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August 22, 2012, 8:35 PM

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Bob Quinn / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Enabling FaceTime Over Our Mobile Broadband Network  —  Last week, we confirmed plans to make FaceTime available over our mobile broadband network for our AT&T Mobile Share data plan customers.  —  FaceTime is a video chat application that has been pre-loaded onto every AT&T iPhone since the introduction of iPhone 4.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Bait and switch: What's behind AT&T's stance on FaceTime  —  Updated: AT&T's decision to block Apple's video-calling program on its cellular network for certain customers has raised the ire of consumers and public-interest groups, and it may even draw the attention of the Federal Communications Commission.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Officially Launches “Sponsored Results” Search Ads  —  While it hasn't been publicly announced, Facebook is now telling marketers the Sponsored Results search typeahead ad unit it began testing last month “launches today”.  It lets marketers target users searching for specific apps …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Pulls ‘Genius’ TV Ads from YouTube and Apple.com  —  Apple has removed the controversial ‘Genius’ TV spots from its YouTube channel and from the Apple.com marketing page for the Mac.  The ads were poorly received with some critics asking if it was a good idea to make potential customers seem clueless.
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Android App Websites Seized in the U.S. for Alleged Copyright Violations  —  U.S. law enforcement officials said on Tuesday that three websites that were allegedly distributing illegal copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps had been seized in what is described as the first such operation against cellphone apps marketplaces.
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YouTube Blog:
The U.S. election, live on YouTube  —  Today we're introducing the YouTube Elections Hub, a one-stop channel for key political moments from now through the upcoming U.S. election day on November 6.  You can watch all of the live speeches from the floor of the upcoming Republican …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Tumblr becomes next property after Instagram to have Twitter friend-finding privileges revoked  —  Updated below with Tumblr's confirmation.  —  The enormous blogging platform Tumblr appears to have become the next property after Instagram to have its friend-finding privileges revoked.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
PayPal Trumps Square's Deal With Starbucks by Partnering With Discover  —  Under a new partnership being announced with Discover, PayPal is super-sizing the number of merchant locations it will accepted at in the U.S. to more than seven million.  —  “The whole industry has been looking for a landmark …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The FTC has closed its investigation of the Facebook acquisition of Instagram, the deal goes ahead  —  The FTC has reported that its investigation into the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook has concluded, and that the deal may proceed.  —  Though the Instagram deal was initially valued …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Zynga Spurning Sale Strands Owners At Worst Web Value  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA)'s operations are getting the least credit in public markets among Internet media companies, and management's refusal to consider a sale as growth slows is blocking an avenue for shareholders to recoup losses.
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Web Sites Accused of Collecting Data on Children  —  A coalition of nearly 20 children's advocacy, health and public interest groups plans to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, asserting that some online marketing to children by McDonald's and four …
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Who's Behind That Political Ad?  This App Tells You  —  You know the ultra-useful Shazam and SoundCloud apps that let you hold your cellphone up to a speaker to instantly identify the song title and artist?  A new app released Wednesday is doing exactly the same thing — but for political ads instead of music.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
CouchSurfing, now a ‘social travel network’, gets a $15M boost  —  CouchSurfing, a website that connects travelers with friendly, foreign strangers willing to share their home, is proving to be profitable business.  Today, the company raised an additional $15 million, bringing its total funds raised in the past year to $22.6 million.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Verizon Is Said To Offer Nokia Windows 8 Phone This Year  —  Verizon Wireless plans to sell a new Nokia (NOK1V) Oyj phone with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows 8 software this year, marking the first time it has released a Windows device since May 2011, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Claire Cain Miller / NYT Bits:
YouTube Will Now Let Mobile Users Choose Whether to Watch Ads  —  People often visit Web sites on their mobile phones as much or more than they do on computers.  But that leaves Web companies with a challenge: how to make money on phones, where there is less space for advertisements and people have less patience for them?

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