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4:25 PM ET, August 13, 2010

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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Oracle sues Google over Android and Java  —  Two Silicon Valley heavyweights are about to reenact the Java wars: this time, in a court room.  —  Oracle issued a press release late Thursday saying it has filed suit against Google for infringing on copyrights and patents related to Java …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Calls Oracle Patent Suit Baseless And An Attack On The Open-Source Java Community  —  Last night, Oracle filed suit against Google over its Android operating system, alleging that Google was infringing on seven Java patents with Android and its Dalvik virtual machine.
Miguel de Icaza:
Initial Thoughts on Oracle vs Google Patent Lawsuit  —  Today Oracle sued Google over Java patents and copyrights that they claim Google's Android OS infringes.  The lawsuit claims that Google knowingly infringed on those patents, and that the continued distribution of Google's Android is harming Oracle's Java Business.
New York Magazine:
Google Is Having a Pretty Crappy Friday the 13th  —  Ah, the life of a company with a market capitalization of $156.8 billion — it isn't always that easy.  Google's been hung in effigy in the press all week for selling out on net neutrality (in particular the idea that it wants to create a tiered …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Java Creator Gosling: Oracle's Android Lawsuit Is No Surprise
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft could be a winner in Oracle's patent attack over Java
Discussion: mocoNews, Gizmodo and The Register
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Launching Official Live Streaming Channel: Facebook Live  —  Today at 3 PM PST (6 EST), Facebook will unveil its new official live video streaming channel, Facebook Live.  To kick off the launch, actress America Ferrera will stop by Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Axon Logic Hackintosh Tablet May Just Out-iPad The iPad  —  Back in April we heard word of an affordable hackintosh tablet called the Axon Haptic.  We were skeptical, since all we had was an anonymous tip and a render — something any 3D concept artist could have cooked up in an hour or two.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google, Just Cut The BS And Give The Gordon Gekko Speech Already  —  The past few days I've been bookmarking posts about Google, Verizon, and net neutrality to read later.  For the past few hours I've been doing that — and I've barely made a dent.  It seems that everyone who has ever written …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Hires Former Facebook, MySpace Exec Owen Van Natta  —  Zynga has hired former Facebook Chief Revenue Officer and MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta as EVP Business, reporting to CEO Mark Pincus.  Van Natta was most recently in the news in February, when he stepped down as CEO of MySpace after just less than a year on the job.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
How Starbucks Plans to Capitalize on Free Wi-Fi  —  Starbucks stores nationwide now have free Wi-Fi, but details around the second piece to the coffee retailer's digital strategy — the Starbucks Digital Network — have been slim.  Here's how Starbucks plans to cater to digital consumers …
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
PayPal hopes to make micropayments easier online  —  SAN FRANCISCO — PayPal wants to make it easier to buy low-cost digital goods online, whether it's a single article on a news website or virtual items in a video game.  —  Scott Thompson, the online payment service's president …
Discussion: Fast Company and ReadWriteWeb
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Bloomberg:   PayPal Talking With Google About Handling Android Payments
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How a 16-yo Kid Made His First Million Dollars Following His Hero, Steve Jobs  —  His name: Christian Owens.  His age: 16.  He made his first million dollars in two years, “inspired by Apple's CEO Steve Jobs”.  This is how he did it.  —  The British teen—who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire—got his first computer age seven.
Discussion: CNET News, swns.com, The Register and Redmond Pie, Thanks:gizmodo
Royal Pingdom:
The top countries on Facebook (chart)  —  Facebook recently passed an incredible milestone, 500 million active users.  And it keeps growing.  —  Although Facebook initially focused on the United States, it soon turned its eyes towards the horizon and the rest of the world.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The $99 Kindle - Why e-readers will soon cost less than $100.  —  Late last month, Amazon unveiled a new version of its Kindle e-book reader that, like every new Kindle, is thinner, lighter, and smaller than the previous one.  It's also the cheapest Kindle ever—the new Wi-Fi version sells for just $139.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Kindle Review
David Crawford / Wall Street Journal:
Probe of Bribery at H-P Heats Up  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Hewlett-Packard Co. to provide a trove of internal records as part of an international investigation into allegations that H-P executives paid bribes in Russia, according to people familiar with the investigations.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia CEO: We have a CPU strategy  —  Nvidia's chief executive officer is emphatic that his company has a strategy for building processors beyond its mainstay graphics chips.  —  During an interview with CNET, Jen-Hsun Huang addressed a longstanding issue with the company's chips that has become …
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iFixit:
Motorola Droid 2 Teardown  —  Is this the Droid we're looking for?  Why yes!  Yes it is!  We've acquired the latest smartphone on the market, the Motorola Droid 2.  Join us as we break down this Droid into its most basic components.
Alasdair on Everything:
OpenSolaris is now officially dead.  RIP.  —  What follows is a leaked memo sent to Oracle Engineering yesterday.  It basically spells the end of OpenSolaris, which is to be replaced with Solaris 11 Express, a binary distribution.  The key part is:  —  “We will not release …
Discussion: Network World
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
ASUS prices 10-inch Android Eee Pad under $399, 8-inch Eee Tablet at $300, other tablets too  —  ASUS just dumped Windows Embedded Compact 7 for Android for its lower-end tablet devices, and CEO Jerry Shen is passing along the savings.  He's pledging that the 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Reuters:
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Mike Subelsky / Mike Subelsky's Blog:
Why You Might Not Want That Cybersecurity Job
Discussion: BaltTech
Los Angeles Times:
Google accuses California of rigging bidding process for e-mail contract
Discussion: Google Watch and LiveSide.net