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August 16, 2012, 12:20 PM

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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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's New TV Plan: Same TV, Different Box  —  The latest from my corporate cousins at the Wall Street Journal: Tim Cook is now more interested in a TV box than a TV set.  Certainly plausible — just ask Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes, who was predicting this a month ago.  —  But the bottom line hasn't changed.
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Apple bashes Amazon and proposed ebook settlement  —  In a memo filed with the Southern District of New York this afternoon (PDF; embedded below), Apple argues that the Department of Justice's proposed settlement with three book publishers forces Apple to tear up existing contracts.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nokia sales chief warns Samsung to ‘take note’ of next generation Lumia  —  Now that Nokia has revealed when its big Windows Phone 8 launch event will be, it's time for the company to start building up the hype and it's doing it by taking aim at its biggest competitor: Samsung.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Network Said To Plan Nationwide Satellite Broadband  —  Dish Network Corp. is preparing to introduce a nationwide broadband-Internet service using a satellite from sister company EchoStar Corp. (SATS), according to three people familiar with the situation.
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 …
John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Puts Real Money Into Gambling Lobby  —  Zynga Inc. has begun investing in state and federal lobbying efforts around gambling with real money, even as the social gaming firm predicts the U.S. won't be an initial market for the potentially lucrative new line of business.
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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Instagram 3.0 bets on location with Photo Map, adds infinite scrolling  —  Looking forward, Systrom envisions an Instagram that instantly pipes photos into one location-tagged stream for concertgoers, or one stream of photos tagged in front of the Eiffel Tower.  “All sorts of cool things hapen once people use geodata,” he said.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Google+ app for iOS opens web URLs in Chrome if installed, how soon until all Google apps do that?  —  Earlier today, Google released an update to its Google+ app for iOS, expanding support for Hangouts.  But tucked in there is a one-line update not which could have some interesting implications …
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.
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google Doubles Down On Rewards For Bug Reports With $2 Million In Hacking Prizes  —  If Google hadn't made the message clear enough already: It really, really wants you to hack its software.  —  On Wednesday the company announced that it's holding another competition for hackers to target …
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 …
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Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Photobucket's first major redesign focuses on ‘telling stories’ and backing up photos  —  The slightly retro but still massively popular video and photo sharing service Photobucket will begin gradually rolling out the first major redesign in its nearly ten-year history today.

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