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August 13, 2012, 6:40 AM

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Motorola to Cut 20% of Work Force, Part of Sweeping Change  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Motorola Mobility, the ailing cellphone maker that Google bought in May, told employees Sunday that it would lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide.
Dalton Caldwell:
We did it.  —  As I write this, join.app.net just met our 500K goal, with 38 hours left.  —  Data Export  —  When you are logged into the App.net alpha, we provide a button which will email you a .zip file of all of your content in a structured format.  If you are an alpha tester, go ahead and try it out.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
App.net passes $500,000 funding goal in quest to do Twitter the right way  —  Dalton Caldwell's ambitious attempt at a new kind of social network has just achieved its no less daring goal of half a million US dollars in pledged funding.  The requisite threshold for funding App.net was crossed …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
A Steep Climb Back for Facebook's Stock  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Facebook spring is over.  The dog days of August have taken hold.  —  In May, when investors tripped over themselves to buy a piece of Facebook, not even the skeptics predicted what has happened.
More: bub.blicio.usTweets: @davewiner
Adam Rifkin / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is The Ant; Zynga Is The Grasshopper  —  Facebook and Zynga have experienced similar roller coaster-like devaluation from their peak stock valuations, and they've been partners for years, which is why MarkZ and MarkP often get lumped together in the same sentence by fearful investors whose stock …
Tweets: @edzitron and @semil
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Sales Force Cracks Under Pressure  —  Groupon Inc. is facing a new hurdle: strains on its sales force.  —  Such pressures are a boon to people like Mike Silagadze.  The chief executive of education-software firm Top Hat Monocle Inc. said that over the past month …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Kim Dotcom promises that disruptive new music service, Megabox, will launch this year  —  Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has dropped the biggest hint yet that his disruptive new music project is on schedule to launch before the end of the year, according to a tweet from the German …
More: InquirerTweets: @kimdotcom
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Domains Go Up For Sale  —  With an army of passionate fans, Demonoid was spoken about fondly by many in the torrent community.  Just two weeks ago it was one of the world's largest and most thriving torrent sites but a DDoS and hacker attack followed by a police raid brought it to its knees.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
How Big Data Became So Big  —  THIS has been the crossover year for Big Data — as a concept, as a term and, yes, as a marketing tool.  Big Data has sprung from the confines of technology circles into the mainstream.  —  First, here are a few, well, data points: Big Data was a featured topic …
More: Slashdot
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.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
RadioShack Mobile leak suggests Cricket Wireless-based MVNO on the way  —  Tired, perhaps, of juggling mainstream cellular carriers, RadioShack may be launching its own wireless branding.  According to a tip we've received, the Shack is gearing up to launch RadioShack Mobile, a no-contract MVNO based on Cricket Wireless.

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