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2:10 PM ET, August 6, 2010

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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Controversy erupts over Apple software patent “copying” existing app's home screen  —  Today's Apple controversy: Apparently, a recent mobile app patent filed by Apple is blatantly copying the home screen of an existing application — the local search app Where To — reports GigaOm.
Ortwin Gentz / The FutureBlog:
The patent case we haven't called  —  Recently, we stumbled across a patent application that pricked up our ears.  Apparently, Apple starts patenting mobile app ideas—and one of those ideas is (partly) ours.  —  Now some folks argued we might have a deal in place with Apple.  I can assure you: we don't.
David Glazer / The Official Google Blog:
Google and Slide: building a more social web  —  We're excited to announce we've acquired Slide, a social technology company with an extensive history of building new ways for people to connect with others across numerous platforms online.  —  For Google, the web is about people …
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Dean Goodman / Reuters:
Beatles, iTunes deal still at impasse — Yoko Ono  —  * Widow unveils John Lennon commemorative projects  —  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 …
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
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
New ASUS Windows Phone 7 Device Appears in Pakistan  —  We don't have much information on this (yet) but it looks like an ASUS device running on Windows Phone 7 has been spotted in Pakistan.  Unlike the LG Panther and Samsung Taylor devices that are only intended to be development devices …
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.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Digg investigates claims of conservative ‘censorship’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Torch 9800 Teardown Photos and Video of Slider Mechanism in Action!  —  Tear down posts of a new smartphone don't normally happen until the new device is available for commercial purchase and somebody is crazy enough to sacrifice it to the tech gods.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple in talks to buy China's Handseeing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in takeover talks with Chinese software maker Handseeing, an executive of the Chinese company said on Friday.  —  The deal would be the iPhone maker's first major acquisition in the country.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Loses Discrimination Ruling  —  The California Supreme Court ruled that an age-discrimination lawsuit filed against Google Inc. should proceed to trial, potentially paving the way for more lawsuits that previously were blocked under a theory that crude and possibly discriminatory workplace comments were merely “stray remarks.”
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Kinect patent detailed; American Sign Language supported  —  The patent for Microsoft's Kinect console has been unearthed, describing the “gesture keyboarding” system that's tracked by the special PrimeSense-developed depth camera.  Kinect builds a dynamic wireframe representation - or …
Discussion: Edge Magazine and Gizmodo
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail  —  You've been warned  —  Features in the four major browsers designed to cloak users' browser history often don't work as billed, according to a research paper that warns that users may get a false sense of security when using the built-in privacy settings.
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: Daring Fireball and MacDailyNews
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Rdio Gaga: How Spotify's Inferior Rival Is Playing America Like A Violin  —  Poor old Spotify.  Less than a week after Billboard magazine reported that the music-on-demand service had “rebooted” its negotiations with US labels, rival service Rdio has just opened its doors in both the US and Canada …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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.
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 …
 
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
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Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Gowalla Officially Released Write API, the Right Way
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
PayPal on Android Lets You Bump Phones to Send Money
Discussion: Mashable! and Teens in Tech
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft begins adding single-sign on support to its Azure cloud
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:rawmeet
Marina Zaliznyak / TechCrunch Europe:
C2Call closes a $2m series A round for its browser-based VoIP phone
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews, Xconomy and mocoNews
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Technology Lessons from the Wikileaks Saga
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Zynga Confirms Unoh Acquisition
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Let's Celebrate Google's Biggest Failures!
Arn / MacRumors:
New Images of 4th Generation iPod Touch LCD with FaceTime Camera
Leonid Taycher / Google Book Search Blog:
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