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10:10 AM ET, August 6, 2010

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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple opens “Try Before You Buy” section in App Store, Step to fight app piracy  —  Apple seems to be adding to and changing up their App Store's featured sections quite frequently.  Today Apple added a new section dedicated to promoting free applications on the App Store.
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Gizmodo:
Apple Should Enable 24-Hour Trials for All Paid Apps
Discussion: TUAW
Arn / MacRumors:
New Images of 4th Generation iPod Touch LCD with FaceTime Camera  —  An iPhone parts supplier sent us these photos of what are claimed to be the front LCD and bezel of the upcoming 4th generation iPod Touch.  The new part clearly shows a front-sided hole that would leave room for a front-facing FaceTime camera.
Oleoleolson / AlterNet Blogs:
Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered  —  A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives.
Discussion: Gawker, The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Digg investigates claims of conservative ‘censorship’  —  Group of users known as ‘Digg Patriots’ said to have been systematically downgrading ‘liberal’ stories on link-sharing site  —  The popular link-sharing website Digg is investigating claims that a group of the site's “influential conservative” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Not a Joke: An Apple App Patent (Pic) That Looks Like an Actual App Selling on the App Store  —  Updated at 8.15::  Apple apparently has started filing patents for certain applications.  And one of them looks exactly like an actual app — Where To — that has been available on the iTunes app store for a long time.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Patent Diagrams Send The Wrong Message To Developers  —  To the left, a recent diagram included in a travel app patent filed by Apple.  To the right, the homescreen interface for existing third party travel app “Where To,” which has been in the app store since 2008.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Let's Celebrate Google's Biggest Failures!  —  “We celebrate our failures,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt said yesterday when speaking at the Techonomy confernce, in response to the surprise closure of his company's Google Wave product.  When it comes to failures, Google's celebrating more than you might realize.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Once Upon A Time, Google Wave Was The Next Big Thing
Discussion: PC World
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Opposes Fees for Internet Priority  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that he believed it was “unacceptable” for Internet service providers to offer faster Internet transmission to content providers willing to pay higher fees.
Discussion: eWeek and Wall Street Journal
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces us to the Smart Bike  —  On August 5, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced Smart Bicycle System in development.  The premise is rather like Apple's Nike + iPod system for runners except for cyclists.
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Can you buy me now?  Apple and the war for the mobile market  —  The short history of the computer industry is dominated by two well-known stories of business triumph and defeat.  The first is the story of how mainframe makers failed to take the personal computer seriously until it was too late.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Beatles and iTunes deal still at impasse: Yoko Ono  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, Yoko Ono said on Thursday.  —  The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads …
Macduff Hughes / Gmail Blog:
Access two Gmail accounts at once in the same browser  —  I have a couple different Gmail addresses that I use for different purposes.  Historically, Google Accounts - including Gmail accounts — have only let people access one account at a time per browser, so using both accounts has been a bit inconvenient.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Social Graph Is About To Get Pumped Up.  “Who To Follow” Is Social Steroids  —  Last week, Twitter started testing out a “Who to follow” feature.  Basically, it's a recommendation engine for who you should follow, similar to ones that Facebook and others use.
Discussion: Fast Company and Stowe Boyd
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Amazon launches UK Kindle Store  —  Amazon launches online bookstore with more than 400,000 titles available for download  —  Amazon today launched its UK Kindle Store, with more than 400,000 ebooks now available to download.  The price and scope of the digitised books marks a significant point …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Here's What Everybody Made From The Slide Sale  —  Further to our post yesterday on the sale of Slide to Google, we've spoken to a source with knowledge of the terms to understand what everybody made from the deal.  —  As we speculated yesterday, founder Max Levchin did the best out of the sale …
Leonid Taycher / Google Book Search Blog:
Books of the world, stand up and be counted!  All 129,864,880 of you.  —  When you are part of a company that is trying to digitize all the books in the world, the first question you often get is: “Just how many books are out there?”  —  Well, it all depends on what exactly you mean by a “book.”
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Quora Opens Up To Search Engines As Facebook Looms  —  Quora is pushing forward with the continued opening of their service as Facebook Questions continues through a relatively rocky start.  Given that it has become relatively obvious that Facebook Questions is nothing short of a direct attack against Quora …
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The HP eStation Zeen, the Zeus printer, and everything we know about them  —  We've been flooded with a deluge of tips about the HP Zeen ever since we posted those first FCC images of the tablet device this morning, and it's actually a little surprising at how perfectly everything aligns.
 
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Marina Zaliznyak / TechCrunch Europe:
C2Call closes a $2m series A round for its browser-based VoIP phone
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews, Xconomy and mocoNews
Jonathan Zittrain / Technology Review:
Technology Lessons from the Wikileaks Saga
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Zynga Confirms Unoh Acquisition
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Cleans Up Profile Pages, Hints At Key New Metrics?
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Paul Graham:
The Future of Startup Funding
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Owen Fletcher / Wall Street Journal:
Unicom to Sell iPhone With Wi-Fi in China
Discussion: CNET News, Electronista and iLounge
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
U.S. Military Bans Personnel From Visiting Wikileaks; Pentagon …
Discussion: ArabCrunch English and Boing Boing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redbeacon Raises $7.4 Million To Help You Book Local Services Online
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Stores Raking In Revenue