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9:50 PM ET, August 2, 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.
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Amazon: We have 70-80 percent of e-book market  —  Recently, I sat down with Ian Freed, Amazon's vice president of digital, 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 on the design …
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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 …
Discussion: Technologizer
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.
Microsoft:
Office for Mac 2011 Hitting Store Shelves This October  —  Qualifying new purchases of Office 2008 will include a full upgrade to Office 2011.  —  Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, the next version of the leading productivity suite for the Mac, will be available in more than 100 countries around the world at the end of October.
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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.
Discussion: Fast Company and Kindle Review
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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.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Jailbreak Only: FaceTime Goes 3G  —  Well that was quick!  Less than 24 hours after the public release of the iPhone 4 jailbreak, FaceTime has already been tricked into working over 3G connections.  It's made possible thanks to My3G, a jailbreak app that tricks your iPhone into thinking it's on Wi-Fi instead of 3G.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 coming to Europe in October, US in November, according to Microsoft COO (video)  —  Here's something that seems to have slipped the net from Kevin Turner's recent presentation on Windows Phone 7 devices.  While discussing the move to Microsoft's next great hope in the mobile space …
Gadget Lab:
Why Does the New Kindle Have A Microphone?  —  At this point, you probably know a lot about the new Kindle.  But it's this little hardware addition on the underside of the device that's caught our attention:  —  What's that in the middle?  Why, yes — it's a microphone!
Discussion: Engadget, TeleRead and SlashGear
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Andrys Basten / A Kindle World blog:
Unsung features of Kindle 3.  PDF contrast, Web Zoom-ins, Time-setting etc
Discussion: SlashGear and TeleRead
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
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
What Microsoft isn't saying about its iPad compete strategy  —  Some believe Microsoft is being coy about its slate plans.  Others simply think the company is being clueless.  I think the Redmondians are planting decoys, hoping they'll provide cover for missteps.
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?
Thanks:atul
Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon Said to Target Visa, MasterCard With Smartphones  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile carriers, are planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones, posing a new threat to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., three people with direct knowledge of the plan said.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: PlayOn brings Hulu and Netflix to the iPhone — without Apple's help  —  PlayOn, the service that allows you to view streaming media from the web and PCs on a variety of devices, is finally headed to the iPhone as of tomorrow.  It originally planned to release an iPhone app via …
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.
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: CrunchGear
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
PC vendors unenthusiastic about Intel Atom tablets  —  Despite Intel promoting its Atom processors aggressively to persuade PC vendors to adopt the platform for their tablet PCs and is set to launch its next-generation Oak Trail platform with even lower power consumption and better heat dissipation …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows 7 wins, Mac OS X loses July battle for share  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 reached a major milestone in July, while Apple's Mac OS X lost ground for the fourth straight month, a Web analytics firm Net Applications said Sunday.  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 reached a major milestone in July …
Ben Dobbin / Associated Press:
1962 glass could be Corning's next bonanza seller  —  CORNING, N.Y. — An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc.  —  The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Would-Be Owner Says He Owes Claim to Arrest, Andrew Cuomo Lawsuit  —  Paul Ceglia, who claims in a lawsuit that he owns 84 percent of Facebook Inc., said his case wouldn't have been possible if state troopers hadn't come to his house in October to arrest him for fraud.
 
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