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August 16, 2012, 9:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New Front in Battle for TV  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with some of the biggest U.S. cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device as a set-top box for live television and other content, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The talks represent Apple's …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
[Updated: Screenshots] Google Is Gearing Up To Finally Introduce Play Store Gift Cards And A Wishlist [APK Teardown]  —  A new Google Play Store v3.8.15 apk started rolling out to Android devices today, but upon running through its UI, I was unable to uncover anything different from the versions before that.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Christopher Van Der Westhuizen / The Official …:
Google Maps now has schedules for more than one million public transit stops worldwide  —  Since 2005, we've collaborated with hundreds of transit authorities around the world to make a comprehensive resource for millions of riders to find out which bus, train, subway or tram can take them to their next destination.
Chris Dixon:
E-commerce startups  —  Very few successful e-commerce companies were started in the 2000s.  Since then, e-commerce startups have enjoyed a revival.  Dozens of companies have gotten traction and venture dollars have followed.  Phrases like flash sales, social commerce, and subscription commerce have entered the startup lexicon.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
13 ways of looking at Medium, the new blogging/sharing/discovery platform from @ev and Obvious  —  [With apologies to Wallace Stevens, the finest poet to ever serve as vice president of the Hartford Livestock Insurance Company.]  —  I.  —  Medium is a new online publishing platform from Obvious Corp. It launched yesterday.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Universal Music Uses Bogus DMCA Claim To Take Down Negative Review Of Drake's Album  —  We keep talking about how the DMCA takedown process, all too frequently, is used to stifle speech, and defenders of the system claim that it's ridiculous to bring up the First Amendment in a discussion on copyright.
More: The Verge and The Rap UpTweets: @anildash
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange granted asylum in Ecuador  —  Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government after taking refuge in its London embassy in June.  —  LONDON — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government …
Timothy Geigner / Techdirt:
Netflix Provides ‘Knock-offs’ After Contract With Disney Ends  —  We recently talked about the steady progression of cable cord-cutting occuring in this country.  As that trend progresses, we're also seeing constant friction from the major movie studios about how they think they're offering enough …
More: Daily Dot
Andrew Chen / @andrewchen:
Mobile app startups are failing like it's 1999  —  Stop the madness  —  The long cycle times for developing mobile apps have led to startup failures that look more like 1999 - it's like we've forgotten all the agile and rapid iteration stuff that we learned over the last 10 years.  Stop the madness!
Tweets: @cdixon
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Surprise!  What you can expect from Windows 8 RTM  —  Summary: Microsoft has officially made the final release of Windows 8 available to subscribers of its MSDN and TechNet services.  You'll find a handful of small surprises, one very large change from Windows 7, and a momentous name change.
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Support Caught Using Shady Sweepstakes to Hawk Warranties  —  Thinking of calling Dell tech support?  You may already be a “winner.”  In three separate calls during our undercover testing for LAPTOP's annual Tech Support Showdown, Dell persistently pushed premium warranties.
Bloomberg:
Lenovo Earnings Rise 30% As PC Maker Boosts Market Share  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. (992), the world's second-biggest maker of personal computers, posted a 30 percent increase in first-quarter profit as it expanded market share to almost pull even with leader Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
‘Friends’ can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules  —  A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so.  The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial …
Thanks:@gnagesh

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