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3:50 AM ET, August 3, 2010

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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Android Sales Overtake iPhone in the U.S.  —  Sales of Google Android phones in the U.S. are rising so quickly, the devices have outsold Apple handsets for the first time on record.  New smartphone subscribers choosing Google phones accounted for 27 percent of U.S. smartphone sales …
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Canalys:
Android smart phone shipments grow 886% year-on-year in Q2 2010  —  Nokia retains smart phone leadership position, but competitors close the gap Palo Alto, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Monday, 2 August 2010 Nokia retained a substantial lead in the worldwide smart phone market in Q2 2010, achieving a 38% market share.
Nielsen Wire:
What Americans Do Online: Social Media And Games Dominate Activity  —  Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs, up from 15.8 percent just a year ago (43 percent increase) according to new research released today from The Nielsen Company.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
No E-Books Allowed in This Establishment  —  A few weeks ago I decided to mosey over to a local Manhattan coffee shop for an afternoon cappuccino.  —  After placing my order I sat down at a table and pulled out my Amazon Kindle.  —  I barely made it a sentence into the e-book I was reading …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Here's how much data 3G FaceTime uses  —  Many people are curious to know how much data FaceTime over 3G actually uses.  We put two iPhone 4s to the test, one running FaceTime over 3G, and took before and after screenshots of the data.  As you will see, if you do the math …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Spotify Who?  Rdio Launches In The US And Canada, Lands More Indie Music Deals  —  It's been two months to the day since Rdio launched in the States - check out Erick's review if you're interested in learning more about the (awesome) social music service.  —  But until today …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Check-In On Foursquare Without Taking Your Phone Out Of Your Pocket  —  Heavy Foursquare users, you have a new app to get immediately.  Future Checkin is an app that allows you to check-in to your favorite Foursquare venues automatically when you're near them.
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Low Office for Mac Pricing Reflects Google Effect  —  Microsoft on Monday announced pricing for its Office 2011 for Mac productivity suite, and the cost savings are dramatic, particularly for business users.  Redmond's two editions of Office 2011 for Mac, slated to ship in October …
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Microsoft:
Office for Mac 2011 Hitting Store Shelves This October
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Amazon: We have 70-80 percent of e-book market  —  Recently, I sat down with Ian Freed, an Amazon vice president in charge of the Kindle, to get a sneak peek at the new Kindles and discuss e-books and the Kindle business in general.  Naturally, a good portion of the conversation centered …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Connecticut AG's Tech Probe o' the Week: E-Book Prices  —  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is like the Stephen King of investigations: terrifying and terrifyingly prolific.  This year alone he's gone after Craigslist, Google (GOOG) and Topix — and now he's drawn a bead on Amazon and Apple as well.
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CT.gov Portal:
Attorney General Investigates Potentially Anticompetitive E-Book Deals …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Wikileaks draws criticism, censorship threats  —  A week after Wikileaks' 100-megabyte disclosure of Afghan war files appeared, anger in U.S. political circles continues to grow, with some commentators calling for the U.S. government to find a way to pull the plug on the group's Web site.
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks must be stopped
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple's plan for Lala cloudier than ever  —  SAN FRANCISCO—A speedy launch of an iTunes cloud-music service hasn't materialized the way many at the large record companies expected.  —  The thinking among some music insiders was that once Apple acquired the proper music licenses …
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
No Hotspot, No Tethering for Motorola Droid  —  Verizon Wireless announced on July 30 that the Motorola Droid would receive the Android 2.2 update starting the week of August 2.  Android 2.2 natively supports tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot creation.  The Motorola Droid, however, will not offer these features.
Sachin Agarwal / Sachin's Posterous:
Apple is run like a huge startup.  The key to great products is small teams  —  One of my favorite and most-used iPhone apps is Apple's Remote app.  It lets me remotely control iTunes, which is streaming to my living room stereo via an Airport Express.  But why hasn't it been updated in over 8 months?
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Will Wired Proclaim ‘The Web is Dead?’  —  Word from inside Wired is the magazine is prepping a cover story in which editor Chris Anderson declares that “the Web is Dead.”  At a magazine founded by digital utopians, that would be something close to sacrilege.
Discussion: FM Blog
Xinhua News Agency:
New Foxconn factory in central China begins production with hope of peace, prosperity  —  Workers attend the ceremony as a new Foxconn Technology Group factory began production in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Aug. 2, 2010.  The 100 million U.S. dollar factory is owned …
Discussion: Erictric, PC World, Electronista and TUAW
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Offers IPhone, IPad App Platform to Other Publishers  —  Dallas Morning News, U.K.'s Telegraph Sign Up to License Times Code  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The New York Times is offering a platform that other publishers can use to produce their own apps for devices starting with the iPad and iPhone.
Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter to Require Password Reset for Those Who Bought Followers  —  Twitter is requiring password resets for users who signed up for “suspicious” third-party programs that promise to automatically (or magically) get them followers.  Twitter usually pushes out password resets to users whose accounts …
Andrys Basten / A Kindle World blog:
Unsung features of Kindle 3.  PDF contrast, Web Zoom-ins, Time-setting etc  —  First, Len Edgerly's The Kindle Chronicle's Friday Podcast has his “Extra” audio report on the Kindle 3 seen during his visit July 26 with Kindle Team members Jay Marine, Director of Product Development for the Kindle …
Discussion: SlashGear and TeleRead
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Gadget Lab:
Why Does the New Kindle Have A Microphone?
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and TeleRead
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
PDF Security Exploit Allows ‘JailbreakMe’ Website to Jailbreak iPhones and iPad Over the Web  —  Jim Dalrymple: Unlike some jailbreaking apps, JailbreakMe.com does not require a third-party app.  All you have to do is visit the JailbreakMe.com on your iPhone and follow the onscreen instructions.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ustream Hands Over Users' IP Addresses to UFC  —  Ustream has given the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) the IP addresses of users broadcasting the mixed martial arts league's pay-per-view events through the live streaming site, it confirmed in an email.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CrunchGear
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Viacom sells Xfire game service to Titan Gaming  —  Updated at 8:25 p.m. PDT with information about buyer.  —  Viacom-owned game chat and discovery service service Xfire has been sold to Titan Gaming.  —  The terms of the deal are undisclosed.  Titan said it would be taking on the Xfire name …
 
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For E-Data, Tug Grows Over Privacy vs. Security
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
A Simple, But Effective, Way to Beat Internet Censorship
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Restructures U.S. Ad Sales Force-With No New Head (But …
HP:
HP Announces Settlement with U.S. Department of Justice
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botnet with 60GB of stolen data cracked wide open
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Android's Serious Piracy Problem Costs Developers Big Money
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases “Canary Build” of Chrome for the Early, Early Adopters
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire isn't Even Halfway to its 4G Coverage Goals
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Wall Street Journal:
Sites in Like, Not Love, With Facebook Link
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows 7 wins, Mac OS X loses July battle for share
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 coming to Europe in October, US in November …