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12:05 PM 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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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 …
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 …
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: TechCrunch, VatorNews, FM Blog and Stowe Boyd, Thanks:sachbalag
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 …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Developers Did Not Adopt Google Wave  —  Google Wave entered the Google Apps family earlier this year with what looked like some momentum.  —  Novell had integrated Google Wave into its Pulse project.  SAP had developed a collaborative business process modeling tool within Google Wave.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wave Goodbye To Google Wave
Machmeter / HardMac.com:
Pictures of the iPod Touch 4... well, almost  —  As you may know, Apple provides some case manufacturers with the size and shape of the new iPhones and iPods so they can start making the new cases before the devices come out.  This doesn't allow us to know what materials Apple will use …
Discussion: Fortune, App Advice and Edible Apple
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Leaked Details On 2010-2011 iPods, iPhone 5, Bumper 2 + iPad mini
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.
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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.
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Reuters:
Lebanon Is Latest Country With BlackBerry Concerns
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Gizmodo
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft's mystery hardware?  Arc Touch Mouse, launching in September  —  Microsoft has been teasing a new mystery hardware device over the past week.  According to company insiders the software giant plans to unveil a new Arc Touch Mouse in September.  —  Details of the Arc Touch Mouse …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Arc Touch Mouse confirmed at USD$69.95 RRP
Discussion: SlashGear, Thanks:rawmeet
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
HTML5, Modernized: Fourth IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  IE9 started from the premise that the modern web will deliver HTML5 experiences that feel more like native applications than sites.  Building on hardware-accelerated SVG, canvas, video, audio, and text …
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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.
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 …
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Deep Inside Xbox 360 Kinect: The Interface of Microsoft's Dreams  —  Kinect is more than an Xbox 360 peripheral, it's the future of Microsoft, or at least a very possible one.  It's the beginning of Microsoft's plans for natural user interfaces, the step beyond the thing you're staring at right now.
Discussion: Go Rumors and Geek.com, Thanks:rawmeet
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hunch Relaunches as Internet Personalization Service  —  Hunch was never a social Q&A service, though many press outlets have confused it for one.  The service, founded by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and super-hot angel investor Chris Dixon, has relaunched its home page …
Discussion: Fast Company
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
Exclusive: HTC Paradise and Fiesta caught in the wild!  —  HTC has been hiding too many Android phones up its sleeves and it is about time that some of them started showing up.  One of our readers, DB, claims that he managed to snap up two unknown HTC Android smartphones that were AT&T samples …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Evite Introduces Redesign, Tries Not To Suck, Fails
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Gamers beat algorithms at finding protein structures
Discussion: Nature, PC World, New York Times and The Register, Thanks:atul
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Debuts New Dual Android, Windows XP Netbook
Discussion: Inquirer
Louis Gray:
Shoutout! Twitter Looks to be Readying New Feature
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Techie Buzz and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Feds release $1.2B in broadband grants
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys Tokyo-Based Startup Unoh
Ron Bodkin / InfoQ:
LinkedIn's Data Infrastructure
Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Mines Web to Hone Language Tool
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 Earlier Items: 
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Why people still use BlackBerrys
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Nielsen Wire:
Report: How People Watch - The Global State of Video Consumption
Discussion: Podcasting News and The Next Web, Thanks:marcusschuler
Joel Evans / The Mobile Gadgeteer Blog:
Kindle Development Kit finally births two games: Shuffled Row and Every Word
Discussion: Mashable! and MobileContentToday
Michael Eyal Sharon / Facebook Blog:
Control Your Information: Anywhere, Anytime