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8:55 PM ET, August 15, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Acquire Like.com After Leaving Them At The Altar In 2005  —  In late 2005 Google was on the verge of acquiring a company called Riya - the first real attempt at image facial recognition and tagging for consumers.  Google eventually walked away from Riya, and the company trudged on.
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:bobcaswell
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Facebook Snaps Up Chai Labs  —  In yet another small acquisition, Facebook has bought Chai Labs, several sources said.  —  BoomTown could not confirm the price for the purchase of the content-focused start-up, but it is likely to be around $10 million and more focused on acquiring talent.
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse2
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
‘Super angel’ Aydin Senkut raises $40M fund  —  Felicis Ventures, the firm created by early Googler (and VentureBeat investor) Aydin Senkut, just announced that it has raised $40 million.  It's the firm's first institutional fund.  —  Felicis says it will continue to focus on early-stage mobile and Internet investments.
Discussion: GigaOM and Wall Street Journal
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Google to open ‘Google Ideas’ global technology think tank  —  Hoping to apply technology solutions to solve the world's problems, Google is hiring Washington technology insider Jared Cohen.  —  Jared Cohen in 2007.  Image Credit: Washington Life Magazine
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:llsethj
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Murdoch's New iPaper: One Last Tragic Roll Of The Digital Dice  —  “Rupert Murdoch To Launch New National Newspaper”.  —  As headlines go, that's up there with “DeLorean To Unveil New ‘Gull-Wing’ Car”, “Freddy Laker Reveals Trans-Atlantic Airline Plans” and “Charge! says Light Brigade” …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Felix Salmon:
The huge obstacles facing Murdoch's new tablet newspaper
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Conceptual USGA golf scoring app by Microsoft shows Windows Phone 7 apps done right  —  With the developer momentum building behind Windows Phone 7, there's a lot of work-in-progress applications flying around.  Although many of them show a lot of potential, it's easy to get distracted …
Agence France Presse:
N.Korea uses Twitter for propaganda offensive  —  SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's propaganda campaign has surged into the 21st century with a new Twitter account, hot on the heals of its foray into video with clips posted on YouTube.  —  South Korea blocks the site and few in North Korea have access even to a computer.
Susanna G. Kim / New York Times:
New Satellites Aim to Offer Improved Internet Service  —  Satellite companies have been the also-rans of Internet providers.  —  They serve a little more than one million customers, most in rural areas that have no other options.  Their services can be painfully slow and cost twice as much as high-speed broadband.
James Gosling / On a New Road:
Quite the firestorm  —  The last couple of days have been quite an entertaining firestorm of press and blog-o-sphere commentary.  Lots of questions were brought up that give me a bottomless supply of blog topics.  I hope I have the common sense to not write on most of them :-)
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
iPadversaries!  32 Tablets, Slates, Pads, and More  —  Why are iPads selling as fast as Apple's Chinese subcontractors can crank them out?  In part, it's because the iPad has a suddenly-hot product category pretty much to itself.  Before scuttlebutt that Apple was working on a tablet started to heat up …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Slide's History Points to Google's Social Plans  —  Why did Google buy social application developer Slide?  A main line of speculation has been that the company wants to build a social gaming platform, and there are many reasons to assume that.  —  But we're hearing that the search leader …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Leaked Intel roadmap details Sandy Bridge CPUs, expands SSD lineup?  —  If a set of supposedly leaked slides are legitimate (and they sure look convincing to us) then the shape of Intel's dirt-brown 2011 plans has finally been revealed.  As you can see immediately above …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
 
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Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
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Discussion: Financial Times
Josh Fruhlinger / InfoWorld:
It's not you, it's me: Microsoft kills IronRuby
Agam Shah / Network World:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
I Love The Smell Of OAuth In The Morning. OAuthpocalypse Now!
Discussion: Andy Beard
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Suit alleges Disney, other top sites spied on users
Discussion: Techie Buzz and New York Times
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Man Scrawls World's Biggest Message With GPS ‘Pen’
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Real Reason for Ousting H.P.'s Chief