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2:55 PM ET, August 20, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
LG Readies Tablet, Optimus Smartphones  —  SEOUL—LG Electronics Inc., which was late to the smartphone game, said it plans to launch 10 more smartphones and sell five million devices by the end of the year in a scramble to compete with rivals.  —  The South Korean company also plans to launch …
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:   LG To The WSJ, “Our tablet will be better than the iPad.”
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Jobs: Software Update to Address iOS 4 Performance Issues on iPhone 3G ‘Coming Soon’  —  A new email from Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears to confirm that the company will soon be issuing a software update to address issues with the iPhone 3G's performance under iOS 4.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed Hot Potato: Yup, Facebook Bought 'Em, Will Soon Shut Them Down  —  As we noted nearly a month ago now, Facebook has acquired social activity and ‘check-in’ service provider Hot Potato for about $10 million in cash.  —  Facebook, fresh from announcing its entry into the location game …
Discussion: DailyFinance
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Hot Potato:
We've Moved to Facebook  —  It's been an exciting year at Hot Potato.  Since going live last November, we've been inspired and energized by your reaction to the service and people's appetite for socializing around activities and live events.  —  Today, we're thrilled to announce …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: T-Mobile G2 in the wild!  —  These shots of a real, live G2 confirm what we'd already suspected from renders: this is basically an Americanized version of the upcoming HTC Vision.  What does that mean?  Well, it means you can expect a 3.7-inch display paired with Android …
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 …
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Ultimate Chart Overhyped?  Its Top 10 is Nearly Identical to Billboard's
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Textbooks Up Their Game  —  Inkling Adapting College Best Sellers for iPad, Capitalizing on Interactive Features  —  Maybe the iPad will move digital college textbooks out of theory and into practice.  —  Although electronic book sales have exploded, digital college textbooks have been slow …
Discussion: TeleRead and iLounge
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Digital Textbook Startup Inkling Scores Sequoia Funding, Publisher Deals
Discussion: Business Wire, VatorNews and jkOnTheRun
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.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Here's a Much More Realistic Facetime iPhone 4 Commercial  —  Those Facetime-based iPhone 4 ads sure are shmaltzy!  This one is a little closer to what people are actually experiencing with the service.  And yes, that's an older iPhone.  Try to look past it.  [Funny or Die]
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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash  —  Cascading fail  —  Malware may have been a contributory cause of a fatal Spanair crash that killed 154 people two years ago.  —  Spanair flight number JK 5022 crashed with 172 on board moments after taking off from Madrid's Barajas Airport …
Dow Jones Newswires:
McAfee another weapon for Intel's mobile battle  —  Chip maker bolstering portfolio to take on likes of Qualcomm, Texas Intruments, ARM.  —  Intel Corp.'s acquisition of McAfee Inc. represents the chip maker's most dramatic step yet in a quest to supply chips to virtually every electronic device connected to the Internet.
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Analyst: Yahoo Should Invest In Hulu  —  Enough with Yahoo's spate of small-scale deal making; Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan suggests in a report today that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) should either buy Hulu or take a “significant stake” in the big video site, saying that Hulu's reported interest …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google TV demo shows off Dish Network integration, universal search (video)  —  For those still wavering over the possibility of dropping a few Ben Franklins on something rocking the Google TV logo this fall, maybe the best idea is to get to know this new flavor of Android a bit better.
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 …
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 mcgarrybowen-produced “Rule The Air! campaign around the concept of your product being gender …
Discussion: adweek.blogs.com and eWeek
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Google Runs out of Nexus Ones for developers  —  Google scrapped its plan to sell the Nexus One through its own store in July, six months after trying to rewrite the phone market's rules.  With Android developers, though, to whom Google still sells the phone, it's become a bit too desirable at least measured by Google's inventory.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
ISP's top data hog gobbles 2.7TB of data in a month  —  ISPs sometimes complain about “data hogs,” often in the service of ridiculously tight-fisted data caps on Internet service.  But there are users who deserve the porcine label, and Belgian ISP Telenet recently offered a rare picture of them.
Discussion: Geek.com and Tech Eye
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Confusing Stages Of Opting Into Facebook Places  —  Earlier today we had a bit of a fire-drill at TechCrunch Headquarters.  As I checked into TCHQ on Facebook Places, I also tagged a few of my coworkers, fully expecting their checkins to be delayed until they actually opted into the feature …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Verizon invests $400,000 into CardStar to help you carry fewer loyalty and membership cards  —  Verizon has invested $400,000 into a small startup called CardStar according to The Wall Street Journal.  CardStar, who's based out of Boston, has already received a $1 million investment round …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Showing 3 Or More Results From Same Domain  —  Prior to this week, Google would only show up to two results from the same domain on a single search result page.  Now, Google has confirmed what many are seeing, where a single brand dominates a single page of Google's search results.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Fading Glory of the Television and Telephone  —  One day you're the brightest star in the galaxy.  Then something new comes along — and suddenly you're a relic.  It's a turn of fate that awaits sports heroes, movie stars, political leaders.  And, yes, even household appliances.
Discussion: Engage, Thanks:steverubel
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Senators Demand Huawei Cyberespionage Answers  —  Updated with Huawei's response below.  —  Shenzhen-based networking firm Huawei has become an explosively growing force in communications hardware.  But in the U.S., at least for one group of lawmakers, it still represents the Chinese cyber-bogeyman.
Thanks:forbestech
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Smartphone App Market Reached More Than $2.2 Billion In The First Half Of 2010  —  Research2guidance, a Berlin-based research organization specialized in all things mobile, recently forecasted the worldwide smartphone application market to reach $15 billion by 2013.
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC member blasts Google-Verizon plan, says it favors the rich  —  A member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) denounced the net neutrality framework proposed by Google and Verizon at a rally in Minneapolis Thursday, saying it would create “gated communities for the affluent” on the Internet.
Discussion: GamePolitics News
 
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Keith Winstein / Ksplice:
Essay: 3G and me  —  In 2002, I got my first cell phone.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Studios Giving Up on DVD, Pushing VOD Instead
Sangwon Yoon / Associated Press:
North Korea reportedly joins Facebook
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk, ITworld.com and Mobilized
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
TweetDeck Beta For Android More Popular Than iPad, New Version Brings More Features
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Travel Rewards Program Topguest Integrates with Facebook Places
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia just bought mobile analytics firm Motally
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Teevox Turns Your iPhone Into A Computer TV Remote Control
Discussion: BlogsDNA
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A smartphone retrospective  —  This is what high-end smartphones looked like in 2007:
Discussion: Scripting News
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: OpenDNS Simplifies Life for Web Users
Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
Google Founders Sergey Brin And Larry Page Get Feature Film Treatment