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6:00 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: Techdirt, Switched and Daring Fireball
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ahead Of Facebook Location, Foursquare Talks Privacy 101
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Android's Pursuit of the Biggest Losers  —  The mobile phone market is intertwined with the telecommunications industry which is vast and there are numerous competitors which are much more dynamic and better capitalized than the moribund PC or music player vendors.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and GigaOM
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 …
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.
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Spencer Ante / Digits:
Amazon's $99 BlackBerry Torch Puts Pressure on Retailers
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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.
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 …
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 …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source Blog:
Oracle aims to destroy open source software industry  —  If proprietary companies like Oracle can buy up open source projects and then take back their open source status, how can an enterprise depend on open source software?  —  It is with the aim of creating this kind of FUD that Oracle …
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google Winning Sign-In War, But Facebook Close Behind  —  Most website users still prefer logging in with a Google account, but Facebook is a close second, according to new data from Janrain, a Portland startup whose software plugin makes it easy for websites to offer multiple login methods.
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.
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 …
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.
John Cox / CIO.com:
Five Billionth Device About to Plug Into Internet  —  Sometime this month, the 5 billionth device will plug into the Internet.  And in 10 years, that number will grow by more than a factor of four, according to IMS Research, which tracks the installed base of equipment that can access the Internet.
Discussion: WebProNews
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: The Next Web and Download Squad
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
HP:
HP to Acquire Fortify Software, Helping Clients Proactively Reduce Business Risks of Insecure Software  —  Combination strengthens HP leadership in application security  —  PALO ALTO and SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 17, 2010  —  HP and Fortify Software today announced they have entered …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Raphael Minder / New York Times:
Spain Investigates Google's Street View Service
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SiliconANGLE and Guardian
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Zynga Buys Conduit Labs; Social Gaming Giant's Footprint Now Includes Boston
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