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4:25 PM ET, August 4, 2010

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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 …
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 …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
It's official: Saudi Arabia bans BlackBerrys  —  The rumors are true: Saudi Arabia has become the second country inside of a week to block access to Research in Motion's BlackBerry devices on grounds of national security.  —  The ban goes into effect on August 6 after a “grace period” …
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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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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Facebook Gains an Android Facelift  —  Facebook for Android (s goog) got a long overdue update tonight (perhaps the final push was Mark Zuckerberg's installing the Android app himself last week?), after playing second fiddle to the iOS version for far too long.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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, GigaOM and Scripting News
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Acquires mSpoke For Its Recommendation Technology, Team  —  Professional social network provider LinkedIn has acquired mSpoke, a small startup that aims to make content more relevant through recommendation technology.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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: GMSV and Search Engine Watch
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.”
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 …
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.
Mike Schackwitz / The Windows Blog:
The new Hotmail is now available to everyone!  —  Here at Hotmail, we've had quite a busy week!  All of our customers are now upgraded.  The majority of you got the new Hotmail just this past week, as we completed the rollout to over 350 million people in more than 220 countries around the world.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL Reports 26 Percent Decline In Revenues For Q2 2010, And $1.4 Billion Goodwill Charge  —  AOL took another hit in revenues last quarter, with total sales dropping to $584.1 million compared to $664 million in the first quarter of 2010 and significantly down from $791.5 million in the same period last year.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Clearwire targets Apple crowd with iSpot  —  Clearwire is rolling out a 4G hotspot designed dubbed the iSpot to appeal to Apple users.  —  The WiMax service provider on Wednesday launched the iSpot, a personal hotspot with dedicated support for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
Reuters:
Microsoft objects to Google-Yahoo Japan deal: report  —  Microsoft expressed concerns about the deal from a competitive standpoint, citing how it will give Google nearly complete control over Japan's search services and related advertising, the paper said.  —  Last week, Microsoft said it planned …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CardMunch for iPhone Converts Your Business Cards Into Contacts — By Hand  —  In the past, I've written pretty extensively about my disdain for business cards — they add to clutter, and when you actually need to look up someone's contact information, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Discussion: Teens in Tech, GigaOM and K9 Ventures
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online game service OnLive's latest filing points to $1.1 billion valuation  —  Online game company OnLive's latest valuation is an estimated $1.1 billion, after taking investments from new investors BT and the Belgacom Group this spring, according to a regulatory filing.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Always-on technology: Are we adapting, or losing focus?
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Joseph Radford / Reuters:
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