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8:15 AM ET, August 26, 2011

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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Max Levchin to Leave Google as Slide Is Shut Down  —  Slide, the social apps company that Google bought just over a year ago for about $200 million, will be dissolved, and its well-regarded leader Max Levchin will depart Google, sources close to the matter told AllThingsD.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bloody Thursday: Google Deadpools All Slide Products Except One  —  Because we needed more big tech news this week.  Yes, it's true that Google has just brought the hammer down on Slide, as Liz Gannes of AllThingsD first reported earlier this evening.  Yes, it's also true that Max Levchin is leaving.
The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Apple's Incredible Run Under Steve Jobs  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple in considerably better shape than he found it.  —  When Apple acquired NeXT, and Jobs, for $400 million in December, 1996, Apple's market cap was $3 billion.  Today it's $347 billion …
Discussion: Telegraph
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: Tim Cook e-mails Apple employees: “Apple is not going to change”  —  Tim Cook has already stepped up to reassure Apple employees that the company isn't going to change, according to an internal e-mail seen by Ars.  Sent early Thursday to all employees in the company …
Felix Salmon:
Don't ignore Tim Cook's sexuality  —  Tim Cook is now the most powerful gay man in the world.  This is newsworthy, no?  But you won't find it reported in any legacy/mainstream outlet.  And when the FT's Tim Bradshaw did no more than broach the subject in a single tweet …
John-Paul Ford Rojas / Telegraph:
Google TV to launch in UK  —  An “internet TV” service that allows people to switch between television and the web on the same set is to be launched in the UK by Google.  —  The “Google TV” innovation will also mean that viewers can watch material from catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on their main TV screen.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's New Galaxy S II Won't Be Carried by Verizon  —  Samsung Electronics Co. will introduce its Galaxy S II smartphone next week—considered its best shot at cutting into the iPhone's market share dominance—but the company will have to do it without the biggest U.S. wireless carrier: Verizon Wireless.
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Alan Burchill / Smarter Geek:
Next Gen Windows Slate Device Revealed at TechEd 2011 NZ  —  At TechEd 2011 New Zealand Jeff Johnson and Patrick Hevesi showed off some new Windows “Slate” style device in the WCL101 Come and see the latest and greatest in Windows Devices session.  —  Below is a number of photos of the devices …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Comex, the Hacker Behind JailbreakMe.com, Hired as Apple Intern  —  Comex, the hacker behind JailbreakMe.com, is joining Apple as an intern.  JailbreakMe.com made it extremely easy for iOS users to jailbreak their devices simply by visiting a website.  He announced the hiring on Twitter:
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
HTC Omega: First Press Shots (Image)  —  This is the HTC Omega, an upcoming Windows Phone 7 device from HTC (likely to be announced at the September 1 press event).  It'll come in a white/silver color combination, perhaps with aluminum construction, and may be called the HTC Radar upon release.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Pound-for-pound, Pandora ads now worth more than radio  —  Internet radio company Pandora reported the financial results for its first three months as a public company Thursday.  The Oakland, Calif.-based company confirmed that while it still has a long way to grow before it reaches …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Social media magazine Flipboard pursues TV, films  —  (Reuters) - Internet video is getting even more crowded.  Flipboard, the social media magazine whose investors include actor Ashton Kutcher, plans to add television shows and films to move it beyond the online articles that it offers now.
Derek Powazek / Gizmodo:
Nobody Uses Their Real Name Online, and Other Outdated Notions  —  Usernames and anonymity have their place.  But is it time to move toward using our true identities online?  A personal reflection on the past, present, and future of names on the Internet.  —  The Past  —  I got my first email address in 1991.
Nova Spivack:
Creator of Delicious Wants to Meet Your Needs With Jig  —  Joshua Schachter, the creator of Delicious, has launched his newest creation, Jig.  —  At first glance the site seems a bit like Twitter, but it has a different focus.  Instead of posting about what you are doing, you post about what you need.
Discussion: @pinboard, Fast Company and A VC, Thanks:novaspivack
Rick Stroud / St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers buy each player an iPad to hold playbook, videos  —  TAMPA — Every year on every NFL team, the Turk nervously ambles next to players in the locker room, dorm room or cafeteria, his role a designated dream killer whose only job is to signal the death knell to somebody's career.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Expendables Makers Dismiss Massive BitTorrent Lawsuit  —  Since 2010 the United States Copyright Group (USCG) has sued tens of thousands of BitTorrent users who allegedly shared films without the consent of copyright holders.  —  Their example was soon followed by other law firms …
Discussion: Techdirt
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Feature: March of the Penguin: Ars looks back at 20 years of Linux  —  The Linux kernel was originally created by Linus Torvalds, a Finnish computer science student, and first announced to the world on August 25, 1991—exactly 20 years ago today.  At the time, Torvalds described his work as a …
Discussion: CNN and ExtremeTech
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's Mason Tells Troops in Feisty Internal Memo: “It Looks Good.”  —  Facing a barrage of negative press about its upcoming IPO, Groupon CEO and Co-founder Andrew Mason took up a pen to counter critics of the social buying service.  —  Especially under scrutiny …
Discussion: DigiCha, @pkafka and @miguelrios
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Tumblr Investment Values Start-Up at $800 Million  —  Blogging service Tumblr has a funny name and scant revenue.  It has also convinced investors it is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  —  The New York-based company is poised to raise $75 million to $100 million in venture capital …
Discussion: Reuters and FT Tech Hub, Thanks:steverubel
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Despite Y Combinator Growth, Paul Graham Still Coding  —  Incubator Y Combinator held its twice-yearly Demo Day this week for its new batch of companies to pitch to investors.  Top angels, venture capitalists and even celebri-angel Ashton Kutcher were on hand.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Huffington Post
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Opera finances improve despite fierce competition  —  Revenue derived from partnerships with operators has become Opera's biggest source of money.  —  Arguably, Opera Software has tougher competition now than at any point since the scrappy Norwegian company released its first browser in 1995.
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Mobile operators: US quake proves we need more spectrum
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Analyst: Google Would Be the ‘Most Compelling’ Buyer of Hulu
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
WikiLeaks publishes tens of thousands more cables
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
UK cops charge alleged Anonymous hacker
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Judge tosses antitrust claims over Microsoft, Yahoo spam filters
Discussion: Inquirer and The Next Web
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Quora Thinks More About Mobile, They Drop A Pin On Location
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Google Maps Mania
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and The Next Web, Thanks:drs650
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga's Tiered Stock Structure Boosts CEO Power
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Video: How Google Improves Their Search Algorithms
Fred / A VC:
Users First, Brands Second
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
Vlad Savov / This is my next:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3 launching at IFA on September 1st
 

 
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