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6:50 PM ET, August 4, 2010

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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 …
Discussion: paidContent, CNET News and Startup Meme
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Give Google Credit For Quickly Getting Rid Of Projects That Don't Work
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: V3.co.uk
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 …
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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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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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.”
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Clearwire Announces LTE Trial This Fall - Will work with Huawei Technologies on Phoenix tests  —  Will work with Huawei Technologies on Phoenix tests  —  Clearwire has repeatedly stated they want to leave the option open to migrate to LTE should they see that the Mobile WiMax future …
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.
Discussion: CNET News and The Politico
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Salesforce pays Microsoft to settle patent infringement suit  —  Microsoft announced on August 4 that it has settled its patent infringement case with Salesforce.  While the terms of the agreement aren't being disclosed “Microsoft is being compensated by Salesforce.com,” according to a Microsoft press release.
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 …
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
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Time Warner Looks to Tie Tablet, Print Magazine Subscriptions  —  Time Warner already has “TV Everywhere.”  Could “Magazine Everywhere” be next?  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes hinted Wednesday that he wants to make tablet-computer subscriptions for the company's magazines available to people …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online game service OnLive's latest filing points to $1.1 billion valuation
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:
On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google declares suspicious Android wallpaper apps safe, lifts ban
Discussion: PC World and Android Phone Fans
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Copies Facebook's “Like”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CardMunch for iPhone Converts Your Business Cards Into Contacts — By Hand
Discussion: Teens in Tech, GigaOM and K9 Ventures
 Earlier Items: 
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Kathryn Schulz / The Wrong Stuff:
Error Message: Google Research Director Peter Norvig on Being Wrong
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR!  It's Patton v. Rommel: Vic Gundotra Will Lead Google …
Discussion: The Register, Scripting News and GigaOM
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 4 unlock available now (update: video!)
Josh Nguyen / Flickr Blog:
Welcome to your new photo page
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Search Engine Journal, Thanks:rawmeet