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September 3, 2012, 4:15 AM

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Richard Florida / Wall Street Journal:
Why High-Tech Companies Are Moving to the City  —  Goodbye, office parks.  Drawn by amenities and talent, tech firms are opting for cities  —  For as long as many of us can remember, high-tech industries have flourished in the suburban office parks that are so ubiquitous in Silicon Valley …
More: SlashdotTweets: @jhagel and @fredericlThanks:@saokar
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
AlleyCorp Seeds a Blossoming Internet Hub in New York  —  Kevin Ryan reclines in a designer chair in his Park Avenue office, wearing a Luciano Barbera suit and a vintage Rolex watch.  A picture of Mr. Ryan with President Obama is on the wall and an ornate Oscar de la Renta gown hangs from the door.
Tweets: @darlin and @ryanchris
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Here's how Samsung flew bloggers halfway around the world, then threatened to leave them there  —  Let's pretend that you're a blogger.  You're given the chance to review new, hot hardware from a major company.  All that's required is that you participate in some tasks, but these tasks would fit into your coverage so you agree.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Reassesses Its Great Imitator  —  SEOUL, South Korea — When a jury in San Jose, Calif., ordered Samsung Electronics to pay $1.05 billion in damages for violating Apple's patents for the iPhone and iPad, it did more than decide who had infringed upon whose intellectual property.
More: Guardian
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Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Threat to BSkyB as Freesat partners with Netflix  —  Freesat, the satellite television joint-venture owned by the BBC and ITV, is to launch a major new assault on the pay-TV market by partnering with rival Netflix.  —  Freesat's new set-top box will allow viewers to watch shows like Doctor …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
The first dedicated App.net client for iOS hits the App Store  —  The milestones in the quickly developing story of App.net keep coming.  Today has seen the first dedicated client for iOS hit Apple's App Store.  —  AppNet Rhino is a collaboration between two Croatian companies - Planet 1107 …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Twitter's Chief Lawyer as Defender of Free Speech  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter's chief lawyer, says that fighting for free speech is more than a good idea.  He thinks it is a competitive advantage for his company.  —  That conviction explains why he spends …
More: GigaOMTweets: @hunterwalk and @ggreenwald
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
What the ebook settlement means for publishers, Apple and you  —  The states unveiled a deal this week that, if approved, would see consumers collect a refund of $0.25 to $1.32 for each ebook they bought from big publishers.  It's splashy news, but the reality is more complicated.
AFP:
Russia Unveils Secure “Almost Android” Tablet To Keep Data Away From Google  —  It seems that Russia's defense ministry has little faith in Google's operating systems: it has just unveiled its own encrypted version that has the remarkably familiar feel of an Android.
More: Liliputing and SlashdotTweets: @dannysullivan
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
How online reviews are crucial to a restaurant's takings  —  US economists find that when a restaurant rating improved by just half a star it was very much more likely to be full at peak dining times  —  It is something every restaurateur and hotel owner knows: good reviews boost takings while terrible ones can close you down.
More: TechCrunch
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Dems Release Voter Registration Apps, Including Open Source Version  —  While voting for the president via a browser may never happen, it's now easier to register to vote online, thanks to the Obama campaign and the Democratic party, which debuted two flavors of online voter registration widgets …
More: The Verge
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Oops: After Seizing & Censoring Rojadirecta For 18 Months, Feds Give Up & Drop Case  —  Looks like we've got something of a repeat of the Dajaz1 insanity, in which the US government seized and censored a website for over a year before giving up and handing the domain back — though this time it's with Rojadirecta.

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