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11:25 AM ET, August 9, 2010

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Files for IPO  —  Skype, the Internet telephony company is looking to raise upto $100 million in an Initial Public Offering, according to a registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company will be selling American Depositary Shares (ADSs) and will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Skype Spent $343.8 Million To Acquire Its P2P Software From Founders  —  Skype, which separated from eBay late last year, filed for a $100 million IPO this morning.  —  Among the details in its filing: A bunch of information around its huge legal settlement last November with Joltid …
Josh Silverman / The Big Blog:
Skype files registration statement for Initial Public Offering
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Best Buy pegs Droid 2 at $199 with 2-year activation, $599 without (updated)  —  It's rather astounding to believe we've come this far without Verizon or Motorola so much as recognizing the Droid 2's existence, but with leaks like this on a weekly basis who needs traditional marketing?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Papermaster's Departure Linked to ‘Cultural Incompatibility’ Rather Than Antenna Issues  —  The Wall Street Journal provides some additional color on the departure of Apple's iPhone hardware engineering chief Mark Papermaster, citing “broader cultural incompatibility” rather than a direct link …
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Former softcore porn actress Jodie Fisher identified in HP CEO sex scandal  —  Above, while it lasts: the video demo reel on YouTube for actress Jodie Fisher (not Jodie Foster!), who was today identified by the New York Times, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, AP, Reuters …
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Mercury News:   Statement: Jodie Fisher's statement on her relationship with ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Digitimes: Upgraded iPad, CDMA iPhone And iOS Powered Apple TV Coming In 2011  —  According to Digitimes' senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple will be launching two upgraded iPad devices in the first quarter of 2011.  —  The first tablet will be an upgraded 9.7 inch iPad with a new ARM Cortex-A9-based processor …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM BlackPad tablet priced at $499 when it ships in November?  —  Come on, admit it, you want to believe that RIM is working on a tablet called the BlackPad don't you?  You'd better, because Apple Daily is piling on with more unsubstantiated rumor this morning.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
12-core Apple Mac Pro orders are go  —  After a brief outage the Apple Store is back with the previously announced 12-core Mac Pro (and revamped quad- and 6-core models) ready to order.  Prices start at $4,999 for a pair of 6-core Xeon Westmere procesors humming along at 2.66GHz, 6GB of memory …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
After Drought, Hope for Shows Made for Web  —  LOS ANGELES — When Illeana Douglas, long active in independent film, wanted to make a show about a Hollywood actress who becomes a cog in a blue-collar wheel, she turned to the Web and to an unusual ally, Ikea.
Simon Wood / GigaOM:
e-Books From an Author's Point of View  —  The concept of the virtual book has finally captured the reading public's imagination thanks to portable and convenient devices such as the Kindle, Nook, iPad and Kobo. e-books aren't new.  They've been around for a decade or so in some form or another …
Thanks:bobcaswell
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Electronics Designers Struggle With Form, Function and Obsolescence  —  The result of movable object (iPhone) meeting immovable object (pavement)  —  Sorry, Steve Jobs, I owe you a new iPhone.  —  For the past few weeks I've been using a loaner iPhone 4 from Apple.
Thanks:rawmeet
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC's first Windows Phone 7 device videoed, to be called Schubert?  —  HTC has publicly stated that they are committed to the Windows Phone 7 platform and plan on having a device ready to go to market on (or shortly after) WP7 is formally announced by Microsoft, and a new leak from 247windowsphone.com seems to confirm that.
 
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Electronista:
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iPad is just the beginning  —  The media pad market is brand new.
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