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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Arrington out at AOL (for real this time)  —  Not TechCrunch editor.  Not AOL Ventures employee.  Michael Arrington is on his own.  —  It has been a very long week for AOL.  And it's about to get even longer.  —  Last Thursday, word leaked that one of its employees …
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
After Bartz, Armstrong Looks to Be Next  —  Yesterday, after two years as CEO of the ever-shrinking Internet giant Yahoo, Carol Bartz emailed employees, letting them know that she'd just been fired over the phone.  —  That call should have sent shivers down the spine of AOL's CEO of two years, Tim Armstrong.
Discussion: @rafat and Business Insider
Fred / A VC:
Whither TechCrunch?  —  The media has had a lot of fun over the past week watching AOL, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Mike Arrington figure out how to move on.  I feel badly for the TechCrunch crew including MG, Erick, Sarah, and many others.  They are awesome at what they do and I feel …
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The “end of TechCrunch”?  It might not be such a bad thing  —  What would the startup scene be like without the blog that currently animates it?  A whole lot better, actually.  —  FORTUNE — At TechCrunch's Disrupt conference earlier this year, Michael Arrington brought Arianna Huffington …
Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple Using Patents Obtained From Google Last Week  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-biggest maker of smartphones, filed infringement claims against Apple Inc. (AAPL) today, using patents obtained from Google Inc. (GOOG) last week.  —  The nine patents originated with Palm Inc. …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HTC: We Paid for Patents We Got From Google  —  HTC told AllThingsD on Wednesday that it did pay for the patents that it recently acquired from Google and is using in its latest patent actions against Apple.  —  However, in answer to the million dollar (or $1, or $10,000) question, HTC won't say how much it paid for the patents.
Discussion: eWeek, SlashGear, Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
These are the patents Google gave to HTC to assert against Apple
Discussion: Electronista
Om Malik / GigaOM:
After the CEO, Yahoo needs to fire its board  —  There is one place Yahoo can easily finish first: the company with the worst and most ineffectual board with the spine of a centipede.  I have not been a fan of Yahoo's board for a long time and nothing really has changed my mind.
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Wall Street Journal:
Board: Bartz Failed on Many Fronts
Discussion: Business Insider
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming out in October or November  —  You can always count on Eric Schmidt to say a bit more than what he's supposed to.  At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Schmidt mentioned-intentionally or not-that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming out sometime in October or November.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google+ API Not Close ...Unless You're “Trusted”, Then It's Ready  —  Just yesterday, we wrote that those developers waiting on a Google+ API would have to wait a while — months, even.  This disappointing information came to us by way of one eager developer based on what they were told by a project manager for Google+.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Turntable.fm Is About To Rock An iPhone App; We Have Screenshots  —  For the past few months, few things on the web have been hotter than Turntable.fm.  The Stickybits pivot got so hot, so fast, that a “trough of disillusionment” was inevitable — and we've probably been seeing that the past couple of weeks.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How an omniscient Internet “sextortionist” ruined the lives of teen girls  —  In the spring of 2009, a college student named Amy received an instant message from someone claiming to know her.  Certainly, the person knew something about her—he was able to supply details about what her bedroom looked …
Discussion: Business Insider
Reuters:
Apple sues Samsung in Japan over patents: report  —  (Reuters) - Apple is suing Samsung Electronics in Japan, accusing it of patent violations relating to the iPhone and iPad, Kyodo news agency said, the latest salvo in a series of patent battles between the two firms.
CNET News:
SF Police launch probe into iPhone search  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Police here have launched a probe into the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype conducted by Apple security personnel with the assistance of four plainclothes officers.  —  Lt. Troy Dangerfield told CNET today …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
How Android's fragmentation issue is slowly receding  —  Android fragmentation has long been a hot topic and for good reason.  Google was iterating its mobile platform quickly; handset makers couldn't keep up without investing more time, money, or both; and developers showed frustration …
Discussion: Beyond Search and parislemon, Thanks:kevinctofel
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets  —  (Reuters) - Next week a high-ranking Microsoft Corp executive will stand on stage and show off a new version of Windows on a tablet computer.  —  It won't be the first time.  Chief Executive Steve Ballmer did it last year.  Co-founder Bill Gates did it 10 years ago.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Need to print from your iPhone?  Breezy's app finds nearby printers  —  Mobile printing application Breezy announced today that it is releasing an iPhone app and a GPS printing tool that can seek out nearby partnered printers and send out a print request.  —  Those in desperate need …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Seedcamp Expands; Adds €2 Million To Its Coffers, Partners With 500 Startups, AngelList  —  I've spent the past couple of days in London getting caught up in the Seedcamp Week craziness, meeting some of Europe's finest entrepreneurs and investors.  Me and Mike Butcher will soon post …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” … Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, or simply an enthusiast, many of you need to run multiple operating systems, usually on many different machines.  Not all of us have access to a full suite of labs to house all these machines …
Joe Fernandez / The Official Klout Blog:
100 Million People have Klout  —  Today, I am excited to announce that 100 million people now have Klout Scores.  While this is an exciting metric for our team, I think it's important to recognize the broader implications of this milestone.  One hundred million people with Klout Scores means …
Discussion: Soshable and AllTwitter
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Offline Google Docs  —  As promised, Google started to roll out the offline version of Google Docs, but don't expect too much.  Much like the offline Gmail and offline Google Calendar, Google Docs works offline only if you use Chrome and install an app from the Chrome Web Store.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook first half revenue hits $1.6 billion: source  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's revenue rose to $1.6 billion in 2011's first half, a source with knowledge of its financials told Reuters.  —  Net income in the first half of 2011 came to almost $500 million, according to the source …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Bigger isn't always better: Nokia Ovi Store apps downloaded 160% more than iOS apps  —  Apple's iOS App Store is the world's most popular on-device mobile app portal by leaps and bounds, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best opportunity for developers according to Berlin, Germany-based market research firm research2guidance.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P lawyer: IP address not enough, let me search all PCs in the house  —  A file-sharing lawyer admitted this week that IP addresses don't by themselves identify someone accused of sharing copyrighted material online.  —  While an IP address can identify Internet subscribers …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BigDoor Media acquires OneTrueFan for gamification expansion (exclusive)
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Obama administration seeking tougher penalties for cybercrimes like hacking
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Imitation Not Sincerest Form Of Flattery, Says Twitter Mobile Designer
Discussion: TiPb and iPhone
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Foxconn said to be producing 150k iPhone 5 units per day
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