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3:40 PM ET, August 17, 2010

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Wired:
The Web Is Dead.  Long Live the Internet  —  Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting.  Chris Anderson explains how this new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism.
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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Is the web really dead?  —  Wired uses this graph to illustrate Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff's claim that the world wide web is “dead.”  Their feature, The Web is Dead.  Long Live the Internet, is live at Wired's own website.  Without commenting on the article's argument …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Switched
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Report Says Apple to Launch 7-inch IPad by Christmas  —  Apple is readying another tablet similar to the iPad but with a 7-inch touchscreen for launch as early as the end of this year, according to a major Taiwanese newspaper.  —  This is the second report of an iPad 2 sighting in Taiwan …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Xbox Live launch titles for Windows Phone 7 finally revealed, we've got the full preview  —  We've known that proper Xbox Live gaming (powered by XNA) was coming to Windows Phone 7 devices, but we'd yet to see any of that thumb-spraining goodness in action besides a brief demo and a few developer videos.
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple's Mystery Liquidmetal Product Revealed...  [Competition Answer]  —  There's been a lot of speculation that Apple will use space-age Liquidmetal alloys to make morphing iPhones or other sci-fi technology, but the company has already used the exotic alloy — and in the most unlikely place.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What Will Facebook Be Announcing Wednesday?  Location, Location, Location!  —  Foursquare might want to stock up on the Mylanta on Wednesday.  —  That's because a multitude of sources indicate that Facebook will finally be rolling out its own geo-location offering, and the date now looks set for the day after tomorrow.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Eyes CafeMom for $100 Million Acquisition  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo is eager to close a deal to acquire CafeMom, a social networking and community site aimed at mothers, in a move aimed at turbocharging its often meandering strategy in the important women's space.
Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
Netflix Lust for ‘True Blood’ Is Unrequited as HBO Blocks Path  —  Netflix Inc.'s drive to offer its subscribers online movies from all the biggest Hollywood studios may hit a wall with HBO.  —  Time Warner Inc.'s pay-television channel, home to shows including the “The Sopranos” and …
english.caing.com:
China Unicom Clinches iPad Deal  —  A source from China Unicom said that the company has finalized an agreement to be the sole distributor of Apple's iPad in China  —  China Unicom, the exclusive provider of Apple's iPhone in China, has won the right to sell the iPad in the world's largest mobile market.
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Grooveshark:
What Happened to the Grooveshark iPhone App?  —  After over a year of diligently working, last week marked us leaping through all the hoops necessary to finally offer what is far-and-away our most-requested feature: a Grooveshark app for the iPhone.  Obviously the last few days …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Flash on Google TV: It's no longer just a “TV” experience  —  There was another sneak peek of Google TV this week but this time, it wasn't the search experience that was the star of the show.  —  At the Android Flash Summit at Adobe's headquarters in San Francisco, the company showcased …
Discussion: MediaPost
Associated Press:
Feds: No charges in Pa. school laptop-spying case  —  PHILADELPHIA — Federal prosecutors will not file charges against a school district or its employees over the use of software to remotely monitor students.  —  U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger says investigators have found no evidence …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS STARTUP: Shopkick, Launching Today, Is Foursquare For Shopping — With Actual Rewards  —  Foursquare has become a popular mobile social networking app with some shopping perks.  —  But another iPhone app, launching today, is much more focused on shopping …
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Laptop e-mail cache tipped Apple to kickbacks scheme  —  IDG News Service - Court papers filed by the U.S. Government and Apple against a former manager detail a scheme that allegedly saw confidential Apple data supplied to Asian electronics companies over more than three years in return for kickbacks of more than US$1 million.
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Devin Coldewey / MobileCrunch:
Bad News For RIM: Only 150,000 Torches Sold At Launch?  —  RIM needed a hit, and the data increasingly indicate that the Blackberry Torch is not that.  While 150,000 units sold is nothing to sneeze at, and RIM's overall sales are still strong, I can smell their decaying brand from here.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Guy Who Says He Owns 84% Of Facebook Produces Another Cancelled Check To Mark Zuckerberg  —  When we last left the story about the upstate New York man who is claiming he owns 84% of Facebook (Paul Ceglia), we had concluded that the digital “contract” Ceglia had produced was probably a fake.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As Bing Takes Over Yahoo Search, SearchMonkey Dies, BOSS Is No Longer Free, But Site Explorer Still Works  —  Yahoo is getting ready to turn over search results on Yahoo Search to Bing later this week (it only took a year).  There are some changes Yahoo announced today.
Alice Brown / Gmail Blog:
Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010  —  Making sure that your calendar is available to you whenever and wherever you need it is important.  That's why Google Calendar works with a number of desktop applications and mobile devices including iCal, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry, Android, Nokia/Symbian, and Windows Mobile phones.
Discussion: Download Squad and The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Reddit Co-Founder Dips Back Into Y Combinator With Travel Startup Hipmunk  —  Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman has teamed with Adam Goldstein to create new travel site Hipmunk.  Like Reddit, Hipmunk is a Y Combinator startup, making this the second time through the program for Huffman.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Zephoria / danah boyd:
a few thoughts on name changes & reputation  —  I've changed my name twice.  First, I took my (now ex) stepfather's last name when I was a child.  At 18, I started the process to take my maternal grandfather's name to honor him and to create an identity that meant something to me.
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Smartphones to Get 1.5GHz Qualcomm Chips By End of Year  —  Now every man and his donkey has a Snapdragon chip in their smartphones, it's time for Qualcomm to look past the 1.2GHz speeds and bring us a 1.5GHz dual-core.  It's on its way, from late this year/early next year.
Royal Pingdom:
Why Android developers are losing money, and it's not due to piracy  —  Google has made great strides with Android, and a ton of developers have flocked to the growing mobile platform.  Not everything is rosy, though.  One major concern among developers is that piracy levels are very high on the platform.
 
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