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August 12, 2012, 9:30 AM

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Becomes Ad-Supported to Rake in Millions  —  uTorrent for Windows saw its first public release in September 2005 and soon became the most widely used BitTorrent application.  Today over 125 million users worldwide use the client regularly and this number continues to rise.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Malaria is no excuse for patent trolling, Mr. Myhrvold  —  Nathan Myhrvold, CEO of Intellectual Ventures, took issue with GigaOM this week after we expressed skepticism about his company's plans to hire a “VP of Global Good.”  —  In an interview with tech site Geekwire, Myhrvold said …
Tweets: @tomkrazit and @dangillmor
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
A feisty Nathan Myhrvold defends his quest for ‘Global Good’  —  Scientists and researchers working with Intellectual Ventures have come up with lots of wild ideas over the years.  Some of them have the potential to help the world, ranging from a laser to zap mosquitoes to a container for preserving vaccines for long periods of time.
More: SlashdotTweets: @counternotions
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Outlook.com team hints at IMAP support, admits Mac client support 'isn't great'  —  Microsoft launched its all-new Outlook.com late last month, but Mac users and fans of IMAP were left out in the cold.  Although Microsoft has never officially supported IMAP in Hotmail, a large number of users have always called for its inclusion.
Matthew Wong / Venture Capital Dispatch:
VCs Tune In to YouTube Channels  —  Producer and director Brian Robbins started AwesomenessTV six months ago to provide streaming shows ranging from a version of “The View” for teenage girls to a program featuring sports highlights and bloopers hosted by NBA star Blake Griffin.
Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble cuts prices across its Nook lineup, vies for your budget tablet affection  —  In what could be seen as a response to the positive reaction that Google's $200 Nexus 7 has garnered, Barnes & Noble has just cut down the prices on all three of its Android-based, seven-inch Nook Tablets.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Spotify Radio for desktop gets thumbs up/down feature, letting you sync the songs you like across devices  —  Spotify enabled mobile radio on iOS a month ago, with the same functionality landing on Android last week.  —  Spotify Radio lets users create radio stations based on any artist, album or playlist.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Offered to License its Patents to Samsung for $30 Per Smartphone, $40 Per Tablet  —  Apple executives have testified the company was “shocked” when Samsung debuted its first Galaxy phones.  But, considering the Korean company was a major supplier, Apple apparently was also willing to make a deal with its rival.
Violet Blue / CNET:
Piracy witch hunt downs legit e-book lending Web site  —  commentary: Several authors on Twitter mistook an e-book lending Web site for a piracy hub, a mistake that eventually took the site offline.  As the dust settles, a disturbing picture of file-sharing hysteria emerges.
MG Siegler:
You Either Die A Hero Or You Become The Villain  —  Over the past month, I've been watching Dalton Caldwell's App.net experiment with much interest.  Essentially, he's trying to rebuild Twitter from the ground up, only as a fully user and developer-supported network.
More: The Next Web and GigaOMTweets: @hunterwalk
Don Lehman / The Tech Block:
The unibody iPhone  —  This is could be one of four things  —  1. A very elaborate hoax.  If it's a hoax, kudos to whoever made it because it would require the same amount of design and engineering effort that would go into an actual smartphone.  Not to mention all of the collaboration …

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