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9:50 AM ET, August 20, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Effect: Foursquare Had Its Most Signups Ever Today  —  Leading up to Facebook's location announcement, there were two schools of thought.  Either you thought Facebook Places was going to destroy Foursquare.  Or you thought that this new service would help the startup by bringing more awareness to the location field.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Confusing Stages Of Opting Into Facebook Places
Discussion: Computerworld, Gawker and PC World
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Exclusive: Dell Thunder prototype preview (video)  —  Christmas came early at Engadget HQ this year, as evidenced by the picture above — you're looking at two Dell Thunder prototype smartphones, each with some surprising quirks, and hints that they might include global HSPA, AWS for T-Mobile, and maybe even a dash of CDMA support.
Vic Gundotra / Google Mobile Blog:
To 100 million and beyond with Google Maps for mobile  —  Almost five years ago, we launched Google Maps for mobile to help you get where you needed to go from your phone instead of a paper map.  Today, more than 100 million people a month are now using Google Maps for mobile to get from point A to point B …
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Sid Yadav / VentureBeat:
Google's social czar picks a location fight with Facebook
Discussion: CNET News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Tries To Steal Facebook's Thunder, Plays Up Impressive Maps Userbase
Discussion: Softpedia News
Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
Google Founders Sergey Brin And Larry Page Get Feature Film Treatment  —  EXCLUSIVE: The founders of Facebook aren't the only game-changing geeks poised to have their story told on a movie screen.  Michael London's Groundswell Productions has teamed with producer John Morris to acquire movie rights …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple testing iOS 4.1 alongside next-gen iPod touch, iPad and ‘unknown’ product  —  Apple is internally testing the first material update to its iOS 4.0 mobile operating system against a handful of new devices, including next-generation iPod touches, an iPad revision, and an “unknown” product, AppleInsider has discovered.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel exec Renee James discusses goals for McAfee (Q&A)  —  Renee J. James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel, discussed Intel plans to buy security company McAfee for $7.68 billion in an interview with CNET on Thursday.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Time Inc. breaks the iPad logjam  —  This week's People app is free to subscribers.  Time, SI and Fortune are expected to follow  —  Image: Time Inc.  —  There's more to the iPad issue of People that appeared on the Apple (AAPL) App Store this morning than Sandra Bullock's new joy.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
People Magazine Subscribers to Receive Free Access on iPads
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hey Verizon, Whoever Made This Is Going To Hell  —  Verizon, Verizon, Verizon ... So this is what you're doing instead of going after the iPhone?  You guys must think we're so stupid.  —  You've based your latest McCann Erickson-produced “Rule The Air! campaign around the concept of your product …
Discussion: eWeek
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A smartphone retrospective  —  This is what high-end smartphones looked like in 2007:  —  Smartphones were an established consumer-electronics market with devices that people thought were pretty cool, but often frustrating and with serious shortcomings and design flaws.  —  Then this happened:
Discussion: Scripting News
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Auto-Tune the News Hits the Billboard Top 100  —  Online video stars The Gregory Brothers continue making strides towards world domination.  Their latest hit Auto-Tune the News single, Bed Intruder, debuted at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 today.  —  Billboard uses a number …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
How to get stars to follow you on Twitter  —  They say Twitter is all about telling people that you had organic beets for lunch.  —  This is not true.  The real reason people tweet is so that, one fine, illustrious day, someone famous decides to follow them.
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
HP: WebOS tablet coming early next year  —  Hewlett-Packard will release a tablet PC based on Palm's webOS operating system in “early 2011,” the head of HP's PC division said Thursday.  —  Hewlett-Packard will release a tablet PC based on Palm's webOS operating system in “early 2011,” the head of HP's PC division said Thursday.
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Michael Yang / iSuppli:
Will $1 Per Gigabyte NAND Resuscitate Solid State Drives?  —  After two years of inflated prices, NAND flash memory at the end of 2010 is set to return to the key $1 per gigabyte level considered a key threshold to drive adoption of Solid State Drives (SSD), but the cost reduction may come …
Discussion: Inquirer and Computerworld
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: OpenDNS Simplifies Life for Web Users  —  I'm about to make your life better.  No need to thank me.  —  But first, a warning: On the way to understanding how your life will get better, you'll have to read about some technical, fairly arcane topics.  Trust me: It'll be worth it.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple adds “Compare Macs” option to Apple Store  —  Apple on Thursday added a new option to its online Apple Store called “Compare Macs.”  —  The new option allows customers to quickly bring up specs on the hardware, included software and technical specifications for each system.
Julie Bort / Network World:
Linux community finally fixes six-year-old, critical bug  —  Years-old critical Linux vulnerability raises questions about disclosure  —  The Linux kernel folks “silently” pushed out a patch for a critical privilege escalation bug this week.  It was for a hole that could allow an attacker …
Chris Tolles / TechCrunch:
When Attorneys General Attack  —  Earlier this year Topix CEO Chris Tolles got the call no one wants to get - that they are under investigation by a government entity.  Two attorneys general, one of which was deep into his senate run, were leveling accusations of abuse at Topix.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Teevox Turns Your iPhone Into A Computer TV Remote Control
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What's that phone number? Google disables area code look-up tool
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
BlackBerry Takes Larger Cut Of Developer Revenues In Updated App World
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Moving Toward IFrames Over FBML for Canvas Apps and Page Tabs
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Why Are There So Many Porn Ads on Britney Spears' Facebook Page?
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Groupon Having A $4 Million Day Thanks To The Gap
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Rogue Apple Exec Trashes Rivals' ‘Mediocre Engineers’
Discussion: Computerworld
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Chrome's ‘App Store For The Web’ In Developer Preview
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Music industry questions Google on piracy