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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→
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.
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: 9to5Google
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: Betabeat and Adotas
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider, everythingiCafe and TUAW
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 …
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: 9to5Mac
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: ComScore takes users' credit card numbers: lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Online tracking service comScore Inc siphons confidential data including passwords, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers from unsuspecting users, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.
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.
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
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
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple makes up its mind: iPad 3 displays to be supplied by LG Display, Samsung and Sharp  —  Following an enduring period of quality-testing and trial runs, Apple has finally chosen not one, not two, but three suppliers of LCD panels for iPad 3.  The winners are LG Display …
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 …
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.
 
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House pledges new Net privacy approach
Discussion: DSLreports and MediaPost
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
This Is What Google REALLY Meant By “Don't Be Evil”
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Verizon Wireless' LTE expansion keeps on trucking, 15 new markets on September 15th
Discussion: BetaNews, eWeek and VentureBeat
iSuppli:
iTunes Gains Share in Online Movies in First Half of 2011
Discussion: Fortune and Telecompetitor
Richard Stallman / Guardian:
Beware: Europe's ‘unitary patent’ could mean unlimited software patents
Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
Curve 9350, 9360, 9370 announced with BlackBerry OS 7; hit Canada this month
Mark Striebeck / Google+:
A first, tiny step: view recent Google+ posts in the Gmail people widget!
Discussion: Computerworld