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2:40 PM ET, August 21, 2010

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BBC:
Swedish rape warrant for Wikileaks' Assange cancelled  —  Julian Assange had been cited as saying the release of the allegations was “deeply disturbing”  —  Sweden has cancelled an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on accusations of rape and molestation.
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Jonathan E. Skillings / CNET News:
Wikileaks: ‘Dirty tricks’ in allegations against Assange  —  In a bizarre twist to the controversy enveloping the whistleblower site Wikileaks, media reports out of Sweden first had Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being hit with a rape charge—and then had Swedish prosecutors backtracking from those initial reports.
New York Times:
Facebook Feels Unfriendly Toward Movie It Inspired  —  LOS ANGELES — At the New York Film Festival next month, Hollywood will unleash “The Social Network,” a biting tale of the Silicon Valley giant Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Now Facebook must decide whether to bite back.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But How In The World Is LG Going To Make A Better iPad Than Apple?  —  Over the next year, Apple is going to get a slew of iPad competition, from everyone including the cellphone players, the PC players, and maybe even some wildcards.  —  But if there's anyone Apple must fear …
Discussion: eWeek, PC World and VentureBeat
Martin Heller / InfoWorld:
Oracle's Android lawsuit: A Pandora's box of serious evils  —  A deeper look at Oracle's legal claims show how an Oracle win or a Google give-in could destroy Android and even open source  —  Everyone knows that Oracle is suing Google over claims that Google used Sun's Java technology without …
Discussion: PC World
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court OKs Covert iPhone Audio Recording  —  Using an iPhone to secretly record a conversation is not a violation of the Wiretap Act if done for legitimate purposes, a federal appeals court has ruled.  —  “The defendant must have the intent to use the illicit recording to commit a tort …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It's Official: Google Acquires Like.com  —  It's official.  Google has acquired Like.com.  In a post on Like.com's homepage, the company's CEO and Founder Munjal Shah writes that the visual search engine has been bought by Google.  We originally reported the acquisition last weekend.  Updating.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Crowley: The Giants Are “Generic,” We Are Fun.  I Wonder Who He's Referring To...  Foursquare may have a tenuous partnership with Facebook Places— but don't let the Kumbaya presentation fool you, these frenemies are gunning for the ultimate mayorship and Dennis Crowley is feeling very confident.
Discussion: WebProNews and MediaPost
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Kept Thousands Of Check-Ins On Lockdown For Months.  Impressive.  —  As we noted a couple days ago, the video Facebook made to explain their new Places feature was a bit Apple-esque.  But something else they pulled off recently was even more Apple-esque: the secrecy surrounding their location launch.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Inside Apple's iOS 4.1 update: proximity sensor fix, Game Center, more  —  The forthcoming iOS 4.1 software update will pack a number of fixes for Apple's mobile devices, including a problematic issue with the iPhone 4 proximity sensor.  AppleInsider offers a closer look at the latest beta available to developers.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Facebook Places: The Real Target Is Yelp  —  Most of the attention paid to Facebook Places, the new location feature that the social network launched on Thursday, has focused either on the privacy implications of the service, or on the impact that it could have on location-based startups such as Foursquare …
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Wilson Rothman / msnbc.com:
Facebook is the new Google  —  If Facebook keeps acting like Google …
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Sony's Single Wire Interface Will Allow For Crazier Handset Designs  —  Sony figured out how to replace the 22-wire ribbon inside their mobile devices-the one that carries control signals, video, and audio data-with a single copper cable, capable of 940Mbps transmission.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Sony Global
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
‘Innocent Infringer’ copyright defense for downloaders goes to U.S. Supreme Court  —  The case of Whitney Harper, the first defendant in a peer-to-peer copyright infringement suit to use the “innocent infringer” defense, was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of an Amicus brief Thursday …
 
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James Farrar / ZDNet:
Nokia Siemens Networks respond to Iran human rights abuses claims
Discussion: CNN and AllGov
Peter Jamison / The Snitch:
Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over ‘Mafia Wars’ Marketing
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Infoaxe raises $3M to make online bookmarks obsolete
Discussion: TechCrunch
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
An In-Depth Look at the Google TV Interface
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Best Buy To Focus On Tablets For Holidays
 Earlier Items: 
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
ICANN asks Demand Media for answers after report
Discussion: CircleID
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Makes it Easier to Monetize iPad Apps
Justin Yu / Crave: The gadget blog:
FleshDrives pitch plug-and-play adult content
Discussion: GadgetReview and Techland
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Creep Executive Officer
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Joab Jackson / CIO.com:
HTML5 Raises New Security Issues
Discussion: Computerworld
Esther Dyson / Project Syndicate:
The Future of Internet Search
Thanks:atul