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4:45 AM ET, August 24, 2011

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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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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.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Facebook Rolls Out Major, Sweeping Privacy Changes
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Facebook Finally Helps Users Avoid Being Tagged in Embarrassing Photos, But Also Expands Who Can Tag
Discussion: PC World, Gawker and @kashhill, Thanks:forbestech
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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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Sprint Deal Will Mean 6 Million More iPhones Sold In 2012
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Electronista and AppleInsider
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
Biz Stone / The Obvious Corporation:
Unlocking Potential  —  It's important never to delude ourselves into thinking that technology changes the world.  People are responsible for change—technology just helps out.  At Obvious, our goal is to foster systems that help people work together to improve the world.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter founders' Obvious Co. announces Lift as first project  —  Obvious Corporation, the new endeavor of Twitter founders Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, has today announced its first project.  It's called Lift and it's a partnership with developers Tony Stubblebine of Crowdvine …
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Google Fiber shows its potential with 151Mbps download speeds  —  Early last year Google set out on a mission to bring 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home networks in selected areas across the U.S. It was a big challenge, and one that states, counties, and cities fought hard to get in their areas.
Discussion: Telecompetitor
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Brad Reed / Network World:
Google fiber network beta goes live at Stanford
Discussion: DSLreports
Robert Scoble / Google+:
A new respect for entrepreneurs  —  The story is out that I turned down $500,000 of +Bill Gross money thanks to +Loic Le Meur . https://plus.google.com/108082478497335 384404/ posts/58saxADBQxy  —  First, hear it in my own words as I discuss this with +Dave McClure who has seen his own startup roles …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur and @scobleizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Greplin Releases Must Have iPhone App To Organize Your Life And Avoid Rabid Googlers  —  It was only a year ago that I first wrote about Greplin, the “other half of search” for you online life.  It's an incredibly useful search engine that indexes your online email, Facebook, Twitter …
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
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Six Months After The AOL Deal, HuffPo Employee Equity Is Down 40%  —  When AOL bought the Huffington Post in March 2011, Huffington Post employees had their vested stock options converted into AOL stock, priced at ~$20 a share.  —  Hopefully they sold!  —  Today, AOL stock is worth $12.22 per share - a 40% decline.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
iPad, what is it good for?  News and games for starters  —  When you pick up your iPad, where do you poke around first?  I tend to hit Reeder initially, and often spend at least five minutes with the app before moving on to my local newspaper app.  It looks like I'm not alone …
Chuck Salter / Fast Company:
Ticketmaster Teams With Facebook So You Can Sit Next To Your Friends  —  Live events are inherently social, says CEO Nathan Hubbard.  Buying tickets should be, too.  —  When Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard and his new executive team hit the road earlier this year touting a more innovative …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Video: Former CEO Carly Fiorina Gives Tentative Thumbs Up To HP Shakeup  —  It didn't take long for commentators watching last week's dramatic turn of events at Hewlett-Packard to hearken back to another equally dramatic shift at that company under another controversial CEO: Carly Fiorina's epic fight to acquire Compaq Computer in 2002.
Discussion: Open IT Strategies
Bloomberg:
Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens  —  The interrogation of Abdul Ghani Al Khanjar followed a pattern.  —  First, Bahraini jailers armed with stiff rubber hoses beat the 39-year-old school administrator and human rights activist in a windowless room two stories below ground …
Discussion: Threat Level and Boing Boing
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft previews smarter file copying in Windows 8  —  A consolidated dialog box showing multiple files being copied in Windows 8.  This optional, detailed view shows transfer progress and throughput graphs.  (Image Credit: Microsoft)  —  Microsoft tonight showed a new approach to copying …
Nivedita Bhattacharjee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Groupon turns to Citydeal team ahead of IPO  —  (Reuters) - No. 1 daily deals website Groupon Inc is turning to executives from Citydeal — the European business it bought last year — to help boost slowing growth in its domestic business, ahead of a planned public listing.
Discussion: @rtrswalibarr, @rtrswalibarr and Gawker
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's struggles to meet 13-inch MacBook Air demand trigger price gouging  —  More than a month after introducing its latest Thunderbolt MacBook Airs, Apple is still unable to meet broader demand for the 13-inch models, which can be seen listed at prices well above MSRP on at least one of the internet's largest ecommerce sites.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, BetaNews and TUAW
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 …
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: MacNN, CNET News and 9to5Mac
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OpenFeint And CrowdStar Incubator YouWeb Raises $2 Million
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps and VentureBeat
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Slovenia Launches Supervizor, An Official Public Web App For Monitoring Public Spending
Discussion: Funky.Karaoke
Erik Martin / reddit:
reddit acquires redditgifts.com to support Secret Santa '11 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Yale oversight exposes 43,000 Social Security numbers
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
VeriFone Willing to Shell Out $1 Billion Annually to Grow Payments Network
Discussion: Bloomberg
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Begins Turning On The Secure HTTPS By Default
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and scribbal.com
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Verzo teases its first Android smartphone, aims for a late-September launch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe
Discussion: Betabeat and The Business Insider
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Five Years in, Twitter Seeks PR Help
Jon Norris / RCR Unplugged:
Google puts new g.co URL shortener to work
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Revamped MySpace Will Have iTunes, Spotify and Vevo in Its Crosshairs
Discussion: Betabeat, ReadWriteWeb and Adotas
Robert Nyman / Mozilla Hacks:
Introducing WebAPI  —  Mozilla would like to introduce WebAPI …
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