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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Slide for $182 Million, Getting More Serious about Social Games  —  We've just learned that Google has agreed to buy Slide for $182 million, in a deal to be announced Friday.  And sources also tell us that this is not the last move Google is going to be making to cobble together …
The Official Google Blog:
Update on Google Wave  —  We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users' lives.  Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wave Goodbye To Google Wave  —  Maybe it was just ahead of its time.  Or maybe there were just too many features to ever allow it to be defined properly, but Google is saying today that they are going to stop any further development of Google Wave.  —  Wave, a real time messaging platform …
NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Motorola, HTC drive Android to Smartphone OS lead in the U.S.  —  Android now installed in one of every three smartphones sold at retail.  BlackBerry OS share drops 9 points to 28 percent. … - Motorola Droid  — HTC Droid Incredible  — HTC EVO 4G  — HTC Hero
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NPD: Android is now top-selling OS in American smartphones  —  Step aside, BlackBerrys and iPhones, the American consumer has voted with his wallet and picked Android as his favorite flavor in the quarter just gone.  NPD's number crunchers have just announced their findings for Q2 2010 …
ChangeWave Research:
iPhone 4 Owners Tell Us What They Really Think About Their Smart Phones  —  The iPhone 4 launched in late June and was initially heralded as one of the most successful product releases in Apple's history.  But within days the firestorm over reception and antenna issues unleashed an exceptional degree of critical commentary.
Michael's Minute:
Apple Quietly Enables Online Streaming To iPhones, iPad and iTouch  —  Buried in the release notes of an updated iPhone app is significant new functionality which lets Apple devices stream music from its online storage in a useful manner for the first time.  This is in defiance …
Reuters:
EU Commission chose iPhone and HTC over BlackBerry  —  (Reuters) - The European Union Commission rejected Research in Motion's BlackBerry in favor of Apple's iPhone and HTC smartphones, a spokesman said, amid a spreading row about BlackBerry security.  —  The EU's executive arm …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
It's official: Saudi Arabia bans BlackBerrys
Reuters:
U.S. authorities able to tap Blackberry messaging
Discussion: Pat Phelan and V3.co.uk
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Vonage Mobile App Lets You Call Facebook Friends From iPhone or Android For Free  —  Vonage, the VoIP company with the head-whacking commercials, has a new app for Android and iOS that lets users make free calls to Facebook friends over 3G and Wi-Fi.  Finally, your reward for cultivating that extensive friends list.
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Michael Eyal Sharon / Facebook Blog:
Control Your Information: Anywhere, Anytime  —  You are in control of how you connect and share on Facebook.  Recently, many of you said you wanted more streamlined controls, so we made a number of changes to provide them.  As of today, you can use these controls no matter where you are …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Leaked Details On 2010-2011 iPods, iPhone 5, Bumper 2 + iPad mini  —  Take this report with the requisite grains of salt, but here's what we've heard about the upcoming late 2010/early 2011 iPod, iPhone, and iPad lineups from a highly reliable source.  If you remember our exclusive first details …
MrK / AlienBabelTech:
[ABT Exclusive]TMobile's “Project Emerald” is HTC Glacier, has a dual-core Snapdragon CPU, three times faster than EVO 4G and benchmarks!  —  With the evidence that we present to you below we can safely say now that TMobile's fabled “Project Emerald” is in fact the rumored HTC Glacier.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Why Clear's 4G iSpot is cheap: it's limited to iOS devices  —  Cell carriers that are not AT&T continue to try and piggyback on iPhone and iPad success by offering wireless hotspots marketed towards users of those devices.  Clearwire is the latest to take that angle with its newly announced iSpot.
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Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Dish to stream live TV on iPad, other devices  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dish subscribers will soon be able to watch live satellite TV on their mobile devices at no extra cost.  —  Dish Network Corp. is planning to offer the feature on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September …
Discussion: Engadget
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images  —  For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed.  The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.”
Richard Ziade / Basement.org:
The New Clutter  —  There's a new kind of clutter littering Web pages.  It's not just the obnoxious “Refinance your mortgage” ads plastered atop and alongside articles.  It's also not just the animated nonsense that floats by as you're trying to read.  —  It's the article itself.
Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Settles Charges of Anticompetitive Conduct Against Intel  —  The Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement with Intel Corp. that resolves charges the company illegally stifled competition in the market for computer chips.  Intel has agreed to provisions that will open the door …
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung thinks about putting touchscreen on a tablet's back  —  Now that Apple showed how a real tablet device should look and work, everyone else is scrambling to make their own tablet that will be at least on par with the iPad.  —  Samsung is no stranger here, and has already confirmed …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Tim Mayer, Who Worked For Practically Every Search Engine, Leaves Yahoo  —  Earlier I wrote about the depature of Yahoo's Srinija Srinivasan.  Yahoo's lost another person, and another big figure in search, that of Tim Mayer.  —  Tim just tweeted, as shown above, that he's enjoying his first “post-Yahoo” day.
Discussion: MediaPost and GMSV
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Dick Blumenthal, Stop Bashing Tech Companies To Boost Your Campaign  —  Connecticut Attorney-General and U.S. Senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal is back in the news bashing tech companies, this time Apple and Amazon.  —  Blumenthal announced that his office had launched an investigation …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Advertisers Boost Spending 10-Fold, Sandberg Says  —  Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.'s biggest advertisers have boosted spending by at least 10-fold in the past year as the social network crossed the half- billion user mark, becoming more alluring to marketers that want to reach a broad online audience.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR!  It's Patton v. Rommel: Vic Gundotra Will Lead Google To Victory In Social War With Facebook  —  Google has chosen a General in their War With Facebook - VP Engineering Vic Gundotra, we've heard from multiple sources.  This is the person who will control overall product strategy …
Discussion: The Register, Scripting News and GigaOM
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 4 unlock available now (update: video!)  —  It's the moment that many of you have been waiting for: the Dev-Team's ultrasn0w carrier unlock for iPhone 4 is out.  You'll find version 1.0-1 of ultrasn0w in Cydia on jailbroken devices.  If not, just add the repo666.ultrasn0w.com repository.
Josh Nguyen / Flickr Blog:
Welcome to your new photo page  —  After a few weeks in public preview, we're rolling out the new Flickr photo page to 100% of the Flickrverse.  Our effort in this release focuses on two areas that will continue to make Flickr the very best place for your photos.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google, Verizon Said to Have Reached Deal on Web Traffic Rules  —  Verizon Communications Inc. has reached a deal with Google Inc. on how to handle Internet traffic, striking their own accord on policy being weighed by U.S. officials, two people briefed by the companies said today.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online game service OnLive's latest filing points to $1.1 billion valuation
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Time Warner Looks to Tie Tablet, Print Magazine Subscriptions
Reuters:
Microsoft objects to Google-Yahoo Japan deal: report
Matthew Saltmarsh / New York Times:
Google to Alter Keyword Ad Policy in Europe
Brad Haynes / Reuters:
Chile aims to be Silicon Valley incubator
Wall Street Journal:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Lets Businesses Respond To Reviews On Places
Discussion: Google LatLong, Screenwerk and Erictric
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CardMunch for iPhone Converts Your Business Cards Into Contacts — By Hand
Discussion: Teens in Tech, GigaOM and K9 Ventures
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Forbes Sells Investopedia To ValueClick In $42 Million Deal
Kathryn Schulz / The Wrong Stuff:
Error Message: Google Research Director Peter Norvig on Being Wrong
Joseph Radford / Reuters:
Sharp plans to launch 3D smartphone this year
Mike Schackwitz / The Windows Blog:
The new Hotmail is now available to everyone!