August 5, 2012, 6:05 PM

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Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Apple Wants To Buy Pinterest Rival, The Fancy  —  Apple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a fast-growing social commerce site backed by cofounders of Twitter and Facebook, Business Insider has learned.  —  The objective: to secure a role for Apple in the growing e-commerce market …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
eBay Is Launching A Same-Day Shipping Service Called eBay Now  —  eBay today invited some San Francisco users to a new same-day shipping service called eBay Now.  An iOS app, eBay Now's beta will let SF residents get $5 same-day shipping on products from local stores.  It's now signing up users for an “exclusive beta”.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Case Against Samsung in Three Pictures  —  Since it first sued Samsung for patent infringement, Apple has derided the Korean company as a “copyist” whose Galaxy devices “slavishly” ape the original designs of the iPhone and iPad.  —  “Samsung chose to copy Apple, not to innovate,” …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Christopher Jackson / The Next Web:
Y Combinator's first batch: where are they now?  —  From small seeds grow mighty oaks.  —  When a tree grows, at what point do you say it has achieved success?  When it has reached its full height, and stopped growing?  When it has dropped seeds of its own, to produce new shoots to hopefully grow into their own huge trees?
Mat Honan / Emptyage:
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Facebook Questions Has Died A Quiet Death  —  Has anyone seen Facebook Questions lately?  —  Oh sure, you've seen questions on Facebook.  And you've probably asked questions on facebook — the “Ask Question” option is alive and well on the status box, as you can see above.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Grum: Inside The Takedown Of One Of The World's Biggest Spam Networks  —  As Spring cracked the Moscow frosts and March rains doused the streets, a computer in an innocuous server farm somewhere in the heart of the city winked to life.  It was 2007, a year when many people became truly invested in online life.
More: The Verge
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Al Franken says AT&T shouldn't charge for FaceTime  —  During an interview with our own Nilay Patel on the latest episode of On The Verge, Senator Al Franken said AT&T charging customers an additional fee to use FaceTime over its cellular network would be a violation of net neutrality.
More: 9to5Mac and iClarifiedTweets: @qthrul
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
Analysis: Why Twitter apologized over NBC Olympics flap  —  (Reuters) - The microblogging site Twitter has been so abuzz about NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics that the #nbcfail hashtag was created last week as a way to consolidate criticism of the network.
More: Guardian
New York Times:
Nissan's Move to U.S. Offers Lessons for Tech Industry  —  SMYRNA, Tenn. — The dairy farms that once draped the countryside here were paved over so the Japanese carmaker Nissan could build its first American assembly plant.  Eighty miles to the south, another green pasture was replaced …
More: ForbesTweets: @chcktylr
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
4Chan reaches one billion posts  —  4Chan today announced an impressive new milestone — to date the site has seen a total of one billion posts.  The achievement was reached yesterday, though 4Chan points out that it's not quite sure which post was actually the billionth.

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