely paperless and will deploy 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots.  —  The iPads will replace paper flight manuals and things like aeronautical navigational charts …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Dish unveils plans for mobile network  —  The allure of 4G wireless service has drawn in a number of new players, including satellite-TV provider Dish Network.  —  Dish on Monday applied for a waiver to the Federal Communications Commission that would allow it to used its recently acquired spectrum …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony redesigns its PlayStation Home virtual world as a social game hub  —  Hoping to jump on a trend, Sony is planning to launch a redesign of its PlayStation Home virtual world, making it into a hub for social games.  —  PlayStation Home launched in 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and it has more than 23 million registered users.
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 …
Robert Nyman / Mozilla Hacks:
Introducing WebAPI  —  Mozilla would like to introduce WebAPI with the goal to provide a basic HTML5 phone experience within 3 to 6 months.  —  The current situation  —  Where we are today, there's a clear distinction between the Open Web and native APIs and how things have to be built.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Stumbles in China, Closes Some Offices  —  BEIJING—Groupon Inc.'s joint venture in China has closed offices in some cities and laid off hundreds of employees, according to people familiar with the situation, raising questions about the online coupon company's strategy in a big market ahead …
 
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook reveals plans for second campus in Menlo Park
Bloomberg:
China Overtakes U.S. as Largest Market for PCs, Researcher Says
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Enterprise solid state memory provider Pure Storage snags $30M
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Wanova raises $10M for desktop cloud management service
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White House pledges new Net privacy approach
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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Verizon Wireless' LTE expansion keeps on trucking, 15 new markets on September 15th
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Curve 9350, 9360, 9370 announced with BlackBerry OS 7; hit Canada this month
Karen Weintraub / Boston Globe:
‘Wormhole’ links MIT and Stanford
Electronista:
Samsung may be ready to buy HP's PC business, outsource work
Aaron Draczynski / gdgt:
Palm post mortem: what could have been
Discussion: Liliputing, Neowin.net and Electronista, Thanks:gdgt
Rachel Emma Silverman / Wall Street Journal:
Web Surfing Helps at Work, Study Says
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
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