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11:35 AM 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?
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Etiquette  —  Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use.  It's nearly perfect.  Except that you people are using it to drive me crazy.  —  It's made my list of “can't live without” products for the last five years, and more recently the screen sharing feature …
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.
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 …
Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:
The New Yardstick: If You're Not Apple, You Lose  —  For 2009 and 2010, the clear winner in consumer electronics is Apple.  Its mindshare among analysts and consumers is far beyond any other company.  I'd even go so far as to declare Apple the most successful tech company of this decade.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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.
Discussion: The Local, DailyTech and Slashdot
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Jonathan E. Skillings / CNET News:
Wikileaks: ‘Dirty tricks’ in allegations against Assange
Discussion: This Just In, Guardian and THINQ.co.uk
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint begins offering EV-DO femtocells  —  Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) has started shipping a new Airvana femtocell product that supports EV-DO data connections, a Sprint spokesman confirmed.  —  “Sprint is offering the Airave Access Point for customers who have specific in-building coverage issues …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Must Switch To Android Now, Before It's Too Late  —  RIM's new BlackBerry 6 operating system and apps platform still isn't in the same league as its arch rivals, Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.  —  So it's time for RIM to make a difficult, but important move: Stop wasting time developing …
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.
Redeye VC:
Not a bad day...  If day's could have a “like” button, I definitely would push it today.  An exit to Facebook.  Two women First Round Capital founders on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine.  And an exit to Google just in time for cocktails.  Just another Friday at First Round Capital.
Discussion: A VC, WebProNews, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Throwing out software that works
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Questions linger about the HP split with Hurd
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Crowley: The Giants Are “Generic,” …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But How In The World Is LG Going To Make …
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Heller / InfoWorld:
Oracle's Android lawsuit: A Pandora's box of serious evils
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Kept Thousands Of Check-Ins On Lockdown For Months.  Impressive.
Discussion: Inside Facebook