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1:20 AM ET, August 5, 2010

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Urs Holzle / 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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Eric Schmidt on the demise of Google Wave  —  LAKE TAHOE, Calif.—Eric Schmidt tried to paint the failure of Google Wave as a sign that the company's innovative culture continues to take risks and aim big.  —  “Our policy is we try things,” the Google CEO said, hours after the company announced …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Teens in Tech and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Slide, Vic Gundotra & The Un-Social Reality of Google  —  It was a nearly a decade and a half ago that I fell in love with America's pastime, baseball.  I loved the sound of the ball hitting the bat.  I loved the juxtaposition of green grass and red clay on the baseball diamond.
Discussion: Scripting News, Thanks:sachbalag
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Google and Verizon in Talks on Web Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
Discussion: PhoneNews.com, Gizmodo, Kotaku and CNET News
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did Net Neutrality Just Get Knifed in The Back?
Discussion: Post Tech and Electronista
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google, Verizon Said to Have Reached Deal on Web Traffic Rules
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Buys Friendster Patents for $40M  —  Facebook bought the entire Friendster portfolio of social networking patents earlier this year.  The seven patents and eleven patent applications had been transferred to MOL Global when it bought Friendster for about $39.5 million late last year.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google CEO Schmidt: “People Aren't Ready for the Technology Revolution”  —  Eric Schmidt spoke at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe today and dropped some serious rhetorical bombs.  “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003,” Schmidt said …
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and Electronista
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft releases final IE9 preview, beta due in September  —  Internet Explorer 9 continues its steady pace toward a final release.  Today's milestone is an important one.  The fourth and final Platform Preview, like its predecessors, is intended for developers to test their web sites and report bugs.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Chief Fires Back  —  Research In Motion Ltd. co-CEO Michael Lazaridis lashed out at governments seeking to ban his company's BlackBerry phones, saying they risk undermining the growth of electronic commerce by demanding access to secure communications and transactions.
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
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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 …
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 …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple readies fix for iPhone browser security hole  —  Apple says that it has a fix for the browser security flaw discovered earlier this week on its iOS-powered devices.  —  After the iPhone Dev Team released the latest jailbreak software hack for the iPhone over the weekend …
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.”
Discussion: Salon and techblog.dallasnews.com
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Why people still use BlackBerrys  —  (CNN) — It's the smartphone everyone owns — and no one seems to like.  —  Peek into any executive conference room in America, and you're bound to see one — or a dozen — of these anachronistic smartphones: BlackBerrys, their keys clicking like rain on a tin roof.
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
BlackBerry's New Torch Makes a Leap From Drab  —  Millions of people love the BlackBerry, relying on it especially for email and text messaging.  But this classic smartphone, while still dominant in the U.S., has been slipping in popularity as consumers, and even some corporations …
Discussion: eWeek, Daring Fireball, Engadget and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Schmidt: Google Now Activating 200,000 Android Units A Day [Video]  —  Remember back in the day when Google was only activating 100,000 Android units a day?  You should — it was May.  By June, that number had jumped to 160,000 units a day.  And today it now stands at 200,000 Android units activated a day.
Discussion: Fortune, CNET News and Engadget
Michael Robertson / 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Java/Ajax Tool-Maker Instantiations  —  Instantaitions has been known for their popular Java/Ajax development tools and in particular their Google Web Toolkit (GWT) designer.  They're so closely associated with it that at the top of their page, they note: “GWT Designer is not affiliated …
Discussion: Ed Burnette's Dev …
 
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Nielsen Wire:
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Joel Evans / The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog:
Kindle Development Kit finally births two games: Shuffled Row and Every Word
Discussion: CrunchGear
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
Matthew Saltmarsh / New York Times:
Google Will Sell Brand Names as Keywords in Europe
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only
Discussion: Deal Journal
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google declares suspicious Android wallpaper apps safe, lifts ban
Discussion: PC World and Android Phone Fans
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CardMunch for iPhone Converts Your Business Cards Into Contacts — By Hand
Discussion: Teens in Tech and K9 Ventures
Richard Ziade / Basement.org:
The New Clutter  —  There's a new kind of clutter littering Web pages.
NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Motorola, HTC drive Android to Smartphone OS lead in the U.S.
MrK / AlienBabelTech:
[ABT Exclusive]TMobile's “Project Emerald” …