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Sam Kennedy / 1UP.com:
Google Shows the Future of Browser Games  —  Google's game developer advocate Mark DeLoura demonstrates the Google App store and more.  —  Earlier today at GDC Europe, which takes place before Gamescom this week in Germany, Google's new game developer advocate Mark DeLoura …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Chrome Web Store Slated For October Launch, Google Taking A Mere 5% Cut Of Revenue  —  Google's app store for the web is almost ready for business.  —  Gaming portal 1Up.com has detailed a presentation given by Google developer advocates Mark DeLoura and Michael Mahemoff at GDC Europe …
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 …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Wired Says ‘The Web is Dead’ — On Its Increasingly Profitable Website  —  Chris Anderson will generate plenty of chatter with his “The Web is Dead” Wired cover, foretold here previously.  Fair enough; that's what a smart magazine editor does.  But all the more reason to note the rich ironies in his eulogy.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Web Isn't Dead; It's Just Continuing to Evolve  —  Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and the author of such books as “Free” and “The Long Tail,” has written a piece for the magazine with the provocative — make that inflammatory — headline: “The Web Is Dead: Long Live the Internet.”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google TV Is a Tough Sell Among Would-Be Partners  —  Google Inc. is launching a campaign to line up TV networks' support for its new Google TV software, but many remain reluctant to partner with a service that encroaches on their turf.  —  The service will allow people to watch and search cable …
New York Times:
Investors Chide Michael Dell  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Dell's shareholders delivered a sharp rebuke of Michael S. Dell, the company's founder and chief executive, when a fourth of the investors withheld support of Mr. Dell in a recent vote.  —  In a regulatory filing released Tuesday …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple won't change antenna for Verizon iPhone, says expert  —  Dismisses talk of coating or change in design for possible CDMA iPhone  —  Computerworld - If an iPhone does appear on Verizon, don't expect Apple to change its antenna design, an expert said today.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Facebook Rolling Out A New Slimmer, Sexier Like Button  —  Though it has only been out for a few months, it seems as if Facebook's Like button is all over the web.  And despite some initial backlash, a lot of people seem to like it (see what I did there?).
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Yahoo Mail gets iPad-friendly Web app  —  Yahoo has rejiggered its Web e-mail service to better fit within the confines of the iPad's plus-size Web browser.  —  Users who visit Yahoo's Web mail service from their iPad will now get a version of the site that's been designed to fit in with the iPad's user interface aesthetic.
Discussion: IntoMobile and TiPb
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Howard Breuer / People.com:
Plastic Surgeon Was Texting in Car Before Fatal Crash  —  Dr. Frank Ryan, plastic surgeon to Heidi Montag and other celebrities, was sending a Twitter message about his border collie just before his fatal car accident, his ex-girlfriend tells PEOPLE.  —  “He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street …
Brody McKee / Neowin.net:
Microsoft Flight Simulator is back!  Less the ‘Simulator’  —  It's been a day full of gaming news from Microsoft, but perhaps the most exciting - at least to your grandfather, or plane-obsessed uncle - was the announcement that marks the return of the longest running game franchise of all time.
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: GigaOM and Daring Fireball
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple awarded patents for Slide to Unlock, keyboard letter pop  —  In the fast-changing world of smartphone design, often the most valuable thing that a company can own is a patent for a specific feature they've invented.  No matter how seemingly trivial the design feature is …
Discussion: The Next Web and MacStories
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Your fears confirmed: “up to” broadband speeds are bogus  —  Broadband providers in the US have long hawked their wares in “up to” terms.  You know—"up to" 10Mbps, where “up to” sits like a tiny pebble beside the huge font size of the raw number.  —  In reality, no one gets these speeds.
Discussion: Computerworld and DSLreports
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Get ready for ‘Catfish’, another Facebook movie  —  While the upcoming “The Social Network” movie will offer one view of Facebook, another big-screen release may do a better job of showing both the power and pitfalls of the social network.  —  Catfish, which played at Sundance earlier …
Discussion: The Next Web and BoomTown
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For the Class of 2014, No E-Mail or Wristwatches  —  Every year the administrators at Wisconsin's Beloit College put together a list of information about incoming freshmen that is shared with the school's professors.  It's not a list of student names, or the books they'll need to order for class.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rolling Stone Offers ‘A Big Fat Thanks’ To The RIAA For Screwing Up Music Online [Updated]  —  Hypebot points us to the news that in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the magazine supposedly (can anyone confirm that this is real?  — Update: thanks to commenters who pointed out that this is real …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Makes Leap Into Japan and Russia With Latest Acquisitions  —  Our favorite digital coupon group buying site Groupon has cemented its foray into Japan and Russia today with the acquisitions of Japanese and Russian deals sites Qpod and Darberry respectively.
Spencer Ante / Digits:
Amazon's $99 BlackBerry Torch Puts Pressure on Retailers  —  Amazon.com has used aggressive price discounts to carve out a dominant position in print and electronic books.  Now, it is using similar tactics to gain share in the cellphone market.  —  The retailer is selling …
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Apple Testing Proximity-Powered Prototypes Today; Likely To Appear In iPhone 5  —  Over the weekend it was reported that Apple hired Benjamin Vigier, an expert in near field communication (NFC), a short range wireless protocol most synonymous with contactless payments.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay Takes Down U.S. Access To Loquo Amid Sex Trafficking Allegations  —  Craigslist, embattled over the most recent allegations of sex trafficking and underage prostitution, pointed their finger at eBay yesterday.  Craigslist has put significant efforts into moderating inappropriate listings on their site, says CEO Jim Buckmaster.
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Debate Over P vs. NP Proof Highlights Web Collaboration  —  The potential of Internet-based collaboration was vividly demonstrated this month when complexity theorists used blogs and wikis to pounce on a claimed proof for one of the most profound and difficult problems facing mathematicians and computer scientists.
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Rounds (Formerly 6Rounds) Rolls Out Facebook Video Chat App
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Gets A “Who To Follow” Feature Too
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Jumps On User Stories Bandwagon; Debuts ‘Tales’
Discussion: Twitter Blog, GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
What's ‘Mobile’ Mean? How Apple And The iPad Are Forcing The Debate
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Sarah Vanden Broeck / Notes By sNarah:
Twifficiency & It's Accidental 15 minutes of Fame.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Exec Changes at MSN-Jorgensen to Mobile, Cahall to MSN
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google Winning Sign-In War, But Facebook Close Behind
John Cox / CIO.com:
Five Billionth Device About to Plug Into Internet
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source Blog:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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