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Chris Cox / Facebook Blog:
Making It Easier to Share With Who You Want  —  Today we're announcing a bunch of improvements that make it easier to share posts, photos, tags and other content with exactly the people you want.  You have told us that “who can see this?” could be clearer across Facebook …
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Facebook Rolls Out Major, Sweeping Privacy Changes  —  Facebook is making a sweeping set of changes to its privacy and sharing policies that will give users much more control over the information they share and who they share it with.  —  See our guided tour of the changes→
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One Year Later, Facebook Killing Off Places ...To Put Location Everywhere  —  It was almost exactly one year ago that Facebook launched Places, their location-based offering.  Reading the press at the time, you would have thought it was going to be the Foursquare-killer, the Gowalla-strangler, the Loopt-beheader, etc.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Massive Kitchen Sink Update: Photo Tag Approvals And So Much More  —  Hell has frozen over, pigs have flown, and it's now possible to approve photos you've been tagged in on Facebook before they show up in your profile.  —  Pause.  Take a drink if you need to.
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to Get iPhone 5, Sources Say  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, closing a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another channel for selling its popular phone.
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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 …
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Chris Smith / TechRadar:   Samsung: Kubrick invented tablets, not Apple
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.).
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Y Combinator Unloads Massive New Batch of Start-Ups  —  The start-up incubator Y Combinator today is pushing out 63 new companies, its largest and most daunting class ever.  Of them, 31 are presenting themselves on the record for investors and press at the newly embiggened Y Combinator headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
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.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Google closes Android developer complaint forums  —  Silent support costs more, but it's less embarrassing  —  Google is shutting down the Marketplace forums which have, until now, required Android developers to resolve their problems in public and without much in the way of official support.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and 9to5Google
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Failbook Phone: AT&T Already Looking To Ditch The HTC Status, Says Source  —  Surprise!  Even a clever little gimmick like a dedicated Facebook button can't save a bad phone from an early demise.  —  After just 36 days on the shelves, a trusted source close to AT&T tells us the carrier …
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Revamped MySpace Will Have iTunes, Spotify and Vevo in Its Crosshairs  —  New Marketing Chief Explains Site's New Direction Under Specific Media, Talks Forthcoming Ad Campaign  —  Forget Facebook and Twitter.  When MySpace relaunches later this year under new corporate parent Specific Media …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Betabeat and Adotas
Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Key Patents Related to Multi-Touch & “Numbers”  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our second and final granted patent report of the day you'll learn about two key patents that Apple has won.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and 9to5Mac
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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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
HP Touchpad: HP promises to keep them coming until they run out
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.
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge says warrant required for cell phone location data  —  In recent years, the courts have struggled to decide whether the government needs a warrant to access historical records about a cell phone user's location.  Some courts have found that when users turn on their cell phones, they …
Brad Reed / Network World:
Google fiber network beta goes live at Stanford  —  Initial Speedtest results show connectivity over 150Mbps  —  Some lucky Palo Alto, Calif., residents are getting a glimpse of what Google's new fiber network will soon deliver to Kansas City, Kan.  —  Google today lit up a beta version …
Discussion: DSLreports
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Quake rattles cellphone service  —  The Department of Homeland Security had some advice for people trying to contact family members in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake: “Avoid calls.”  —  While wireless carriers said their systems weren't hurt by the 5.9 quake, the resulting call volume did them in.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sony's S1 Android Tablet is the Tablet S, due to arrive in early September  —  While one consumer electronics giant is unceremoniously exiting the tablet wars, after many teaser trailers we're hearing Sony is finally ready to reveal its entry.  We uncovered the S1 PlayStation Tablet ahead …
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: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Dish unveils plans for 4G LTE 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 …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Apple Now Streaming Red Hot Chili Peppers' Upcoming Album In iTunes - First Sign Of More To Come?  —  Rumors of a “Spotify-like” iTunes in the cloud have been going around for years before Apple finally pre-launched iCloud and the possibility to re-download previously purchased songs.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Chuck Ganapathi joins Accel Partners — to build the next Salesforce.com  —  Chuck Ganapathi, the man who created Salesforce.com's Chatter, the company's largest product development effort ever, has left to join Accel Partners as Entrepreneur in Residence.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jon Norris / RCR Unplugged:
Google puts new g.co URL shortener to work  —  A little while ago Google announced they had purchased the g.co domain name, and were planning to use it exclusively for linking to Google-owned sites.  Their existing URL shortening service, goo.gl, was to remain for user-generated links to any URL they pleased.
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone Reaches 30,000 Apps, Opens Marketplace to Mango Submissions
Reuters:
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Foundry Group Invests In MakerBot Industries
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony redesigns its PlayStation Home virtual world as a social game hub
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook reveals plans for second campus in Menlo Park
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Forkly Launches to Discover Food You'll Like the Taste Of
Discussion: VentureBeat, MediaPost and Forkly Blog
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Geeks Beat Jocks as Bar Fight Breaks Out Over Control of the TV
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House pledges new Net privacy approach
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This Is What Google REALLY Meant By “Don't Be Evil”
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