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August 16, 2012, 10:40 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 …
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.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Google Play gift cards are real - and here's what they look like  —  We've already seen the Google Play Store app getting prepped for gift cards — and now we've scored the cards themselves.  (Or, at least, a look at the outer wrapping.)  We've been slipped a few pics of $10 and $25 gift cards …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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 …
More: GizmodoThanks:@gnagesh
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
More: Gizmodo and The Verge
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!
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