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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Dutch judge considers Apple's slide-to-unlock patent trivial and likely invalid  —  I previously reported on a preliminary injunction granted by a Dutch court today against the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones.  In its official reaction, Samsung underscored …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Mixed decision for Apple: Dutch judge bans Samsung smartphones, not tablets  —  Apple has been awarded a preliminary injunction barring Samsung from importing, distributing, or selling its Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, and Ace smartphones in the European Union.  Samsung must halt sales of the devices …
The United States Department of Justice:
Google Forfeits $500 Million Generated by Online Ads & Prescription Drug Sales by Canadian Online Pharmacies … PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Online search engine Google Inc. has agreed to forfeit $500 million for allowing online Canadian pharmacies to place advertisements through its AdWords program targeting consumers …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers' TV Device  —  Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's top cable and Internet providers, said on Tuesday that it would subsidize some purchases of a set-top box called Slingbox that allows users to watch their home television programming from anywhere, like a vacation home or a mobile phone.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Details About Lift, the Next Social Network From the Founders of Twitter  —  The recently-departed co-founders of Twitter now working together again under the old Obvious Corp. name (Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jason Goldman) announced their first official partnership today, with a stealth alpha app called Lift.
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Biz Stone / The Obvious Corporation:
Unlocking Potential  —  It's important never to delude ourselves …
Discussion: VatorNews
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
FCC commissioner: BART critics may be right  —  FCC Commissioners Robert McDowell (right) and Mignon Clyburn (left) say the agency is still investigating San Francisco's subway agency.  —  ASPEN, Colo.—Criticisms aimed the San Francisco Bay Area's subway system for temporarily pulling …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Electronista
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Harold Feld / Wetmachine:   Forget The First Amendment, BART Messed With The Phone System. Violated CA and Federal Law.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Why Apple Went To Dusseldorf  —  Earlier this month lawyers for Apple celebrated a small, but important victory in court.  On Aug. 4 they filed a 44-page complaint with the Civil Chamber of the lower court of Dusseldorf, a wealthy city in western Germany.  The document claimed Samsung …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: HTC Puccini in the wild, AT&T LTE support confirmed!  —  Have a gander.  Take as long as you need.  That, friends, is the AT&T-bound HTC Puccini, and it'll be the first tablet to hit Ma Bell with inbuilt LTE support.  According to our sources, the Android-based slate is currently in testing …
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
A Trillion Pageviews for Facebook  —  Google today released an updated list of the most-visited sites on the web and it should not come as any surprise that Facebook takes the top spot with 870 million uniques.  YouTube and Yahoo are next with 790 M and 590 M uniques respectively.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
First Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ phone, Fujitsu IS12T, released on KDDI au in Japan  —  Microsoft has just dropped us a line to note that Fujitsu and KDDI au have released the IS12T in Japan, becoming the first Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed “Mango") handset to hit retail anywhere in the world.
Reuters:
China says Google has not sought approval on Motorola bid  —  (Reuters) - China's Commerce Ministry said it had not received an application for regulatory approval from Google Inc on its planned $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings.  —  Under Chinese laws …
Discussion: PC Magazine and TechCrunch
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Samsung debuts new Galaxy lineup, refines naming strategy along the way  —  Good news everyone, we've got a new batch of Sammy smartphones to feast your eyes upon.  Now for the downside: today's announcement is meant only to whet your appetite for their official unveiling at IFA in Berlin.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Vizio 8 becomes first Android tablet with Hulu Plus  —  Like Netflix and Skype video chat, Hulu Plus is being certified on Android devices one-by-one — presumably out of an abundance of caution that the streaming video can't be easily recorded — and a total of ten phones are currently on the compatibility list.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
VMware puts Cloud Foundry on laptops  —  VMware has released Micro Cloud Foundry, a fully functional version of its open-source, Platform-as-a-Service software condensed into a virtual image that runs on developers' personal computers or laptops.  The aim is to make it easier to create …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zillow hits profitability, posts 116% revenue gain in first earnings report as a public company  —  Well, we had a pretty good feeling that Zillow might post its first quarterly profit (at least on a net income basis) today.  And the Seattle online real estate company didn't disappoint …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
False ad suit can proceed versus Groupon: attorney  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said parts of a false advertising lawsuit can proceed against online coupon distributor Groupon, according to one attorney who attended a court hearing on Wednesday.  —  A proposed class action was filed …
New York Times:
Technology Devices Either Sell Big or Die Fast  —  Seven weeks after it was put on sale, Hewlett-Packard killed its TouchPad tablet, the company's competitor to Apple's iPad.  —  Last year, Microsoft pulled the plug on its Kin mobile phones only 48 days after they went on sale.
Discussion: TechFlash, broadstuff and Digits
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Acer suffers first-ever quarterly loss, predicts iPad ‘fever’ will recede  —  Acer reported the first quarterly loss in company history on Wednesday, but the netbook maker's chairman attempted to convince investors that consumer “fever” for tablets like the iPad will not last.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Fox Responds To ‘Piracy Surge’ By Answering A Different Question  —  Exactly as we predicted, when the Fox Network hid its TV shows online behind various paywalls and delays, the rate of infringement on those shows shot way up.  Eriq Gardner, over at THResq spoke to a Communications VP at Fox …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
The +1 Button Just Got Useful: Now Lets You Share Content on Google+  —  When Google first began rolling out its +1 button, it wasn't very interesting.  Even after Google+ launched, it still wasn't fully integrated with Google's new social network.  Starting today, though, the +1 button will finally become useful.
John Woolfolk / Mercury News:
San Jose City Council approves Netflix deal  —  The San Jose City Council approved a $5 million tax-incentive deal Tuesday with Netflix for the video-rental company to relocate and expand its DVD division to the city.  —  Netflix is headquartered in Los Gatos and currently leases 250,000 square feet of space in three locations.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Detangling the Windows Phone Tango talk  —  Summary: There is a new report about features and markets that will be the target of Microsoft's Windows Phone Tango, the successor to Mango.  Here's my take.  —  Even though the Windows Phone Mango operating system is still not in consumers' hands or phones …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Bad Ideas: Booktrack Adds Sound Effects And Music to Books  —  Imagine that you're reading an intense, gripping novel, completely immersed in the virtual world it has created inside your own head.  A character walks slowly down an old corridor, and suddenly you hear the click click of footsteps on wood.
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Promising NYC startup BankSimple moves HQ to Portland  —  When the going gets good, Oregon startups have frequently gone away.  —  The state's entrepreneurs have a long tradition of leaving town when they find success, opting for bigger markets, deeper talent pools and richer investors elsewhere.
Electronista:
McAfee: Android malware surges 76%, iPhone untouched  —  McAfee shows Android facing huge spike in malware  —  Malware on Android is growing rapidly enough that it's now by far the most targeted platform, McAfee said in a new study (below).  The number of viruses, trojans …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
‘What Idiot Wrote The Patent That Might Invalidate Software Patents?  Oh, Wait, That Was Me’  —  We recently wrote about a surprising Federal Circuit (CAFC) ruling that might open the door to invalidating a lot of software patents.  We received an an interesting comment on the post a few days later from John Pettitt:
 
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Peter Lauria / Reuters:
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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Robert Scoble / Google+:
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