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1:25 PM ET, August 17, 2010

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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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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 …
Wired:
The Web Is Dead.  Long Live the Internet  —  Sources: Cisco estimates based on CAIDA publications, Andrew Odlyzko  —  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.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Facebook Location Looms, Has Foursquare Entered The Pantheon Of Services?  —  Look at the image above.  There are three services listed on the San Francisco Giants' scoreboard during a baseball game.  Twitter.  Facebook.  Foursquare.  The first two are ubiquitous.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Computerworld
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Company Town and NewTeeVee
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Pegatron Suspends Manager at Kaedar After Apple Manager Indicted in U.S.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Eyes CafeMom for $100 Million Acquisition  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo is eager to close a deal to acquire CafeMom, a social networking and community site aimed at mothers, in a move aimed at turbocharging its often meandering strategy in the important women's space.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nook for iPhone, iPad and PC see updates, slew of new features in tow  —  Barnes & Noble told us this update was in the pipeline when it introduced Nook for Android, and sure enough, said update is hitting the intertubes this fine morning.  The iPhone and iPod touch version of the Nook app …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple's Mystery Liquidmetal Product Revealed...  [Competition Answer]  —  There's been a lot of speculation that Apple will use space-age Liquidmetal alloys to make morphing iPhones or other sci-fi technology, but the company has already used the exotic alloy — and in the most unlikely place.
Bryan Gardiner / Gizmodo:
The Secret Histories of Those @#$%ing Computer Symbols  —  They are road signs for your daily rituals-the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click, and ogle countless times a day when you interact with your computer.  But how much do you know about their origins?  —  Power
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.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Tap Snake Game in Android Market is Actually Spy App  —  Another day, another Android app scare.  This time, the app in question isn't a Russian-created Trojan that drains bank accounts but rather an innocent-looking clone of the “Snake” game called “Tap Snake.”  However, Tap Snake isn't just a game.
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
The Handy Android Fanboy Detector  —  If you are unfamiliar with the term, read my friend Harry's article for a great piece on “the fanboy”.  Now, onto the piece - which I anticipate bringing me tons of annoyed Android folks (much like my tablet rant did last year).
 
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