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4:45 PM ET, August 22, 2010

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Kevin Rose:
Why Apple's iTV Will Change Everything  —  The rumor: Apple will be releasing a revamped/renamed version of their ‘Apple TV’ set-top box, called ‘iTV’.  The box will run the Apple iOS (same as the iPhone/iPad), and be priced around $99.  —  Why will this change everything?
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Writing apps for your TV is cool but nothing compared to Your body API.  Where is the iBody appstore?  —  Apps on TV are a great opportunity but nothing compared to what's coming for your body.  Your body is going to become the next platform for developers to build on, you just need to open your own API.
Thanks:loic
Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Buzz Kill  —  Something happened tonight that made me question everything I've done with social media since I first joined Twitter in late 2006.  —  You know me - I'm a complete web whore.  I sign up for every site, try every web app, use every service I can find.  It's my job, but I also love doing it.
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Swedish prosecutors defend WikiLeaks about-face  —  STOCKHOLM — Swedish prosecutors defended their handling of a rape allegation against the founder of WikiLeaks, saying Sunday that they had made no mistakes in issuing an arrest warrant and withdrawing it less than a day later.
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola clamps down on Droid X's leaked Android 2.2 upgrade with cease and desist scare  —  Hoping to spoon-feed your Droid X some Froyo before the official OTA rollout?  You'd better do it now — Motorola's sending out cease and desist emails in an attempt to shut the leaked ROM down.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google Tests Search Results That Update As You Type  —  SEO consultant Rob Ousbey has noticed an interesting thing happening to his search results, live updates of results as he types in every letter.  —  Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that the above video is in fact real.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones  —  ...for your own good  —  Apple has applied for a patent covering an elaborate series of measures to automatically protect iPhone owners from thieves and other unauthorized users.  But please withhold the applause.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile USA fortells unlimited prepaid mobile broadband for $40 a month  —  Whereas AT&T's move to tiered smartphone data pricing signaled “the end of unlimited” to some, Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA has just defied that notion with an all-you-can-eat broadband buffet priced at $40 per month.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Office Back To Approving Pretty Much Anything  —  In the late '90s and early '00s, the US Patent Office saw a massive jump in patent grants — including tons of really, really bad patents, that have been tied up in huge, expensive lawsuits for years, wasting tons of judicial time and …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
When you google, think Ben Gomes  —  Like few other people on the planet, Google's Ben Gomes knows what interests the world.  —  Gomes is the engineer in charge of improving what you see when you Google.  From one of the most important but little-known offices in the Googleplex in Mountain View …
Thanks:mattcutts
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Roommates Who Click  —  MADDI GILJE, who will soon leave home in St. Louis to start at New York University, has chatted all summer with her new roommate, Amelia Dudley of Baltimore.  She could be talking to her twin.  —  They share the same bedtime (between 10 p.m. and midnight) and a high tolerance for clutter.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Forget Ads In Books, Lit-Lovers Face An Even More Hideous Prospect  —  It's a pity readers don't want to pay for stories about the death of traditional media, because otherwise journalists and commentators would be riding a big fat cash cow.  —  In recent months it's been impossible to open …
 
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J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested Over Anonymous Source
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Etiquette  —  Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use.
Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:
The New Yardstick: If You're Not Apple, You Lose
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Sprint begins offering EV-DO femtocells
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Must Switch To Android Now, Before It's Too Late
Discussion: Googling Google Blog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Throwing out software that works
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Questions linger about the HP split with Hurd
Thanks:rawmeet
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Crowley: The Giants Are “Generic,” …