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6:25 AM ET, August 23, 2011

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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.
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
HP Touchpad: HP promises to keep them coming until they run out  —  The HP TouchPad is in greater demand than ever before, selling out in stores across the U.S. and Canada over the weekend after a price drop down to $99.99.  —  So what does any good business do when its products are in demand?
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
Brian Heater / Engadget:
HP TouchPad tops Amazon US sales, rumored for UK price drop
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
Discussion: Neowin.net, Engadget, Electronista and webOSroundup, Thanks:gdgt
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP: webOS Still Coming to PCs and Printers, Pre3 Launching in “Limited” Markets
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.).
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.
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.
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 and Slashdot
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.
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
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
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 …
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: Digital Trends, Bloomberg and Kellblog
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Electronista:
Samsung may be ready to buy HP's PC business, outsource work  —  Samsung outsourcing in hints of HP hopes  —  Samsung might be grooming its notebook business in hopes of buying HP's spun-out PC business.  Insiders in the part stream claimed Samsung was talking to Taiwan companies to outsource …
Discussion: DigiTimes and Softpedia News, Thanks:getwired
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.
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot
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 Next Web
 
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iTunes Gains Share in Online Movies in First Half of 2011
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