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3:55 PM ET, August 14, 2010

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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Apple manager arrested in kickback scheme  —  A midlevel Apple manager was arrested and accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday and a separate civil suit.
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Oracle v Google: Why?  —  When Android debuted in 2007, I couldn't figure out how Google had managed to apply an Apache license to the project.  Java, like Linux, was governed by the GPL and thus incompatible with the more permissive license Android was sporting.
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The Oracle-Google Mess: A Question - Are Any of the Patents Tied to a Specific Machine?  - Updated 3Xs: Google Speaks  —  On the Oracle v. Google litigation announcement, here's something that I don't see anyone else mentioning yet.  —  On the Oracle patents, in a post-Bilski world, the right question would seem to be:
Discussion: Miguel de Icaza, Thanks:atul
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Is this the burger joint of the future?  —  NEW YORK—The team behind 4food, a burger shop opening next month on Madison Avenue and East 40th Street in midtown Manhattan, might have put forth the most idealistic concept that the fast-food industry has yet seen.
Discussion: Eater NY and CNET News
Charles Hooper:
How I Made Money Spamming Twitter with Contextual Book Suggestions  —  Two winters ago I left a position as a system administrator that was paying pretty well and moved cross-country to a region with less jobs than where I moved from.  Three months later, I was still unemployed, broke, and bored.
Discussion: Giles Bowkett
Giorgio / Invisible to the eye:
Google never removed Oracle from its index  —  Some folks have been reporting a strange behavior assumed by Google after the lawsuit filed by Oracle against Android and Google: it supposedly removed oracle.com pages, and all the pages that talk about Oracle, from its search index.
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Google and the Search for the Future  —  The Web icon's CEO on the mobile computing revolution, the future of newspapers, and privacy in the digital age.  —  To some, Google has been looking a bit sallow lately.  The stock is down.  Where once everything seemed to go the company's way …
David Dahlquist / Computerworld:
Myspace Music Romeo is like Pandora for music videos  —  Pandora is a wonderful service for discovering new music that matches your tastes, but it does little to capitalize on the iPad's glorious 9-inch display.  Enter MySpace Music Romeo, an iPad app that lets you easily play, discover …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Bike Nerds To Create a Low Cost Bike Sharing System For New York  —  A group of charming fellows have created something they're calling “Social Bicycles,” a bike-sharing system that allows you to drop bikes off almost anywhere there is a bike rack, locate them, and access them with an iPhone app.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Meet Twitter's new developer diplomacy  —  When rumor broke that Twitter would be launching official “tweet” buttons for third-party sites, the first question for many was: How will they deal with TweetMeme, the third-party company that already operated Twitter sharing buttons and a Digg-like aggregation page?
Keith / BIT-101:
Kindle and iPad Displays: Up close and personal.  —  This really isn't meant to be a contentious post.  It really only came about because I got a new toy, something I've been wanting to get for a while - a USB microsope!  Here's the model I got:  —  Veho VMS004 DELUXE USB Powered Microscope
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds First Developer Build of Mac OS X 10.6.5  —  Apple today seeded the first developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.5, the fifth maintenance release to the company's Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system.  According to those familiar with the release, which is termed Build 10H525 …
Sara Inés Calderón / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Live Launches, Broadcasting Celebrities, Product Launches and More from Company Headquarters  —  Facebook debuted its official live video stream channel today, Facebook Live, at the company's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters.  Starting now, it is beginning to feature celebrity guests …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and ReadWriteWeb
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Out Of 500 Million Users, Looks Like 360 Tuned In To Facebook Live
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET News
 
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Voice of America:
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Cyberwar Against Wikileaks? Good Luck With That
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Liquidmetal May Be Used For New iPhone Antenna Says Inventor [Exclusive]
Discussion: Geek.com
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Square mobile payment readers now shipping again to tiny transaction tycoons
Discussion: App Advice and Erictric
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
BBC: HTML5 ‘Starting to Sail Off-Course’
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / DailyFinance:
Protesters at Google HQ Demand End to Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Company behind magicJack to banish calling costs
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joan Marsh / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Wireless is Different  —  It's now day four of the aftermath …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digits
Garett Rogers / Googling Google Blog:
The problem with Google Voice Actions for Android
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Microsoft's lost eight years online: More than $6 billion down the tubes